Archive for the ‘Ian Paice’ Category

Men In Black

June 7, 2019

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Ish. One of the nice things about Deep Purple having a bit more time off this year is it means they can do other things, and some of them have been treading various red carpets over the last couple of weeks, albeit not getting quite the coverage in Grazia that others do as a result.

Deep Purple Mk 2 were given a nice International Achievement Award at this years Ivor Novello Award ceremony in late May, with little statues for the five (Jon posthumously), and three of the band (above) were able to go along and accept these. Thanks to Tom Dixon for the heads up.

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Ian Paice has been busy at his Buddy Rich Ronnie Scotts gig but apparently the buggers would not allow photography so nuts to that.  Ian Gillan was in the audience and Russell Taylor who went along says it was a great experience being so close to the world’s greatest drummer on stage. This photo was taken backstage and shows the current Rich Band drummer on the right, Rod Stewart, Paicey and Buddy’s daughter.  I have to say Rod has gone up in our estimation after sending a decent donation to that model railway club who had their show smashed up by twats a few weeks ago.

Lastly in our celebrity red carpet round up, Ian Gillan, posing by the open-air Marine Theatre not far from his house in Lyme Regis. He’s not nicked an inter-city 125 sign off a train, but to mark the 125th anniversary of the theatre, IG, a patron, sponsored their web site overhaul.  Nice to see him looking so well and what a cracking spot it looks to be. Thanks to Geoff Quade, who is on their mailing list, for the information.

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Dance Coming

April 12, 2019

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Paice Ashton Lord‘s only studio album Malice In Wonderland is getting reissued by Ear / Edel soon.  The music includes the original album and eight bonus tracks from the abandoned follow-up sessions.  At the time of the old Purple Records CD edition back in 2001 this was long thought lost, but chatting with Sandra Ashton one day, she said Tony had been playing his cassette only a few days earlier…  Jon and Ian had given him permission to take the tapes an maybe make his own album from them, but it never happened.  The CD comes in a digipak with a nice booklet featuring lots of unseen photographs from the rehearsal sessions in London at the end of 1976 and band images from the publicity shoot at Jon’s house (check out the atmospheric shot of Jon from the BBC recording above).  Sleeve notes are by Simon (these have been revised, updated and tweaked he promises!).  It’s certainly one of the most played albums from the Purple family here at DTB towers. Despite sounding very unfashionable when it first appeared it hasn’t really dated at all. So if you missed it before, then we do recommend it. Just sad that neither Tony or Jon are not around any more to pester for new quotes…

Ear are also reissuing the original Ian Gillan and The Javelins CD this month to back-up the recent follow up album.  This is musically the same but with revised artwork and they have gone with one of Simon’s designs for the sleeve. It will also appear on vinyl.

On the drums

February 8, 2019

Exciting news that IAN PAICE is heading up this year’s Buddy Rich Memorial Concerts. The shows take place at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London from May 20th to 25th 2019. There are two shows each evening. The details on their site are a bit confusing, but Ian Paice will be part of the actual band alongside Gregg Potter, so play all the shows. There will be a string of guests but these have not yet been confirmed. Tickets are from £35 – £55.
Ian has always cited Buddy as a big inspiration in taking up the drums, so it should be a good evening. Bookings are already being taken at

https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/5180-buddy-rich-big-band-ft-ian-paice-cathy-rich-gregg-potter

Many of us will have fond memories of Ian’s solo spot at the Concerto concerts in 1999 and would like to see him do more in this area. In the meantime here’s an interesting short chat from Ian about Buddy Rich recorded in 2012 for an earlier memorial event by Rhythm Magazine.

Thanks to Mark Maddock for the heads up, I don’t do much Facebook! Mind you if Zuckerberg would take $8 off me a year and in return agree not to spy on my computer then I’d pay up…

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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Fantasy Camp

October 12, 2016

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Three members of Deep Purple have been booked to help celebrate the twenty first anniversary of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp next year; Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Glenn Hughes. The four day event enables people to jam with, learn from and listen to the musicians and rock star councillors, and the final night will be hosted at the Whisky A Go Go, a show by Glenn Hughes and some of the attendees. March 2-5, 2017 in Hollywood, California if you’re feeling flush. It is being billed with a “Celebrate the Music of Deep Purple” theme this time, and “in memory of Jon Lord”. Glenn has done this event before, but I think it’s a first timer for the other guys.  There is no indication that they will perform on stage together, but you never know. For additional information, visit www.rockcamp.com

Thanks to Tim Summers.

Gas Tank

July 11, 2016

Gas Tank, an often forgotten rock TV show from the early Eighties was hosted by Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton (who if memory serves me replaced an early front-runner for the slot, Jon Lord!). It was aired by Channel 4 in the UK and at the time reception for this new channel round our way was terrible, so we didn’t see much of it, but there are lots of clips out on the web. It was probably the most grown-up rock TV show ever, as it was musicians talking to musicians. Hardly a difficult concept, yet there has been nothing like in in the 30 years since! I mention it because Peter Cross tells me it is getting DVD release officially for the first time via Gonzo Media. What we do not know is if Ian Paice’s spot is part of the release; he was interviewed and then jammed with Rick and the house band, but maybe more details will emerge soon. It’s out in September on 2DVD and 3CD.  There is also a limited box edition signed by Rick Wakeman, with an exclusive t-shirt, show pass and interview book, available via Rick’s own website.

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Ian and Rick on Gastank

On the road again

July 1, 2016

Amongst all the chatter and excitement about Rainbow, we must mention that Deep Purple are playing live again tonight and tomorrow, with Ian Paice. They are doing the two Scandinavian shows they had to pull when Ian was taken ill last month.  Great news that he is well enough to be back behind the kit. They will then play the 14 scheduled shows across Europe (dates on the site).

