Posts Tagged ‘2017’

U.S. tour set list spoiler

August 15, 2017

The double-header American tour (dates on the site) kicked off last Saturday, and finds Deep Purple clipping back the set a bit to allow for Alice Cooper (and their crew, and Edgar Winter). They have also dropped some of the new album and the show includes just two numbers from Infinite, one as the first encore. It’s hard to know how much of an issue this is as the tour is more ‘three classic bands’ sort of evening out, but dropping Birds Of Prey is a shame and we hope this gets brought back when they return to Scandinavia and Europe in November. One report says they did rehearse Woman From Tokyo for the US leg but not seen it logged yet. Anyhow here’s the set so far, look away now if you want it to stay a surprise!

Deep Purple Smoke On The Water

Highway Star / Fireball / Strange Kind Of Woman / Contact Lost / Uncommon Man / Lazy / The Surprising / Don Airey Solo / Perfect Strangers / Space Trucking / Smoke On The Water. ENCORE Back To Bedlam / Hush

Thanks to Tim Summers and others. One U.S. site lists the dates along with the exact number of unsold tickets! So we know that as of now there are just 391 left for the show in Atlanta, but 1660 for the mad looking open air Jones Beach Theatre in New York State…

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Hard at work

June 7, 2017

Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow rehearsals 2017

Perhaps mindful of the comments on the three Rainbow shows in 2016, Ritchie and the band have been putting some serious time in for the shows later this month. As well as rehearsals back in America, they are having a week of production rehearsals in the UK immediately before the tour, and posting photos to prove it!  Thanks to Tim Summers for the info.  The show at Manchester Arena is going ahead, as are other gigs at the venue.

Infinite set-list spoiler!

May 14, 2017

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Well the wait is over and the Infinite tour set list is now doing the rounds after Saturday’s opening show.  And no fewer than four songs from the new album have made it, including what seem to be the top three judging from most people’s feedback on the album.  And interestingly two songs from Now What have also stayed the distance. However this does mean that there is only one other reunion era track left, and the other half of the set is much as before.

If you do not want know the details look away now!

Time For Bedlam / Fireball / Bloodsucker / Strange Kind of Woman  / Johnny’s Band  / Uncommon Man  / The Surprising  / Lazy  / Birds Of Prey  / Hell To Pay  / Perfect Strangers  / Space Truckin’ / Smoke On The Water. Encores : Highway Star / Hush / Black Night

Seems a bit of a shame to break up the two new ‘epics’ with Lazy on the face of it, but we’ll have to wait and hear how it sounds.

The Chart Show

May 4, 2017

David Browne has put together a chart for those of us who enjoy stats, which compares the highest positions reached for Now What with the new album Infinite.  This chart covers the first month of the new release, but realistically unless there is a sudden surge somewhere this should be the final best placings. It gives us a good idea of where it has sold best and while it hasn’t got quite as many number 1 slots, it has charted higher in more countries than Now What. Infinite has also given the band 7 ‘best chart position since’ placings, sometimes as far back as the Seventies, and it is the best selling album for the band in the UK since 1984 which is a real milestone. World sales are estimated at 135,000 for the month although this figure will grow.

Deep Purple Infinite chart positions

friday on my mind

April 5, 2017

Purple’s label have issued a couple of nice quick fire question and answer videos culled from recent interviews which make fun viewing ahead of the album’s final release on FRIDAY.

part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Viod3e7dKLI

part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK10XetAuCs

Dave Browne has been keeping us up to speed on these and others and says it seems that Bob Ezrin is responsible for “Roadhouse Blues”, after suggesting that they close the album with an old cover version, like last time (um, depends on which of the four versions of the album you were sold Bob!). Ian Paice suggested Roadhouse as he’d performed it recently with a tribute act. Frustratingly, for those who haven’t taken to it, Roger says that they had two more really good original song ideas for the album which were set aside but still may be returned to.

Although we posted a couple of album previews below a few days back, I have opened a proper review page so feel free to send us your thoughts over the next weeks or two!

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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…

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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. https://www.jpc.de/s/deep+purple

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!

Bedlam

December 16, 2016

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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.

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…