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Hamburg

March 1, 2017

Details of the photo shoot for Infinite are emerging, which took place in December 2016 in Hamburg. Yes it’s a port city, but there is a big long estuary where they must have set up (we used to love this part of the journey when we travelled in on the ferry back in the 80s, usually for Purple gigs in Germany funnily enough! Sadly the ferry no longer goes into the port.) Roger Glover has been explaining (to Billboard magazine) that the entire package and concept came from the record label rather than the band.

“It was the record company’s idea, the title and the concept. It’s always great when they come up with the idea, and I think we were all very happy that someone else was making the decisions for us. They sent us a mockup of what they were looking for, and it looked great. They said, ‘Be prepared to have a bit of fun. We’ve got some vintage Arctic clothing,’ so it was a real surprise. It looked great, although God knows how those explorers years ago survived — obviously, some of them didn’t — because [the clothes] are not that warm compared to the modern ski clothing of today.”

They have now issued a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot alongside the single track Time for Bedlam (in Billboard jargon a “focus track”! Thanks to Tim Summers.

The interview also sheds a bit of light on the Long Farewell concept which is worth reading:

“No one wants to stop,” says Glover. “But we know that I’m 71 now, [singer Ian] Gillan is 71, we’re all about late 60s, early 70s, and bodies have a way of not keeping up with your brain or your career. We’re all sort of approaching that point where I can’t imagine another eight years to do an album. The time is approaching when it will end, but we don’t want to face that. We don’t actually want to make a date or a final tour or anything. We just want to carry on as long as nature allows or is kind of dignified. If we can’t do what we do anymore, then yes, it’s time to stop. But we’re still doing it, and we’re still enjoying it very much. So all we’re saying is the door is closing, but it’s not closed yet.”

 

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Finite

November 30, 2016

It is now confirmed that Deep Purple’s Infinite world tour will be their last. “The Long Goodbye Tour” is how it is being billed.
Eagle eyed fans noticed that flyers for one of the French festivals in June 2017 had the words “Final Tour” underneath Deep Purple’s logo when it was first posted, but that they disappeared from a second flyer.  We decided not to mention it here as there must have been a reason for this. However since then, Spanish site Metal Circus has reported that they contacted the band’s management direct and were told this was indeed the band’s last world tour.  We learned a few weeks back that Ian Gillan envisaged this would be a two year trek on the back of the new album, so it looks like they have planned to plan for the end. On the up side, this might not preclude them getting it together once in a while to not tour, but just play a few specials.
Inevitably with the reflective album title as well, it all makes a lot of practical sense, especially given Ian Paice’s health scare earlier this year. Even so, seeing those words on the flyer inevitably brought a lump to the throat here at DTB towers this morning, a feeling we’ve not had since Jon Lord set out on his farewell tour with the band.
Still, announcing the news does mean that fans can also plan, and dates for the tour are just beginning to emerge and include a number of festivals next summer. We will start to post them on our 2017 Diary page.

This post was updated on Dec 1st once the tour title was known.

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Slupsk

August 1, 2016

Deep Purple Poland July 26th 2016

I’ve been pointed at a nice gallery of Deep Purple concert images from the recent (July 26th) outdoor amphitheatre style arena show in Slupsk, Poland, hosted on a local news website, GP24. In addition they have slammed up seven minutes or so of reasonably well hand-held footage from the opening few songs (none are complete), including a particularly filthy opening verse to Hard Lovin’ Woman courtesy potty mouth Ian Gillan! They played the final show of the European tour in Germany last night (31st).

Deep Purple Poland July 26th 2016

If you follow the link please be aware it is very advert heavy.  Each new photo brings forth a different commercial.  Thanks to Tim ‘O’Tei’ Summers.

2016 and all that

January 6, 2016

Always a good start-back office chore is a careful sweep through the in-tray, which had crept up to 450+ emails over the winter break.  And it does help bring things into focus.
Of course the music scene has rightly been mourning the death of Lemmy, one of rock’s great characters apparently according to the TV.  I suppose that’s because most of the mainstream press didn’t really understand his music or playing ability.  I still get shivers down my spine recalling that first eponymous Motorhead 12″ single on Chiswick Records which I bought close to release date back in 1977.

