Posts Tagged ‘steve morse’


August 28, 2020

Greg Tarlinton has added this to the current batch of DP magazine covers, over in Australia. Steve chats about the recording of the new album and how he used to build guitars! Cover date June 2020.

Greg also adds that the magazine web site has a number of DP features dotted around their website if you can navigate around the pages. He’s done us a helpful list, hope all the links work properly (the software people have messed with the options so struggling a bit!):

Communication breakdown?

October 30, 2018

Roger Glover and Steve Morse Deep Purple liveThere has been a lot of speculation online about Steve Morse’s future in the group this past few days, sparked by an interview he gave with an online site, Rock, Roots and Blues. The report was not especially well phrased and the writer did seem to suggest Steve was preparing to leave and had even suggested replacements! Such was the chatter that Steve felt he needed to clarify the situation the other day:

RRB: “So Steve, are you leaving Deep Purple after this tour is over? I was under the impression that you were saying that to me the other night.”

SM: ”Well, I guess I’m not the best communicator! I thought that this tour, billed as the long goodbye tour, which I did see on one of my shirts, would be the final Deep Purple tour, but now it might not be?
I want to be on stage playing with the guys for the final show whenever that is. I plan on playing until I can’t play anymore or can’t play well enough for my own standards given how many people pay to come out and hear us, but, given the ongoing progressive problems (osteoarthritis) in my wrists, the writing seems to be on the wall. I am learning a fourth style of playing so that I can continue to do what I love, but the music that we play with Deep Purple may not allow me to continue. I’ll know when it’s time. Deep Purple is planning to record another album soon and the plan is for me to be there with them.”

So the long farewell tour may be longer than perhaps was anticipated by some and we may get a new studio album before too long. I do find it amusing that Steve is getting his updates from the tour shirts, but let’s hope that he gets his wish and if he does decide to call it a day they handle it better than previous band departures. Quite a few people have commented on what Steve calls his ‘fourth way’ and feel it works really well within Purple, and I have to say the grungier harder edge certainly worked for me the last couple of times I’ve seen them.

Thanks to everyone who helped on this story!


November 19, 2017

Roger Glover, Manchester Arena, November 2017. Photo Vince Chong

Some early DTB jottings on the shows so far [warning – UK set list spoiler at the end.]
Well Manchester for us certainly served to make the fast fading BBC show [incidentally the red button version has now been re-edited to around 15 minutes with an Ian Gillan interview between songs… but better audio] seem even more subdued and muted, and it was a treat to properly experience the group again. Those people who were able to resist watching the TV slot so as not to spoil the actual shows probably made the right call. Every tour we worry it’ll disappoint, but so far they’ve managed to largely over-ride those concerns. There is no doubt Paice’s illness brought the group down for a time and, back on European soil after the disappointment of the later US shows, with a revamped set, they do seem to have bounced back, and as Ian Gillan reportedly said at the first show in Birmingham (that’s IN Birmingham, for all the lost souls who ended up at the Little Mix show by mistake) they’re hoping to eek this Farewell Tour out a little longer.
And on the form they showed at Manchester it would be hard to begrudge them. The opening triple blast is designed to set the scene and by the fourth number in they were really beginning to motor. Curiously it was the double reunion blast of Perfect Strangers and Knocking At Your Back Door which really seemed to hit the nail for me; expected highlight Birds Of prey appeared to falter a touch, though the hard core suggest it was more epic at Birmingham.
In short we thoroughly enjoyed the show even from our eerie up in the gods, and from what people say it was even more in your face on the arena floor. And while it wasn’t a total sell out, it was pretty packed – this mob would have filled the old Ardwick Apollo twice over. So while I used to merrily moan about them not doing the smaller venues, these days we all need a bit more give and take. And the show was also clear proof that doing new tracks isn’t necessarily the kiss of death here; most of the audience knew what was what and just confirms that there is life after 1972 (and it doesn’t have to be Contact Lost!).

