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Newsletter July 2012

July 11, 2012

It’s July. And I’m soaked to the skin balanced on top of a ladder trying to unblock the down spout rather than finishing the newsletter off. Still mustn’t grumble eh? DTB man Rob Miller in Australia told us his neighbours had just lost their roofs in gale force winds… we’ve sent his dog a Deep Purple t-shirt to keep it warm, so long as he promises to send us a photo back!
Can we link the recent footie tournament to DP? You bet we can: Neil Cutler has been telling us that Euro 2012 tournament was covered by Tele 5 in Spain (where he lives and works, and has just had a book of his packaging work published to prove it). Given that Spain won (and deservedly so), Tele 5 put together a special sequence showing all the 80 or so TV staff who had been working behind the scenes during the tournament, and set it all to Rainbow’s I Surrender. The whole track, even with the great outro solo. “A nice way to finish off,” as Neil says.

Footie aside, what’s been happening in the world of the Purps then?

DEEP PURPLE • On the new album it’s early days yet but recording has been taking place. Steve Morse has broken ranks and posted an update. He says the band are working through until the third week of July when Steve departs for the G3 tour in Germany (with Satriani and Vai). According to Steve the others will carry on, and he will then zip back to oversee any last bits and overdubs which are needed. He says they have more than enough material for the CD already, and good to hear him so upbeat about the project.
On then to the retro scene…

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MACHINE HEAD LIVE – it looks like the vintage Denmark 1972 Deep Purple set is about to resurface. This video / dvd has been out of print for a good few years now, but is being primed for a new stereo dvd edition and has been cleaned up for Blu Ray as well. It will be repackaged and retitled and will feature extensive packaging. The image above shows the original packaging for this title over in Japan.
EMI are also promising some firm details of their Machine Head 40th Anniversary Edition soon too. Classic Rock are working on a one-off Fan Pack magazine special to mark the album as well.
THE STORY OF SMOKE ON THE WATER – Our text heavy book on the story of Smoke On The Water (which I’ve got down to 170,000 words now) is close to being finished at last. When I began writing, Colonel Gadaffi was a pariah. A year or so later he was every Western government’s best mate, then more recently they hunted him down to a sewer pipe and shot him. That’s how long it’s taken. And yes, the Colonel does get a mention in the book. Why? You’ll have to wait and see! Publishing details will be announced shortly.
1968 AND ALL THAT – Talk of MH40 reminds us that 2013 will be the 45th Anniversary of Deep Purple’s formation. 1968 was a big year for new bands, Deep Purple, Yes, Free, Nazareth, Led Zeppelin and many more. Must have been something in the water.
Talking of Free, this week’s rumour comes from Brazil and has Blackmore invited to join a reformed Free with Paul Rodgers. Seems a bit far-fetched; although it would be great to hear the pair working together, I can’t envisage Ritchie fitting into the Free back-catalogue too easily.
We’ve also got some news on Long Beach 1971 posted on the site and since then a couple of short MP3 samples have reached me. What a treat to hear this stuff in such high quality and stereo.
GOTHENBURG 1970 – I was corresponding with DTB man Lars Olsson recently about some old film of the band and he was telling me about his first experience of seeing Deep Purple live.
“My favourite live concert with them is Stockholm November 1970 (Live In Stockholm CD). I saw them myself, 3 days later, the 15th Of November 1970 at Gothenburg Concerthouse. A fantastic concert! I remember them doing the same 7 tracks as at Stockholm. The only two differences were that Jon Lord didn’t take an organ solo in “Child In Time”, and during Ian Paice’s drum solo in “Paint It Black”, Pete York (Hardin & York was the support act) came on to the stage equipped with only an snare drum, and started jamming with Paicey! Ian Paice remembered it, when I talked to him about it in 2009 in Jönköping.

Mike Galway was glued to BBC4’s Punk Britannia series the other week. One scene showed people working in EMI’s production factory packaging albums, and he spotted they were working on Fireball! He didn’t say whether they were lovingly stroking each sleeve before sticking it in the boxes though…
HAMBURG 1970 – DTB has just rescued a great set of vintage Deep Purple negatives. Reader Tonny Steenhagen spotted a print on the web and managed to track the owner down. The shots were taken backstage in Germany in December 1970 and are great, with both group and individual shots of all the band members. We’re planning to make prints available very soon. In the meanwhile David has put a few on the home page at
MIJ – If you want to learn all about the lettering on the cover of Made In Japan, and who wouldn’t, check it out on our DTB features pages here. And ignore the cheeky comments from Roy!
CALIFORNIA JAM – hopefully you’re all signed up to get the updates on this direct from the publisher, because we’re going to be able to reveal details of a special autographed edition, signed by one of the band. If you haven’t signed up yet, read this page for more details.

