Quotes from the Classic Rock Trinkelbonker Archives

Posted: January 14, 2020 in Classic Rock, Classic Rock - Interviews, Deep Purple Family

For fun I decided to raid the Classic Rock Interviews on this blog for some quotes from the stars for this post. You will find these interviews on the Classic Rock Interviews tag, so there is plenty of good stuff to check out here should you want to (and more is coming, as I said the other day). So here we go…

RONNIE JAMES DIO ON THE DIO LIVE SETS

– “Sacred Heart”, that took almost half a million dollars to put together. And the one before, “The Last In Line” was about $250,000. So we kept spending more money, but we wanted to be special, and you have to spend money to be special. It is one thing to construct, the other thing that costs money is to bring it on the road. And we took the “Sacred Heart” show twice to Europe, twice to Japan and four times in America over two years and it was very, very expensive. We had about nine to ten trucks and seven to eight buses and about seventy-five people on the road but it was wonderful at the end of the day. But all that counts is the reaction from the people, that is all that matters. (Ronnie James Dio 2001)

DAVID COVERDALE ON HIM LEAVING DEEP PURPLE IN 1976

– “What happened was that after Liverpool I went down to stay with my mother in London, she had this pub and thank God she just left me alone. My nerves were shot to hell. I was completely drained by the whole experience. I just sat there and stared into the fireplace and my mother just gave me sandwiches and she never asked me what was wrong, which would have been her normal reaction. Then I wrote a resignation letter that was seven-eight-nine pages long and handed it over to the management and then I flew to Munich were my wife Julia was living. I just could not go on. I told them that I did not want to drag the good reputation of Deep Purple through the mud and they said “We understand and respect your opinion but can you please keep this quiet until the original members have decided what they want to do?”, so I did. We talked about me doing PAL, or Coverdale, Lord, Ashton, Paice, which would have been CLAP (laughs), so I did spend some time just thinking about the future at that point”. (David Coverdale 2000)

IAN GILLAN ON THE END OF THE IAN GILLAN BAND

– “Mark Nauseef is a musical snob and he thinks that he is above people that play hard rock, so I knew that he would be disappointed when I wanted to do “Smoke On The Water”. The record company wanted some Purple stuff for the sake of increased sales so we ended up playing “Woman From Tokyo” and “Child In Time” as well. But the guys did not want to perform them like the original versions so we ended up doing them in this horrible way. But I do not want to say anything bad about the Ian Gillan Band, I learnt more in that band than I can ever use. But I was so bored by the time we did “Scarabus” and that is when I decided to end that and start what became Gillan instead”. (Ian Gillan 1983)

STEVE MORSE ON HIS ROLE IN DEEP PURPLE

– “My function normally is to throw out lots and lots of ideas in different directions. The ones that the band hear that they like they say “Yeah, lets work on that”… So that is… I am not so much a person that chooses direction as much as a person that just throws out a lot of possibilities”. (Steve Morse (1998)

TONY IOMMI ON THE HASTY DECISION TO GO PUBLIC WITH DAVID DONATO, HIS ROLE IN THE EARLY DAYS OF BLACK SABBATH AND THE “SEVENTH STAR” BAND

– “Well, the Donato thing was done in haste, it never should have gone that far. We went public before we were sure about it. This is typical, we have made so many mistakes like this in our career. In the old days everybody used to come to me, I used to handle everything. I picked up the lads to get them to the rehearsals and so on. I was a little older and they were always asking me for my opinion. I was like the father in the band and I think we needed that at the time. The period of the first three records were like that, they always came to me and asked for my thoughts on things, but I really did not want it to be like that. I just wanted to be a guy in the band. I wanted everybody to be involved. Once that finally happened, everything turned into chaos. No decisions were being made and it was past the point were I could have the final say because now we were a band. I do not want to repeat old mistakes again and the last band was so false. I want to do it right this time. The guys I am working with now are very eager to prove themselves. A lot of well known people were in touch with me but I wanted hungry guys with me, people with no past. Glenn has a reputation, but he still has the hunger that I am looking for. He has something to prove on his own”. (Tony Iommi 1986)

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ON LOS ANGELES, MIAMI AND HIS SWEDISH ROOTS

– “I did not like it, I thought it was false and filthy. Los Angeles really is a bad place. I have been known to call it “the armpit of America”. I live in Miami now and you can hardly compare the two places. But I have lived in America for seven years now and I feel alright about it now. I still hang around Swede´s a lot and my visits to Sweden keeps me from missing the old country too much”. (Yngwie Malmsteen 1990)