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My only real disappointment was the band could not find a moment to thank the staff; after Birds of Prey perhaps? I’m no fan of arenas and avoid them as much as possible, often skipping bands rather than use them. But it takes organisation to run a place like this smoothly, and as we wandered around outside and inside before the show, we couldn’t help think many of the staff here would have been on duty back in May and have to cope with that memory every time they go to work. We had a number of issues finding the right entrance to collect our tickets, and at the security where our friend Vince, who’d just flow in from Canada, kept setting off the alarm, which we eventually realised was steel in his yomping boots! Every member of staff we approached was polite and helpful. Credit where it’s due.
And another star docked for not doing Hip Boots. It’s a bee. And it’s in my bonnet. I’ll just have to crank up the album again, and isn’t that the best response to a show?
Hello to everyone who said hello and good to catch up with so many people (and a big thanks for the photos from Manchester supplied by Vince Chong.) Special thanks to Roger Glover who gave up two hours of his afternoon to be pushed hard on Machine Head (John Humphrey style) for the upcoming book; some things we couldn’t get to the bottom of, other stories emerged which more than made up!
Simon Robinson

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Excellent show (at Birmingham), though they did footle about a bit too much during the encore. Gillan sounded fine when pushed through a massive PA – he gets by on studio recordings, and live in the flesh. Live recordings with him sound… not so good (BBC In concert the night before).
It was all a bit of an adventure for us, we booked hotels at the NEC, and had a look around the complex during the afternoon of the show. Not many Purple fans in evidence though, oddly, quite a few girls with glittery make-up and pink hair extensions. And crowds of people in costume arriving for Comic Con the next day (middle-aged Wonder Woman is not a sight I’ll easily forget…)
At around 5.30 I wandered into the Genting Arena box-office to ask about timings for the evening. A very helpful girl said: “Little Mix will be on stage at 8.30.” Can’t remember my exact reply, after a shocked silence it was something stupid like “Oh… what about Deep Purple?”
Turns out they were at Birmingham Arena, 45 minutes away, somewhere in the city centre. I’d never heard of the venue before. The Arena is NOT well signposted, even when you’re standing outside it on the steps. Apparently it was the Barclaycard Arena until recently, until some clever tit decided it would be less confusing to call it “Arena Birmingham.”
Dave Browne

If it’s any consolation David, we would have done just the same (gone to the NEC Arena that is, not ogled aged female superhero lookalikes!) Seriously, we just go round Birmingham these days, the signage and over complex road system is so inept it’s not worth arguing with them any more.

Ian Gillan, Manchester Arena, November 2017. Photo Vince Chong

Set my expectations (at Manchester) sensibly beforehand (caught a bit of the red button show on TV that morning, so that helped set the dial).
But what a surprise! I thought they were pretty good all-in-all, rather enjoyed it from our vantage point and, much to my surprise, really good sound.
Both me and Mrs. Judd thought the new stuff sounded pretty good live and a big thumbs up to the band for sticking so much into this show from the last two CDs. IG came across more animated and sounding a bit better (to my old ears) than on the beeb, with plenty of between-songs ramblings.
I thought Steve M. took a little while to properly warm up but was playing well later in the set. Where does Rog. get his stamina from? He had to be the most energetic of the lot of them with two or three bass solo type spots, and it is hard to believe Ian P. ever had his health scare of a wee while back, yes his playing isn’t quite as exuberant as yesteryear (and no solo spot), but very sharp.
Don is still all blizzard of notes at the keys (do wish he’d try a bit of less-is-more sometimes) but I thought the organ tone he used was a tad better than at times in the past (not so overly bright but maybe that was just the feed we were getting stage-left).
The massive stage-wide screen behind the band and two side screens where used pretty well (unlike the beeb who seemed to be pointing cameras at the wrong band member quite a lot, here you could see the important detail up there, if you wanted to).
Always enjoy a bit of keyboard/guitar lick trading, we had to wait until Hush for that but still quite fun.
So if that’s my lot for live DP (who knows when/if they’ll be around this neck of the woods again) then, for me, that wasn’t a bad gig to end with. My post-gig smile even survived the seemingly endless wait to get out of the car park.
Peter Judd

Travel tip; never use the M/c Arena car park for a gig. We put ours in the Lowry car park five mins walk away; a tenner for the whole day; security so tight, cars so posh nobody would give our crate a second glance, and no queues out!