WHITESNAKE • EMI called to say they’ve had some of the Whitesnake box sets turn up; although officially deleted if anyone missed out drop Ann a line and she’ll get you a price.
Three more vinyl reissues of Whitesnake albums are on the way too; 1987, Slip Of The Tongue and Slide It In. They’re all in gatefolds and use the remastered audio which has never been issued on vinyl before. There are a few extras; Slide has the non album b-side; and 1987 has a couple of non album alternate versions. Each one is presented in coloured vinyl – white, marble and red respectively.
Still some very nice comments coming back from people who have bought the Whitesnake book: “Just a quick thank you. The wait was well and truly worth it.”; “the whole team has done a fantastic job and the wait – while lengthy – has been well worth it. In a word, it is stunning. Many congratulations to all concerned.” ; “I’ve just received my book. All I can say is WOW. The best book I have ever purchased. I am stunned by how good it is.” You can see what the fuss is about here.

Jon Lord Concerto For Group and Orchestra 2012JON LORD’S CONCERTO 2012 • Work on the new studio recording of The Concerto is just about complete. Collectors will enjoy the 70+ page hardback book edition which is crammed with unpublished photographs from the recording sessions last year and beyond. Paul Mann has done a long written piece looking back at his involvement with the Concerto over the years and detailing the recent album sessions. A ‘making of’ DVD is also being included and Marco de Goeij has done a piece about his work on the project. You can read more and see some new photographs from the Liverpool session on the blog, and pre-order the CD at DTB Online Store. We’ve heard some advance snippets and it is quite strange to hear the orchestral parts played so well after all this time.
Jon Lord had to pull out of the new performance of The Durham Concerto in Germany on July 6 but they hope to reschedule for later in the year.

A Knight In York Blackmore's NightBLACKMORE • The Blackmore’s Night In York release has been confusing shops and distributors alike. By our reckoning there are now SIX different formats available. Somebody should tell them that this ain’t the 80s when we were all buying multiple vinyl pressings like there was no tomorrow! Anyhow, DTB Online Store are stocking the main retail editions and the title is available now. One fan who was at the gig has emailed asking why six tracks from the show have been left off the release. We’ve no answer. Nor have we any answer to why the vinyl was advertised as a triple set, but was only a double when it appeared. All the tracks are there, we checked.
Meanwhile Blackmore’s Night’s decision not to tour this year set the rumour mill going, with everything from a Rainbow reunion (the Turner years) to a Mk 3 get together as the cause. In fact the Blackmore’s have announced the latest addition to the family, Rory Dartanyan (that’s Hollywood for D’artagnan we presume). Since then they have announced a month of shows starting early July, mostly in Germany, though they do say these are the only European shows this year and do not include the UK.
The funniest story I heard recently was while chatting with Derek Lawrence. We were discussing the failings in that Joe Meek documentary which was reshown recently by BBC4 and got around to The Outlaws. Derek was around when the band, Ritchie and others, got nabbed for lobbing bags of flour at people from their van and were up before the beak somewhere like Worcester. The local rag went with the headline “The Outlaws Say It With Flour!”. Love to find that (for youngsters, there was a long running advertising campaign in the UK to encourage people to use a florist and “Say It With Flowers”). I’m still working with Derek on plans for his autobiography but he is insistent on a crime novel out of his system first.
I was also sorry to hear that guitarist Big Jim Sullivan is not well. Big Jim was one of the most influential players in the UK in the early sixties and passed tips on to players like Blackmore, who Jim was always a huge admirer of. Me and my brother used to play Jim’s early instrumental 45s over and over, and he also did hundreds of sessions, many uncredited. Check his stunning solo on The Crying Game by Dave Berry.

gillan Iommi who cares album sleeveGILLAN • The Who Cares CD album mentioned last newsletter is in stock at DTBOnline. This is a collection of odds and ends from across both Iommi and Gillan’s career, both old and new. Of interest will be the rare (and yes I know it was supposed to be exclusive!) Dick Pimple Convention track which they’ve stuck on. Money from sales will be going to the Rock Aid Armenia project.
The current issue of Mojo (with Brian Jones on the front) has a three page feature on Jesus Christ Superstar, with recollections from Gillan and others involved in the original project. It looks like they’re working on an updated CD edition too.

