Mush, mush…

February 1, 2017

I thought I heard her calling my name…


Just realised I’ve not posted the final Infinite track list for the standard CD, so there are the titles for those who might have missed them.

1. Time for Bedlam
2. Hip Boots
3. All I’ve Got is You
4. One Night in Vegas
5. Get Me Outta Here
6. The Surprising
7. Johnny’s Band
8. On Top of the World
9. Birds of Prey
10. Roadhouse Blues

We think Hip Boots was aired live a while back. And assume the other familiar titles are not cover versions of The Doors, Uriah Heep or The Carpenters.  Or even Barbie!
The band have also issued some official promo shots from the album cover shoot. I did think this was a photoshop mash up at first but looking at the better quality versions is seems like they found a nice wintery beach somewhere and then worked over that, perhaps layering in the snow and giving the retro colour filter plugins a bashing. It looks like they’re auditioning for a follow up to that mad French film Delicatessen!
Does this mean if we turn up at the gigs in sealskin jackets and snowshoes we’ll get upgraded to the front row?

We’ve had a few people asking about trying to find a more ethical alternative to Ama*on to buy new releases and we’ve been taken by a German firm called JPC who are still family owned but offer shipping world wide and also seem to have special editions not available elsewhere.

Thanks to Tim Summers and others.

Triple billing

January 31, 2017

Deep Purple Alice Cooper 2017 US tour

Deep Purple have announced their American dates for 2017, 19 dates in all through August into September.  The shows are co-headed with Alice Cooper, with both bands getting equal billing on the poster (which is one I won’t be in any hurry to blag for the archives!) and opening act is Edgar Winter.  AC and DP have toured together before, 2008 I think it was.  It kind of makes a lot of sense to put three 70s bands together like this commercially and should do well.  All the venues are offering weird and wonderful degrees of VIPness seats as well, though at different prices.  So $780 to be VIP’d by Alice, $560 for the Purples. Maybe for the extra Alice will let you stroke his snake.  Mind you this is cheap compared to Sabbath who tried to get $5000 for their VIP seats – but largely failed.

Anyhow, the full date list is on our 2017 gig page. Thanks to Vince, Mark and Lutz for the help. But they’ll be in big trouble if I find the show at the Jiffy Lube Live event is fake news!

It’s another date

January 9, 2017

Another eight shows in Italy, Portugal and the rest of Europe added to the 2017 DP Gig Diary page. Thanks to Lutz Reinert for his input.

Hi DP Hi

January 6, 2017

butlins minehead ian paice

Ian Paice is doing another of his occasional shows with tribute band Purpendicular later this month. It is part of the Giants of Rock season being staged at Butlin’s holiday camp in Minehead from Jan 27-30th. The full roster is quite impressive, with Steve Hackett, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest etc. Other Purple People include Bernie Marsden and Bernie Tormé. Over 18s only, but admission does include access to Waterworld as well, so take your cossies with you! Thanks to Tim Summers for the news. Simon adds ‘I was born nearby – there’s a plaque up!  Quite fancy this but it’s one heck of a drive from here, esp. if the weather sets in…’

Big fish, little fish, BOX

January 3, 2017

Well, a busy end to 2016 and 2017 hits the ground running. Infinite (the new LP, see below for a catch up) editions have sort of been winkled out of various European sites, and the album will come in the now familiar slightly confusing array of formats, all due in April 2017. As best people can work it out (things may change) this consists of:

1. CD
2. CD & DVD
3. Double Vinyl & DVD
4. “Small fan box”
5. “Large fan box”

I’m not sure it’s right to be getting sizeist towards fans but still! Seriously, the fan-box includes the 2LP, CD, DVD, plus three 10″ singles and a t-shirt. It looks to be retailing around £50 so would seem to be a sensible choice, though it is limited. I’m not sure what the small box has in.
In the meantime the first single track listing has been announced as well; Time For Bedlam (lead track) / Paradise Bar / Uncommon Man inst. / Hip Boots Ian Paice rehearsal vsn.
We do not know if there will be the usual Japan only edition. Big thanks to Tim Summers and Mark Maddock for drilling down into the details.
Indeed thanks to everyone for their help and support during last year, and all the best for what looks set to be an interesting New Year DP wise.


December 16, 2016


After a couple of teasers (see below), Deep Purple have finally pushed a full track out from the Infinite album project, titled Time For Bedlam. It seems to have promise, a blend of vintage Purple and a more modern sound, with IG getting quietly worked up, though I hope the production sound on the drums is better when we get to hear it in CD quality.
This will be the lead in to the album, and is to be released as an “EP” on February 3rd (formats not yet known, laminated card sleeve unlikely) with non-album extras. I love the way the press release speaks of it about to “hit the shops”, to which many will reply “what shops?!”
They have scheduled the album now for as late as April 7th 2017, which kind of suggests a second single may be on the way.
There is a sort of label made video of ice-breakers charging around, while IG has taken on Stephen Hawking to try and have a go at explaining the album title…
Thanks to Lutz Reinert, Tim Summers and many more for the heads up.


December 9, 2016

This is the official tour flyer art, and may hint at what’s to come for the album cover. A show in Holland has been added to the gig list.

Deep Purple infinite tour flyer

Boxing clever

December 9, 2016

Rainbow Live 2016 Japanese edition

Gotcha.  Just shelled out for the European Rainbow 2016 live set?  Then you’ll be really chuffed to discover (if you haven’t done so already, it kind of got sidelined in all the flurry about Purple’s last tour) that the Japanese edition has a whole extra concert, namely the audio of the Birmingham show on CD.  Why not just sign over your income stream to the bootleggers and have done with it?  Because if you don’t put the NEC gig out here sharpish, then they will have a field day.  The daft thing is everyone falls over themselves to add extras to the Japanese editions, but it really isn’t that big a market at all and you’d recoup your costs much better just doing the right thing by the European fans who actually went to the shows.
You also get various goodies, flimsy t-shirt, an equally flimsy book of pics, plus extra tracks from the 2 German shows on vinyl along with the other three discs, etc.; still do like that cover though!
Oh well. Importers are knocking it out around $450 a pop, goodness knows what that translates as in this increasingly idiotic rush to slit our own throats the government seems hell bent on…

Thanks to Tonny Steenhagen for the heads up.

Single again

December 6, 2016

Deep Purple will issue a first single from the InFinite album on January 20th 2017.  No title or format details just yet.  The shows supporting the album will be called “The Long Goodbye Tour” following news that they are calling it a day (see story below). Thanks to Tim Summers who spotted the flyer.
Interestingly Edel have confirmed sales of over 500,000 copies of their last album, Now What, which these days is not bad for an old school band!

The band will headline festivals in France and Spain during July, dates on the tour page.

Deep Purple vs Rainbow

December 6, 2016

Rainbow have jumped in with four UK shows in June 2017, and put their tickets on sale the day before Deep Purple do!  I guess they figure the spare cash will only go so far… anyway, the shows are listed on our quickly expanding gig diary page; Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Manchester. Actually ticket access is open from tomorrow (Wednesday) morning to Planet Rock listeners. UPDATE – They are saying these are the only European shows this year.

Deep Purple meanwhile have put out another Infinite album teaser, several more bars of pulsing rhythm and and organ bashing. What’s not to like?  And is that an approximation of the MIJ typeface they’re using for the graphics?  And more EU dates added to the gig list…