DTB Newsletter – 4/12

April newsletter – just! Put it down to general low-spirits brought on by the non-stop rain this month plus a mad burst of skirting board fitting. The broadband also goes really flakey in weather like this and that hasn’t helped. Anyhow, others have been busy:

roger glover and steve mores deep purple

DEEP PURPLE NOW – Steve Morse confirmed Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Alice Cooper, etc.) as the likely producer for the band’s next studio album during a French interview. It shows a certain raising of the bar in this department (I wonder if they dare play him Rapture given the awful sound?). Read more on the blog here and see what others think of the idea.

smoke on the water record day single 2012

DEEP PURPLE THEN – EMI released Smoke On The Water on a 7″ 45 as one of their contributions to Record Day in the UK, with a pressing limited to just 1,000 copies. It’s on purple wax too and issued in a “retro picture sleeve”. If anyone is after it drop Ann an email as we have been able to pick up a few copies from our local indie store this week. Read more about Record Store Day 2012 on the site here.
That Deep Purple Lyon 1973 recording we mentioned last newsletter? Collectors say it’s very poor and not even complete, so probably the same cassette that’s been doing the rounds for years.
Here’s a question for you; I was doing some photo research the other day when a strange reference to Machine Head turned up, claiming that Bernie Taupin worked on the record in some capacity. The photo library had no more information. I assume it’s tosh but…
New to look at on the blog if you missed it is a short article on the discovery of the Who Do We Think We Are studio location in Frankfurt at last with photos.

machine head in a record rackMACHINE HEAD – Metallica have been talking about contributing to a Machine Head tribute album this year. I’m not supposed to talk about the project – so I won’t, except to say my suggestions for bands and musicians to contribute appears to have been too esoteric by far! I just fancied seeing something beyond the usual suspects really. A US radio station has aired a Machine Head radio special recently, but it turned out to be a rejigging of one from an earlier show.

MORSE – Steve Morse has managed to organise some gigs during Deep Purple’s summer holidays, with shows during July 2012 in Germany, Russia and elsewhere. More details on his website. steve morse flying colors cdMeanwhile the Flying Colors debut release is finally shipping, and anyone who ordered from DTB Online Store will get the Ltd. Ed. version. They have also added a late vinyl edition to the formats which we have in stock too; nice to see that cover art proper size.

PAICE – Ian Paice was confirmed late on for a slot at the first UK Buddy Rich memorial show on April 2. 2012 (it is normally staged in America) and was presented with a lifetime achievement award too. Paice has also authorised a signature drum kit, the first we’ve ever heard of. You can read the press release here and start saving up now! It comes with a Machine Head drum head too, even though at that time he used a rival’s equipment. The most bizarre aspect of the whole offer is that the buyers of the kits (only 12 to be made) will be offered lunch with Ian Paice at his favourite restaurant, “cost not to exceed £50″…
Ian Paice has also signed on to be a member of jury in a High School Music Competition in Istanbul.

GILLAN – the first of those deluxe vinyl reissues is going to be Future Shock, remastered off the original quarter inch production tapes (I know this is true for once as we’ve loaned them a missing reel). The plan is to package it in hard-back book form, with all the artwork and booklet, plus detailed sleeve notes (by yours truly). It will be limited to 500 copies. No price information yet, but we will take pre-orders at DTB Online store and let people know as soon as we have details. Due early summer.
IG is also working on a charity album release at present, more details anon.

WHITESNAKER Bernie Marsden has lined up some shows to celebrate his forty year career this summer. They all take place in June. Check the tour poster here for the dates. He’ll be playing his own tracks and some favourites from Peter Green, Rory Gallagher etc.

LORD – Bruce Dickinson, Ian Paice and Jon Lord have been confirmed to appear at the sixth annual Sunflower Jam Rock & Roll Music Event in London. This will be at the Royal Albert Hall on September 16. The Sunflower charity raises money and awareness for different ways of treating cancer. You can check last year’s event here.
The 2012 Concerto is almost finished, and it looks like the release will come in a special hardback book edition with lots of photos, notes etc. We’ll add this to the DTB Online store for pre-ordering.

GLOVER – becomes guitarist Tolo Martin’s latest Deep Purple guest musician, at a one-off show in Italy at the end of April. Check the flyer here.

BLACKMORE – Nigel Young mentions the death on March 31. of Arvid ‘Silas Wegg’ Andersen, who worked with Blackmore and Jim Evans in The Three Musketeers, Neil Christian And The Crusaders, The Trip and others in the years preceding the formation of Deep Purple. Blackmore has noted Arvid’s passing on his site. Also lost to rock this month is Jim Marshall, with whom Blackmore worked closely over the years.
Niji Records issued a picture disc edition of Long Live Rock’n Roll to mark Record Store Day this year, there’s a shot of it on the site here. It seems to have been mostly limited to North America but is available via their US online store.

TRIBUTE BAND CORNER – DP tribute act CTTB who have done gigs with Glenn in the past are playing three shows at the end of April with Joe Lynn Turner, which will give them chance to air some of the S&M era tracks we assume.
I see Yes have just started a tour with a singer from a Yes tribute band replacing a singer from another Yes tribute band, who replaced original singer Jon Anderson four years back. Is this the future for our classic bands?!

As many spotted, Deep Purple, the horse not the band, was running in this year’s Grand National. Over to our man in the deerstalker Keith Livingstone: “Deep Purple still running… Ian is setting the Paice, Roger is (Gl)over Beechers, Gillan looks in Trouble, Steve Morse is trying to avoid a Major Impact and Don looks a bit Airey at the Chairy.” The horse pulled up and refused a fence second time round but lives to race another day, unlike some on the day. Over on ITV Tim McSummers adds “more ‘The Mule’ than ‘Speed King’ then…at least it wasn’t ‘Time to Kill'”
And congrats to DTB man Tim Corbett who wisely avoided the temptation to place a bet on the nag and instead got first and third place winners.

Thanks to Tim Summers, Toby Cruse, Mark Jones, Stuart Hamilton, Danny Fox, David Browne, Tarik Burcoglu, Jo Henning Kåsin

NEW IN THE STORE THIS MONTH – The first reissue of the PAL Live broadcast for years is in stock. Total Abandon live reissue. Flying Colors CD and LP limited editions.

And finally… if you’re staying in the Clarks Shiraz Hotel, Agra (nr. Taj Mahal) in India, check out this purpley named cafe, it would appear that the manager must be a fan. Thanks to David Black for the snap, he went for the “puff + coffee” at 125/-.
Never Before cafe menu

Record rack photo copyright fensterbme

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One Response to “DTB Newsletter – 4/12”

  1. David Says:

    I’m very amazed that anybody slags a Deep Purple album.

    Cheers, David Coseni

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