Vorwärts mit Ritchie

May 22, 2019

Fans moaning about the recent new Rainbow tracks only being issued as downloads can sort of calm down as they now plan to round the iTunes MP3s up on a CD EP called Rainbow Vorwärts.  BUT so far it will only be sold at upcoming Rainbow shows, which rather rules out a large chunk of any potential market. Hopefully they will make some available via mail-order for those who cannot get along, an ebay shop is only $15 a month to set up…  Otherwise you will need to befriend someone who is going and get them to grab you a copy!

The EP will have four tracks so far as we know, Black Sheep of the Family, Waiting For A Sign, I Surrender and The Storm (a beefed up cut which I think Blackmore’s Night did some years ago). Waiting For A Sign was apparently written for Stranger In Us All (apparently a demo with Doogie on exists), but this is also a new version. Although we did think these new tracks being slipped out indicated a new Rainbow CD might be on the horizon, Ritchie has said not as he ‘doesn’t write those sort of songs any more….’

Thanks to all who have been keeping me updated on this.

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Glenn delays

May 14, 2019

Glenn Hughes has delayed the second leg of his “Plays Deep Purple” British tour due to begin on May 14th (tonight) as he needs medical treatment, but a statement from his website says that while this is urgent he should be back on the road again before very long, and the tour will be rescheduled.  Anyone with tickets will probably be contacted by their agency.  The latest is that some of the shows will be rescheduled for November, but some have had to be pulled as the venues are not available then. Best wishes from everyone here to Glenn for a speedy recovery.

It’s strange, as I was only watching a home made video of some amateur slides from the first show I ever saw him at in Sheffield back in 1974 just yesterday!  A guy has found some old slides  (I only took black and white myself, colour film was too expensive back then!) he took from what we would now call the mosh pit, so they’re a bit blurred but full of atmosphere and brought the excitement of that night right back to me for one.  I was a rabid Mk 2 fan but those shows were blistering. Thanks to Mark Maddock for flagging this up for me and to Tim Summer for tour info.

Back in the USA

May 10, 2019

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Deep Purple are currently hunkered down in Nashville working on their next studio album, using the same set-up as for Infinite (released in April 2017).  The band had a pre-recording writing session in a big studio in Germany in February (see photo above; no idea what they used the cherry picker for!)).  It’s early days yet but given how rapidly things are moving, and with more shows being lined up for the later part of 2019 (see below) one suspects an Autumn release might well be on the cards. Like the writing session they are keeping the recordings top secret, so here’s a photo of a local bus instead.

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More shows?  They have just announced a decent tour of America starting in September and running right through to the third week of October.  This has to be one of the bands biggest tours there for a long time, some thirty-three dates listed so far.  No wonder they’ve been taking it easy for much of the year.

Thanks to Tim Summers, Lutz Reinert and others for the details.  Full dates are on our diary page.  This includes the European shows in December.

 

Liverpool Stadium

April 30, 2019

I do like it when people take the time to write with their recollections of seeing Deep Purple in the olden days (if anything it doesn’t make me feel so old!); recently I was exchanging emails with a woman who saw them at Walthamstow Tech in 1970 who told me of fans being passed back over the crowd after fainting, while a lad who spotted Jon Lord sneaking through the foyer at The Rainbow and coming back with a crate of beer for the dressing room had been adding his thoughts to help bring some nice detail to another show.  A few people have recently been recalling what turned out to be Mk 2’s last ever UK show at Liverpool Stadium in 1973, a poorly documented event (so far no photos or tickets from it have surfaced, and a guitar which went into pieces that night is still missing!).  As a result of their contributions we’ve put together a small feature on this on the concert diary pages.  Liverpool would prove to be the band’s last show of all three years later. And if you have tickets or memories of any of the shows back then do get in touch, and add to our archive.

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Concerto Five O

April 23, 2019

You see, a nice poster design says it all, no need to add anything. Well done whoever designed this and carefully referenced the original typography and colouring.Concerto_50th anniversary.jpgTickets are on sale now, goodness knows what a plane ticket to Quebec costs but it must be tempting. Thanks to Nicholas Houle, programme co-ordinator.

 

SSTC

April 19, 2019

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The ultimate Whitesnake collectable?  One of the classic rock sites has reported David Coverdale’s Incline Village home up for sale for a few dollars short of $10,000,000.  Sale is being handled by Chase International (motto “If you need to ask the price you cannot afford it”), but when I went to check their website out today the property had already disappeared, so someone may have already have snapped it up.  However the photos are still up at

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/whitesnake-david-coverdale-home-sale/

so it’s well worth a look as what I would suggests is the swizziest property ever owned by any of the Purple guys!  Certainly the view over Lake Tahoe is astonishing; how he ever managed to drag himself away from that to go on tour I don’t know.  Or where he found time to go out and shoot all those Zebras! The room lined with award discs and posters which is a fan fest is shown here.  Thanks to our realtor correspondent Mark Maddock.

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Rare breed

April 16, 2019

I’ve no idea what to make of this, but it’s on the iTunes website as a five minute download available from April 26th, so make sure you have 99pence in your Apple account ready! Though I suspect anyone hoping for an awesome remix off the first album is going to be disappointed.  And why had Ritchie gone all Poirot with his name? Thanks to Tim Summers for sending the link. As for the menace who sent me the sleeve with Ritchie’s face substituted which I saw first, detention beckons!

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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.

Christmas markets

March 27, 2019

The dates we mentioned the other day are firming up. Here are the shows confirmed so far (and one of the flyers) if anyone fancies a family visit to a pre-Christmas market (“oh look, Deep Purple are playing in town love, what a coincidence…”). Thanks to Tim Summers for the info, complete with links to stories announcing the dates if you need more detail. I’ll add the venues etc. to our diary shortly. Tickets go on sale this Friday. I assume they will be doing more in 2020 as it’s likely the new studio album will be out by then.  They begin recording in America later this year.

Klagenfurt 01.12.19 https://www.5min.at/201903200038/deep-pu…lagenfurt/

Krakow, 03.12.19 https://kultura.onet.pl/muzyka/wiadomosc…ow/e1xrm3q

Ostrava 04.12.19 https://www.novinky.cz/kultura/500733-v-…urple.html

Belgrade 06.12.19 https://www.nezavisne.com/kultura/muzika…adu/529636

Sofia 07.12.19 https://www.novinite.com/articles/196019…n+Bulgaria

Budapest 09.12.19 https://24.hu/kultura/2019/03/25/budapes…ep-purple/

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The bus now waiting

March 26, 2019

Deep Purple are having a bit of a break from hurtling this year but have booked in some shows in Eastern Europe for December 2019. Sofia, Budapest, Klagenfurt and Ostrava (on the 4th) so far with more to follow.  Thanks to Tim Summers for the heads up.  Sorry, am I allowed to even write the word Europe any more?

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