Purple´s final blitz in the 70s

Posted: October 6, 2015 in Classic Rock, Cool stuff, Deep Purple Family

As long as I live, I will never forget October 1975 and the release of two of my all time favourite albums side by side –  guitarist Tommy Bolin´s first solo album “Teaser” and his first (and it would soon turn out to be the only) studio effort with Deep Purple, “Come Taste The Band”. Tommy Bolin was a rising star, and this was his big moment.

Looking back, the sheer talent of this guy was just unbelievable – here he dominated two powerful rock albums and proved very quickly the enormous potential at a very bright future. The media loved Tommy, there is no denying that (I have got the reviews and the articles to prove it), and for a while there it seemed that he had saved Deep Purple and opened up what seemed like a healthy fourth chapter – and I recall how much the fans appreciated it at the time. Sure, there were doubters who would not accept the change, but enough people did and surely there was enough talent in this band to succeed again.

Then we had the world tour and the drugs and everything that sent the whole thing south, and fast. Singer David Coverdale left the band in March 1976 and that was it. By December Tommy was dead of an overdose.

But October 1975, that was a very special moment for me. This music has stood the test of time and I think it was a time of magic and hope.

I love that period, it was a beautiful thing.

(Top image of original post has been removed due to EU regulations)

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