Posts Tagged ‘deep purple’

Hip boots.

November 25, 2015


SET SPOILER!  Though not very much. Deep Purple’s current set was the subject of some discussion recently, and they have changed things around a little for the current batch of dates, which of course concludes in London in a couple of weeks time at the O2.  The set list for the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland on October 25th is fairly typical:

Après Vous / Demon’s Eye / Hard Lovin’ Man / Strange Kind of Woman / Vincent Price / new instrumental / Uncommon Man / The Well-Dressed Guitar / The Mule / Get On Hip Boots (new) / Silver Tongue / Hell to Pay / Keyboard Solo / The Battle Rages On / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water. Encore Hush  / Black Night.

It still included four from Now What in the show although the end of the set looks very familiar.  We’re not sure what the new song Got My Hip Boots On (the title seems to be fluid) is about and even Ian Gillan seems a bit unsure, judging from the way he keeps focused on the crib sheet throughout!  After some ropey footage of this appeared on the web the song was taken out, though I’m not sure it would have much impact on album sales – this was after all the way much of Machine Head was developed. It sounds a little pedestrian so far but has room to develop. Amazingly Contact Lost has finally been shaken off and was replaced by a new piece of Steve’s. I can’t recall how many years this one has been there.
Mary Long, Pictures of Home and Wring That Neck were included at a couple of the shows in Italy.  There was even a chunk of the old Gillan showstopper Brazos included before the newie, Got My Hip Boots On at one gig.
The changes inspired DPAS stalwart Mark Maddock to utilise his spreadsheet skills and prepare a list of the songs performed, where and when. The info comes from various sources, and we’ve not been able to verify the sets 100% so if you have any corrections let us know. I’ve converted this to a graphic which you can check out (in case the spreadsheet format wouldn’t work for everyone). It’s often interesting to see stats done like this, and you get an idea of how things have changed during the tour. I’ll see if we can get Mark to do more like it! Click on the image to bring up a large easier to view version. He was inspired by the work carried out by Neil Young fans at the Sugar Mountain site.


First date

October 18, 2015

ritchie blackmoreRitchie Blackmore has begun scheduling dates for his Purple Rainbows set (for want of a better name!).  It looks like these will be part of the big summer rock festivals in 2016 and take in Finland, Sweden, Germany and the UK.  But he has told one reporter that he doesn’t rule out more shows if these go well.
The first date to be announced officially is the Monsters of Rock Festival in Bietigheim, Germany at the Viadukt (the site is right next to an impressive stone viaduct) on June 18th. Tickets will go on sale on the 6th November.  Prognosticators are suggesting Download in the UK and Sweden Rocks may be likely events for the “tour”.
Still at least doing festivals ends any personal inner torment about whether to go or not, I’m certainly not sitting in a muddy field all day being deafened by musicians I have absolutely no interest in for anyone!  The concerts will be filmed so this sounds like a better option.
Names of the other musicians are still on hold, though Ritchie has admitted an older idea was to cut a studio album using a number of different guest singers.  This has been dropped.
Throughout it all Ritchie is clearly at pains to stress this is an adjunct to Blackmore’s Night.  I’m not sure he need worry, they have a dedicated audience and I’m sure they’ll still be there when the rock shows are over.

The Black Sun went down

October 5, 2015

Deep Purple Roger Glover Guildford 1969

Don’t get too excited when we say this is a newly discovered clip of Deep Purple Mk 2, as it is very very short, silent, monochrome and blurry.  But it is always tantilising to see early scenes of this line-up live, just a few weeks after the Royal Albert Hall do.
It’s part of a short 16mm film made to record events at the University of Surrey’s Rag Week, which includes fund raising goodies such as a Mile Of Pennies, girls in bikinis jumping in buckets of water for money (and they reckon the ice bucket challenge was new!), and then on to the week’s big concert on November 28th in Guildford, Deep Purple, supported by Bridget St John, Horse and Quintessence, with the Black Sun Light Show.  Tickets 16/- (or a quid on the door).
The Uni archivists say the soundtrack has been lost and needless to say any unused footage is missing.
Thanks to Dave Browne for spotting it.

