October 29, 2014
December 3rd 2015. O2 Arena, London. Tickets now on sale. £59.15 inc booking fees.
We also now have the October / November / December 2015 European tour list on the site at the 2015 gig list page. Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the extra information (and detective work!).
October 24, 2014
Some great shots of the current band in action in Montreux last year in a little gallery on the site… courtesy of Ueli Frey. He turned up for the show with a book of his earlier images, and Bruce liked the stuff so much he gave him an all areas pass to snap the entire show. I particularly like this shot of Roger, with a creative use of the mono background.
October 23, 2014
Another November 2015 date for Deep Purple, this time in Paris immediately after the Italian shows. It’s at the Zenith, great venue – proof you can do modern halls and still let the crowd all feel part of the action! See the date list on the site (and do let us know if you hear of any more). Tickets already on sale for this one.
October 21, 2014
Somebody was asking about that Fireball “whoosh” recently so I dug out the feature from the Darker Than Blue archives and tweaked it for the site. It did not come from the BBC Sound Effects album after all. So if you really didn’t know about the West Uzbekistan Percussion Ensemble now is your chance! You can even buy the t-shirt and support this pioneering drum outfit…
October 13, 2014
Details of the various formats of this release from the April 2014 concert under our review heading; five editions including a limited edition box set with goodies (see left). But don’t ask me what size the shirt is! Shipping now from DTB Online store.
October 6, 2014
That’s November 2015! Four Deep Purple shows in Italy have just been announced, and added to our 2015 diary list. Thanks to Stephen Clare.
October 1, 2014
It does seem strange to be talking about what I regard as the real Whitesnake again after how many years, well thirty in actual fact. David has announced the first decent archive DVD release from the band’s classic era, specifically the Slide It In live tour, with footage from Super Rock Japan and Sweden in 1984, which was Jon Lord’s last show ever as a member of the band, plus bonus audio CD disc with other live extra tracks (NOT available separately). It makes a real change after all the many best ofs which have been the pattern up until now. We’ve delved into our own archives to take a closer look at the period and see exactly what’s on offer on the review pages. The DVD can be pre-ordered at DTB Online store and is due in November.
September 17, 2014
If you resisted the temptation of MIJ earlier this year, then BBC4 TV has the documentary part of the box set available on BBC iPlayer, having screened it last Friday – which must mark a record of shop to screen. Ann made me watch the last bit of it (it still hurts to see these jobs being done poorly – photocopied record sleeves badly lit, where’s Ken Morse when you need him?) then we stuck with the repeat of the first part of the Metal Britannia which has a good chunk of Deep Purple history in as well, and a typically great Jon Lord interview. Gave up when the spandex started appearing!
September 15, 2014
Bassist and singer John Gustafson died last Friday. John was one of those musicians whose ability was widely respected by many, and this shows in the astonishing list of 150 or more albums he appeared on. As far as Darker Than Blue goes he was an integral member of the Ian Gillan Band across three studio albums, and his connections with the Deep Purple family tree were wide ranging, from Episode Six, Quatermass, Hard Stuff, The Butterfly Ball and on to Naked Thunder. You can read more on the site.
September 8, 2014
The death of drummer Bobby Clarke Woodman has been widely reported in the French media, a country which became his second home professionally. Bobby was not only a part of the comings and going at Deeves Hall during the embryonic days of Deep Purple, but also massively influential on a generation of British rock drummers in the very early sixties. There are more details on the site. Also worth noting is a more tenuous DP connection, some time Survivor singer Jimi Jamison who has died of a heart attack aged 63. He was in the frame for joining Deep Purple in the turmoil of the post- Ian Gillan period in 1989. His manager screwed up any negotiations, so the search moved on to Joe Lynn Turner.