Archive for the ‘Deep Purple Family’ Category

Found this poster and I have to say that it is pretty nice. Published in Belgian magazine Joepie back in the day (looks like late 1979 or early 1980), it sports some nice pictures of Deep Purple and the offshoot bands (including images of Tommy Bolin, Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord). “Loudest band in the world” headline, some general history and a Purple discography. The address to the Belgian Deep Purple Fan Club is mentioned, must have meant a lot at the time for the club. Good times.

(My shot of said poster)


David Coverdale added another CT With DC episode (Part 2 in fact) to the Whitesnake TV Channel yesterday, and the very first question deals with him meeting legendary actor Richard Harris and being invited to party with him, Peter O´Toole, Oliver Reed and Roger Moore. I mean, this is just classic stuff! Imagine being a fly on the wall on that night. Hearing this, I recalled a book that I have in the old collection (may have mentioned it before, not sure), “Hellraisers” (Preface Publishing, 2008) by author Robert Sellers. You may want to read that, just sayin…

(My shot of said book, image from the computer screen inserted)

We have two releases coming up on August 25 that demands our attention. First up is the second album from Swedish rockers Velvet Insane, “High Heeled Monster”, and the other is a brand new release from Vandenberg called “Sin”. You have some videos to check out: Velvet Insane “Damage Control” (total 1970s!) and Vandenberg “Sin” (total Whitesnake!). Good stuff.

(Covers are from official platforms)

Spent an hour this morning looking through the first 16 Deep Purple Family binders (1968-1981) of the old and updated collection, and I have to say that it is a wonderful hobby to save stuff like this. After the initial 1968-1976 era of Purple, you have the solo projects and the bands that came out of Purple: Rainbow, Ian Gillan Band, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Gillan, Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio etc etc. As time moves on the Purple Family Tree grows bigger, and it is all collected in these binders. Countless articles, photographs, tickets, you name it. Even now, in 2023, there are new projects and careers to add, like Simon McBride (the new guitarist in Purple) and Elegant Weapons (the new outfit that features Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner and ex-Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero). And it goes on and on. It all goes in. Over 90 binders and counting so far.

(My shot of 1975 article in Swedish publication POSTER)

We had snow and cold winds in these parts just a couple of days ago, but thankfully it looks like Summer has arrived. The grass is turning green, the temperature is fairly OK (t-shirt friendly if you are a brave soul) and the birds are singing. All in all, it is starting to feel pretty good. I have catched up with the Babymetal collection (binder 15 has been reached) and work is ongoing with the old Deep Purple Family collection (94 binders and counting). I have hundreds of magazines to go through before everything is finished, but I already did look them over once so I should be able to wrap this up within too long (good hobby on rainy days). The time for outdoor activities has arrived and there is a lot of activity going on down by the cottage in the backyard. The grill project is nearly done, a huge undertaking. I will showcase it when it is done. Within a week or two, the sounds of lawn mowers will be in the air. I really enjoy this period.

(My shots, Babymetal image is from PMC Vol.27 article)

Please Lord, let the sound quality be OK on this dodgy release… “Headless In Osaka (Japanese Broadcast 1989)”. Release date: June 9.

(My shot – or part of a shot – of Tony Iommi, Stockholm 1989)

We have album number four coming up from UK based Christian rockers Wytch Hazel. Titled “IV:Sacrament”, it will be released on June 2. If you like Thin Lizzy, Wishbone Ash etc, this is for you. Excellent band. Then we have a release that has the name Deep Purple on it, but like so many of these “radio albums” it is not official and possibly a bit on the dodgy side. The title for this one is “The Classic Radio Sessions – FM Broadcasts 1968-1972 2 CD Set”. Having said that, it might be OK… The jury is still out on this one. Release date is May 26. I like the cover shot of Jon Lord and Roger Glover though. I think official releases should cover the long history of this band. Just look how well handled the Elvis catalogue is. Official product should blast this stuff out of the water.

(Covers are from official platforms)

Yngwie Malmsteen and Glenn Hughes will co-headline a Stateside Tour in August/September. Malmsteen will play a Greatest Hits set and Glenn Hughes performs Classic Deep Purple (and “Burn” in particular, he is playing in Europe as we speak). Good package for nostalgia I would say.

(Promotional image is from official platforms)

Got these excellent magazines on import from the UK today. Classic Rock 314 and Infinity 60. Hours of great nostalgia. Actually, Classic Rock will give you some new acts as well to check out, but it is all old school. Classic Black Sabbath and Classic Bond on the covers. Hard to resist I would say.

(My shot of said publications, now go out and support these titles!)

Still out there doing their thing. 17 gigs across Europe in the Summer and they will obviously play in front of a lot of people without killing themselves in the process. Good to see them out there.

(Image from official platforms)