Posts Tagged ‘1973’

Mk 1, 8a and 8b…

July 19, 2019

Just how do we refer to all the various line-ups, and when did the Mk 1, 2 etc. system first appear?  Read our article on the site.

There is also a great story by Kurt Piepenburg looking back at his days hearing Deep Purple Mk 1 on American radio, and why he thinks they made such an impact back in the Autumn of 1968.

These features (and more) can also be found by scrolling down and checking the menu heading ARTICLES on the Darker Than Blue site.

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.

Liverpool Stadium 1978.jpg

June 9th

June 9, 2017

Deep Purple 1969 promo photograph

Someone sent us this nice old promo 10X8 and reminded me it is Jon Lord’s birthday today, so a nice way to remember the old gimmer. It was taken back in 1969 at Mk 2’s very first photo shoot.  And it’s always nice to see him “at it” on stage, as in this nice pic taken on the final Mk 2 US tour in early 1973.  Thanks to Vince Chong.

Jon Lord 1973

form an orderly….

September 14, 2015

Barry Plummer Deep Purple photo book

Just a quick update on the Deep Purple photo book; the publishers say pre-orders will be open soon, so to make sure you get the news first, subscribe to the dedicated newsletter service as people who do will get the info direct, along with another bunch of visuals (with some great photos from the band’s 1973 Rainbow Theatre concert).  Or you can subscribe and read our story on the project if you click here.

Photo book progress

July 14, 2015

Ian Paice Rainbow Theatre 1973

As well as the regular edition of the upcoming Deep Purple photo archive book, publishers ST33Books have just announced that there will be a limited edition signed by Ian Paice.  You can read more about this (and see a photo of the signing) on the ST33Books site, or you can subscribe to the newsletter about the book for more details by clicking the button below.  Ian did the signing the day before he was due to jet out for the current American tour.  He checked out some of the book pages too and singled out the shot above as one he particularly liked;  it was taken at the Rainbow Theatre on the final Mk 2 tour in the UK in early 1973.

Smoke On The Radio

June 15, 2015

Smoke On The Water American promotion label 1973As most fans know, the studio / live edits of Smoke On The Water were issued as a (more or less) contemporary single almost everywhere but Britain. It first appeared in North America in the spring of 1973, and it was the success of the single there (top five in US and Canada) which inspired most other countries to follow suit.
A lot of the success in North America has been put down to it being taken up by radio stations there and heavily played. However 40 plus years on there is little documentary evidence to back this up. Researching for the upcoming Machine Head book, we are hoping fans in the U.S. and Canada (or anywhere else) who might have any knowledge of the song’s presentation on the radio stations there might be able to shed some light on it. Perhaps you have recollections of hearing the song played a lot on certain stations; maybe you worked in a radio station and can shed light on how it was programmed, or know someone who did, and can give us a bit of an insight into Smoke On The Water on U.S radio back in the spring of 1973. Do get in touch.

Say cheese

December 18, 2013

Deep Purple compilationsThe album art sleeve site ST33 has done an article looking at the women on Deep Purple’s compilation sleeves, and named the guilty parties!  It also shows the very rare Korean edition of Singles As & Bs. If you remember dashing down to the record shop to blag your instant collectors edition of The Mark 2 Purple Singles before it sold out then this one’s for you…