Reverse tributes

April 24, 2015

Hot on the heels of Coverdale’s Purple Album, and Blackmore’s rumoured Purple Rainbows, comes news of a sort of reverse tribute offering, from the Deep Purple covers band Purpendicular.
They’ve gone in the other direction, and ditched their covers in favour of an album of all new material BUT with contributions from Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Don Airey, Steve Morse and Neil Murray!
It’s a concept album entitled This Is The Thing #1 and available through through their own website.
Nick Simper has also gone the same way and cut a new album with Nasty Habits, the band he did the successful Mk 1 tribute shows with for some time. This time he’s doing all new material, contemporary rock.  The CD is titled De La Frog Conspiracy (don’t ask us why!) and it’s available through the band. Email them at nasty.habits@chello.at

Nick Simper Nasty Habits CD
Thanks also to Tom Dixon for the info.

Hall of Fame

April 23, 2015

Deep PurpleDeep Purple may keep being “overlooked” by the rock and roll hall of fame (they don’t deserve capital letters!) but Modern Drummer magazine have just named Ian Paice as their Hall of Fame / Rock Drummer of The Year 2015, as voted for by their readers. Good to see his name in there amongst younger players too. He joins some amazing drummers on the Hall of Fame list including two of his own heroes, Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. You can read more on the Pearl drums.com site.

Thanks to Alan Greene for the news.

The High Life

April 22, 2015

imagesLots of guesses for the Mistreated cover version competition we posted a few days back (and apologies for being late giving the answer – the internet connection here was crawling along last week, making it impossible to do any meaningful work online.)  Some were wildly off, others just having a bit of fun.  And lots of correct answers as well.  ONLY people who answered via the blog correctly were entered as someone apparently just stuck the answer on the DTB Facebook site (Fud. I will make sure any future comp do not get posted there as well.)
Anyhow, it was actor Alan Cumming doing the singing (or “the culprit” as Steve put it!). It was from the official soundtrack album to one of those animated films, a “madcap fairy tale musical” called Strange Magic, directed by George Lucas (four words now guaranteed to send a shiver down any film buff’s spine.) Pretty dreadful viewing by all accounts. Alan starred in The High Life, a great (well we love it) sit-com based around a low-budget Scottish airline company (came out on DVD a while back at last), which was the clue.
We made a list of all the correct entries, then Ann blind picked Craig McGovern, and we’ve contacted Craig for a mailing address for his vinyl prize.  We’ll have to be even more careful in future with competitions, as someone pointed out that you could throw the MP3 at Shazam and get the answer that way…

Harry Enfiled Paul Whitehouse flyer

While on about comedy I must show the flyer for the upcoming Enfield & Whitehouse comedy tour later this year, which Paul said was a tribute to Deep Purple recently!  Thanks to Annie Graham for sending this on. Personally I regard their history of BBC2 as one of the cleverest and finely crafted comedy pieces I have ever seen on TV, both very funny and also very damning at the same time. I dashed off to see about tickets for the live show, and found they wanted us to part with £45 a go…  for two people on stage, a few props and a selection of wigs.  Hmm, maybe more of a tribute than they realised!

Updated dates

April 21, 2015

A few more dates added to the Deep Purple tour list for 2015, including two more shows in Canada spotted by eagle-eyed Gary Poronovich, including this massive ten day event in Québec (Purple play there on the final day.) Quite tempted by Full Flex Express With Jack U featuring Skrillex & Diplo myself…! The Mexican one-off we mentioned before is actually a tour now, while the Russian show turned out to be some promoter there over-hyping what is actually a Glenn Hughes concert…

Deep Purple Quebec July 2015 festival flyer

RSD

April 20, 2015

Deep Purple Black Night Record Store Day editionWe covered last Saturday’s  Record Store Day Deep Purple releases a while back (details here) but for those who are interested we have some stock of three of the titles; the Black Night 7″ pic sleeve (which has an unissued edit of a Roger Glover remix, plus the piano Speed King); the Mono Book Of Taliesyn LP (both colour vinyl) and the triple Montreux 2011 vinyl (which is the priciest of the three as you might imagine, it weighs a ton too!).
We were not allowed to offer them prior to RS day, and cannot put them on the shop yet, so please email Ann if you want copies and she will email you with the details. Supplies are very limited as indie stores got first dibs, so it’s first come first served.
Amazingly Sheffield has seen four more vinyl outlets open this year, albeit all hidden away in the suburbs where rent is cheap, but nice to see.

