Butterfly Ball

March 19, 2018

Another CD edition of Roger Glover’s Butterfly Ball is due, a 3CD set no less. Depending on how you catalogue them this is about the sixth or seventh. It has the original album, demos (which were on an earlier release but there may be some new ones), and the US radio interview, which came out on Connoisseur years in 1999 (the 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition Digitally Remastered Enhanced CD as the label insisted the cover say!). Disc 3 on this new one? Sadly not the live audio of the show, but a facsimile CD of the old EP. Still if you don’t have the album then it saves a hunt, and while the overall concept seems a bit strange these days there are some good tracks on there, and Ronnie Dio was outstanding. Thanks to Tom Dixon and others.

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Glenn goes on

March 14, 2018


As soon as the UK “Glenn Plays Purple” tour is over, Glenn is doing dates in Germany during October 2018.

Dates are : 17.10.18 Berlin – Admiralspalast
18.10.18 Hamburg – Fabrik
20.10.18 Worpswede – Music Hall
21.10.18 Leipzig – Gewandhaus
24.10.18 Bochum – Zeche
25.10.18 Bensheim – Rex
27.10.18 Winterbach – Lehenbachhalle

Thanks to Lutz Reinert who also sent us the flyer for the tour.

Number One

March 1, 2018

Voters on the Planet Rock poll have voted in their annual poll:


BEST BRITISH ALBUM – Deep Purple ‘Infinite’

Thanks to all who have let us know!  We’ll have to try retuning the DAB so we can listen in again…


Rainbow Rising Again

February 27, 2018

Details have been issued of Rainbow‘s Memories in Rock II, a 2CD+DVD Box-Set. This is from the 2017 UK concerts, specifically the Birmingham and Glasgow shows. It does lack a couple of songs from the tour, Still I’m Sad (only done at London) and Burn. Disc three is mostly a set of filmed interviews many of which have been on YouTube already. The label have also put a promo video up online :


Tim Summers who alerted me to this says he’s spotted himself on the film and will be seeking his royalties! I suspect he’ll be out of luck as venues usually have a “you agree to being filmed” notice on the doors these days. There is also a new studio track at the end of disc two for some reason, albeit similar to the last two they’ve issued in that it’s synth drums etc. Thanks also to Matthew Kean.  Dates for this year in Russia are on our diary page.

Disc: 1
1. Over The Rainbow
2. Spotlight Kid
3. I Surrender
4. Mistreated
5. Since You’ve Been Gone
6. Man On The Silver Mountain/Woman From Tokyo
7. 16th Century Greensleeves
8. Soldier Of Fortune
9. Perfect Strangers
10. Difficult To Cure
11. All Night Long
12. Child In Time

Disc: 2
1. Stargazer
2. Long Live Rock’n’Roll/Lazy
3. Catch The Rainbow
4. Black Night
5. Carry On Jon
6. Temple Of The King
7. Smoke On The Water
8. Waiting For A Sign (new studio song)

Disk: 3 Interviews


And all that Jazz

February 23, 2018

People with long memories should recall a very different cover album called “Jazz Tribute To Deep Purple” by the Air Jazz Quartet, issued back in 1995. It was an interesting and very listenable CD, one of the few such records to make it to our shelves permanently. It’s been out of print now for many years, but the producer Alain Rabiat has finally got a new edition pressed, and with three extra bonus tracks too. The best way to get this is to buy it direct from their official website www.deep-purple-jazz.fr (either as a proper disc or those new fangled MP3 thingies!)
Here’s a photo Alian sent of IP holding the first copy.

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Purple Glenn

February 19, 2018

The hinted at UK tour for Glenn’s Deep Purple show has been announced this week, promoted by (and tickets sold through) Planet Rock, although it’s not until much later in the year.  I’ll slap up the flyer which has the dates on, tickets on sale now.  Thanks to Keith Sharp and Tim Summers who were first off the block!



Snake Box Heroes

February 9, 2018


David Coverdale is taking Whitesnake out on an American tour in June / July 2018, supporting Foreigner/ It is billed as the Juke Box Heroes Tour, and opens with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (a massive jukebox favourite!). Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the news. It’s an extensive tour, the full list of dates is on our 2018 diary page at the bottom:




February 6, 2018

It looks like Glenn Hughes is preparing to do some of his Deep Purple tribute shows in the UK at last. The set is part of the Steelhouse Festival (in Ebbw Vale) in July. It’s a three-dayer, and Glenn is headlining on the Saturday night (28th July). We would imagine the other shows will be fitted in around this time, and look forward to catching one of these.
Touchingly the festival promoters have spoken about their first sight of the original band being via the California Jam video – on Betamax! “When we were growing up in Ebbw Vale, absorbing all the rock music we could, listening to records handed down by older siblings and saving up our own pennies for a Saturday afternoon binge at the local ‘Record Centre’, a game-changing piece of hi-tech entertainment hardware started to appear in houses all across the land – the video recorder had arrived and brought with it the possibility of seeing our heroes in glorious moving technicolour as well as hearing them. Our local video rental outlet had a copy of Deep Purple’s filmed appearance at Cal-Jam, 1974, a live concert so legendary and so exotic that it may as well have taken place on Mars. It proved to be a more popular rental in Ebbw Vale than ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Any Which Way But Loose’ and ‘Jaws’…!”

Thanks to Tim Summers, Chris Hewlett


More from your local newsagent

February 2, 2018

Anyone still short of that Planet Rock magazine Deep Purple special we mentioned a couple of weeks back, the Waitrose supermarket chain in the UK have just put it in the shelves as a promotion this week so we could pick a copy up at last. Quite a good read all in all, and a few nice pics.

Hopefully easier to find than Planet Rock, the new issue of Record Collector out this week has a big article entitled The Untold Story of Made In Japan, although those who have read it suggest The Retold Story might be more appropriate. However quite a few nice photos, some in colour, so worth checking out even if the regulation Mk 2 group photo is looking a bit over-used.  I can’t resist a decent Debbie Harry photo, so that will probably swing it for me! Thanks to Stephen Clare and others for the heads up.  

Best heading though which turned up this week while I was trying to find out when Roger Glover first brought his Rickenbaker back on stage during the reunion (he can’t remember, if you can confirm do tell! We think it was 1993):

Roger Glover Explained – everything.explained.today
What is Roger Glover?


Rock in Rio

January 8, 2018

Glenn is reprising last year’s New Zealand Deep Purple Tribute set over in South America in April 2018 with a series of eleven shows. And as we all shiver, here’s the flyer to bring a bit of warmth! Thanks to Steve Clare.

Glenn Hughes Deep Purple tribute April 2018 South America