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Vinyl Guide

September 18, 2017

height_90_width_90_deeppurple-iangillan-02‘The Vinyl Guide’, a podcast for fans and collectors of vinyl records, interviewed Ian Gillan recently about his records, his time with Black Sabbath, his avoidance of nostalgia and the history and future of the Deep Purple. Ian says they have dates next year and confirms that they have talked about another studio album. He also mentioned that if and when DP get around to actually finishing, his retirement plans include … solo albums and tours! Thanks to Tim Summers for spotting this, and if you fancy a listen the link is below. Not sure how the current set sits alongside the “avoidance of nostalgia” mind you!

http://www.thevinylguide.com/episodes/ep092-the-long-goodbye-with-ian-gillan-of-deep-purple

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June / July

December 18, 2015

… seems a long way off right now but the talk of a Scandinavia tour we mentioned a while back has now firmed up into a wider European visit to follow, taking in a number of regular festivals through June and July, across in Italy, Germany, Poland and Austria.  It’s taken me a while to collate the info people have kindly sent in but we’ve now added 17 shows to the date list pageBig thank you to Richard Borg, Bengt Johnasson, Lutz Reinhert, Svante Axbacke and all at http://www.deep-purple.it/  for their help.  If you spot any more do let us know.

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.

Purple new album / tour spoiler

July 20, 2015

Glover-MontreuxDeep Purple have earmarked February 2016 to record a new studio album, and will again use Bob Ezrin to produce. His input is generally regarded as having a big part of the success of Now What.  It will be done in America, which they like as they can get a decent size reasonably priced studio space to set up in and jam.
In the meantime there is a set spoiler from the band’s latest American jaunt below, so look away now if you’ve got tickets and DON’T want to know!  Although I suppose most of us would be able to make a reasonably good guess these days. Four songs from Now What still in the set, which is otherwise classic era heavy (and Perfect Strangers the sole representative of over twenty five years of studio output.)
Thanks to Mark Maddock

Deep Purple July 14th – Lewiston, Artpark Amphitheater, New York

Highway Star / Aprés Vous / Hard Lovin’ Man / Strange Kind of Woman / Vincent Price / Contact Lost + Uncommon Man + Well Dressed Guitar / The Mule / Lazy / Hell to Pay / Keyboard Solo + Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Encore – Hush / Black Night

Czech dates

November 5, 2014

Two dates announced for the Czech Republic:

2015-10-27 Ostrava, Czech Republic
2015-10-28 Plzeň, Czech Republic

Thanks to Lutz Reinert again.  And to the fan who suggested it would be cheaper to get a ticket for one of the Europe shows and fly out on a budget airline rather than travel to London and stay over, you’re probably right.  Sadly.  We did the maths and with tickets, petrol, cheap accommodation (wouldn’t feel safe driving back after the show), something to eat, we’d be looking at £300 to do London…

All known Deep Purple dates so far on the 2015 list.

 

Deep Purple UK Tour 2015

October 29, 2014

December 3rd 2015. O2 Arena, London.  Tickets now on sale. £59.15 inc booking fees.

We also now have the October / November / December 2015 European tour list on the site at the 2015 gig list page.  Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the extra information (and detective work!).

It’s a date

October 23, 2014

Another November 2015 date for Deep Purple, this time in Paris immediately after the Italian shows.  It’s at the Zenith, great venue – proof you can do modern halls and still let the crowd all feel part of the action!  See the date list on the site (and do let us know if you hear of any more).  Tickets already on sale for this one.

USA set-list and review

August 19, 2014

There is the current set list for the August 2014 tour of America added to our 2014 date sheet, and Steve Hunt has sent us his thoughts on the show in California in front of over 7,000 people – so good to see they can still pull in a decent crowd when they do get to tour the U.S. properly. He and his wife enjoyed it so much they’re off to catch another show!

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.

Deep Purple In Art

April 30, 2014

Sir Peter Blake has just revealed a new Sgt Pepper style montage bringing together many of the artists who have graced the stage of The Royal Albert Hall. Unlike the original, which saw him doing lifesize photo blow-ups made then photographing them all en masse, fifty years or so on he’s done the new work in Photoshop so it lacks some of the atmosphere. But even so seen in total (it’s a triptych) it looks quite impressive. Even more amazingly, one of the bands included are Deep Purple (bottom right). This treat is only slightly marred by the fact that he’s used the wrong line-up for his piece, as Mk 4 (or indeed Mk 3 or Mk 1) never appeared at the RAH. Knowing Blake, copies will be for sale at a hefty price somewhere soon.  Thanks to Peter Judd for the heads up.

And seeing as we’re in arty mode, Simon is part of this years annual Open Up Studio weekend in Sheffield, and will be exhibiting recent print work and photographs. Obviously nothing to do with Deep Purple (though one or two sleeve designs might sneak in when nobody is looking) but if you’re at a loose end over the early May bank holiday… details are on Simon’s art site here and some of the prints can also be seen online on the same site. They are considerably cheaper than buying a Peter Blake…

Peter Blake Deep Purple Royal Albert Hall

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