Posts Tagged ‘Naked Thunder’

Ted the McKenna

January 19, 2019

Very sorry to learn of the death of drummer Ted McKenna today.  Ted was the drummer on Ian Gillan’s Naked Thunder solo outings during the “between Purple years” in 1990. He also played with Michael Schenker, Rory Gallagher and many others but for me and other older fans, Ted will probably be most fondly remembered as a pivotal player in The Sensational Alex Harvey Band during the 1970s.  So it was great to see Chris and Ted back together on that Gillan tour (indeed they did say it was one of the main reasons they took the job!), and I well remember the show at Doncaster Dome… Neil Murray says he was with Ted only a couple of weeks go as they all met up to remember Cozy Powell.

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Johnny Gus

September 15, 2014

John Gustafson bassistBassist and singer John Gustafson died last Friday.  John was one of those musicians whose ability was widely respected by many, and this shows in the astonishing list of 150 or more albums he appeared on.  As far as Darker Than Blue goes he was an integral member of the Ian Gillan Band across three studio albums, and his connections with the Deep Purple family tree were wide ranging, from Episode Six, Quatermass, Hard Stuff, The Butterfly Ball  and on to Naked Thunder.  You can read more on the site.