Thinking of learning to play a solo from Blackmore’s glory days? Wondering how long it might take, and whether all the hard work would be worth it? Well now you can follow one man’s epic two year journey to nail the solo from Highway Star, as it happened, day by day. And a unexpectedly riveting read it is too! Our book review of Guitar Odyssey by Michael Rays is on the site now.
Two more birthday boys this past week, namely Ian Gillan (19th) and Glenn Hughes (21st). Steve Morse had a big one at the end of July too, turning 60. At which point some sod points out that he’s only two months older than me, so I’ll hastily gloss over that one! Big Ian and Ritchie (seen below chuckling)hit the next milestone in 2015 when they’ll both turn 70. Maybe the BBC will have them both on the Great British Bake Off to celebrate?
Bernie will be a special guest on a local radio rock special tonight on GTFM, you can get the links on our page reviewing the new album. Copies of the CD to be won too. Thanks to Andy Fox.
There is the current set list for the August 2014 tour of America added to our 2014 date sheet, and Steve Hunt has sent us his thoughts on the show in California in front of over 7,000 people – so good to see they can still pull in a decent crowd when they do get to tour the U.S. properly. He and his wife enjoyed it so much they’re off to catch another show!
Could we stand to think that the Fireball sleeve might not have been the storming 100% original concept we always thought it to be? Should the design award it received be returned? All these thoughts and more flashed through my head (along with a chorus of I Don’t Believe In If Anymore) as I spotted this album by well known South African warbler and whistler Roger Whittaker. 40p changed hands at the Help The Aged shop counter (given my advancing years maybe I now quality for a 50% money back on purchases there), and I studied the sleeve details back at home. Thankfully, the release is from 1974. So EMI designer Feref is the guilty party. The sleeve has been nominated for some sort of award in a worst cover poll too on the tinternet. And some joker is trying to get £12.75 for it on a well known website…
More holiday fun and merriment at our theme park Grollywood Paris
News on the site of the latest in the then and now reissue programme, with the Verona 2011 show (with orchestra) appearing on DVD and Graz 1975 (without orchestra, or indeed encores if the sales info is to be believed) appearing on CD later this year. Details are on the site along with track listings, etc.
That triple Zephyr CD set we mentioned back in May was pulled at the last moment, but is now going to be released as a simple 1CD disc, albeit with 4 bonus tracks. It looks as if there must have been some contractural issues over the live set. This revised edition is available to pre-order at DTBOnline store. In the meantime the Annual Tommy Bolin Festival kicks off on July 31st in Sioux City. While you can find out more details on the web, they are launching the event with a two hour radio special hosted by Ken Passarelli (Energy’s first bass player) on the Thursday evening. This should be available via the web for fans round the world to listen to and we’ll add the url if and when we get it. The main live music event draws the festival to a close on August 2nd.
There will be some exciting news on a forthcoming publishing project for 2015 announced at the festival too and we will be able to say more about this next week.
A few days away from the laptop and we get back to find the site awash with speculation about our mystery guitar player from an earlier posting here. So without further ado…
David Coverdale was indeed in a band called The Skyliners from November 1968 for a few months (until they changed their name to The Government). The Skyliners we showed is a different (and older) outfit, which featured Graham Bonnet on guitar and vocals (and there were a number of people who did guess correctly), Bill Gardner on drums, Alan Vickers on brass, with band leader Peter Tomlinson on keyboards. Incredibly Graham was still at school when he joined them in 1963, and stayed with the outfit for around 18 months, playing hotels, clubs, Butlin’s, and coffee bars in Skegness and Lincolnshire. “We did all the songs you could imagine. ‘Take Five’, ‘San Francisco’, ‘Go Away Little Girl’, Sinatra tunes, Tony Bennett etc. and all the awful pop tunes that were around at the time. It was all mum’s and dad’s type songs. Lots of instrumentals, Joe Loss type things and jazz stuff.” Graham finally moved on to form a more contemporary pop group in 1964. The Skyliner’s photo (check here if you missed it) came from the forthcoming Graham Bonnet Biography, written by Steve Wright – who used to run Graham’s fanzine Under The Bonnet which older DTB people will remember I’m sure. As Steve says, it is not intended to be a dirt digging exercise, he’s more interested in properly documenting Graham’s career, but the singer has been very open and honest about his ups and downs in the rock business in a series of interviews over the last few years. Due out towards the end of this year, I’ve really enjoyed reading the story as it does provide a real insight into Graham’s background and upbringing. It will be published by Easy On The Eye books, and you can read more on their website. Format will be similar to the recent Wait for The Ricochet title, with lots of memorabilia and pics, and there should be an opportunity to get a limited version signed by GB as well. The publishers have opened an information service for anyone who would like to be kept up to date and get early news of publication, and also allowed us to reprint their publicity information on DTB in the book section.
Thanks to Steve and Easy On The Eye Books for the advance information. Steve has collected a lot of material for the book but if any DTB people have photographs or memorabilia which might be suitable, send me an email and I’ll put you in touch.
We have a small stock of the two UK 2014 Deep Purple Record Store day vinyl releases mentioned on an earlier posting for anyone who wasn’t able to queue. This is the Mono colour vinyl Shades LP and the monstrously table-mat thick pressing of the Made In Japan single. As there are only a few, we’ve put them up on our new Deep Purple Collectors Store.