Off the drums for a little while…

June 17, 2016

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As some will know Deep Purple had to pull a couple of shows in Scandinavia this week, and the vague reasons were given as unspecified illness. As no more details were forthcoming right away, there has inevitably been a lot of speculation, but Ian Paice has now issued a public statement which we reprint in full:

JUNE 16, 2016

To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible, and also to stop all the speculation and rumours.
On the morning of the 14th of June I woke up to find that the right side of my body was feeling numb and I could not control my right hand and  fingers.
So I had myself admitted to hospital where I was diagnosed with having suffered a “mini stroke”, or TIA. The hospital staff in Stockholm were amazing and started my treatment straight away.
After both CT and MIR scans there was found to be no serious or permanent damage.  As of this moment all I am suffering is a slightly numb right side of  the face a tingling sensation in my right hand. My dexterity in the hand is coming back quickly and I fully expect to re  commence touring next month.
So now I have a set of tablets which have to be taken every day to ensure it doesn’t happen again!
So sorry for not being able to play for you.
And I’m sorry for myself!
These are the first shows I have missed with DP since its formation in 1968.
Thanks to all the people who have shown concern and sent their best wishes.

-Ian Paice.

The first missed gigs since 1968. Quite an astonishing record. So, we will overlook the absence just this once young Mr. Paice, but if it happens again you’ll be up before the head. Now get along with you, and no running in the corridor either.

Update : JUNE 17, 2016

Ian has gone online to thank people for their thoughts:
“A big thank you to all the people who have been in touch with me expressing their concern about my health.
I think you will appreciate that there have been too many to answer every one personally.
So if I don’t reply to you please accept my apologies, but there are only so many hours in a day!
Also my one typing finger is having its own “event” and is starting to get very sore.
I knew I had a lot of friends around the world but never realised quite how many.
Again thanks to you all and I will endeavour to keep you up to date with my progress which so far is great.
Ian.”

Eddie Hardin

July 27, 2015

Eddie HardinKeyboard player and singer Eddie Hardin has died suddenly at the age of just 66.  Eddie’s connections with the Deep Purple scene spanned some 45 years, and he worked with members of the group directly across much of that time.  After a spell as a teenager replacing Steve Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group with Ray Fenwick (not an easy task) they did some interesting if often overlooked work in the late Sixties for Vertigo. After a couple of album, Eddie went off to form what seems an unlikely drum / keyboard duo, Hardin – York, with drummer Pete York in 1969. They became one of the most successful bands in Germany during the early 1970s and also supported Deep Purple on a couple of tours (check out the poster for a big 1970 German festival below), both joining Jon Lord and Ian Paice at occasional jam nights in London (while Pete joined forces with Ian on drum duels at some live Hardin – York shows).
Eddie got bored repeating himself musically, and despite playing stadiums in Europe, back in the UK Hardin – York couldn’t get arrested. So after a couple of years he went off to do his own thing and Roger Glover worked with Eddie on a couple of his post-Hardin – York solo albums and the pair were heavily involved in the original Wizard’s Convention studio project in 1976, along with Jon, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Eddie became a big contributor to Roger’s Butterfly Ball project too, co-writing Love Is All and performing on the album (mainly keyboards but also vocals on one track), then playing keyboards at the one-off Albert Hall concert where I first saw him live.
It was a nice touch to see Eddie invited to be part of the fabulous Deep Purple Concerto evenings at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 when he and Roger did Love Is All, along with Ronnie Dio and Mickey Lee Soule.

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I got to know Eddie in the early Nineties when our label RPM worked closely with him on the first in-depth reissues of some of his back-catalogue including the Hardin York material, the Spencer Davis Group albums and other odds and ends which he kept turning up, amazed that anyone was interested really!  Indeed to a certain extent that seemed to be how he viewed his career at times, happy to have the success when it came but with an easy come easy go approach to the music business in general.  A typical example was a pile of postcards showing a palatial stately house which I spotted on one visit, and wondered why he had them.  It turned out he’d bought the place with some unexpectedly large royalty cheques in the 70s, then had the cards made to send to friends. All too quickly he realised that he couldn’t afford to run or staff the place, and it had to go! Eddie did have his autobiography ALAB published a few years ago, and the house features on the front.
Apart from the stuff you probably know about (and people of a certain age mustn’t forget the theme tune to Magpie which Eddie co-wrote), do check out the early Hardin – York material, especially if you enjoy strong and inventive Hammond playing.  It was a time when rock music experimented in all sorts of ways and Eddie was in the thick of it.  And why on earth Catch You On The Rebop (on which Eddie again shares a writing credit) wasn’t a massive hit for Spencer Davis in 1973 must remain one of life’s great mysteries.

Reverse tributes

April 24, 2015

Hot on the heels of Coverdale’s Purple Album, and Blackmore’s rumoured Purple Rainbows, comes news of a sort of reverse tribute offering, from the Deep Purple covers band Purpendicular.
They’ve gone in the other direction, and ditched their covers in favour of an album of all new material BUT with contributions from Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Don Airey, Steve Morse and Neil Murray!
It’s a concept album entitled This Is The Thing #1 and available through through their own website.
Nick Simper has also gone the same way and cut a new album with Nasty Habits, the band he did the successful Mk 1 tribute shows with for some time. This time he’s doing all new material, contemporary rock.  The CD is titled De La Frog Conspiracy (don’t ask us why!) and it’s available through the band. Email them at nasty.habits@chello.at

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Thanks also to Tom Dixon for the info.