July 29, 2015
One of the reasons we got advance news on the NBC show (first mentioned below) was that the cameraman, Eric Eisenstein, is a big Deep Purple fan and Darker Than Blue follower. We met Eric last year when he was over watching his lad, touring with a great group called Man Overboard (and packing them in at The Cockpit in Leeds). Needless to say getting to film Purple was a great gig for Eric, who says he got to meet all the band between the rehearsal and the live performance.
He sent us some great photos, which include this shot of them rehearsing (the stage was set up in the street outside the studio rather than have the kit blow everything inside NBC!), and one of himself in action during the show. Eric is the guy in the checked shirt on the far right filming Steve in the clip. Not a bad rendition either, Ian coping well with the ungodly hour. By the numbers sure but it did exactly what NBC wanted I suspect. Great shots of Paice’s kit in places too, gives an idea of how massive it all is. Amazing to watch the folk in the background walking past on their way to work…
A couple of people have asked about Steve’s black support strap on his wrist, which apparently is to counter touches of arthritis. He has been sporting this off and on since last year. As someone says, it doesn’t seem to slow him up any! Mucho thanks to Eric.
July 27, 2015
Keyboard player and singer Eddie Hardin has died suddenly at the age of just 66. Eddie’s connections with the Deep Purple scene spanned some 45 years, and he worked with members of the group directly across much of that time. After a spell as a teenager replacing Steve Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group with Ray Fenwick (not an easy task) they did some interesting if often overlooked work in the late Sixties for Vertigo. After a couple of album, Eddie went off to form what seems an unlikely drum / keyboard duo, Hardin – York, with drummer Pete York in 1969. They became one of the most successful bands in Germany during the early 1970s and also supported Deep Purple on a couple of tours (check out the poster for a big 1970 German festival below), both joining Jon Lord and Ian Paice at occasional jam nights in London (while Pete joined forces with Ian on drum duels at some live Hardin – York shows).
Eddie got bored repeating himself musically, and despite playing stadiums in Europe, back in the UK Hardin – York couldn’t get arrested. So after a couple of years he went off to do his own thing and Roger Glover worked with Eddie on a couple of his post-Hardin – York solo albums and the pair were heavily involved in the original Wizard’s Convention studio project in 1976, along with Jon, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Eddie became a big contributor to Roger’s Butterfly Ball project too, co-writing Love Is All and performing on the album (mainly keyboards but also vocals on one track), then playing keyboards at the one-off Albert Hall concert where I first saw him live.
It was a nice touch to see Eddie invited to be part of the fabulous Deep Purple Concerto evenings at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 when he and Roger did Love Is All, along with Ronnie Dio and Mickey Lee Soule.
I got to know Eddie in the early Nineties when our label RPM worked closely with him on the first in-depth reissues of some of his back-catalogue including the Hardin York material, the Spencer Davis Group albums and other odds and ends which he kept turning up, amazed that anyone was interested really! Indeed to a certain extent that seemed to be how he viewed his career at times, happy to have the success when it came but with an easy come easy go approach to the music business in general. A typical example was a pile of postcards showing a palatial stately house which I spotted on one visit, and wondered why he had them. It turned out he’d bought the place with some unexpectedly large royalty cheques in the 70s, then had the cards made to send to friends. All too quickly he realised that he couldn’t afford to run or staff the place, and it had to go! Eddie did have his autobiography ALAB published a few years ago, and the house features on the front.
Apart from the stuff you probably know about (and people of a certain age mustn’t forget the theme tune to Magpie which Eddie co-wrote), do check out the early Hardin – York material, especially if you enjoy strong and inventive Hammond playing. It was a time when rock music experimented in all sorts of ways and Eddie was in the thick of it. And why on earth Catch You On The Rebop (on which Eddie again shares a writing credit) wasn’t a massive hit for Spencer Davis in 1973 must remain one of life’s great mysteries.
July 22, 2015
Deep Purple are scheduled to appear on NBC’s big morning TV programme The Today Show tomorrow (23rd) in America, providing they can make the 5.30 am deadline for soundcheck and rehearsal! Quite a rare showcase for the band. We’ll let you know if it is available on the web after, word is they’ll at least be doing Smoke On The Water.
