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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

Photo book progress

July 14, 2015

Ian Paice Rainbow Theatre 1973

As well as the regular edition of the upcoming Deep Purple photo archive book, publishers ST33Books have just announced that there will be a limited edition signed by Ian Paice.  You can read more about this (and see a photo of the signing) on the ST33Books site, or you can subscribe to the newsletter about the book for more details by clicking the button below.  Ian did the signing the day before he was due to jet out for the current American tour.  He checked out some of the book pages too and singled out the shot above as one he particularly liked;  it was taken at the Rainbow Theatre on the final Mk 2 tour in the UK in early 1973.

Blackmore au Rock

July 7, 2015

nightRitchie Blackmore has opened up about his plans to play rock again – to the French national newspaper Le Parisien.  He was interviewed to help promote a Blackmore’s Night show there tomorrow night at L’Olympia. A couple of people have had a look at the translation and from this the general scenario seems to be that he plans to do some shows in June 2016, and cover Deep Purple and Rainbow material.  He tells the writer that he has not formally settled on anything yet, or come up with a line-up (though he has a few players in mind).  His idea is to have a couple of names, and some less well known musicians.  He again stresses that this will be short-term, three or four shows only.  The journalist mentions that a promoter has told him a festival in France is one possible date and Blackmore confirms this has been discussed.
We do know that he can delight in winding people up, and the interview concludes with the suggestion that Joe Lynn Turner may not be involved after all.
So the saga continues!  Maybe he’s done a deal with TV for a new talent show to find a suitable band…
Thanks to Mark and Tom for the link; those who did better than me learning French at school can read the full article online:

http://rocknroll.blog.leparisien.fr/apps/m/archive/2015/07/04/ritchie-blackmore-15993.html

Chris Squire

June 29, 2015
Chris Squire, Manchester Palace Theatre, 1975

Chris Squire with Yes, Manchester Palace Theatre. photo : Simon Robinson

As someone is always quick to point out if I so much as dare to mention politics in a passing comment, this is first and foremost a Deep Purple site.  But we are all a product of the times we lived through and the music we grew up with, and I am sure I’m not the only one here who will feel sad to learn of the death of Yes bass player Chris Squire.  With money always in short supply as a teenager, a fair proportion went on live music. My and I brother were fortunate enough to get a couple of the last tickets for the Yes Tales From Topographic Oceans tour, our first experience of the band live.  It was one of those show you will remember forever, and we sat transfixed by the whole evening – despite not owning the album (something we soon rectified, it remains one of my favourite Yes albums to this day).  And Yes certainly shared a similar history and timeline to Deep Purple, all the musicians being a product of the mid-sixties beat boom. Co-founded by Chris Squire, Yes also emerged from an early line-up into what many regard a their classic incarnation, and hit their stride at much the same time as Purple too.  The paths of the two bands even crossed on the live circuit in the early days (check out the advert below), different styles of music for certain, but in the late Sixties and early Seventies there was very much a progressive or underground scene to which both bands were equally valid (though whether Yes felt much of that spirit after the events at Plumpton in 1970 when they were supposed to follow Purple, despite Blackmore setting the stage on fire, I’m not sure!).  Yes underwent far more extreme changes of line-up and direction than Deep Purple over the years for sure (something I have learned more about while working on the publication of a book about Yes in recent months), but that bass (and those jackets) remained throughout.

Yes, Deep Purple, Lyceum London 1969

Smoke On The Radio

June 15, 2015

Smoke On The Water American promotion label 1973As most fans know, the studio / live edits of Smoke On The Water were issued as a (more or less) contemporary single almost everywhere but Britain. It first appeared in North America in the spring of 1973, and it was the success of the single there (top five in US and Canada) which inspired most other countries to follow suit.
A lot of the success in North America has been put down to it being taken up by radio stations there and heavily played. However 40 plus years on there is little documentary evidence to back this up. Researching for the upcoming Machine Head book, we are hoping fans in the U.S. and Canada (or anywhere else) who might have any knowledge of the song’s presentation on the radio stations there might be able to shed some light on it. Perhaps you have recollections of hearing the song played a lot on certain stations; maybe you worked in a radio station and can shed light on how it was programmed, or know someone who did, and can give us a bit of an insight into Smoke On The Water on U.S radio back in the spring of 1973. Do get in touch.

