Posts Tagged ‘deep purple’

In Town Tonight • Roundhouse

October 16, 2019

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Another poster sent in by Gary Poronovich for us to check out, from Deep Purple’s two nights at The Roundhouse October 16th and 17th 2013. It’s a real shame they haven’t got a good logo as it kind of spoils what could have been a smart design.  The Roundhouse logo by comparison is excellent. I wonder if these will be as collectable in the future as 1970s posters are today? One things for sure I won’t be around to see!

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Purple stage

October 8, 2019

The ultimate fan souvenir?  Mark Maddock just sent me this photo of a ‘Deep Purple touring stage’ which someone has just put up for auction online in America. It seems to be the welded metal subframe, ply boarding and a bunch of old lights!  It also seems to be kept outdoors so better get some Hammerite ready if you do go for it!  I checked but the garage here is already full so we won’t be bidding…

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Flower people

October 3, 2019

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I do quite like a potter around a garden centre, as much to marvel at the sheer amount of bizarre novelty tat they seem to sell these days as anything, so the camera is always with me. Which was handy for these two latest additions to the Deep Purple themed garden (which as some will recall dates back many years to the pages of DTB magazine) spotted earlier this year.
The Rainbow inspired rose Lady Of The Lake looks a treat, and as I’ve been lucky enough the visit the David Austin nursery I can recommend it in terms of quality, much better than anything they produced in recent years. The Deep Purple Hydrangea is new this season apparently and any thought that the name might just be a coincidence is dispelled by the guitar shaped plant label and the fact that the growers have labelled it part of their ‘music collection’. I shall resist any temptation to suggest the plant, which was fashionable in the 70s, is a new variation on an old theme, a good repeater, etc. etc.
Now, where’s the tea room?

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Fakes and forgeries for Friday

August 30, 2019

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Having been busy with those fake picture sleeve singles for a few years, the pirate brigade have now turned their attention to a series of fake Deep Purple picture discs. Indeed a trickle has turned into a flood, as people are coughing up $200 and upwards for them.  I’m not sure who falls for these scams, as any official release would be backed up with press sheets and similar evidence.  The frustrating thing is that some are quite decent looking products too!  I’ll show a selection here; that’s Help above (based on the fab French single sleeve), Hey Joe at the bottom of the page (nice to see my artwork still in demand in some circles) and Love Help Me below (their knowledge of chronology is clearly not sparkling!).

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As well as the discs with suitable graphics on, the same crew have also put out a slew of pornographic picture discs featuring tracks from the reunion era.  To save anyone’s blushes in case you’re reading this at work I’ll link to one of the milder ones on a separate page.  All the examples I’ve seen are being sold out of Israel.  Thanks to Vince Chong who has been tracking these for me.  We all need a hobby!

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Forgery (I had to check) is the act of forging metal into shape while fakery is a fraud or forgery; an act of doctoring, or the product of one. Don’t say we never learn you nothing.

And while I’m at it here’s another of the fake pic sleeve single which appeared recently, wrapped around a genuine German pressed single.

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Once Upon A Time on vinyl

August 21, 2019

 

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Plenty of hype surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, and this story set in Sixties America features plenty of era defining rock tracks, so it’s nice to see Deep Purple get two cuts on the accompanying soundtrack album, namely Hush and Kentucky Woman. I assume they figure in the film at some point but will have to wait and see (yes I will be going, I have all the original Once Upon A Time movies so be good to see if this matches up, and while his films sometimes fall short for me usually they are very watchable). Stills from the film seem to draw heavily on vintage US TV shows not unlike the one above!  Apparently Tarantino ‘curated’ the choice of the soundtrack music himself too. Hush is easily Purple’s most soundtrack featured song by a long way, kicking off the Children of Men soundtrack album in 2006 to great effect. Even the band’s remake of the track from 1988 made it to It’s A Boy Girl Thing the same year (rubbing shoulders with The Sugababes!). Hush also turned up in the football film The Damned United three years later. There are more which escape me for the moment. It’s just a shame Tarantino didn’t look a bit further for the poster art which misses those great efforts by Tom Chantrell by more than a whisper. Anyway, several colour vinyl limited editions planned if you collect that sort of thing, plus a CD set. Thanks to Mark Jones and many more for the extra info.

