Rainbow over Russia

October 13, 2017

Although Blackmore has made it to Russia a few times with Blackmore’s Night, they’ve never had him in rock mode, so the announcement of two Rainbow shows over there in April 2018 should go down well. Thanks to Mark Maddock and Mike Richards for the info.

Rainbow Russia shows 2018


Here’s one off our new album…

October 6, 2017

Incredibly, Deep Purple have been booked for a BBC Radio 2 In Concert, the first time in 45 years! Unless you count the Kilburn show, but that was a proper concert, this is at the BBC Radio Theatre studios and takes place the day before the first UK show at Birmingham. You can register for the ticket draw up to next thursday BUT the event does come with caveats; 70% of the seats will be allocated to London postcodes AND they always send out more tickets than they have seats (apparently to cover the people who get a ticket but don’t turn up) so you might arrive at the door with a ticket… and still not be allowed in! It’s bad enough airlines doing that, but at least you can get another flight. Anyway, them’s the rules. I guess if you’re in London it’s not so bad, for the other 30% it could be a very expensive wasted trip. Show starts at 7.30pm prompt. If you want to risk it, here’s the url.
These days the BBC also often film the In Concert shows and air these online, and it might be that they band will release this later.  Anyone betting on them playing all of their new album (as they did back in ’72)?  Below, IG at the last show backstage, courtesy Stereo33Books and Barry Plummer.

DP one10


October 5, 2017


Following the reinvention of Now What a number of times, Deep Purple are reissuing Infinite as a Gold Edition 10 track CD, with a second CD from the 2017 HellFest festival (mentioned in an earlier posting when some of it was aired on European TV) as the bonus material. The Hellfest set is also issued as a triple vinyl set, and there’s a Blu-Ray called From Here To Infinite (now if they’d done it as InFinité the pun might have worked!), a reworking of the previously issued DVD plus additional footage, with the promos, interviews, etc. Due date is November 3rd. The live material is subtitled Volume 1, which kind of suggests more to follow.


September 29, 2017

At the risk of turning into a GH fan site, thanks to Roel Glas in Australia, here’s the A4 flyer put together to publicise the Glenn Hughes Deep Purple tour. We’ve also learned that Glenn “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee” Hughes (as Guitar World insist on calling him!) and his compadre Chad Smith are forming two noisy thirds of Joe Satriani’s power trio backing for Joe’s new album (his 16th) What Happens Next, due out in January (CD / LP). There is a very miserly clip on Joe’s website. I guess this needs to go in the discography as a GH session, though that hardly seems to do it justice. Thanks to Tim Summers; Tim says there have been rumours of Glenn being in a band with Joe for some time but Joe’s next tour is a G3 set in the U.S. with no mention of Glenn.

Overdoing it…

September 26, 2017

Glenn Hughes had to cut short his show in Christchurch last night according to a report in the New Zealand Herald.  He’d been suffering with a cold and was about an hour into the concert when he felt too poorly to continue, and was attended by medical personnel. Hopefully he just needs a break what with the stress of the tour and the travel.  Thanks to Mark Maddock for the heads up.


Warning, contains Georgia!

September 22, 2017

Here’s the Glenn Hughes Purple tribute set from one of the Australian shows on the current your there (Sydney). We’ve nicked it from one of those set list sites but it does tally with other reports. A taster for the shows was aired on local TV and can be seen online here:

Not a bad set either; he’s done a few of these during various tours over the years but a couple I don’t recall. Digital audio of some shows also doing the rounds if you know where to go. Thanks to Mike Richards and Tim Summers.
Can’t help wishing Ritchie could take a pay cut and join in but Jeff Kollman has worked with Glenn on these songs before and does a good job. And with the fuzzy picture quality and long hair, it could almost be the 70s again at times!


Vinyl Guide

September 18, 2017

height_90_width_90_deeppurple-iangillan-02‘The Vinyl Guide’, a podcast for fans and collectors of vinyl records, interviewed Ian Gillan recently about his records, his time with Black Sabbath, his avoidance of nostalgia and the history and future of the Deep Purple. Ian says they have dates next year and confirms that they have talked about another studio album. He also mentioned that if and when DP get around to actually finishing, his retirement plans include … solo albums and tours! Thanks to Tim Summers for spotting this, and if you fancy a listen the link is below. Not sure how the current set sits alongside the “avoidance of nostalgia” mind you!


