It’s another date

January 9, 2017

Another eight shows in Italy, Portugal and the rest of Europe added to the 2017 DP Gig Diary page. Thanks to Lutz Reinert for his input.

Hi DP Hi

January 6, 2017

butlins minehead ian paice

Ian Paice is doing another of his occasional shows with tribute band Purpendicular later this month. It is part of the Giants of Rock season being staged at Butlin’s holiday camp in Minehead from Jan 27-30th. The full roster is quite impressive, with Steve Hackett, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest etc. Other Purple People include Bernie Marsden and Bernie Tormé. Over 18s only, but admission does include access to Waterworld as well, so take your cossies with you! Thanks to Tim Summers for the news. Simon adds ‘I was born nearby – there’s a plaque up!  Quite fancy this but it’s one heck of a drive from here, esp. if the weather sets in…’

Big fish, little fish, BOX

January 3, 2017

Well, a busy end to 2016 and 2017 hits the ground running. Infinite (the new LP, see below for a catch up) editions have sort of been winkled out of various European sites, and the album will come in the now familiar slightly confusing array of formats, all due in April 2017. As best people can work it out (things may change) this consists of:

1. CD
2. CD & DVD
3. Double Vinyl & DVD
4. “Small fan box”
5. “Large fan box”

I’m not sure it’s right to be getting sizeist towards fans but still! Seriously, the fan-box includes the 2LP, CD, DVD, plus three 10″ singles and a t-shirt. It looks to be retailing around £50 so would seem to be a sensible choice, though it is limited. I’m not sure what the small box has in.
In the meantime the first single track listing has been announced as well; Time For Bedlam (lead track) / Paradise Bar / Uncommon Man inst. / Hip Boots Ian Paice rehearsal vsn.
We do not know if there will be the usual Japan only edition. Big thanks to Tim Summers and Mark Maddock for drilling down into the details.
Indeed thanks to everyone for their help and support during last year, and all the best for what looks set to be an interesting New Year DP wise.

Bedlam

December 16, 2016

infinitereleasedate

After a couple of teasers (see below), Deep Purple have finally pushed a full track out from the Infinite album project, titled Time For Bedlam. It seems to have promise, a blend of vintage Purple and a more modern sound, with IG getting quietly worked up, though I hope the production sound on the drums is better when we get to hear it in CD quality.
This will be the lead in to the album, and is to be released as an “EP” on February 3rd (formats not yet known, laminated card sleeve unlikely) with non-album extras. I love the way the press release speaks of it about to “hit the shops”, to which many will reply “what shops?!”
They have scheduled the album now for as late as April 7th 2017, which kind of suggests a second single may be on the way.
There is a sort of label made video of ice-breakers charging around, while IG has taken on Stephen Hawking to try and have a go at explaining the album title…
Thanks to Lutz Reinert, Tim Summers and many more for the heads up.

Art

December 9, 2016

This is the official tour flyer art, and may hint at what’s to come for the album cover. A show in Holland has been added to the gig list.

Deep Purple infinite tour flyer

Boxing clever

December 9, 2016

Rainbow Live 2016 Japanese edition

Gotcha.  Just shelled out for the European Rainbow 2016 live set?  Then you’ll be really chuffed to discover (if you haven’t done so already, it kind of got sidelined in all the flurry about Purple’s last tour) that the Japanese edition has a whole extra concert, namely the audio of the Birmingham show on CD.  Why not just sign over your income stream to the bootleggers and have done with it?  Because if you don’t put the NEC gig out here sharpish, then they will have a field day.  The daft thing is everyone falls over themselves to add extras to the Japanese editions, but it really isn’t that big a market at all and you’d recoup your costs much better just doing the right thing by the European fans who actually went to the shows.
You also get various goodies, flimsy t-shirt, an equally flimsy book of pics, plus extra tracks from the 2 German shows on vinyl along with the other three discs, etc.; still do like that cover though!
Oh well. Importers are knocking it out around $450 a pop, goodness knows what that translates as in this increasingly idiotic rush to slit our own throats the government seems hell bent on…

Thanks to Tonny Steenhagen for the heads up.

Single again

December 6, 2016

Deep Purple will issue a first single from the InFinite album on January 20th 2017.  No title or format details just yet.  The shows supporting the album will be called “The Long Goodbye Tour” following news that they are calling it a day (see story below). Thanks to Tim Summers who spotted the flyer.
Interestingly Edel have confirmed sales of over 500,000 copies of their last album, Now What, which these days is not bad for an old school band!

The band will headline festivals in France and Spain during July, dates on the tour page.

Deep Purple vs Rainbow

December 6, 2016

Rainbow have jumped in with four UK shows in June 2017, and put their tickets on sale the day before Deep Purple do!  I guess they figure the spare cash will only go so far… anyway, the shows are listed on our quickly expanding gig diary page; Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Manchester. Actually ticket access is open from tomorrow (Wednesday) morning to Planet Rock listeners. UPDATE – They are saying these are the only European shows this year.

Deep Purple meanwhile have put out another Infinite album teaser, several more bars of pulsing rhythm and and organ bashing. What’s not to like?  And is that an approximation of the MIJ typeface they’re using for the graphics?  And more EU dates added to the gig list…

Europe dates

December 5, 2016

Deep Purple 2017 dates across Europe are starting to appear; we have added nine arena or similar large venue shows in France, Germany and Poland to the 2017 gig list, and the Spanish festival date is also now confirmed. UK dates are also up there if you missed them last week. Our thanks to Lutz Reinert for his help on these.  Let us know if you find any more. Who else recalls the days when the management would send out a press release with all the details, seems kind of quaint now!

UK farewell dates

December 2, 2016

Deep Purple have announced UK shows in November 2017 as part of their Long Farewell Tour (see news below), and tickets will go on sale a week today online.  Thanks to GCHQ (or Tim Summers as we know him.)

17th • Birmingham Arena
18th • Manchester Arena
20th • Cardiff Arena
22nd • Glasgow SSE Hydro
23rd • London 02 Arena

Europe are support (a somewhat topical band name!) The flyer is a rather sad lurid approximation of Sixties retro pattern art and typefaces…  does nobody employ designers any more?

Deep Purple Long Farewell tour flyer 2017