February 15, 2017

Given the band’s look for the new LP it’s appropriate that they have now added a date in Finland in November!  Thanks to Mark Maddock – who now has not excuse not to go, it’s only down the road.  Ole Sandgaard Andersen says they have also added Denmark to the tour two days later, and a couple of shows in Norway are also confirmed.

office cock up 45 years ago?

February 13, 2017

I know it’s Monday morning, but can we try and solve a conundrum?  Put simply, has anyone out there got a genuine U.S. Warner Brothers white label promotional copy of Machine Head?  Working on the discography for the upcoming book on the album and talking to collectors like Pericle in Italy, nobody seems to have seen one.  We know W.Bros did white labels for all the other Deep Purple albums in the Seventies up to Burn (for the last two they used regular Burbank Tree labels and overprinted the promo text.). These have a white label with the regular text details in black and the wording “Promotional use Only”.


Often the front sleeve also has a large rectangular sticker across with the track information and times (to make life easier for DJs). So unless someone has a copy like this for Machine Head, then it does raise the possibility that somebody just forgot to order up a run in time, which is what Pericle, who has been on the lookout for a copy for ages, thinks might explain the mystery. As he says, the only U.S. promo copies of Machine Head which turn up are the regular U.S. green label pressing but with a largish pink and black circular promo sticker on the back sleeve.  We do run a risk that by mentioning it here, if a few copies do exist they will suddenly climb in value, but Pericle reckons it’s a risk worth taking to get to the bottom of the mystery!

Below is a white label Warners did for Concerto when they took the release over. The Machine Head one would be similar. And possibly ever rarer!

Concerto white label.jpg

In Church

February 2, 2017

Some great reviews from Glenn Hughes‘ UK tour, and after last night’s show in Leeds at The Church, it’s not hard to see why. A tight, gritty and heavy barnstorming performance, with a tremendous rendition of Soul Mover which I will remember for a long time. Quite how Glenn managed to find the energy to even do the show given the personal news he’d had to cope with earlier in the day I don’t know.  Nobody would have complained if he’d decided to cancel, or if the show had been subdued, but not a bit of it; Glenn seemed to draw strength by being on stage, and told the audience his mother had made him promise to finish the tour come what may.  And while the venue’s immediate spiritual associations are long gone, with the stained glass windows and the stage lights mingling together, it was perhaps as fitting a place for him to be last night as anywhere.

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