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They daren’t become complacent

My Things – Music history for those who are able to read is a music blog dedicated to reprinting articles from old music magazines and papers from the past 50 years or so. And there are quite a few Purple related ones. Take, for example, this report in Sounds, dated March 13, 1976 — from the time in the history of the band that can be simply characterized as a bumpy ride.

Is the new Purple as good as the old?
Geoff Barton joins the band`s 24th tour of America to find out.

“This is my twenty-fourth American tour,” remarks Jon Lord, staring abstractly into his steadily diminishing glass of Cognac, “my twenty-fourth.”
Have they all been with Deep Purple?
He nods affirmatively, his empty gaze changing to one of mock despair, and finishes off his drink in one large gulp.
“But, you know,” he continues, “life on the road isn`t that bad any more. In the band`s early days, it was a trifle hectic. Now, eight years on, we can afford to relax a little.”
Indeed. A Deep Purple US tour is, today, a smoothly-organised, well put together affair – lots of long, black limousines which, even in the midst of a queue of similarly tank-like American cars, cause heads to turn.
No soundchecks, the roadies are veterans too, it`s a case of on the stage, off the stage, with a one-and-a-half hour set in between.
There`s even a customised plane, with the name `Deep Purple` emblazoned on its side, to fly you the 200 mile-upwards distances from gig to gig.
Yes, they can afford to relax a little – but they daren`t become complacent.

Continue reading in My Things – Music history for those who are able to read.

Glenn Hughes and Tommy Bolin at a record store signing event, Dallas, TX, 1976.
(above) Glenn Hughes and Tommy Bolin at a record store signing event in Dallas in February 1976, mentioned in the article.

And remember, there’s more where this came from.

Thanks to Yvonne for the heads up.

6 Comments to “They daren’t become complacent”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Ah, the golden decadence of the 70ies!

  2. 2
    Geir Myklebust says:

    Thank you for making my site a little more well-known. And thanks to the lovely (I`m sure) Yvonne for tipping you.
    As a big fan of Deep Purple and almost everything related to the band, I can guarantee that more articles will see the light of day on the site as I find them. The next three Purple-related articles will find its way to the site on these dates (GMT): October 28th, November 5th and the 20th. Have fun in the meantime and listen to some Purple. 🙂
    Best Wishes, Geir.

  3. 3
    Buttockss says:


  4. 4
    mike whiteley says:

    @ 2-Thank you, Geir.
    It’s always a treat to read a contemporary article on 1970s Purple.They provide a sense of how the band was viewed by the music press at the time as well as the on stage and off stage vibe between the band members. Sometimes, the frustrations undoubtedly outweighed the fun.

  5. 5
    John M. says:

    As the Sounds article mentions, Glenn does not look at all happy in that photo.

  6. 6
    Sammy R Romeo says:

    John can you say Coked-out!

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