Also in the media, the Independent newspaper ran a story recently about rock stars talking to business people and how their experiences can inform business manager’s decisions. At an upcoming conference run by a former band manager (and writer of the book Punk Rock People Management, a guide to “hiring, inspiring and firing staff”), he’s brought Bernie Tormé on board from the rock side, who is quoted as saying: “I have worked with a fair mix of Class A rock stars. The music business is a great teacher of life skills such as negotiating, marketing, teamwork, high performance and so on, both how to do them well and occasionally the dark side of the force. Big companies are far more complex, although it’s not as different as you would think.”
I suspect Bernie’s original statement might have read a little differently (“I have worked with a fair mix of Class A – fill in your own expletive here“!). As there will be live music and such it sounds like a business jolly for those able to afford to waste a day dreaming up new ways to sack staff.

NICK SIMPER • Nick Simper and Don Airey double header? Nick with Nasty Habits are doing a show supporting the Don Airey Band on September 21. 2012 at Reigen in Wien. The Nasty Habits DVD is now in stock at last by the way at DTB Online Store.

TOMMY BOLIN • The European edition of the Gypsy Soul CD is also in stock at last, in a special digipak with a different cover and booklet. Meantime if you’re Stateside on holiday this year “Gypsy Soul: Remembering Sioux City’s Tommy Bolin” is now showing at the Sioux City Public Museum, 607 Fourth St. For more information visit

IAN PAICE • The folk doing those limited edition Ian Paice signature kits have announced a price reduction, so if you were dithering, now might be a good time. Two of the four silver glitter kits have gone already.

EX EX • Micheal Des Barres, former lead singer with Purple label act Silverhead, is back with his first solo album in ages, Carnaby Street. Reissues of the Purple label albums are also being sorted at last, more next newsletter.

Finally the world wants to know; where is Richard Head? Will every DTB persons favourite cartoon strip be returning? Watch this space.

DTB Newsletter July 2012 – Thanks to Peter Brkusic, Tom Dixon, Roberto Souza, Damian Phelan, Jon Kirkman.

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DTB Newsletter – 03/12

March 23, 2012

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Deep Purple Now • IG at Vancouver Feb 26 mid-set: “This is the last night of a tour that has lasted over 6 years and over 50 countries. After this show it’s over. We will be making a new record this year.” Steve Morse has also confirmed recording plans in a recent interview: “There is more writing sessions scheduled in May, and then we will start recording in June and July.”
Apparently Steve Morse kicked off some heated online debate following the piece after the interviewer asked : Do you see your career, at some point in the future, going away from Deep Purple and more into the area of Flying Colors?
Steve: “Yes, I definitely do. I don’t think Deep Purple can keep up the level of touring that we do, forever. I have always pushed them, sometimes too hard, for some control in the scheduling so that I can book stuff when there is a touring gap. The problem I keep running into is that when a gap becomes available, then it is too late to book the dates for my solo stuff. That is my only complaint with Deep Purple; I wish I had more control over the schedule. I think it is naturally going to slow down, somewhat.”
Seems fairly innocuous to me as well as being realistic. They can’t go on hurtling at this rate for ever! It’s actually quite nice to hear they are taking time off to relax and get a bit of writing done. It can only make shows that bit more special if they decide to ease off a bit (Morse has some touring planned for the summer – see next newsletter or check his website).
In a sign of the times, the meet and greet at Vancouver was done before the show at 6.30pm so they could get an early night. The set contained exactly one track from the ‘current’ album. It seems a long way from the start of the Rapture tour back at The Astoria in January 2006 (time enough indeed for the planners to have pulled the flipping place down!). It appears that IG tore his Achilles tendon and this explains the on-stage brace he was sporting on the Canadian tour. Sounds very painful.

Deep Purple Then • There are rumours of a soundboard of the long lost Lyon show (March 16. 1973) turning up at last. Poor off-air tapes have been about for years and the radio station closed a long time ago, with their archives disappearing (the station has sort of reappeared since but under a new set-up). I can remember trying to listen to the show from Luxembourg on AM transistor in the early hours… the station even had a tie-in music / fashion mag for a time called Fab 208.
Total Abandon, the live set recorded in Australia back in 1999, is coming back out again. They’ve taken a tape splicer to the end of the performance to get it onto a single CD for some strange reason, so it’s not complete. It’s also got a new sleeve, the third by my reckoning. Expect it in April. We’ve got it on pre-order at DTB Online Store.
There’s a glittery purple vinyl edition of Montreux 2011 due from Night Of The Vinyl Dead in Italy, a triple set in fact. They’re only issuing 500 copies and we can’t get wholesale stock. It’s the same mob who did the Concerto set last year and they sell out very quickly so if you want one move fast.
March’s Total Guitar magazine leads with Smoke on the Water and the MK 2 story (sort of). Mainly previously published photos (some Mk3 and Rainbow) but a nice Jorgen Angel shot not published before.