JOE LYNN TURNER ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 11 2001

– “We have three telephones in the house and they all went off at the same time, even the private line that is only available to a select few, like my manager. They told us about the plane that had crashed into World Trade Center. My manager said “Turn on the tv, you are not going to believe this”, so I turned it on and all the channels showed how one of the towers was burning. I live outside of New York and there is a hill behind our house that has a view to the city so me and my wife rushed over there to see the fire from there. At that point the second plane came into view and as it crashed into the second tower I said to my wife “We are under attack!”. Everybody was afraid and people were running around. I mean, we lived there and what would happen next? It was horrendous. The phone kept ringing because people knew that I was supposed to be on a flight from Newark at that time”. (Joe Lynn Turner 2001)

MICK UNDERWOOD ON SEXISM

– “We have never had any problems in Gillan but when I was in Strapps we had it all the time. They used to come up to us and say “You can not continue to view us as sex objects”. And they were right, because the only women that ever complained looked like the door over there…”. (Mick Underwood 1982)

STEVE LUKATHER ON THE CURSE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

– “Well, to be honest, I have to say that I hate the people at Columbia Records, I think they are a bunch of assholes. They just look at what is on the Top 10 at the moment, and then they tell their artists to copy that. They essentially want you to sound like everybody else and that is one of the major problems in the industry right now. I mean, what the hell happened to originality? Zeppelin did Zeppelin and The Stones did The Stones – it was their own thing. Thank God that The Stones are still around. I love the new album, you can hear right away that it is them. But look at all these Metal bands – they all look and sound the same. Boring!”. (Steve Lukather 1989)

TONY MARTIN ON DISCOVERING THAT BLACK SABBATH HAS FOUND A NEW GENERATION OF FANS

– “The great thing with Black Sabbath at the moment is that this really is a fresh start. We have even realised that we have a brand new audience out there that supports us, and they were not even born most of them when this band started, or even when “Heaven And Hell” came out. We are proud that we have fans that care deeply for the band in spite of all the changes in the lineup, the problems with managers and record companies and all the bad stuff that has been negative for the name. We had fans in England that travelled with us from city to city to catch as many shows as possible. Rock fans are a lot more faithful to their music than disco fans. A rock fan will sell the shirt of his back to catch a show. He will support his band for many years come hell or high water”. (Tony Martin 1989)

GLENN HUGHES ON HOW HE WOULD PREFER A MORE COMMERCIAL FUTURE

– “The thing with me, and you know this, I have got two sets of music. Lets call it the Deep Purple sounding rock, which is easy to play for me. Simple! And I have the things I am growing with all the time which is like Rock and Jazz and Funk and Soul, which to me is Glenn Hughes. It is all me. It is definitely me. At some point I am going to have to say goodbye to one or the other. We gotta be honest with each other. Lets just be really  honest now. I am not in Deep Purple and this is a working unit that does reasonably well. I am a solo performer and I want to compete. I am going to throw a few names that might have you go “WHAT?”. I want to compete with Elton John and George Michael. I want to compete with these people that sell millions of records. I am not gonna be doing it making this kind of music. You know that. For arts sake it would be interesting to do this kind of music or this kind of music, but I want to sell millions of records and I believe my voice is capable of selling those records”. (Glenn Hughes 1996)

JOHNNIE BOLIN ON FANS OF TOMMY BOLIN VISITING TOWN

– “My family has always had an open door policy to the fans, we have had countless people from around the world come and tour the family home. It is kind of a museum to our family’s musical career”. (Johnnie Bolin 2012)

JOE LYNN TURNER ON HIM BEING FIRED FROM DEEP PURPLE

– “…Since Ritchie is the leader of the band, all the talk that Deep Purple is a democracy is pure bullshit, I have to assume that he was in on the decision. I think that he acted like a coward, letting the manager do it for him. If they felt that they had a problem with me in the studio, why not just say it, point out the problem. Maybe that could have helped. Now I can only assume what they were thinking. Maybe I was just too eager in the studio? I know that they did not like that very much. I presented a couple of songs to them that was written by a guy from Survivor. These songs sounded 100% Deep Purple. The others barely wanted to listen to it. I also believe that Roger Glover got annoyed at me, whether he wants to admit this or not now, for suggesting that the band should work with an outside producer. The band had not done this since the seventies. Bringing in Thom was partially my idea. I think that Roger may have felt that he was now reduced to just playing bass. But you know, to reach the kind of success that Aerosmith have now you need to be able to focus pretty hard on what you are doing. You need to see reality for what it is. Deep Purple did not want to do that. They seem to believe that they can record anything at all and the world will still fall to its knees and worship them. Those days are over. The world has changed and nobody wants to see that. Roger used to say “When we quit we are going to do it with a bang” but I do not believe that they can anymore, I really do not. We had an opportunity to build on the reputation with a strong second record but that did not happen”. (Joe Lynn Turner 1992)