Up in Smoke

September 23, 2015

claude nobs during montreux casino fire

Work on the Machine Head book is proceeding, with Stephen corresponding with Jean Paul, who was at the Casino event the night the place went up.  And he clearly wasn’t afraid to get stuck in either.  This amazing photo we’ve seen before on this site, but we now know that is Jean himself on the right with Claude Nobs desperately trying to get one of the hoses round to tackle part of the blaze.  Jean was one of Claude’s best friends, and has been able to help us fill in some of his early career and  explain how the whole Montreux Super Pop and Jazz festival events came about.
During work on the book we’ve also found pictures of the blaze inside the casino roof which kicked the whole saga off (though you do wonder who would stop inside the hall to take such a picture…!), and a bewildered security guy on the stage with a megaphone trying to get people to take it seriously and leave.  The more I see of the event the more I’m amazed everyone got out safely.  Claude by the way reckoned the band only finished Smoke off for him as a thank-you tape given at a party before they left, and hadn’t intended it for the album….  We’re still trying to get the chronology sorted as photographer Didi Zill now thinks he snapped Ian writing the lyrics only a couple of days after the fire. As ever any info on the scene or events welcome!

Smells like…

September 16, 2015

“Do you know the bewitching power of the poppy? A precious flower, with invaluable vitality. Its bloom conceals a vibrant sensuality, revealing the essence of women, their most captivating facet.”

And here’s me thinking it was used to make Class A drugs.  Still, this new commercial for Kenzo perfume does have one thing going for it;  Deep Purple’s original Child In Time as the backing music.  And it sounds amazing even pulled out of context, testament to what an incredible track it always was.  The manufacturers have also posted a lengthy “making of” video in which they discuss everything from the design of the bottle to the CGI.  But don’t mention the music once.

Our man being sprayed in the face in John Lewis: Tim Summers

form an orderly….

September 14, 2015

Barry Plummer Deep Purple photo book

Just a quick update on the Deep Purple photo book; the publishers say pre-orders will be open soon, so to make sure you get the news first, subscribe to the dedicated newsletter service as people who do will get the info direct, along with another bunch of visuals (with some great photos from the band’s 1973 Rainbow Theatre concert).  Or you can subscribe and read our story on the project if you click here.

Throwback Thursday

July 29, 2015

Deep Purple NBC Today programme

One of the reasons we got advance news on the NBC show (first mentioned below) was that the cameraman, Eric Eisenstein, is a big Deep Purple fan and Darker Than Blue follower. We met Eric last year when he was over watching his lad, touring with a great group called Man Overboard (and packing them in at The Cockpit in Leeds).  Needless to say getting to film Purple was a great gig for Eric, who says he got to meet all the band between the rehearsal and the live performance.
He sent us some great photos, which include this shot of them rehearsing (the stage was set up in the street outside the studio rather than have the kit blow everything inside NBC!), and one of himself in action during the show. Eric is the guy in the checked shirt on the far right filming Steve in the clip. Not a bad rendition either, Ian coping well with the ungodly hour. By the numbers sure but it did exactly what NBC wanted I suspect. Great shots of Paice’s kit in places too, gives an idea of how massive it all is.  Amazing to watch the folk in the background walking past on their way to work…

Deep Purple NBC Today programme
A couple of people have asked about Steve’s black support strap on his wrist, which apparently is to counter touches of arthritis.  He has been sporting this off and on since last year. As someone says, it doesn’t seem to slow him up any! Mucho thanks to Eric.

which one’s Deep?

July 22, 2015

Deep Purple Today programme NBCDeep Purple are scheduled to appear on NBC’s big morning TV programme The Today Show tomorrow (23rd) in America, providing they can make the 5.30 am deadline for soundcheck and rehearsal!  Quite a rare showcase for the band.  We’ll let you know if it is available on the web after, word is they’ll at least be doing Smoke On The Water.

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.

Purple new album / tour spoiler

July 20, 2015

Glover-MontreuxDeep Purple have earmarked February 2016 to record a new studio album, and will again use Bob Ezrin to produce. His input is generally regarded as having a big part of the success of Now What.  It will be done in America, which they like as they can get a decent size reasonably priced studio space to set up in and jam.
In the meantime there is a set spoiler from the band’s latest American jaunt below, so look away now if you’ve got tickets and DON’T want to know!  Although I suppose most of us would be able to make a reasonably good guess these days. Four songs from Now What still in the set, which is otherwise classic era heavy (and Perfect Strangers the sole representative of over twenty five years of studio output.)
Thanks to Mark Maddock

Deep Purple July 14th – Lewiston, Artpark Amphitheater, New York

Highway Star / Aprés Vous / Hard Lovin’ Man / Strange Kind of Woman / Vincent Price / Contact Lost + Uncommon Man + Well Dressed Guitar / The Mule / Lazy / Hell to Pay / Keyboard Solo + Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Encore – Hush / Black Night


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