More Glenn

September 12, 2017

Black Country Communion Classic Rock magazine October 2017Black Country Communion (see below) also get hefty coverage (and the cover story) in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine (October)) and via a tie-up with their label Mascot, there’s a ‘best of’ cover mount CD as well which acts as a good taster if you’ve not bought the earlier albums. Thanks to Tom Dixon for the info.

The black crows circle

September 8, 2017

The fourth Black Country Communion album is due around Sept 22nd on both CD and vinyl (thanks to Tonny Steenhagen for the info.) From the taster track studio video I found on the Ultimate Guitar site (Link below), it seems to be more of the same, and just as Zeppy too (check Joe’s solo out!). So if you were up for it before, you’ll not be disappointed. Glenn delivers a solid performance as always but I’m not sure what all this hard work actually adds to the pantheon. It all starts the build up to the tour which reaches us in January, let’s hope it’s more of a band thing than the last one which came over to me as Joe Bonamassa plus guests.
Title? BCCIV.
Actually that’s probably meant to be some sort of a phoenix on the front, sorry crows. Glenn is interviewed in this months Record Collector magazine too.


Glenn Hughes Black Country Communion 4 Glenn Hughes

Here’s five discs for ya!

August 29, 2017

I guess it makes sense to mark the occasion, even if I don’t see any mention that it’s the 30th anniversary of the seminal 1987 Whitesnake album. Thirty years ago.
Anyhow DC is pushing the boat out with a monster five disc set. The catch is if you bought previous editions (the 25th anniversary edition for example!) you will have a fair chunk of this already, and although the mastering is new I’m not really certain what they could add to previous CD versions (and it sounded pretty effing powerful even back on vinyl!) So it’s make your mind up time: you get the album, a 12 track CD of live recordings from the album tour and potentially of interest on CD3, a disc of album demos. Disc four rounds up the zillions of 12″ and alternate versions, mixes and radio edits which confused collectors so much back in the day, and the videos are on disc 5. I guess at the right price it may be worth upgrading, it’ll be interesting to hear what the new to CD stuff (marked *) is like, though a 2CD set of the rarities might have been a nice guesture.
It’s easy to forget what a phenomena all this was in America at the time, and just how many zillion units it all sold. And that production sound on David’s voice can still send shivers down the spine on the best cuts.
Thanks to Tom Dixon for the gen.  Track list below the search montage.

Whitesnake 1987 album


4CD/DVD Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster
1.“Still Of The Night”
2.“Give Me All Your Love”
3.“Bad Boys”
4.“Is This Love”
5.“Here I Go Again 87”
6.“Straight For The Heart”
7.“Looking For Love”
8.“Children Of The Night”
9.“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”
10.“Crying In The Rain”
11.“Don’t Turn Away”

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]
1.“Bad Boys/Children Of The Night” *
2.“Slide It In” *
3.“Slow An’ Easy” *
4.“Here I Go Again” *
5.“Guilty Of Love” *
6.“Is This Love” *
7.“Love Ain’t No Stranger” *
8.Guitar Solo – Adrian and Vivian *
9.“Crying In The Rain” *
10.“Still Of The Night” *
11.“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” *
12.“Give Me All Your Love” *

Disc Three: 87 Evolutions [Demos and Rehearsals]
1.“Still Of The Night” *
2.“Give Me All Your Love” *
3.“Bad Boys” *
4.“Is This Love” *
5.“Straight For the Heart” *
6.“Looking For Love” *
7.“Children Of The Night” *
8.“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” *
9.“Crying In The Rain” *
10.“Don’t Turn Away” *
11.“Crying In The Rain” (Lil’ Mountain Alternate Take Ruff Mix) *

Disc Four: 87 Versions [2017 Remixes]
1.“Still Of The Night” – Remix *
2.“Is This Love” – Remix *
3.“Give Me All Your Love” – Remix *
4.“Here I Go Again 87” – Remix *
5.“Standing In The Shadows” – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
6.“Looking For Love” – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
7.“You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
8.“Need Your Love So Bad” – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
9.“Here I Go Again” – Radio Mix
10.“Give Me All Your Love” – Single Version

1.“Still Of The Night” – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
2.“Here I Go Again 87” – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
3.“Is This Love” – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
4.“Give Me All Your Love” – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
5.Documentary about the making of 1987 Album *
6.“Here I Go Again” – Purplesnake Video Jam *
7.“Crying In The Rain” – 1987 Tour Video Bootleg *
8.Band Intros – 1987 Tour Video Bootleg *
9.“Still Of The Night” – 1987 Tour Video Bootleg *