Posts Tagged ‘deep purple’

1974 in focus

November 19, 2014

These days the anniversaries seem to be coming thick and fast; I just had a journalist enquiring about photographs I took at the Butterfly Ball show as he was planning a 40th anniversary feature on the album…  could it really be that long ago?

Deep Purple UK tour 1974

But interesting as that album was, perhaps for many the event we should be looking back on was the UK debut 40 years ago of Deep Purple Mk 3, on a massive and what proved to be very exciting UK tour.  I was reminded of this thanks to this great photograph taken from up in the gods looking down on the group rocking out in front of a clearly appreciative crowd.  It was taken by photographer Barry Plummer and I’ve been helping him sort through his images for a series of books.  He worked for The Melody Maker and as such was often sent out to cover the band, the first time being in 1971, photographing both live shows and the musicians off-stage during interviews.  The paper would use one or two photos, and Barry just filed the rest of his negatives away.  Anyhow, one of the books is devoted just to Deep Purple and we’ll have more on the book (which is due in early 2015) soon but I got permission from the publishers to reproduce this shot.  For anyone who caught this tour (I was lucky enough to see two shows) it will really bring the gigs into focus.  It’s also fascinating just to look at the little bits of detail – the roll of gaffer tape on one of the amps, the support band’s drum kit shoved behind the back-line, Jon’s effects unit taped to the top of his Hammond, Ritchie’s Revox, Ron Quinton holding on to the Marshall stack, the left-handed Strat, and so on. I’m back there blissed out on the blues solo once more!

The book is one of a series from Barry’s archives coming out on ST33 books (the others feature more big names from the era), you can read a bit more on their site.  We’ll be getting more details soon and discounts for Darker Than Blue readers are on the cards.

Re-Live Rock n Roll?

November 7, 2014

The silly season for news is well and truly over (and let’s face it how can anyone top the Daily Mail story that “loom bands cause cancer”?). But things move a little more slowly in DTB land, so we might as well bring you this year’s Rainbow 2 Reform story.
As best we can figure things out, Ritchie Blackmore has had itchy Stratocaster fingers for a while now. He first sounded out members of the current Deep Purple over a year ago, suggesting a last get together for a few mega Mk 2 shows. Agreement was difficult to reach, not least because of how on earth could DP carry on after doing that?
So it was on to Mr. Coverdale, the idea of working together again with a nod to Mk 3 days gaining some momentum before also coming off the rails when Coverdale decided he’d rather do other things.
From there we move on to widely reported comments from Joe Lynn Turner in a recent interview given to a Greek rock journalist, which sounded fairly optimistic on his part.

“Well, I’m gonna be honest with you, right now. Yes! Possibly. It’s very possible. Last year, I wouldn’t say it. But this year I say it. It’s possible. It’s a very big possibility that something might, just might, happen. I heard talk and all I can say is that I’m not supposed to talk about it, but I’m talking to you now, and all I want you to say is yes. It’s a very big possibility that we may have a reunion. It will be phenomenal.”

And while some who have seen the story are determined to resist I’m willing to bet a lot of us would weaken. You can read the full interview and story on the Rock Overdose website:

http://www.rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=33177

A diver investigating the remains of the rainbow lighting rig yesterday.

A diver investigating the remains of the rainbow lighting rig yesterday.

Czech dates

November 5, 2014

Two dates announced for the Czech Republic:

2015-10-27 Ostrava, Czech Republic
2015-10-28 Plzeň, Czech Republic

Thanks to Lutz Reinert again.  And to the fan who suggested it would be cheaper to get a ticket for one of the Europe shows and fly out on a budget airline rather than travel to London and stay over, you’re probably right.  Sadly.  We did the maths and with tickets, petrol, cheap accommodation (wouldn’t feel safe driving back after the show), something to eat, we’d be looking at £300 to do London…

All known Deep Purple dates so far on the 2015 list.

 

Deep Purple UK Tour 2015

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!).

Pictured

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.

Glover-Montreux

It’s a date

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.

Whoosh.

October 21, 2014

air-conditioner-shirt-graphicSomebody 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…

BBC4

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!

Gitanes

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.

Something for this weekend?

September 5, 2014
Smoke On The Water Lyme Regis

Ian Gillan’s backing band for the latest Smoke On The water record attempt at Lyme Regis this weekend!

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.


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