Archive for the ‘The musicians’ Category

Ian Paice On The Drums and the Box!

May 8, 2020

Ian Paice has joined the long list of musicians who have taken a leaf out of the younger generation’s book and begun putting material up on the web to entertain everyone, is promising more broadcasts to come. He was always entertaining on shows like Super Drumming and The Ian Paice Drum Tribe (has he been remembering his days as an I-Spy spotter?!) while rather short is a 50% a mini percussion work out, and more will follow.  Perhaps, like us, IP got bored witless by BBC2 deciding to entertain us all during lockdown by repeating vintage snooker matches all effing afternoon (thousands of hours of brilliant archives dating back 70 years and that’s all their imagination can run to, no wonder everyone is going stir crazy!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZr6tuIybqQ&fbclid=IwAR3FHeTcSwfq9m4m4YenKKJa-iKVSn6dWugjYd-7SDLmFSQNx8tEQfcj0fg

Tim Summers also reminds us that David Coverdale has been posting acoustic / vocal numbers on his Facebook site, revisiting some early Whitesnake material and solo album tracks.  Tim says anyone who worries about DCs vocal abilities should check it out as he sounds great doing this sort of material, and inevitably people are wondering why his doesn’t cut a record like this. Surely while Bernie Marsden is sat around not doing so much there is a golden opportunity here?

Anyway you know how much DTB loathes Facebook but I’m sure you can find this site for yourselves. Ritchie and his better half have also been posting stuff for some time.

Man Alive

May 5, 2020

Deep Purple have posted the second full track off their upcoming album (release date now August 7th), six weeks after the first appeared (where is time going?).  This one is a moody concept track titled Man Alive which sort of defies description (and is nothing to do with the memorable – to some oldies – Tony Hatch TV theme), complete with Richard Burton-esque spoken snippets from IG, and lyrics which you would assume were written after the virus broke not months before: “Don was experimenting with an oboe to do a haunting, repetitive little piece to illustrate the echoes of emptiness. So I just started speaking at the microphone and it fit perfectly. It just had to be something that wasn’t sung – it was almost like a voice bubble attached to the song. It just seemed to be the right thing to do.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this fits in the the album as a whole. And no crude remarks as to the colour of the oboe here you will note. Meanwhile as expected Deep Purple’s tour dates have ALL been put back to 2021, clearly a sensible move in the current uncertain times.

The best version of the video seems to be the one linked direct to YouTube, some others had poor audio. Thanks to Mark Maddock, Tim Summers and many more.

There’s a link to the earlier track Throw My Bones on the site below.

DC and GH

April 22, 2020

Whitesnake have announced another set of reissues, we can do no better than to quote the publicity blurb: “(They) bring together some of their hardest-hitting songs of (their) multi-platinum career on The Rock Album, a new collection that features revisited, remixed and remastered versions of the group’s best rock songs. The album is the first release in the band’s “Red, White and Blues Trilogy,” a series of fresh, new collections organized by musical themes that will include: Love Songs (red), The Rock Album (white) and The Blues Album (blue). Pre-order ‘The Rock Album’ now on White Double Vinyl, CD and …” box set.
If Guinness Book of Records have a category for most recycled rock back catalogue then nominations are now closed. We are told that the “revisiting” includes new Hammond overdubs (on post-JL material) as well…

Glenn Hughes‘ first full track off the now delayed Dead Daisies album has been trailed on an animated YouTube vid – takes us back to those Old Great Whistle Test fillers! Great singing but not sure it has enough of a musical identity (or the visual theme is particularly appropriate at this time), although as with Purple you wouldn’t give away your best cut online! Talking of which, they’re promising another album teaser very shortly…

Thanks to Martin Ashberry and Tom Dixon

 

 

Countdown

April 7, 2020

Edel have reset their Whoosh counter for the new release date of  August 7th, so clearly anticipate we’ll all be back to normal by then.  Thanks to Stephen Clare for the update.

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Throw My Bones

March 20, 2020

Edel are apparently priapic with pride to reveal yet another special exclusive limited edition of Whoosh, which seems to round up all the other editions (see posts below – 2LP vinyl, CD, mediabook), plus three 10″ vinyl records called “The Infinite Live Recordings Vol 2”, art prints and a t-shirt.  Ten items in all (pack shot below), eight of which have the same cover art (and the other two are prints).  We would expect whatever the live content is (they don’t specify) will soon be recycled as Edel have 100% form in that department! UPDATE : the live material is from Deep Purple’s performance in Rio 2017 “The inFinite Live Recordings, Vol. 2”. And for the DVD, it features the full Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin in conversation (clips on the web) and, for the first time, the full live performance at Hellfest 2017. Thanks to Lutz Reinert.