Remembering Jon

June 9, 2015

Jon Lord plaque

A blue plaque marking Jon Lord’s first home has been placed on Number 120 Averil Road, Leicester. The story has been reported in the local paper, the Leicester Mercury, from which we quote (you can see more pictures by Will Johnston and the full story in their site.)
His family didn’t want a big event, so a small group including his widow Vicky, his two daughters, Sara and Amy, grandson Reggie, his brother Steve and some old friends and neighbours who knew Jon, marked the event on June 7th. Jon spent the first 20 years of his life in the house. He went to Humberstone Junior School and Wyggeston Boys School, where he passed five O-levels and two A-levels. And it was here his dad Reg, a factory worker, would play the saxophone, instilling a love of music in his elder son and his brother Steve which would last a lifetime. “He sent us both for piano lessons,” says Steve. “But it only really worked with Jon. I’m very proud that he is being recognised by his home city.”
A young Jon was regularly dragged along to classical and jazz concerts at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. But it was a Buddy Holly show in 1958 which changed everything. “That gig turned my head around,” he told the Leicester Mercury a few years ago. “It was the birth of rock and roll. I was one of the lucky ones to be in on it.”
Lord had piano lessons every week from a classical pianist in Leicester who lived in University Road. “I’d get a bus into town and walk across Victoria Park to his house. He was a troubled man but a musical genius,” Lord said. “He pushed me constantly and made me the player I am, there’s no doubt about it.”
A couple of his childhood friends, now in their seventies, were also invited. Jack Wootton, 73, grew up with Jon and was there to see the blue plaque unveiled. “Jon was a lovely lad,” he said. “I remember going to call for him one evening, we were playing cricket down the field, and he said ‘I can’t come, Jack – I’ve got piano lessons’. “‘Aw, don’t bother with that’, I remember saying. ‘Come and play cricket with us’.”
Bryan Wood, 76, was raised in Averil Road and still lives there. “I used to play with him all the time – we played football, cricket, in the brook under the bridge. I lost count of how many times we were chased off by the local bobby. “I remember, as kids, we would hammer the piano my mum had in the old front room. I didn’t know what I was doing – but Jon did.”
The house Jon grew up in now belongs to the Dhillon family. Daughter Simran, 21, had no idea about the house’s history. “We searched for Jon Lord on the internet and we could see what a good musician he was and how well-known and well-loved he was, too. We like the plaque on the house. It feels special and we feel very proud to live here.”
Some fans will want to visit to have a look, and I’m sure if they do they will respect the fact that this is a private house.
Thanks to local journalist Lee Marlow, who interviewed Jon at length some years ago, and has been pushing for this recognition for Jon for a long time, and to Tim Summers.

SHVL777@45

June 5, 2015

Deep Purple In Rock NME June 13 1970

Unlike famous musicians, who we expect to be able to recall what they did on every day of their career (because we have to know!), I haven’t got the foggiest notion what I was up to on Friday June 5th 1970, beyond getting through another day at school.  Friday was usually sports all afternoon, an occupation I loathed. We’d be bussed up to some wind-wept fields on the edge of the Derbyshire moors and, after digging out the dried on mud and grass from between the studs on our boots, expected to somehow know the rules of rugby or cricket and get on with that until it was time for a freezing communal shower in what seemed like a converted WW2 bunker, before being bussed back.
If we were lucky it was cross-country running. Lucky because this sport was largely unsupervised and there was a ramshackle corrugated iron cafe near the mill pond half way round. So if nobody was stationed at the far end of the course with a clipboard (and we’d survived the mysterious air-rifler who took pot shots at us on occasions), we could get a cup of hot-chocolate and doss about for half an hour or so, then set off back and try to make ourselves look exhausted on arrival at the changing rooms.
I’d probably be thinking about trekking round town the next day to “do” the record shops, an occupation which usually meant doing very little beyond just pestering assistants in various shops to stick an album on in the listening booth. I may have spotted Deep Purple In Rock on display, but it would be a couple of weeks before I got to hear Black Night on the radio, and start to make the connections between this, snatches of sessions I’d heard, and the coverage in the music papers. I could hardly miss this front page advert (above) which appeared on the NME dated June 13th (it’s been on the site before but what the heck). The single bought, it was the flip of Speed King which had me saving up for In Rock, an awesome track the likes of which I’d never heard before.  It had everything you’d want in a rock record, and I played the single to death until I’d got enough to buy the album. Until then b-sides had usually been a bit of a disappointment, but here was one which was far better than the hit.
45 years have now passed since the single and album were released, indeed it’s been 20 years since I was involved in the remaster of the record, checking through old tapes on a mission my teenage self could only have dreamed about.
It may just be a piece of ancient history to the five musicians who created it, but for those of us it has given such listening pleasure to over the years it remains 35 minutes in time which we continue to marvel at.
I’ll treat myself to a couple of tracks to mark the occasion before I get on with the rest of the day. It does occur to me that the old cafe we bunked off to is still there, and the sun is out, so when I’ve finished filling in, scanning and emailing off some boring “supplier contract forms” (which apparently enable me to supply stuff even though I’ve already signed a contract to supply it, but without which I might well not get paid) I might sneak off for a cuppa there afterwards and ponder on where the time went.

I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence but Geoff Barton has done a piece on Mk 2 vs Mk 3 on the Classic Rock magazine site this week, which lauds In Rock – thanks to Tim Summers and Tom Dixon for spotting this.


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