July 22, 2015
Two upcoming live releases from Deep Purple have been announced, documenting the Now What tour in some depth… and an extra dimension! They are issuing shows from 2013 and 2014 as two separate but sort of matching titles, recorded in Germany and Tokyo. Release was announced a while back but we wanted to try and get more detail together rather than just reprint the press release…
The German show is from the Wacken festival, August 1st 2013 and titled “From the Setting Sun…”. The Tokyo show was recorded at the Budokan on April 12th 2014 nearly a year later, and is released as “…To The Rising Sun.”
Format wise the confusing record label information is a little hard to decipher, but it seems both shows will be released in one of four editions: 2CD + DVD set, triple vinyl, stand alone DVD or Blu Ray. There are no CD only formats. The Tokyo Blu Ray is a regular 2D format but for Wacken you can watch Ian Gillan’s bare feet in glorious 3D-o-vision! I must confess our new TV set has 3D but we’ve never even opened the glasses, and assume the disc has a 2D option. All formats are due to ship at the very end of August (which likely means early September.)
Set-lists have not been supplied, but from our archives we can suggest these (see below) although I cannot guarantee all the tracks will be on the final releases. And as you might have guessed, despite being almost a year apart, the sets are very similar in terms of songs played, which is presumably why the label has felt the need to stress the very different atmosphere at the two venues. You’d think someone would have thought about adding in a few different songs when they knew they were being filmed again. Let’s hope that the cover photos for the two titles are from the same show, otherwise Steve must have been wearing that top for eight months! Uli Jon Roth guested on Smoke on the Wacken show but isn’t mentioned in the press info.
They’re available to pre-order at the DTB online shop, and we will email confirmed prices once the label has bothered to send them out. The primary format is obviously film, and you can only get the audio CD with the DVD edition. If this follows previous releases, these special formats, especially the triple vinyl, are likely to be quite limited. Thanks to Bo Olsson, Tim Summers for their help.
Set-list : Highway Star (Wacken) or Apres Vous (Tokyo) / Into the Fire / Hard Lovin’ Man / Vincent Price / Strange Kind of Woman (‘SKOW’ before ‘VP’ at Tokyo) / Contact Lost / Uncommon Man (Tokyo)/ The Well-Dressed Guitar / The Mule (Tokyo) / Hell to Pay / Lazy / Above and Beyond / No One Came / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Encore: Green Onions / Hush / Black Night
Two more live tracks from Now What appeared on the band’s last live CD, which accompanied a special edition of the studio album in late 2013. They were from four shows in July and August 2013, cherry picked to form a full show. This set is also in stock at DTB online shop, in a rather smart gold foil diecut sleeve.
This item was updated with more reliable set list info July 21.
July 20, 2015
Deep Purple have earmarked February 2016 to record a new studio album, and will again use Bob Ezrin to produce. His input is generally regarded as having a big part of the success of Now What. It will be done in America, which they like as they can get a decent size reasonably priced studio space to set up in and jam.
In the meantime there is a set spoiler from the band’s latest American jaunt below, so look away now if you’ve got tickets and DON’T want to know! Although I suppose most of us would be able to make a reasonably good guess these days. Four songs from Now What still in the set, which is otherwise classic era heavy (and Perfect Strangers the sole representative of over twenty five years of studio output.)
Thanks to Mark Maddock
Deep Purple July 14th – Lewiston, Artpark Amphitheater, New York
Highway Star / Aprés Vous / Hard Lovin’ Man / Strange Kind of Woman / Vincent Price / Contact Lost + Uncommon Man + Well Dressed Guitar / The Mule / Lazy / Hell to Pay / Keyboard Solo + Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Encore – Hush / Black Night
July 14, 2015
As well as the regular edition of the upcoming Deep Purple photo archive book, publishers ST33Books have just announced that there will be a limited edition signed by Ian Paice. You can read more about this (and see a photo of the signing) on the ST33Books site, or you can subscribe to the newsletter about the book for more details by clicking the button below. Ian did the signing the day before he was due to jet out for the current American tour. He checked out some of the book pages too and singled out the shot above as one he particularly liked; it was taken at the Rainbow Theatre on the final Mk 2 tour in the UK in early 1973.
