Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Alt sleeve

May 11, 2017

Deep Purple Infinite alternate Australian sleeve

For those who only bought the regular CD (hands up!) here is the cover variation of the 2 disc edition of the new album, the one with regular CD and the DVD combined.  I imagine in the age of vinyl us collectors would be madly trying to locate copies as it does look very different with this image on the front! Still finding that type a bit heavy handed mind…
How’s the actual music on the album faring up a month on though? I actually put a few tracks on, then ran some from Now What right after to try and get a feel for the two side by side at the weekend (while I was testing the hi-fi having finally got it onto the new shelves!).  I think my faves from Now What have a bit of an edge, sounding more thought out and planned. The stand-outs on Infinite still hold good though.  Now we’re just four days from seeing which tracks make it to the new set!  Sweepstake anyone?

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Live In Melbourne er Sydney 1984

August 12, 2013

Deep Purple Perfect Strangers live Melbourne 1984UPDATE – The live 1984 DVD reported earlier is from one of the three nights at Sydney and NOT Melbourne as the sales sheets claim. As well as the main format DVD, there are CD and vinyl editions, but both are limited.  Full track listing and details on DTB under Perfect Strangers Live.  It’s due out in October.  Our first report of the release is below.  Formats available to pre-order at DTB Online store.

1984 and all that

July 26, 2013

sept84aThe news that a DVD release of one of the Australian shows from the early days of the reunion is being worked on has got people chatting. It all seems a very long time ago now, but DTB readers may recall the excitement of those first reports (written on paper and posted airmail!) from the very start of the Perfect Strangers World Tour in late 1984.  The feeling remains that the band decided to kick off down-under so if it all went horribly wrong, they would have plenty of opportunity to sort things out before moving over to the critical North American markets.  Despite a few mis-cues and the like (plus Ian Gillan losing his clothes and some riots outside a show – the two events not connected!) it all panned out pretty well. The shows began there in late November, moved across to New Zealand in December, and then back to Australia. It was all fairly quickly arranged, and (amazing in this day and age) tickets only went on sale about a month before the shows.  The biggest deal were probably the three nights back to back at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre from the 12-14th.  It was one of these which was filmed, and footage later popped up on some promo videos. Two of the shows did appear on audio on deluxe vinyl bootlegs not long after (one of which even went with the title Warm Up In Australia!). Video exists from all three shows, at least two of which look official, and may have been part of the MTV plan to document the reunion, which we assume provides the raw material for this upcoming DVD. UPDATE : The DVD is actually from a show at Melbourne according to the label. The band did three shows there as well (16, 17 and 18th Dec) but we don’t yet know which this is. Full details and track list on the site now at Perfect Strangers Live.
Contemporary reviews suggest that the first night was the best, with Lord on fine form and Gillan getting into his stride after a few teething troubles. What can you expect set wise? Well the show majored on Machine Head (with a couple of oldies) and over half the new album and went something like Highway Star / Nobody’s Home / Strange Kind Of Woman / Gypsy’s Kiss / Perfect Strangers / Under The Gun / Lazy / Child In Time / Knocking At Your Back Door / Difficult To Cure / Space Truckin’  / encores Black Night / Smoke On The Water.
Obviously in the intervening thirty years there has been a lot of water under the bridge and the reunion did sort of stutter once the initial album and world tour had happened but hopefully this release will remind us all of just what an exciting time 1984/5 was to be a Deep Purple fan. Images from deep-purple.net

Deep Purple Warm Up In Australia

Glenn goes Down Under

March 26, 2013

Glenn Hughes has three special shows lined up for late April in Australia. Dates and details on the Glenn Hughes page.

DP 2013 dates

October 31, 2012

Dates for Australia, New Zealand and Italy have been announced, news on the site here.