Archive for the ‘Deep Purple Family’ Category

Sad to hear that ex-Gillan guitarist Bernie Tormé has passed away. He died of pneumonia this weekend, sources say. Bernie was a huge part of the success that the band Gillan carved out for themselves (everywhere except for the States) in the early 1980s and he stayed active until quite recently. I have a real soft spot for Gillan and I guess I will revisit the old collection now like many others. Seen here is a German 1981 article from Bravo magazine (not sure about the exact issue but I still have it).

His spirit will never die.


Well this is interesting. A young American band that consists of three brothers and two sisters are bringing Classic Rock back into the mainstream as we speak. They released their first six track EP (or mini album, same as Greta Van Fleet did not long ago) Stateside in January and right now they are making waves on the new hit show The World´s Best. The performance there recently with a cover of Dio´s “Rainbow In The Dark” earned them praise and it has to be said that there is a lot of potential in this group, a general vibe and appeal that could well give them a place in the next phase in the history of Classic Rock. Maybe this is an early sign – along with Greta Van Fleet – that things are brewing again and that a new generation is coming up. I think we all know that Classic Rock and Metal will never go away. Never in a million years. Oh, and one more thing. Ronnie James Dio would have loved to have seen this. I wish Liliac all the best – may they live and prosper.

Watch them perform “Rainbow In The Dark” here.

I published DEEP PURPLE MAGAZINE (issue) 4 40 years ago (1979). It was the early days of my fanzine making hobby and I had a lot of fun in reaching out to the Deep Purple community in Sweden. This simple publication did give people a place to rally and I made friends then that I still have to this day. The hobby also quickly catapulted me to being able to write for newspapers and popular magazines. All that started with this innocent, but oh so fanatical fanzine. This particular issue also featured a Deep Purple comic about MK3 by Thomas Eklund. I will showcase more covers on this blog from those days later on.

Never saw this cover of Japanese publication Burrn! (January 2014) before. They obviously rejoiced in the fact that Deep Purple with Steve Morse was performing at the Budokan again. Nice Ian Gillan shot from the “Perfect Strangers” era on the cover.

On a sidenote we now know that Purple is writing for the next album, the 21st no less…

Spanish publication This Is Rock (issue) 177. Nice cover shot of David Coverdale from the “Saints An´Sinners” era of Whitesnake. David is promoting the 35th Anniversary Edition of “Slide It In” quite heavily at the moment, new videos on YouTube every other day now (they just added a new one today).

I always enjoy Record Store Day and this year it arrives on April 13. I have located a couple of releases that I fancy and I hope I can spot them so that I can add them to the old collection. The Tommy Bolin Vinyl of “Come Taste The Man” comes in a beautiful cover (Purple tour for sure) and Gillan´s “Mr Universe” pops up in coloured Vinyl.


Located this wonderful Modesty Blaise cloth and figured it would look pretty good in the hobby room. Added some classic badges (Tommy Bolin, Rainbow, Whitesnake & Black Sabbath) to it and it looks pretty OK I think. I am getting a lot of stuff done at the new place now. Looks like I might live there exclusively by April.