Lemmy and Ian Gillan

Lemmy auditioning on nose jug for the Gillan band.

Somehow I never did get the see them live in those early days (and they did tour with Purple as recently as 2007), but had been a big Hawkwind fan and met Lemmy at one of those weird all night rock events at the Queens Hall in Leeds.  I’ve no idea how but we ended up being allowed into the hospitality room for the concert performers and Lemmy conned a nice button badge off my brother’s jacket. All he can recall was being sat by the side of the stage watching the show when a naked American woman came over and sat beside him. “Oh well, I’d best get on and wobble these around a little,” she explained after a while before we realised it was Stacia.
Funnily enough I was doing some vinyl sorting last week and checked my mint copy of their second album, signed by all the band… except Lemmy himself.  Mind you he was busy telling us how much grass he’d smoked during the day so perhaps it didn’t seem quite the moment to get all fanboyish!
Lemmy was always respectful of what he called Deep Purple’s place as the originators of hard rock (and one of the first to use pyrotechnics, at the California Jam).
Closer to home, we also lost our mate Martin Lilleker who has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years.  Martin was one of those irreplacable and unique cogs in the local community music scene; he wrote music columns for the local press for decades, ran a label for a time, helped manage and played live a bit too.  In recent years he also documented the scene magnificently across two thick paperbacks on the history of Sheffield bands going back to the early 60s.  I helped him with a few bits for these and when I bemoaned the poor design of the first book’s cover he let me have a free hand on book two and was brave enough to go ahead with an admittedly quite eye popping montage!  It’s guys like Martin which make living in Sheffield just that little bit more enjoyable and we’ll miss him.
Looking forward it’s amazing how much enjoyment people get looking back, if the flurry of excitement about a new audience tape of Deep Purple from back in Feb 1972 at the Dagenham Roundhouse is to go by. The owner had got in touch with us in the lead-up to Christmas but seemed unable to wait to see if this could be done officially and pushed it out into the pirate networks instead. Amazing that new recordings can still emerge after forty plus years. It seems churlish to point out (as one expert did) that the cover photo is from the night before…!

Dagenham Deep Purple 1972

Deep Purple, Spontaneous Combustion, Licensed Bar AND A CAR-PARK! We used to know how to have fun in the Seventies.

Talking of history, a few people have pointed me to a copy of Wait For The Ricochet currently selling on ebay. Or rather not selling, as the owner wants £1,001.86 for it.  Since I went to have a peep (just to see if it was for real) ebay now keep asking me if I’d like “to take another look?”!  I wouldn’t mind but the cheeky sod wants £2.75 postage as well…  I added it as a watched item just to get his hopes up.
Hopefully this year we’ll get it back into print, but the priority right now is in finishing the follow-up, Fire In The Sky. And tracking down the current owner of the E-Type Jag Jon drove down to Montreux in. It’s all in the detail!
With the fun and games over the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame still ongoing, it’s good to see friends and fans of the late Cozy Powell have been able to organise things with far less aggro, and are putting up a blue plaque in the town of his birth, Cirencester. It’s very short notice, but if you’re free on January 7th then there is a public unveiling at the Corn Hall at 2.30pm with Brian May doing the honours. People like Bernie Marsden, Don Airey and Neil Murray will be there. It looks as if the long-mooted documentary on Cozy is also now in the works. The man himself would have been 70 next year.

Cozy Powell

As for ‘works’ we’re fairly confident the major labels are now about sorted when it comes to the Deep Purple classic era catalogue. The bizarre Universal LP box set (below) looks a real dog’s dinner, but I’m told better things are on the way with the return to catalogue of most of the regular albums (incredibly many have been off the shelves for some years now).  There are also plans afoot with regards to other areas of the catalogue about which more as the year unfolds.  I have had meetings with some of the people involved and it looks quite promising.

Deep Purple vinyl box 2016

Switch off your G5, reissue of the year award 2016 is surely a given!

