Archive for the ‘The musicians’ Category

Fifty once

May 1, 2018

Classic Rock have pushed the boat out with a Deep Purple cover issue on sale now. Some of us have been admiring the cover art too, would look great as a poster. It’s actually quite a strange image, familiar but not quite right. The answer turns out that it really is a montage – Ritchie’s head is from a 1969 pic, the rest of him from Mk3 days! Frankenpurple.

Not been into town to buy a copy yet but several people have. Tom Dixon reckons “the angle this time is the justifiable, inarguable fact that shows “how the Deep Purple Family tree ruled rock” Inevitably for most of us there is nothing new but they do interview all the members (bar Morse, and Blackmore of course) and even do a ‘special’ on the Butterfly Ball. Airey gets a couple of pages too to expand on Moore in particular with a sidebar on Simon McBride as he has featured with Don a few times and is on his forthcoming album. Warhorse, and Captain Beyond get a brief appearance. Some nice period pics too. Nicely put together piece on the huge influence the band and its’ many members have had on rock.” There is a sample CD with the magazine featuring a few old Purple label tracks.

Funnily enough we were watching the lengthy Jeff Beck special on BBC4 TV the other day and were quite touched by the way Cozy Powell was bigged up when they came to talking about The Jeff Beck Group (and nice to see a bit of rare footage too). Jeff says he got his label to organise the auditions, and when he turned up they pointed Cozy out and said “forget the rest”, some of whom were already packing their drum sticks away! The show is on iPlayer.

classic rock deep purple.png

 

Advertisements

Joe Lynn Turner

April 17, 2018

joe and graham.jpg

Joe Lynn Turner was taken to hospital late last week having suffered from a myocardial infarction. Needless to say all live engagements are off for now, but JLT should be able to resume live work after a good rest and the right medication. This all happened over in Belarus where he now lives, and he was treated at a hospital in Minsk.

Photo of Joe Lynn Turner on stage with Graham Bonnet by Marko Syrjälä courtesy Easy On The Eye Books

Roger on bass

April 11, 2018

Roger Glover is joining his old mate Pete York’s Rock and Blues Circus for a tour of Germany in November/December 2018. Dates are on our diary page.
The other musicians are: Pete York, Miller Anderson, Zoot Money and Albie Donnelly.

Thanks to Luts Reinert for the info and the flyer below.

Pete Yorks ...ticklin 'da' groove flyer.png

Don’s solo

March 23, 2018

Don Airey is releasing a new solo CD out soon, a bit more of a rock themed offering apparently. It will also come with a live CD from his recent support shows. He was quite poorly with pneumonia for a time causing him to pull out of some of the concerts but is on the mend. Thanks to Tom Dixon. Photo courtesy Mascot Records.

Don_Airey.jpg

 

 

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.

Butterfly Ball Connoisseur.jpg

 

Glenn goes on

March 14, 2018

Glenn-Hughes-2018-Germany

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.

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.

ian paice jazz tribute.jpg

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!

Glenn18.jpg

Snake Box Heroes

February 9, 2018

foreigner-whitesnake-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:

https://darkerthanblue.wordpress.com/deep-purple-now/deep-purple-co-2018-dates/

Steelhouse

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