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.
Posts Tagged ‘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. https://www.jpc.de/s/deep+purple
Thanks to Tim Summers and others.
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!
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.
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…
It is now confirmed that Deep Purple’s Infinite world tour will be their last. “The Long Goodbye Tour” is how it is being billed.
Eagle eyed fans noticed that flyers for one of the French festivals in June 2017 had the words “Final Tour” underneath Deep Purple’s logo when it was first posted, but that they disappeared from a second flyer. We decided not to mention it here as there must have been a reason for this. However since then, Spanish site Metal Circus has reported that they contacted the band’s management direct and were told this was indeed the band’s last world tour. We learned a few weeks back that Ian Gillan envisaged this would be a two year trek on the back of the new album, so it looks like they have planned to plan for the end. On the up side, this might not preclude them getting it together once in a while to not tour, but just play a few specials.
Inevitably with the reflective album title as well, it all makes a lot of practical sense, especially given Ian Paice’s health scare earlier this year. Even so, seeing those words on the flyer inevitably brought a lump to the throat here at DTB towers this morning, a feeling we’ve not had since Jon Lord set out on his farewell tour with the band.
Still, announcing the news does mean that fans can also plan, and dates for the tour are just beginning to emerge and include a number of festivals next summer. We will start to post them on our 2017 Diary page.
This post was updated on Dec 1st once the tour title was known.
The Oxford English Dictionary team may well have to redefine the word ‘teaser’ in their next edition, once they’ve checked the first trailer for Deep Purple’s new studio album. From it we learn the new LP is called Infinite. But beyond 5 seconds of blurry film of Roger’s ear (possibly a pun on the label name?) and one chord, that’s about your lot! Needless to say the internet has been able to decide what the rest of the sixty minutes will be like from this… Anywho, if you ain’t heard / seen it yet, hurry on over to https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=eFDdnUiN_uY
Three members of Deep Purple have been booked to help celebrate the twenty first anniversary of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp next year; Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Glenn Hughes. The four day event enables people to jam with, learn from and listen to the musicians and rock star councillors, and the final night will be hosted at the Whisky A Go Go, a show by Glenn Hughes and some of the attendees. March 2-5, 2017 in Hollywood, California if you’re feeling flush. It is being billed with a “Celebrate the Music of Deep Purple” theme this time, and “in memory of Jon Lord”. Glenn has done this event before, but I think it’s a first timer for the other guys. There is no indication that they will perform on stage together, but you never know. For additional information, visit www.rockcamp.com
Thanks to Tim Summers.