Ian Gillan • There is a likelihood of some exclusive high quality Gillan vinyl reissues later this year, and we’ll update you when we know more. They came to us asking if we had any of the original artwork… if only; that Chris Foss cover would look fab on our office wall.
There’s a detailed review of Ian Gillan’s slot at the Paris Rock Meets Classic show up on a web site devoted just to rock shows which take place in Paris. “Ian looks a bit tired and his right foot is in a cast but he’s gonna deliver a great performance, can’t go wrong with songs like this. Great to hear “Knocking…” at last, Deep Purple should play it.” David has put up a gallery with some pictures on and the Paris site has some video of Ian up to watch too.
I also notice that Ian’s former drummer is doing a few gigs. Under the name of Mick Underwood’s Glory Road, his band cover not just Gillan era tracks but also Quatermass, Peace and others he’s been involved with over the years.

Glenn Hughes • has joined the grandly named Rock-N-Roll Allstars “comprised of members from the biggest bands in recent rock history” (not sure what their definition of recent is really, it’s now over thirty years since Glenn was in Deep Purple!). They’ll be touring South and Central America in April/May 2012.

Ian Paice • was advertised as taking the hot seat on Planet Rock at the end of February, picking out his favourite songs, talking about the band’s longevity, their plans for the future and the music that has inspired him over the years. Nigel Young had a listen and says it was actually an old interview from December 2008! Cheeky gits. There is however a new interview done in Edmonton which can be heard online.

nick simper and nasty habits vienna dvdNick Simper • as trailed last newsletter, Nick joins Nasty Habits on a new set Live at Szene in Vienna, May 8. 2011. This is coming out as a combined DVD plus CD package. The track list covers nearly a dozen Deep Purple classics along with one new track and a blues standard. Release date is imminent, so we’re now taking pre-orders at DTB Online store. Peter from the band says the new track is a trailer for a projected album of new material later this year.

Whitesnake • have no touring plans for 2012 according to DC. Perhaps he’s saved up enough for a copy of the Definitive Biography at last so doesn’t need the money?! Talking of which, the competition to win a signed copy on the DTB blog site is running only to the end of the month.

Jon Lord • I’ve not wanted to delve to much into Jon’s illness, but Ian Paice has now gone on the record (in that Edmonton interview) to explain that Jon’s cancer was spotted at a very early stage and he has been undergoing some special treatment over in Israel. This is reported to have gone well and there is talk of Jon doing some work in April. In the meantime finishing touches to the Concerto Studio version are taking place. The audio was due on EMI but looks now to be on another label.

Ritchie Blackmore • Both the next two reissues in Universal’s ongoing doubling up of the Rainbow catalogue are nearing completion at last. On-Stage is a double, with a disc from Tokyo 1976 as the bonus, most of which is officially unissued before. Long Live has a bonus disc with some early monitor mixes and other material from Cozy’s old archive. Both can be pre-ordered at DTB Online store.
On the subject of archives, a CDR boot of Mountain live in Wichita Kansas March 1971 has turned up which includes a (not very interesting according to one fan who has heard it) jam with Richie Blackmore done in a New York studio sometime that year.
There’s a group active in trying to get Blackmore inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame by the way, and they’ve just organised the 2nd Annual Ritchie Blackmore Protégé Shred Off competition. Find it on Facebook! But shred off? Surely that’s the last thing Blackmore was into.

Tommy Bolin • The Bolin & Friends set has now got a new release date of April in Europe (it was first announced for December last year but held over). It can be pre-ordered at DTB Online store. Perhaps to cash in, one label is repromoting that old Tommy Bolin Snapshot collection again, as the “first ever” European release. Same content as the last time they released it here! We’ve also posted details of a new Japanese Bolin special magazine on the site here.
Slightly more tangential but the Airto Moreira ‘fingers’ album (1973) is now out on CD. Why would you be interested? It has the original of San Francisco River on it, the track Tommy played on the TB & Friends gigs in 1974. So if you were curious about the origins, here’s the answer.

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Thanks this time to : Timothy Campbell, Stuart Hamilton, David Browne, Tim Summers, Nigel Young, Euan Mcleod, Tom Dixon, Danny Fox, Mike Galway, and Harry Heathman. If you have any news for DTB email it over.