Time for Bedlam / Fireball / Bloodsucker / All I Got Is You / Uncommon Man / The Surprising / Lazy / Birds of Prey / Knocking at Your Back Door / Keyboard Solo / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Hush / Black Night

Ian Paice, Manchester Arena, November 2017. Photo Vince Chong

Reverse tributes

April 24, 2015

Hot on the heels of Coverdale’s Purple Album, and Blackmore’s rumoured Purple Rainbows, comes news of a sort of reverse tribute offering, from the Deep Purple covers band Purpendicular.
They’ve gone in the other direction, and ditched their covers in favour of an album of all new material BUT with contributions from Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Don Airey, Steve Morse and Neil Murray!
It’s a concept album entitled This Is The Thing #1 and available through through their own website.
Nick Simper has also gone the same way and cut a new album with Nasty Habits, the band he did the successful Mk 1 tribute shows with for some time. This time he’s doing all new material, contemporary rock.  The CD is titled De La Frog Conspiracy (don’t ask us why!) and it’s available through the band. Email them at

Nick Simper Nasty Habits CD
Thanks also to Tom Dixon for the info.

Flying Colors Live set

September 3, 2013

There’s a live album out in October by Flying Colors, the occasional splinter group featuring Steve Morse and friends. More details on the site here, and the release can be ordered through DTBOnline as 2CD, DVD or Bluray.

DTB Newsletter – 4/12

April 30, 2012

April newsletter – just! Put it down to general low-spirits brought on by the non-stop rain this month plus a mad burst of skirting board fitting. The broadband also goes really flakey in weather like this and that hasn’t helped. Anyhow, others have been busy:

roger glover and steve mores deep purple

DEEP PURPLE NOW – Steve Morse confirmed Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Alice Cooper, etc.) as the likely producer for the band’s next studio album during a French interview. It shows a certain raising of the bar in this department (I wonder if they dare play him Rapture given the awful sound?). Read more on the blog here and see what others think of the idea.

smoke on the water record day single 2012

DEEP PURPLE THEN – EMI released Smoke On The Water on a 7″ 45 as one of their contributions to Record Day in the UK, with a pressing limited to just 1,000 copies. It’s on purple wax too and issued in a “retro picture sleeve”. If anyone is after it drop Ann an email as we have been able to pick up a few copies from our local indie store this week. Read more about Record Store Day 2012 on the site here.
That Deep Purple Lyon 1973 recording we mentioned last newsletter? Collectors say it’s very poor and not even complete, so probably the same cassette that’s been doing the rounds for years.
Here’s a question for you; I was doing some photo research the other day when a strange reference to Machine Head turned up, claiming that Bernie Taupin worked on the record in some capacity. The photo library had no more information. I assume it’s tosh but…
New to look at on the blog if you missed it is a short article on the discovery of the Who Do We Think We Are studio location in Frankfurt at last with photos.

machine head in a record rackMACHINE HEAD – Metallica have been talking about contributing to a Machine Head tribute album this year. I’m not supposed to talk about the project – so I won’t, except to say my suggestions for bands and musicians to contribute appears to have been too esoteric by far! I just fancied seeing something beyond the usual suspects really. A US radio station has aired a Machine Head radio special recently, but it turned out to be a rejigging of one from an earlier show.

MORSE – Steve Morse has managed to organise some gigs during Deep Purple’s summer holidays, with shows during July 2012 in Germany, Russia and elsewhere. More details on his website. steve morse flying colors cdMeanwhile the Flying Colors debut release is finally shipping, and anyone who ordered from DTB Online Store will get the Ltd. Ed. version. They have also added a late vinyl edition to the formats which we have in stock too; nice to see that cover art proper size.