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In Town Tonight • Montreal

August 10, 2019

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Poster sent in by Gary Poronovich for us to check out, from Deep Purple’s 2004 tour, this show in Montreal, August 10th.

Vox : IG

August 2, 2019

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It looks as if Deep Purple’s new studio album (which rather neatly will be their 21st, it just seems more!) is being planned for 2020. As we reported earlier (Back In The USA) the recording work from the group was completed in Nashville and it looks as if IG (above doing his thing for Rock Aid) laid down his vocals in early June. The next stage will be the the mixing.  I guess they could have got it sorted for release later this year but that would then clash with their touring for the latter part of 2019 which is already booked and could confuse promotion. Keeping it under wraps until 2020 gives plenty of time to prepare everything for a proper launch, teaser videos and all the usual gubbins that seem to go with a major album these days, and hopefully some shows with new material, etc.  And of course flying the band out to exotic frozen locations and planning those ice-breaker type shots takes time!

By the way, I read the other day that to earn an average UK wage a musician needs to get 32 million downloads in a year.  So all us old gits who stick to buying physical media can at least know we’re doing our bit to lower that lousy average.  Also we should have said happy anniversary to Steve Morse, who passed his 25th anniversary of being a member of Deep Purple recently.  I was hammering through Abandon the other day to privately mark Jon’s passing (the neighbours might disagree about privately) and marvelling at Steve’s contributions at the same time.  That’s a hell of a stint.

Mk 1, 8a and 8b…

July 19, 2019

Just how do we refer to all the various line-ups, and when did the Mk 1, 2 etc. system first appear?  Read our article on the site.

There is also a great story by Kurt Piepenburg looking back at his days hearing Deep Purple Mk 1 on American radio, and why he thinks they made such an impact back in the Autumn of 1968.

These features (and more) can also be found by scrolling down and checking the menu heading ARTICLES on the Darker Than Blue site.

Back in the USA

May 10, 2019

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Deep Purple are currently hunkered down in Nashville working on their next studio album, using the same set-up as for Infinite (released in April 2017).  The band had a pre-recording writing session in a big studio in Germany in February (see photo above; no idea what they used the cherry picker for!)).  It’s early days yet but given how rapidly things are moving, and with more shows being lined up for the later part of 2019 (see below) one suspects an Autumn release might well be on the cards. Like the writing session they are keeping the recordings top secret, so here’s a photo of a local bus instead.

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More shows?  They have just announced a decent tour of America starting in September and running right through to the third week of October.  This has to be one of the bands biggest tours there for a long time, some thirty-three dates listed so far.  No wonder they’ve been taking it easy for much of the year.

Thanks to Tim Summers, Lutz Reinert and others for the details.  Full dates are on our diary page.  This includes the European shows in December.

 

Liverpool Stadium

April 30, 2019

I do like it when people take the time to write with their recollections of seeing Deep Purple in the olden days (if anything it doesn’t make me feel so old!); recently I was exchanging emails with a woman who saw them at Walthamstow Tech in 1970 who told me of fans being passed back over the crowd after fainting, while a lad who spotted Jon Lord sneaking through the foyer at The Rainbow and coming back with a crate of beer for the dressing room had been adding his thoughts to help bring some nice detail to another show.  A few people have recently been recalling what turned out to be Mk 2’s last ever UK show at Liverpool Stadium in 1973, a poorly documented event (so far no photos or tickets from it have surfaced, and a guitar which went into pieces that night is still missing!).  As a result of their contributions we’ve put together a small feature on this on the concert diary pages.  Liverpool would prove to be the band’s last show of all three years later. And if you have tickets or memories of any of the shows back then do get in touch, and add to our archive.

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