Some of you have also got the Rainbow gigs to look forward to.  I guess we can’t really call it a reunion when only one member is coming back, but for everyone who missed out it looks as if more shows will follow in 2017. A souped up version of the first album is also due, though as the mutli-tracks are still lost there isn’t too much scope for content.
The first pics of the new Rainbow came through recently, reminding me of that excitement back in 75 when shots of the first group emerged and were being posted about by people to reproduce in fanzines etc. I shall not be hurrying to repeat the experience this time round!

Rainbow new lineup 2016

Rainbow 2016, I recognise one of them…

As for Purple themselves it’s still good to listen to play bits and pieces off Now What so hopefully the band can again produce something of interest when they start recording in the next few weeks (will the first one into the studio hide Don’s ELP collection?).
I’ve got my plate full with design work to wrap up on three books this month, so I’d best fire up InDesign and get cracking. But before I do, here’s a few anniversaries coming up in 2016 to make everyone feel that little bit older!

10th anniversary of Rapture Of The Deep

20th anniversary of Purpendicular

25th anniversary of the Slaves & Masters world tour

30th anniversary of the Seventh Star album with Glenn Hughes

35th anniversary of Whitesnake’s Don’t Break My Heart Again hit single.

40th anniversary of Deep Purple Mk 4’s final concerts.

Deep Purple Liverpool 1976

Deep Purple making a racket at Liverpool in 1976 (courtesy Alan Perry)

45th anniversary of Fireball.

50th anniversary of Art Gallery by The Artwoods.

Simon Robinson. My thanks to factoid checkers and news editors Mike Richards, Martin Ashberry, Tim Summers, Vince Chong, Mark Maddock, Matthew Kean and Ian Gillan’s surprise dinner guest – Britney Spears.

Scandinavia tour?

December 8, 2015

Deep PurpleIt looks like Purple are getting their 2016 shows lined up, and eagle eyed spotters (thanks to Tim and Matthew) have found three Scandinavian shows in June.
Two in Finland, Helsinki on the 10th and Oulu on the 11th, both supported by Urian Heep.  They are also playing in Denmark on the 17th at the Horsens Forum.  Let us know if you see any more dates.
I would assume this will be to promote their new album, which they are due to start recording in early 2016 in the US.

Hip boots.

November 25, 2015

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SET SPOILER!  Though not very much. Deep Purple’s current set was the subject of some discussion recently, and they have changed things around a little for the current batch of dates, which of course concludes in London in a couple of weeks time at the O2.  The set list for the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on October 25th is fairly typical:

Après Vous / Demon’s Eye / Hard Lovin’ Man / Strange Kind of Woman / Vincent Price / new instrumental / Uncommon Man / The Well-Dressed Guitar / The Mule / Get On Hip Boots (new) / Silver Tongue / Hell to Pay / Keyboard Solo / The Battle Rages On / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water. Encore Hush  / Black Night.

It still included four from Now What in the show although the end of the set looks very familiar.  We’re not sure what the new song Got My Hip Boots On (the title seems to be fluid) is about and even Ian Gillan seems a bit unsure, judging from the way he keeps focused on the crib sheet throughout!  After some ropey footage of this appeared on the web the song was taken out, though I’m not sure it would have much impact on album sales – this was after all the way much of Machine Head was developed. It sounds a little pedestrian so far but has room to develop. Amazingly Contact Lost has finally been shaken off and was replaced by a new piece of Steve’s. I can’t recall how many years this one has been there.
Mary Long, Pictures of Home and Wring That Neck were included at a couple of the shows in Italy.  There was even a chunk of the old Gillan showstopper Brazos included before the newie, Got My Hip Boots On at one gig.
The changes inspired DPAS stalwart Mark Maddock to utilise his spreadsheet skills and prepare a list of the songs performed, where and when. The info comes from various sources, and we’ve not been able to verify the sets 100% so if you have any corrections let us know. I’ve converted this to a graphic which you can check out (in case the spreadsheet format wouldn’t work for everyone). It’s often interesting to see stats done like this, and you get an idea of how things have changed during the tour. I’ll see if we can get Mark to do more like it! Click on the image to bring up a large easier to view version. He was inspired by the work carried out by Neil Young fans at the Sugar Mountain site.