It’s been Mistreated

April 8, 2015

Deep Purple Burn sleeveAs it’s Easter week and every other bugger seems to be on holiday, for those who aren’t, it’s competition time:  It gets harder and harder to devise competitions as 99 times out of 100 you can Bing the answer (yes, I’ve switched) within moments, but couldn’t resist trying people out on this, a very strange (but far from unaccomplished) cover version of Deep Purple’s Mistreated. I mean who would have thought he could star in one of our all time favourite sitcoms AND manage this?  The question:  can you tell us who is singing?   Click on the link below leads you to a one off page where you can listen or download the MP3.  Answer next week, and the prize – a mint copy of the EMI remaster of Burn on vinyl – awarded to the first person out of the eHat who gets it right.  If nobody manages it, we’ll devise a clue. Put your answers in the comments section, and I will keep them hidden.

Mistreated cover version

Many thanks to Norman Barrel and Nick Robinson.

The real thing

April 3, 2015

After all the news lately about tribute bands and cover versions, some actual new Deep Purple shows to report.  The band have a short set of shows in America during July and August, plus a one off in Canada and another down Mexico way (and in case Vladimir strops and decides to reannex Alaska, one in Russia too.)  Tickets are on sale now for most of these shows and you can read the full list on our 2015 gig page.  Thanks to Vince Chong in Canada for the info, with his local ticket seller proudly displaying a photo of Mk 2 at De Lane Lea to their online viewers!

upcycling

March 31, 2015

Deep Purple House of Blue Light t-shirt

Tracy Chaplain-Payne wonders if we get Simple Crochet magazine on a regular basis, to which I shame-facedly have to answer “no”. Viz, Private Eye and Country Life is about as far as it goes.  So we missed this nice upcycling of a vintage Deep Purple shirt which turned up on the cover of the magazine issue 29 to offset the crochet scarf. It’s the House Of Blue Light tour, and has been given a new v-neck (losing two of the band in the process!) with a leather string to gather the shoulders.  Or you could hang on to yours in the hopes that it becomes a collector’s item (though after 30 years you’d think it might have done so by now…).

do it yourself

March 25, 2015

bernie torme

Always a bit of a maverick, Bernie Tormé has embraced the DIY ethos made possible by the web, and is working on a second album to be funded through his fan base. It’s a great way to get things done, especially in this day and age of disappearing record shops, disinterested labels and monolithic web retailers.  You can read all about the new project on his pledgepage (plus be able to listen to some cuts from the last album – the guitar / harmonica duetting sounds great) and people who join up get all sorts of extras, bonus bits and pieces, right up to the chance to actually get involved in doing the backing vox!  On top of all that 10% of funds raised after the goal is reached go a teenage cancer charity.
To be fair, Bernie probably doesn’t need us to plug him – his last CD was funded four time over – but he is one of the good guys.
Thanks to Lee Worrall.

EPK / VH1 / ETC

March 19, 2015

At the risk of turning into the Whitesnake fanclub…(though the covers album is one of the most talked about in ages): Eddie Trunk’s VH1 ‘That Metal Show’ interviewed DC via a video link about ‘The Purple Album’. David talked about Jon wanting a “Purple reunion (of sorts)” in his last few years, and also said he discussed covering Rainbow songs (as well as DP and WS ones) with Ritchie during their reunion chats.
In the meantime Whitesnake have posted an EPK online covering the upcoming release, with more snippets from said album.


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