Posts Tagged ‘deep purple’

Once Upon A Time on vinyl

August 21, 2019

 

Deep Purple Dating Game

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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Christmas markets

March 27, 2019

The dates we mentioned the other day are firming up. Here are the shows confirmed so far (and one of the flyers) if anyone fancies a family visit to a pre-Christmas market (“oh look, Deep Purple are playing in town love, what a coincidence…”). Thanks to Tim Summers for the info, complete with links to stories announcing the dates if you need more detail. I’ll add the venues etc. to our diary shortly. Tickets go on sale this Friday. I assume they will be doing more in 2020 as it’s likely the new studio album will be out by then.  They begin recording in America later this year.

Klagenfurt 01.12.19 https://www.5min.at/201903200038/deep-pu…lagenfurt/

Krakow, 03.12.19 https://kultura.onet.pl/muzyka/wiadomosc…ow/e1xrm3q

Ostrava 04.12.19 https://www.novinky.cz/kultura/500733-v-…urple.html

Belgrade 06.12.19 https://www.nezavisne.com/kultura/muzika…adu/529636

Sofia 07.12.19 https://www.novinite.com/articles/196019…n+Bulgaria

Budapest 09.12.19 https://24.hu/kultura/2019/03/25/budapes…ep-purple/

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Hellboy, meet Ritchie Blackmore…

March 6, 2019

A big fan of the first two Hellboy films, once the creative team were dropped for the third film (shot in London and due here in April) and Ron Perlman turned it down, it’s hard to know if it can recapture the spirit. Still, the second trailer rocks with a clever update of Smoke On The Water featured throughout which is pretty nifty!  It’s been a while since Purple got to figure in a soundtrack, Children Of Men was the last I recall seeing (Hush), but whether Smoke is just for the trailer or will feature in the film we don’t know.  As its also starring Ian McShane and Milla Jovovich we’ll probably jog down to see it on a big screen…

Thanks to Kenny Brown for the heads up.

CD of fame

February 14, 2019

We covered the shemozzle surrounding Deep Purple’s elevation to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 (“I’m not going if he’s going” etc.), but missed this nice little collectable, a compilation CD featuring the five nominated artists.  The cover is great, would have made a nice LP. I don’t know what the tracks were apart from I assume Smoke On The Water. My thanks to Pericle for the scan. Can’t he tell me the tracks? No, he’s kept it mint ‘n sealed!  Does it not list them on the back? No!

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On the drums

February 8, 2019

Exciting news that IAN PAICE is heading up this year’s Buddy Rich Memorial Concerts. The shows take place at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London from May 20th to 25th 2019. There are two shows each evening. The details on their site are a bit confusing, but Ian Paice will be part of the actual band alongside Gregg Potter, so play all the shows. There will be a string of guests but these have not yet been confirmed. Tickets are from £35 – £55.
Ian has always cited Buddy as a big inspiration in taking up the drums, so it should be a good evening. Bookings are already being taken at

https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/5180-buddy-rich-big-band-ft-ian-paice-cathy-rich-gregg-potter

Many of us will have fond memories of Ian’s solo spot at the Concerto concerts in 1999 and would like to see him do more in this area. In the meantime here’s an interesting short chat from Ian about Buddy Rich recorded in 2012 for an earlier memorial event by Rhythm Magazine.

Thanks to Mark Maddock for the heads up, I don’t do much Facebook! Mind you if Zuckerberg would take $8 off me a year and in return agree not to spy on my computer then I’d pay up…