PAICE – Ian Paice was confirmed late on for a slot at the first UK Buddy Rich memorial show on April 2. 2012 (it is normally staged in America) and was presented with a lifetime achievement award too. Paice has also authorised a signature drum kit, the first we’ve ever heard of. You can read the press release here and start saving up now! It comes with a Machine Head drum head too, even though at that time he used a rival’s equipment. The most bizarre aspect of the whole offer is that the buyers of the kits (only 12 to be made) will be offered lunch with Ian Paice at his favourite restaurant, “cost not to exceed £50″…
Ian Paice has also signed on to be a member of jury in a High School Music Competition in Istanbul.

GILLAN – the first of those deluxe vinyl reissues is going to be Future Shock, remastered off the original quarter inch production tapes (I know this is true for once as we’ve loaned them a missing reel). The plan is to package it in hard-back book form, with all the artwork and booklet, plus detailed sleeve notes (by yours truly). It will be limited to 500 copies. No price information yet, but we will take pre-orders at DTB Online store and let people know as soon as we have details. Due early summer.
IG is also working on a charity album release at present, more details anon.

WHITESNAKER Bernie Marsden has lined up some shows to celebrate his forty year career this summer. They all take place in June. Check the tour poster here for the dates. He’ll be playing his own tracks and some favourites from Peter Green, Rory Gallagher etc.

LORD – Bruce Dickinson, Ian Paice and Jon Lord have been confirmed to appear at the sixth annual Sunflower Jam Rock & Roll Music Event in London. This will be at the Royal Albert Hall on September 16. The Sunflower charity raises money and awareness for different ways of treating cancer. You can check last year’s event here.
The 2012 Concerto is almost finished, and it looks like the release will come in a special hardback book edition with lots of photos, notes etc. We’ll add this to the DTB Online store for pre-ordering.

GLOVER – becomes guitarist Tolo Martin’s latest Deep Purple guest musician, at a one-off show in Italy at the end of April. Check the flyer here.

BLACKMORE – Nigel Young mentions the death on March 31. of Arvid ‘Silas Wegg’ Andersen, who worked with Blackmore and Jim Evans in The Three Musketeers, Neil Christian And The Crusaders, The Trip and others in the years preceding the formation of Deep Purple. Blackmore has noted Arvid’s passing on his site. Also lost to rock this month is Jim Marshall, with whom Blackmore worked closely over the years.
Niji Records issued a picture disc edition of Long Live Rock’n Roll to mark Record Store Day this year, there’s a shot of it on the site here. It seems to have been mostly limited to North America but is available via their US online store.

TRIBUTE BAND CORNER – DP tribute act CTTB who have done gigs with Glenn in the past are playing three shows at the end of April with Joe Lynn Turner, which will give them chance to air some of the S&M era tracks we assume.
I see Yes have just started a tour with a singer from a Yes tribute band replacing a singer from another Yes tribute band, who replaced original singer Jon Anderson four years back. Is this the future for our classic bands?!

As many spotted, Deep Purple, the horse not the band, was running in this year’s Grand National. Over to our man in the deerstalker Keith Livingstone: “Deep Purple still running… Ian is setting the Paice, Roger is (Gl)over Beechers, Gillan looks in Trouble, Steve Morse is trying to avoid a Major Impact and Don looks a bit Airey at the Chairy.” The horse pulled up and refused a fence second time round but lives to race another day, unlike some on the day. Over on ITV Tim McSummers adds “more ‘The Mule’ than ‘Speed King’ then…at least it wasn’t ‘Time to Kill'”
And congrats to DTB man Tim Corbett who wisely avoided the temptation to place a bet on the nag and instead got first and third place winners.

Thanks to Tim Summers, Toby Cruse, Mark Jones, Stuart Hamilton, Danny Fox, David Browne, Tarik Burcoglu, Jo Henning Kåsin

NEW IN THE STORE THIS MONTH – The first reissue of the PAL Live broadcast for years is in stock. Total Abandon live reissue. Flying Colors CD and LP limited editions.

And finally… if you’re staying in the Clarks Shiraz Hotel, Agra (nr. Taj Mahal) in India, check out this purpley named cafe, it would appear that the manager must be a fan. Thanks to David Black for the snap, he went for the “puff + coffee” at 125/-.
Never Before cafe menu

Record rack photo copyright fensterbme