Posts Tagged ‘deep purple’

Tories turn Purple?

May 15, 2015

John Whittingdale culture secretaryIt turns out the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, likes Deep Purple and went to see them on their 2011 UK tour (he’s also into Judas Priest and Motörhead.)  Fellow MPs reckon he’s been known to do karaoke versions of Smoke On The Water after hours too.
Mind you Tony Blair was also a fan, and that didn’t stop him letting all us lefties down big time. So before getting too excited I checked up and found John was a merchant banker and worked as Margaret Thatcher’s political secretary before becoming an MP  (and I don’t recall reopening all the closed libraries being high on their manifesto list either…).

Thanks to Richard Whitehead for the info.

one made earlier

May 11, 2015

Deep Purple In Rock sleeve match

Why? Well The Grauniad newspaper online reran a picture story about finding famous album covers on Google ‘street view’ (sort of like that Sleeveface craze from a few years back) some time ago (see link below).  Anyway, Tim Summers decided they’d missed one crucial shot so had a go himself which we thought was worthy of reposting.  Anything to cheer the other 70% of us up in the aftermath of last thursday…

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2014/apr/07/classic-album-covers-in-google-street-view-in-pictures

one that got away

April 28, 2015

Hush UK picture sleeve Deep Purple

A very mint copy of that rarest of Deep Purple UK singles, Hush / One More Rainy Day, in an original and very good picture sleeve, has sold for a grand at auction, according to George Costantini (himself a keen singles collector). I’m fairly sure this makes it the priciest regular (i.e. not acetate or test pressing) release single from the band now. Pretty much rules it out ever being added to the DTB archives I’m afraid!  It tops the £700+ paid out for a factory condition mono Shades a few months back too.

Hall of Fame

April 23, 2015

Deep PurpleDeep Purple may keep being “overlooked” by the rock and roll hall of fame (they don’t deserve capital letters!) but Modern Drummer magazine have just named Ian Paice as their Hall of Fame / Rock Drummer of The Year 2015, as voted for by their readers. Good to see his name in there amongst younger players too. He joins some amazing drummers on the Hall of Fame list including two of his own heroes, Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. You can read more on the Pearl drums.com site.

Thanks to Alan Greene for the news.

Updated dates

April 21, 2015

A few more dates added to the Deep Purple tour list for 2015, including two more shows in Canada spotted by eagle-eyed Gary Poronovich, including this massive ten day event in Québec (Purple play there on the final day.) Quite tempted by Full Flex Express With Jack U featuring Skrillex & Diplo myself…! The Mexican one-off we mentioned before is actually a tour now, while the Russian show turned out to be some promoter there over-hyping what is actually a Glenn Hughes concert…

Deep Purple Quebec July 2015 festival flyer

RSD

April 20, 2015

Deep Purple Black Night Record Store Day editionWe covered last Saturday’s  Record Store Day Deep Purple releases a while back (details here) but for those who are interested we have some stock of three of the titles; the Black Night 7″ pic sleeve (which has an unissued edit of a Roger Glover remix, plus the piano Speed King); the Mono Book Of Taliesyn LP (both colour vinyl) and the triple Montreux 2011 vinyl (which is the priciest of the three as you might imagine, it weighs a ton too!).
We were not allowed to offer them prior to RS day, and cannot put them on the shop yet, so please email Ann if you want copies and she will email you with the details. Supplies are very limited as indie stores got first dibs, so it’s first come first served.
Amazingly Sheffield has seen four more vinyl outlets open this year, albeit all hidden away in the suburbs where rent is cheap, but nice to see.

It’s been Mistreated

April 8, 2015

Deep Purple Burn sleeveAs it’s Easter week and every other bugger seems to be on holiday, for those who aren’t, it’s competition time:  It gets harder and harder to devise competitions as 99 times out of 100 you can Bing the answer (yes, I’ve switched) within moments, but couldn’t resist trying people out on this, a very strange (but far from unaccomplished) cover version of Deep Purple’s Mistreated. I mean who would have thought he could star in one of our all time favourite sitcoms AND manage this?  The question:  can you tell us who is singing?   Click on the link below leads you to a one off page where you can listen or download the MP3.  Answer next week, and the prize – a mint copy of the EMI remaster of Burn on vinyl – awarded to the first person out of the eHat who gets it right.  If nobody manages it, we’ll devise a clue. Put your answers in the comments section, and I will keep them hidden.

Mistreated cover version

Many thanks to Norman Barrel and Nick Robinson.

The real thing

April 3, 2015

After all the news lately about tribute bands and cover versions, some actual new Deep Purple shows to report.  The band have a short set of shows in America during July and August, plus a one off in Canada and another down Mexico way (and in case Vladimir strops and decides to reannex Alaska, one in Russia too.)  Tickets are on sale now for most of these shows and you can read the full list on our 2015 gig page.  Thanks to Vince Chong in Canada for the info, with his local ticket seller proudly displaying a photo of Mk 2 at De Lane Lea to their online viewers!

upcycling

March 31, 2015

Deep Purple House of Blue Light t-shirt

Tracy Chaplain-Payne wonders if we get Simple Crochet magazine on a regular basis, to which I shame-facedly have to answer “no”. Viz, Private Eye and Country Life is about as far as it goes.  So we missed this nice upcycling of a vintage Deep Purple shirt which turned up on the cover of the magazine issue 29 to offset the crochet scarf. It’s the House Of Blue Light tour, and has been given a new v-neck (losing two of the band in the process!) with a leather string to gather the shoulders.  Or you could hang on to yours in the hopes that it becomes a collector’s item (though after 30 years you’d think it might have done so by now…).

Who’s the bassist in the black?

January 16, 2015

Ritchie Blackmore playing bass, Montreux, 1971

Well we know who the bassist is obviously, but couldn’t resist the header!  It’s Ritchie Blackmore, caught by a 15 year old fan at the side of the stage with his instamatic back in April 1971.  Apart from the fact that Blackmore has made a swop with Roger for the Precision bass, the extra interest is that the band are playing at the Montreux Casino just 8 months before they would return there with plans to record an album on this very same stage. I think it’s one of the earliest shots of Ritchie with a bass, there are a couple of Ritchie playing bass with Alex Harvey from 1974.

Jean-Lou who took the shot can’t recall too much about the show (and to be fair my recollections of first seeing the band that same year are a little limited), but he has hunted out his original photographs so we can get hi-res scans which will appear in the upcoming Machine Head book Fire In The Sky later this year.  If there are any other fans out there who saw the band at the time, or went to the infamous Zappa show in December, please do get in touch.

Thanks also to Stephen Clare.  Here’s a recent pic of him doing the same thing, 40 something years on; not sure about the pink finish though!

Ritchie Blackmore pink bass guitar


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