The Purple Tour

November 8, 2017

Yes, that one.  Anyone following the U.S. tour set lists with dismay will be happy to learn that the Stockholm show on the 6th November saw FOUR songs from the current album return, so with one track off the previous album and two from Perfect Strangers, the set is a touch over 50% reunion (plus the encore). Which is nice. I’ll stick the full set list (minus solos etc) below the photo, so don’t look if you’re trying to hold out for the shows in a couple of weeks! You’ll never manage. We were at an antique fair earlier this year and wanted to watch the F1 highlights when we got home, some sod announced the result over the tannoy.


Time for Bedlam / Fireball / Bloodsucker / Strange Kind of Woman / All I Got is You / Uncommon Man / The Surprising / Lazy / Birds of Prey / Knocking at Your Back Door / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Encore Hush / Black Night


The Purple Tour

November 1, 2017

The Purple Tour Whitesnake

No not that one, this one! David Coverdale is putting a new live release out to mark The Purple Album tour of a while ago (the studio LP came out in 2015.) Titled simply The Purple Tour, there is the usual array of formats, CD, CD and DVD/Blu Ray, and double vinyl. Looking at the track list it is actually two thirds Whitesnake songs, but what the heck. RS Publishing are also doing a big format limited edition photo book charting the tour to tie in. All due late November. Thanks to Matt Kean and others for the info. In the meantime some folk have been enjoying reading about DC’s relatives and their early career as false teeth makers in York on our Facebook page!

Rainbow over Russia

October 13, 2017

Although Blackmore has made it to Russia a few times with Blackmore’s Night, they’ve never had him in rock mode, so the announcement of two Rainbow shows over there in April 2018 should go down well. Thanks to Mark Maddock and Mike Richards for the info.

Rainbow Russia shows 2018

Here’s one off our new album…

October 6, 2017

Incredibly, Deep Purple have been booked for a BBC Radio 2 In Concert, the first time in 45 years! Unless you count the Kilburn show, but that was a proper concert, this is at the BBC Radio Theatre studios and takes place the day before the first UK show at Birmingham. You can register for the ticket draw up to next thursday BUT the event does come with caveats; 70% of the seats will be allocated to London postcodes AND they always send out more tickets than they have seats (apparently to cover the people who get a ticket but don’t turn up) so you might arrive at the door with a ticket… and still not be allowed in! It’s bad enough airlines doing that, but at least you can get another flight. Anyway, them’s the rules. I guess if you’re in London it’s not so bad, for the other 30% it could be a very expensive wasted trip. Show starts at 7.30pm prompt. If you want to risk it, here’s the url.
These days the BBC also often film the In Concert shows and air these online, and it might be that they band will release this later.  Anyone betting on them playing all of their new album (as they did back in ’72)?  Below, IG at the last show backstage, courtesy Stereo33Books and Barry Plummer.

DP one10


October 5, 2017


Following the reinvention of Now What a number of times, Deep Purple are reissuing Infinite as a Gold Edition 10 track CD, with a second CD from the 2017 HellFest festival (mentioned in an earlier posting when some of it was aired on European TV) as the bonus material. The Hellfest set is also issued as a triple vinyl set, and there’s a Blu-Ray called From Here To Infinite (now if they’d done it as InFinité the pun might have worked!), a reworking of the previously issued DVD plus additional footage, with the promos, interviews, etc. Due date is November 3rd. The live material is subtitled Volume 1, which kind of suggests more to follow.


September 29, 2017

At the risk of turning into a GH fan site, thanks to Roel Glas in Australia, here’s the A4 flyer put together to publicise the Glenn Hughes Deep Purple tour. We’ve also learned that Glenn “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee” Hughes (as Guitar World insist on calling him!) and his compadre Chad Smith are forming two noisy thirds of Joe Satriani’s power trio backing for Joe’s new album (his 16th) What Happens Next, due out in January (CD / LP). There is a very miserly clip on Joe’s website. I guess this needs to go in the discography as a GH session, though that hardly seems to do it justice. Thanks to Tim Summers; Tim says there have been rumours of Glenn being in a band with Joe for some time but Joe’s next tour is a G3 set in the U.S. with no mention of Glenn.

Overdoing it…

September 26, 2017

Glenn Hughes had to cut short his show in Christchurch last night according to a report in the New Zealand Herald.  He’d been suffering with a cold and was about an hour into the concert when he felt too poorly to continue, and was attended by medical personnel. Hopefully he just needs a break what with the stress of the tour and the travel.  Thanks to Mark Maddock for the heads up.


Warning, contains Georgia!

September 22, 2017

Here’s the Glenn Hughes Purple tribute set from one of the Australian shows on the current your there (Sydney). We’ve nicked it from one of those set list sites but it does tally with other reports. A taster for the shows was aired on local TV and can be seen online here:

Not a bad set either; he’s done a few of these during various tours over the years but a couple I don’t recall. Digital audio of some shows also doing the rounds if you know where to go. Thanks to Mike Richards and Tim Summers.
Can’t help wishing Ritchie could take a pay cut and join in but Jeff Kollman has worked with Glenn on these songs before and does a good job. And with the fuzzy picture quality and long hair, it could almost be the 70s again at times!


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!

More Glenn

September 12, 2017

Black Country Communion Classic Rock magazine October 2017Black Country Communion (see below) also get hefty coverage (and the cover story) in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine (October)) and via a tie-up with their label Mascot, there’s a ‘best of’ cover mount CD as well which acts as a good taster if you’ve not bought the earlier albums. Thanks to Tom Dixon for the info.