DP SETLIST 2015

The Black Sun went down

October 5, 2015

Deep Purple Roger Glover Guildford 1969

Don’t get too excited when we say this is a newly discovered clip of Deep Purple Mk 2, as it is very very short, silent, monochrome and blurry.  But it is always tantilising to see early scenes of this line-up live, just a few weeks after the Royal Albert Hall do.
It’s part of a short 16mm film made to record events at the University of Surrey’s Rag Week, which includes fund raising goodies such as a Mile Of Pennies, girls in bikinis jumping in buckets of water for money (and they reckon the ice bucket challenge was new!), and then on to the week’s big concert on November 28th in Guildford, Deep Purple, supported by Bridget St John, Horse and Quintessence, with the Black Sun Light Show.  Tickets 16/- (or a quid on the door).
The Uni archivists say the soundtrack has been lost and needless to say any unused footage is missing.
Thanks to Dave Browne for spotting it.

1974 in focus

November 19, 2014

These days the anniversaries seem to be coming thick and fast; I just had a journalist enquiring about photographs I took at the Butterfly Ball show as he was planning a 40th anniversary feature on the album…  could it really be that long ago?

Deep Purple UK tour 1974

But interesting as that album was, perhaps for many the event we should be looking back on was the UK debut 40 years ago of Deep Purple Mk 3, on a massive and what proved to be very exciting UK tour.  I was reminded of this thanks to this great photograph taken from up in the gods looking down on the group rocking out in front of a clearly appreciative crowd.  It was taken by photographer Barry Plummer and I’ve been helping him sort through his images for a series of books.  He worked for The Melody Maker and as such was often sent out to cover the band, the first time being in 1971, photographing both live shows and the musicians off-stage during interviews.  The paper would use one or two photos, and Barry just filed the rest of his negatives away.  Anyhow, one of the books is devoted just to Deep Purple and we’ll have more on the book (which is due in early 2015) soon but I got permission from the publishers to reproduce this shot.  For anyone who caught this tour (I was lucky enough to see two shows) it will really bring the gigs into focus.  It’s also fascinating just to look at the little bits of detail – the roll of gaffer tape on one of the amps, the support band’s drum kit shoved behind the back-line, Jon’s effects unit taped to the top of his Hammond, Ritchie’s Revox, Ron Quinton holding on to the Marshall stack, the left-handed Strat, and so on. I’m back there blissed out on the blues solo once more!

The book is one of a series from Barry’s archives coming out on ST33 books (the others feature more big names from the era), you can read a bit more on their site.  We’ll be getting more details soon and discounts for Darker Than Blue readers are on the cards.

Gitanes

September 8, 2014

The death of drummer Bobby Clarke Woodman has been widely reported in the French media, a country which became his second home professionally. Bobby was not only a part of the comings and going at Deeves Hall during the embryonic days of Deep Purple, but also massively influential on a generation of British rock drummers in the very early sixties.  There are more details on the site. Also worth noting is a more tenuous DP connection, some time Survivor singer Jimi Jamison who has died of a heart attack aged 63.  He was in the frame for joining Deep Purple in the turmoil of the post- Ian Gillan period in 1989.  His manager screwed up any negotiations, so the search moved on to Joe Lynn Turner.

The Mk 1 Box details

June 13, 2014

Deep Purple Hard Road Mk 1 box setFinal details of the upcoming Mk 1 58 track box set (scheduled for the third week of July) are now in. It’s something of a mixed bag as far as most readers of Darker Than Blue are concerned, and much depends on how desperate you are for mono mixes (new to CD). The box does get the stuff back on catalogue but an initial trawl through the content suggests so much more could have been done here. Anyhow, I’ve done a full break-down of the bonus tracks (there do appear to be a handful of new oddds and ends) on the review pages and it can be pre-ordered at the DTB Online shop.