“Whoosh!” will be available as Limited CD+DVD Mediabook (incl. the 1 as video)

Never mind all that though, they have also just posted (well it went up at midnight, but DTB likes a lie in these days) a teaser track online at last, so we can get our first real flavour of the recordings. And Throw My Bones is a clear follow on from InFinite which is hardly surprising (or a bad thing).  A decent enough if short offering, plus great production, but those lyrics sound very very personal…  and given the current pandemic, quite prescient.  Thanks to everyone for the updates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUW7PvvbbO4

 

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Over The Dene

February 20, 2020

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Those with long memories may recall the photographs in the original Whitesnake Biography of various sites in Saltburn-by-the-Sea where David Coverdale was born and grew up. Overdene Maternity Hospital in Saltburn is where David gave the world his first rock and roll screams.  It was closed as a hospital in 1980 (not without a certain amount of opposition locally) and finally sold off by the NHS three years later. The building was then split into two spacious private homes, with new flats built in parts of the grounds – but we didn’t realise that the place was renamed Coverdale House! According to the local paper the building’s other claim to fame is that it was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the Victorian architect who designed London’s Natural History Museum. So two heritage plaques then?

David does like to saunter about whenever he is in the area with Whitesnake, and posted this rather nice shot of him taken outside the pub which his parents used to run, called The Red Lodge.

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ITMA

January 27, 2020

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Ahead of Rock Candy magazine (below), Glenn cropped up on another magazine cover just before Christmas, the altogether much better looking Blues In Britain. Blues you say? That’s exactly what I asked when author Nicholas John first approached me about doing the feature.  But he took a round about route, leaving aside the fairly well worn story of the bass player’s career in favour of an interview looking at Glenn’s relationship with blues music over the years.  And when you learn that Glenn had a school band called The Hooker Lees, you just know the blues had to figure. Anyway a nice feature all round.  So nice in fact, that Rock N Reel magazine have also run it in their January issue (albeit it dropping Glenn off the cover in favour of Peggy Seeger!).

Nicholas has also put the audio of the phone interview online at his YouTube channel, which you can listen to here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i-jNfPFqh8

Coming right up to date, Glenn and his new project with The Dead Daisies is on the cusp as they say, and Mark Maddock spotted that they have posted a number of nicely shot videos online with clips from the sessions, etc. which give a good idea of what it will all sound like.

‘Ere Ear

January 20, 2020

The earMusic publicity machine seems to be grinding into action and speculation is that a May release for the new Deep Purple studio album (will they be calling it “Y And Beyond”? I dare them) seems to be on the cards. Ear have apparently (well Tim Summers told me, I haven’t got the patience!) been pushing out annoyingly short clips of Roger talking to producer Bob (and revealing very little in the process), but the feeling is that some actual audio snippets will not be long in appearing.  Some who have been privy to listening in claim it’s the best Morse-era material yet.  I know we shouldn’t get too excited at our age but I’ll get our laptop speakers dusted down in case …!

Meanwhile while we’re waiting, if you have half an hour free, see if you can spot parts of the Smoke On The Water riff in Jon Holmes amazing new BBC Radio 4 dark ‘comedy’ The Twister.

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“Keep that lid closed guys, Carlos Ghosn slipped me a pony to put it on the next flight to Cuba…”

Sorry mum, I broke it…

November 22, 2019

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This went at auction in America a few weeks back, one of the replica Strats as destroyed by Blackmore on stage. I assume it comes from a show on Rainbow’s long trek there in 1979 on the Down To Earth tour. I have seen smashed – by – Blackmore guitars before, indeed I have one myself, but not autographed up so nicely. Although Ritchie has signed it on the back, so you would need a glass case to really show it off! They sold it for a few bucks shy of $1500, which to me doesn’t seem a bad deal especially with what this government is doing to our currency rate! My thanks to Tonny Steenhagen for the details.

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Whitesnake’s big package (tour)

November 7, 2019

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David Coverdale and whoever is in Whitesnake right now (I’m a bit out of touch) are coming over on a stadium visit to Britain May / June 2020.  They will be in the company of fellow rock and roll titans (© Manchester Evenings News!) Foreigner and (openers) Europe to form a triple bill likely to strike a spot with fans of 1980s hits and MTV.  There are six dates in all. They then fly over to Australia for a tour there with The Scorpions, including a show in New Zealand, then a date in Singapore on the way across to Japan for half a dozen headlining shows.

Tickets are fully on sale this Friday but there are pre-sale offers on meet and greet packages if you look online (they START at £129.00!). Details : London’s O2 Arena (May 31), Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (June 1), Arena Birmingham (June 3), Glasgow SSE Hydro (June 4) and Newcastle Utilita Arena (June 6), Manchester Arena on June 8.

The question we ask ourselves (apart from where I would hide for the other two acts!) is will they be a patch on the shows in 1979 and 1980 and the answer sadly is not, so I’ll put the money towards a trip to London to see the Bridget Riley exhibition instead.

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