Posts Tagged ‘2014’

Purple live, and live again.

July 22, 2015

Deep Purple Wacken 2013 and Tokyo 2014 live albums

Two upcoming live releases from Deep Purple have been announced, documenting the Now What tour in some depth… and an extra dimension! They are issuing shows from 2013 and 2014 as two separate but sort of matching titles, recorded in Germany and Tokyo.  Release was announced a while back but we wanted to try and get more detail together rather than just reprint the press release…

The German show is from the Wacken festival, August 1st 2013 and titled “From the Setting Sun…”.  The Tokyo show was recorded at the Budokan on April 12th 2014 nearly a year later, and is released as “…To The Rising Sun.”
Format wise the confusing record label information is a little hard to decipher, but it seems both shows will be released in one of four editions: 2CD + DVD set, triple vinyl, stand alone DVD or Blu Ray. There are no CD only formats. The Tokyo Blu Ray is a regular 2D format but for Wacken you can watch Ian Gillan’s bare feet in glorious 3D-o-vision!  I must confess our new TV set has 3D but we’ve never even opened the glasses, and assume the disc has a 2D option. All formats are due to ship at the very end of August (which likely means early September.)
Set-lists have not been supplied, but from our archives we can suggest these (see below) although I cannot guarantee all the tracks will be on the final releases. And as you might have guessed, despite being almost a year apart, the sets are very similar in terms of songs played, which is presumably why the label has felt the need to stress the very different atmosphere at the two venues. You’d think someone would have thought about adding in a few different songs when they knew they were being filmed again. Let’s hope that the cover photos for the two titles are from the same show, otherwise Steve must have been wearing that top for eight months! Uli Jon Roth guested on Smoke on the Wacken show but isn’t mentioned in the press info.
They’re available to pre-order at the DTB online shop, and we will email confirmed prices once the label has bothered to send them out. The primary format is obviously film, and you can only get the audio CD with the DVD edition. If this follows previous releases, these special formats, especially the triple vinyl, are likely to be quite limited.  Thanks to Bo Olsson, Tim Summers for their help.

Set-list : Highway Star (Wacken)  or Apres Vous (Tokyo) / Into the Fire / Hard Lovin’ Man / Vincent Price / Strange Kind of Woman (‘SKOW’ before ‘VP’ at Tokyo) / Contact Lost / Uncommon Man (Tokyo)/ The Well-Dressed Guitar / The Mule (Tokyo) / Hell to Pay / Lazy / Above and Beyond / No One Came / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Encore: Green Onions / Hush / Black Night

Two more live tracks from Now What appeared on the band’s last live CD, which accompanied a special edition of the studio album in late 2013. They were from four shows in July and August 2013, cherry picked to form a full show.  This set is also in stock at DTB online shop, in a rather smart gold foil diecut sleeve.

This item was updated with more reliable set list info July 21.

Stocking filler

November 25, 2014

Blackmores NightReissued as an expanded 2CD set, and in a new cover, Winter Carols from BLACKMORE’S NIGHT now  has a second disc containing five live festive tracks recorded at Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night’s Minstrel Hall, alongside no less than FIVE versions of ‘Christmas Eve’, including an MP4 video of the English radio edit, a radio edit, a German language edit, a mixed German / English edit and the regular version.  It is out early December.  Thanks to Cadiz for the info.

It is available through the Darker Than Blue Online Store

Other recent postings relating to Blackmore :  Rainbow reunion stories /  Cozy Powell remembered

Celebrating Jon Lord

October 13, 2014

Jon Lord boxDetails of the various formats of this release from the April 2014 concert under our review heading; five editions including a limited edition box set with goodies (see left). But don’t ask me what size the shirt is!  Shipping now from DTB Online store.

Something for this weekend?

September 5, 2014
Smoke On The Water Lyme Regis

Ian Gillan’s backing band for the latest Smoke On The water record attempt at Lyme Regis this weekend!

Join Ian Gillan on Saturday to play Smoke On The Water!  The catch?  There will be two and a half thousand others also with the same idea.  The Guitars On The Beach 2 event is on the beach (der) at Lyme Regis, and sees the crowd attempting to break the world record for the biggest band or something.  I can’t really work it out from the web site to be honest, and some of the links are broken, but it does confirm that IG is due to fly over from the US to help direct the Smoke section around 4.00pm. There’s also stuff by ZZTop and others. Anyhow, here’s the link if you fancy a day out (or two days – again the web site is not clear on this, though IG is due on the Saturday).  I’ve spoken to Keeley Donovan who says the weather is going to be great, so start knotting those handkerchiefs.  And sorry not to have mentioned this before, I just forgot.  Tim Summers reminded me.

