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.
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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.
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…
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!
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.
Join Ian Gillan on Saturday to play Smoke On The Water! The catch? There will be two and a half thousand others also with the same idea. The Guitars On The Beach 2 event is on the beach (der) at Lyme Regis, and sees the crowd attempting to break the world record for the biggest band or something. I can’t really work it out from the web site to be honest, and some of the links are broken, but it does confirm that IG is due to fly over from the US to help direct the Smoke section around 4.00pm. There’s also stuff by ZZTop and others. Anyhow, here’s the link if you fancy a day out (or two days – again the web site is not clear on this, though IG is due on the Saturday). I’ve spoken to Keeley Donovan who says the weather is going to be great, so start knotting those handkerchiefs. And sorry not to have mentioned this before, I just forgot. Tim Summers reminded me.
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!
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.
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.
Final details of the upcoming Mk 1 58 track box set (scheduled for the third week of July) are now in. It’s something of a mixed bag as far as most readers of Darker Than Blue are concerned, and much depends on how desperate you are for mono mixes (new to CD). The box does get the stuff back on catalogue but an initial trawl through the content suggests so much more could have been done here. Anyhow, I’ve done a full break-down of the bonus tracks (there do appear to be a handful of new oddds and ends) on the review pages and it can be pre-ordered at the DTB Online shop.