July 7, 2015
Ritchie Blackmore has opened up about his plans to play rock again – to the French national newspaper Le Parisien. He was interviewed to help promote a Blackmore’s Night show there tomorrow night at L’Olympia. A couple of people have had a look at the translation and from this the general scenario seems to be that he plans to do some shows in June 2016, and cover Deep Purple and Rainbow material. He tells the writer that he has not formally settled on anything yet, or come up with a line-up (though he has a few players in mind). His idea is to have a couple of names, and some less well known musicians. He again stresses that this will be short-term, three or four shows only. The journalist mentions that a promoter has told him a festival in France is one possible date and Blackmore confirms this has been discussed.
We do know that he can delight in winding people up, and the interview concludes with the suggestion that Joe Lynn Turner may not be involved after all.
So the saga continues! Maybe he’s done a deal with TV for a new talent show to find a suitable band…
Thanks to Mark and Tom for the link; those who did better than me learning French at school can read the full article online:
June 29, 2015
Chris Squire with Yes, Manchester Palace Theatre. photo : Simon Robinson
As someone is always quick to point out if I so much as dare to mention politics in a passing comment, this is first and foremost a Deep Purple site. But we are all a product of the times we lived through and the music we grew up with, and I am sure I’m not the only one here who will feel sad to learn of the death of Yes bass player Chris Squire. With money always in short supply as a teenager, a fair proportion went on live music. My and I brother were fortunate enough to get a couple of the last tickets for the Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans tour, our first experience of the band live. It was one of those show you will remember forever, and we sat transfixed by the whole evening – despite not owning the album (something we soon rectified, it remains one of my favourite Yes albums to this day). And Yes certainly shared a similar history and timeline to Deep Purple, all the musicians being a product of the mid-sixties beat boom. Co-founded by Chris Squire, Yes also emerged from an early line-up into what many regard a their classic incarnation, and hit their stride at much the same time as Purple too. The paths of the two bands even crossed on the live circuit in the early days (check out the advert below), different styles of music for certain, but in the late Sixties and early Seventies there was very much a progressive or underground scene to which both bands were equally valid (though whether Yes felt much of that spirit after the events at Plumpton in 1970 when they were supposed to follow Purple, despite Blackmore setting the stage on fire, I’m not sure!). Yes underwent far more extreme changes of line-up and direction than Deep Purple over the years for sure (something I have learned more about while working on the publication of a book about Yes in recent months), but that bass (and those jackets) remained throughout.
June 24, 2015
Glenn Hughes has sprung a decent looking live tour on the UK, back to a power-trio as well with Doug Aldrich and Pontus Engborg. Just writing that and I can feel the bass slamming into me.
Glenn is promising to cover all of his career paths (which could mean a long night these days), indeed the man himself suggests, this is going to be epic. Sorry, E P I C.
Were fancying the Holmfirth gig so we can get an early tea at the Wrinkled Stocking cafe first, from the money we saved not bothering to go to the Slash support shows late last year. Thanks to Tom, Tim and Classic Rock Revisited dot com for the news.
Mon 19 Norwich – Waterfront
Tue 20 Newcastle- Tyne Theatre
Thu 22 Belfast – Limelight
Fri 23 Glasgow – The Garage
Sun 25 Holmfirth – Picturedrome
Mon 26 Bilston – Robin 2
Wed 28 York – Fibbers
Thu 29 Manchester – Club Academy
Sun 01 London – Electric Ballroom
June 15, 2015
As most fans know, the studio / live edits of Smoke On The Water were issued as a (more or less) contemporary single almost everywhere but Britain. It first appeared in North America in the spring of 1973, and it was the success of the single there (top five in US and Canada) which inspired most other countries to follow suit.
A lot of the success in North America has been put down to it being taken up by radio stations there and heavily played. However 40 plus years on there is little documentary evidence to back this up. Researching for the upcoming Machine Head book, we are hoping fans in the U.S. and Canada (or anywhere else) who might have any knowledge of the song’s presentation on the radio stations there might be able to shed some light on it. Perhaps you have recollections of hearing the song played a lot on certain stations; maybe you worked in a radio station and can shed light on how it was programmed, or know someone who did, and can give us a bit of an insight into Smoke On The Water on U.S radio back in the spring of 1973. Do get in touch.