USA set-list and review

August 19, 2014

There is the current set list for the August 2014 tour of America added to our 2014 date sheet, and Steve Hunt has sent us his thoughts on the show in California in front of over 7,000 people – so good to see they can still pull in a decent crowd when they do get to tour the U.S. properly. He and his wife enjoyed it so much they’re off to catch another show!

The Hall of Fame

August 7, 2014
One question which has vexed Deep Purple fans a lot over the past few years is the band’s non-appearance in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. While it is very obvious that the committee behind this event work very much to their own musical agenda, Ian Gillan has shed light on the situation in a new interview done for Rolling Stone (and it must be said when did they last cover the band? Probably not since the days of Cameron Crowe!). It also throws some light on recent stories from Blackmore about him and Ian Gillan being in touch which has surprised some. The full interview is linked at the end of the story. My thanks to Peter Judd who flagged this up:
There was a lot of controversy this year with Kiss’ current members not wanting to play with their original members at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Would you be willing to play with the group’s founding guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, who had a bitter split with the band in 1993, at the ceremony if you were inducted?
Well, we are the living, breathing Deep Purple. This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band.
And it would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in. I don’t have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone.
I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem. We’re too old
for that and everything’s in the past, but no. That would be out of the question. How insulting that would be to
[current guitarist] Steve Morse, for example? So if that’s the stumbling block, fair enough. Never the twain shall
meet.
Why do you say that?
I’m saying what I’m about to say not to wind Ritchie up, if he’s reading this. He knows that we’ve got to talk about
these things. So I say this with no rancor, and let’s get the record straight: I was just as much of an asshole as
Ritchie was. But Ritchie carried it on for a little longer. Had Ritchie stayed with the band, it would have been all
over. It would have just ended. Without any doubt in anyone’s mind – it was all over. So the day he walked out was
the day we had to rebuild. We had Joe Satriani for one year, and he got us over the crisis, and then we got Steve and
started to rebuild. Within a couple of years, we started playing arenas again, and it’s been fantastic ever since.
It’s good to go through those crises. It doesn’t do your heart any good, but that was the spirit of the band. So to
go back to the question of “Would we do the show with Ritchie?” I think that would be hugely disrespectful to what I
call the living, breathing, Deep Purple. There’s always been a living, breathing, Deep Purple, good or bad at any
stage of our evolution, and how it is now is particularly healthy and it wouldn’t be right.
For more go to: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/deep-purples-ian-gillan-its-unconscionable-to-reunite-old-lineup-20140805

Records store day redux

July 7, 2014

Deep Purple Black Night Live record store day 2014 release.We have a small stock of the two UK 2014 Deep Purple Record Store day vinyl releases mentioned on an earlier posting for anyone who wasn’t able to queue. This is the Mono colour vinyl Shades LP and the monstrously table-mat thick pressing of the Made In Japan single.  As there are only a few, we’ve put them up on our new Deep Purple Collectors Store.

Special guests

July 1, 2014

GH-California-BreedGlenn Hughes‘ new band CALIFORNIA BREED will be doing a handful of shows in the UK later this year, but supporting Slash! I’m struggling to think of Glenn supporting anyone in the UK on a tour since he left Deep Purple, so this marks a change of plan – and the new band will undoubtedly reach a much larger audience doing this than they otherwise would, as these are all large arena shows. Thanks to Mark Maddock for the news.

Nov 28 – Manchester Arena, Nov 29 – Leeds Arena, Dec 01 – Birmingham Arena, Dec 02 – Wembley Arena – London, Dec 04 – Glasgow Arena

The band will be promoting their debut CD issued last month, which is still available in the Ltd Ed digipak at DTB Online store.

In the sun

June 11, 2014

Deep Purple are taking a break in the Algarve right now doing some writing to get the follow up to What Now started. Looks like they have decided to strike while the iron is still fairly hot which seems a good move. The album is still getting mentioned; listing their top five albums of 2013 in Good Times magazine, Mick Box put Now What at second, and Andy Scott of The Sweet rated it fourth (thanks to Hubert Leonhard).
Deep Purple went ahead with their concert in Turkish occupied Cyprus on May 24 in front of 20,000 fans. Admission was free. The show made the local press on both sides, “The band landed in Nicosia’s Ercan Airport in a British Airways plane rented for the trip in a rare occasion for the airport, which is closed to international flights apart from those coming from Turkey. The band members were welcomed by the Turkish Cypriot Foreign Ministry officials, as international celebrities make rare visits to the country due to the pressure from Greek Cyprus and the international community.”
Deep Purple Cyprus

Apart from a French festival this month the band are off the road until the middle of July when they play more European shows before their longest batch of North America / Canadian shows in ages.

Harrah for August

March 13, 2014

Deep Purple have just issued a series of shows across North America and Canada, their first for ages. It takes up most of August and includes a handful of sit down buffet Casino dates.  The list is on the site.  Thanks to Madhur Maddock for the info.