Posts Tagged ‘2020’

Mexico wave

March 18, 2020

Deep Purple went ahead with their show in Mexico on the 14th, despite the health risks inherent with all travel at the moment, although I suspect they were well isolated from start to finish.  However it went ahead without Don Airey, although no reason was given at the time of posting this except to say it was a one-off. The keyboard player from Dream Theatre deputised apparently.  Purple’s June tour is still on for now.

Thanks to Tim Summers, our man at the festivals merchandise stall…

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Whoosh!

March 9, 2020

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UPDATE – Record Store Day has been put back to late June due to current health crisis. Original story below.

Record Day is fast approaching (April 18th) and fans in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will have the chance to grab an exclusive ten inch vinyl special from the new Deep Purple album at participating shops. As of now we do not know which tracks will be featured, nor their exclusivity or otherwise, but Lutz Reinert has sent us the sleeve (above). More as and when.

Mean time we were out shopping the other day (we’re very old school at DTB) for some computer screen cleaner and ended up with this…  and judging by the price Edel would be advised to ditch issuing records and go into making cleansers.

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Kapow!

February 28, 2020

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As we’ve reported on the Facebook page, but forgot to add here, the new Deep Purple album is simply called ‘Whoosh!’.  This was hinted at in a Christmas message sent out by Edel (below), and has been confirmed in the German magazine Rocks.  There is also a teaser trailer on the web where you can hear them repeating the word in a spoken passage from one of the tracks.

Sadly they’ve not used the great Norman Saunders to do the cover illustration (see the 1966 gum card above, he collects this sort of stuff!) but instead gone for a sort of Never Say Die (Black Sabbath) meet Avengers Age Of Ultron image (spoiler – in which half the population drift away as dust), plus a logo which vaguely updates the 1968 original.

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The track titles are listed below and Rocks have heard some playbacks, which they suggest follow on fairly naturally from ‘Infinite’, which is promising (Simon reckons it was his most played album by the band last year via his favourites).

Throw My Bones
Drop The Weapon
We’re All The Same In The Dark
Nothing At All
No Need To Shout
Step By Step
What the What
The Long Way Round
The Power of the Moon
Remission Possible
Man Alive
And the Address (!)
Dancing In My Sleep

IG – “In a nutshell: Everything that is happening at the moment (today’s music. Deep Purple, you, me, humanity …) in our solar system is like a crumb that you wipe away – ‘Whoosh!'”

He is of course dead right. It’s out on June 12th 2020 in the usual array of formats:

White vinyl / glow in the dark vinyl (why?!) / black vinyl / CD / CD/DVD and vinyl box set.

There may be yet more colours. Thanks to Tim Summers, Martin Ashberry, Mark Maddock, Stephen Clare for bringing me up to speed.  We’ll add that strange Xmas card here out of season for people who like to collect these bits of ephemera.

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Tyskland

February 4, 2020

Looks like Deep Purple will be filling in with shows across Europe after the British dates at the start of October. Ole Sandgaard Andersen has just spotted two new dates in Germany and Holland later that month. The show in Holland at the Ziggo Dome offers some particularly wallet straining options including a “business seat with diner” for just 355 Euros! “Would you like to translate this page?” asks my browser. Er, no thanks.  I can’t even find the price for the optional “platinum” ticket, I assume if you need to ask you cannot afford it!  But it does seem to come with a rather swish exclusive laminate access ticket as shown. All new dates are shown on our Deep Purple Diary page.

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‘Ere Ear

January 20, 2020

The earMusic publicity machine seems to be grinding into action and speculation is that a May release for the new Deep Purple studio album (will they be calling it “Y And Beyond”? I dare them) seems to be on the cards. Ear have apparently (well Tim Summers told me, I haven’t got the patience!) been pushing out annoyingly short clips of Roger talking to producer Bob (and revealing very little in the process), but the feeling is that some actual audio snippets will not be long in appearing.  Some who have been privy to listening in claim it’s the best Morse-era material yet.  I know we shouldn’t get too excited at our age but I’ll get our laptop speakers dusted down in case …!

Meanwhile while we’re waiting, if you have half an hour free, see if you can spot parts of the Smoke On The Water riff in Jon Holmes amazing new BBC Radio 4 dark ‘comedy’ The Twister.

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“Keep that lid closed guys, Carlos Ghosn slipped me a pony to put it on the next flight to Cuba…”

October fest

December 5, 2019

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After all the teasers for Deep Purple shows around and in Europe we’ve posted here (see below, more to come) recently, fans in the UK get  their chance with the announcement this week of a five date arena tour in October 2020. Support band is Blue Oyster Cult and tickets go on sale – er – today at 10.00am. For people like us who don’t like these sheds, the word from fans locally (hello Mike and Tim) is that the new Leeds Arena (which we’ve not had a chance to go to yet) is better than most as it was built specifically as a concert venue, not a multi purpose sport arena, so better viewing all round (though Simon moans about First Direct sponsoring it, as they were the gits who took his account overdraft off him … because he didn’t use it enough!!!). So maybe see you in the Tudor Rooms fish and chip restaurant beforehand.  The band’s new album will be out ahead of these concerts, and Ian Gillan, apart from being busy overusing the blur function in Photoshop, is promising “a couple or three new songs”.

Whitesnake’s big package (tour)

November 7, 2019

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David Coverdale and whoever is in Whitesnake right now (I’m a bit out of touch) are coming over on a stadium visit to Britain May / June 2020.  They will be in the company of fellow rock and roll titans (© Manchester Evenings News!) Foreigner and (openers) Europe to form a triple bill likely to strike a spot with fans of 1980s hits and MTV.  There are six dates in all. They then fly over to Australia for a tour there with The Scorpions, including a show in New Zealand, then a date in Singapore on the way across to Japan for half a dozen headlining shows.

Tickets are fully on sale this Friday but there are pre-sale offers on meet and greet packages if you look online (they START at £129.00!). Details : London’s O2 Arena (May 31), Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (June 1), Arena Birmingham (June 3), Glasgow SSE Hydro (June 4) and Newcastle Utilita Arena (June 6), Manchester Arena on June 8.

The question we ask ourselves (apart from where I would hide for the other two acts!) is will they be a patch on the shows in 1979 and 1980 and the answer sadly is not, so I’ll put the money towards a trip to London to see the Bridget Riley exhibition instead.

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It’s a date

October 31, 2019

UPDATE – A show in Italy has just been added, Bologna Park, on July 6th.

The first of Deep Purple‘s summer tour shows for 2020 have now been confirmed, with eight concerts in June / July across Austria and Germany (most of which are branded “Summer Nights 2020″). With one exception these all seem to be one day festivals, one of which includes Dweezil Zappa supporting Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the full details (on our 2020 diary page) and sending some of the (sometimes garish!) adverts. Let us know if you spot any more to add to the list.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to look in all the ditches round about just in case there is a politician who can keep his word…

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