GLENN TIPTON ON THE JUDAS PRIEST “TURBO” ALBUM

– “Actually, we talked quite extensively about it, and then we recorded 18 tracks for a double album, which we wanted “Turbo” to be at the time. Then we picked nine tracks that we thought were a bit different, sat down and rearranged them and really tried to capture a slightly different feel. We wanted a change, but not too much of a change either, we just wanted to do something different. But, of course, when you do that you have to expect a bit of apprehension from people, which we got. But I guess “Turbo” is eventually turning out to be our most successful album to date, so we can ignore them anyway. Also, in retrospect, everybody has come back to us and said that they had been a bit sceptical at first, but now they realise it is really the way to go. We are proud of the fact that some people look at Judas Priest as frontrunners, really!”. (Glenn Tipton 1986)

TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MELODY IN SONGS

– “I think it is vital that there is always something that grabs you in a song. It should be easy to remember and the melodies themselves are of tremendous importance for us. A lot of bands today write their songs without the notion that the vocals has to be right there playing an important part. Many singers just scream on top of the music with no regard to melody. To us, melody is all important”. (Tuomas Holopainen 2002)

JON LORD ON DEEP PURPLE CARRYING ON AFTER RITCHIE BLACKMORE AND MEETING TOMMY BOLIN

– “We were under pressure. The office, the record company, the publishment company. And surely there had to be somebody out there in this big world that could fit us well. We had always been a hard working band, because that was the way that we wanted it to be. When Ritchie left in, eh, 1975, we had been working like that for seven years, which is a long time. We were living in California and David had heard Tommy Bolin play and he said “He is amazing, unbelievable”. So we asked him to come over for a jam and he said “Yeah, I would love to man” and he came over, with colored hair and things in it, and with this amazingly beautiful woman with him… and we all said “He´s in the band!” (laughs). She was so amazing, we all said “Can we borrow her for half an hour?” (laughs). He played with us and it was great”. (Jon Lord 1981)

DAVID PAICH JOKING ABOUT HIS GOAL IN LIFE

– “I want to be the guy that you see dance behind Madonna!”. (David Paich 1988)

DOOGIE WHITE ON SEEING A UFO WHEN RAINBOW RECORDED “STRANGER IN US ALL”

– “Paul Morris was filming it. I was actually sitting up the stairs working on some lyrics, I had an upstairs room with a desk, and it was looking over big flat hills… all the way to the horizon you could see. It was a clear evening, the sun was going down, the sky was sort of crimson and purple. I was looking out the window, and right in the middle, for no apparent reason, there was this bright glow, it was like a really bright car headlight or something, in the middle of the sky. And I was sitting and watching this, it was not moving, it was just sort of sitting there. I am going “That is very strange”. Paul had just bought his video camera the day before, so if it moved he was filming it! So he thought we could film the sunset. And we were sitting and watching this thing, and I shouted out “Paul, are you getting this?”. He said “Yeah, I have got it”, and he has got it on video camera. Now, this thing did not do anything, and then it moved slightly to my right, and then it went… it just was not there any more! You know? Now, for the whole time it had moved very very slowly, and Paul was like “I am bored with this” after a minute, and he went back to the pond, and when he came back up five seconds later this thing was completely gone”. (Doogie White 1995)

DAVID COVERDALE ON THE LEGACY OF DEEP PURPLE YEARS AFTER THE SPLIT

– “Deep Purple was big everywhere! To this day, Deep Purple is the biggest band in the Soviet Union. I am not joking, the Russian embassy in London contacted us and gave us the news a couple of months ago. Feels a bit strange”. (David Coverdale 1981)

DAN McCAFFERTY ON TOMMY BOLIN AND THE TOUR NAZARETH DID WITH DEEP PURPLE 1976

– “We may not have been angels but we always avoided the hard stuff. We toured with Deep Purple in the States in 1976 and I worried about Tommy Bolin. He was a beautiful man and a good guitarist but he did not want to listen to people that warned him about that shit. I tried to talk to him and he said “Jimi Hendrix did it and look how good he was”. I said, “But Tommy, Jimi is dead!”. I actually saw Hendrix early on and it was way better than the last time I had a chance to see him. Tommy Bolin was one of these guys that this business just eats up. It was a good tour for us, we did better than Purple really”. Dan McCafferty (1989)

JOHN NORUM ON THE FUTURE OF SCANDINAVIAN ROCK

– “It looks bright to me. If you compare us with what you see coming out of, say, America at the moment, we are way better. Poison and Cinderella is all image and they can not play well or write good songs. Scandinavian bands are taking their cues from the old school bands like Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and UFO, and so the difference is very clear”. (John Norum 1988)

(Top image by me, I gave that signed/framed David Coverdale promotional shot to guitarist Micke Mojo later on)

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