Archive for the ‘Deep Purple Family’ Category

From Germany we have this Vinyl compilation titled “Schlager – der 60er Jahre” (I think we can all figure out what that means). Well I like some of these old songs (not least Nana Mouskouri) and I liked the cover so why not add it to the old collection? I was born in 1961 so this stuff (or some of it) was on the radio when I was running around pretending I was Errol Flynn in the backyard with the other kids. This was way before me discovering Deep Purple in 1971 and way, way, way before Babymetal. But there is room for a lot of good stuff in this old heart.

(My image of said Vinyl)

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Bought this for the old collection, Jerry Bloom´s “Deep Purple – Time To Kill” (Wymer, 2019). A large format 132 page Limited Edition (500 copies) book on Ritchie Blackmore´s final days in Deep Purple. It all went down in 1992-1993 as Purple fired Joe Lynn Turner and lured Ian Gillan back in, and what you get is that final shitload of drama that occured on “The Battle Rages On” tour. What basically happened was that Blackmore was dethroned, everybody including the management had had enough. The plot backfired, so to speak and Purple carried on with Joe Satriani in Japan. Of course they have lived on in harmony ever since, which says a lot. The author have used a good chunk of my interview with Turner that I made right after he was fired from the band. Bit of a classic if I may say so (it was posted on this blog in August 2012). Well, this era deserved a book and here it is. Good job.

(My image of said book, seen here with the slipcase and the bonus photographs)

DEEP PURPLE

A couple of dudes that discovered Deep Purple in the 1980s has started an unofficial podcast. It is called the Deep Purple Podcast. There are seven episodes to listen to as of today and they are putting them out there fast. This has the potential to grow into something good. So check it out now and spread the word.

BABYMETAL

Babymetal are to livestream the July 7 Legend M (Nagoya) show in 40 cities across Japan. It will take place in cinemas. Babymetal has done this sort of thing several times before. They can sell merchandise like crazy all over the place. The Japanese arena tour sold out in days.

GENERATION AXE

If you like howling guitars then you have one hell of an album coming up. The project is called Generation Axe and a live album called “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” will be released on June 28. On it you will find Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi. There is a video (audio) of Deep Purple´s “Highway Star” on YouTube. I find it interesting that it was recorded in China.

Time is a funny thing. Ritchie Blackmore´s Rainbow will perform at Sweden Rock Festival tomorrow and it may well be the last rock show we get from The Man In Black in this country. Then again, I heard that some veterans from D-Day (aged about 97-98) parashooted over Normandy yesterday in memory of what they did 75 years ago. How about that?

The older I get, the more I think about time.

(My image)

ROBERT PLANT

Robert Plant has launched his own podcast. It is called Digging Deep – The Robert Plant Podcast. The first episode was added to YouTube on June 2 and it has been viewed over 52,000 times as of now. I like the fact that somebody like him embraces this new trend. I expect others to follow in his tracks now.

BABYMETAL

Looks like the BBC will broadcast the Babymetal show at the Glastonbury Festival on June 30. This is for the UK only but this will be all over the Internet within hours for sure. At least that should be expected, judging by earlier shows elsewhere.

DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple´s label earMusic is to release a Limited Edition Series of live shows that has been recorded over the last 20 years (Steve Morse era), starting with a concert that was captured in Newcastle (Australia) back in 2001. 20,000 copies. The LP will be a three Vinyl affair. Release date is July 5. More will follow.

DEEP PURPLE

The Deep Purple MK4 song “Gettin´Tighter” is reviewed on the Pod of Thunder Podcast. Hosts Chris and Andy spends nearly two hours talking about stuff in general and what they think of this track/version of Purple on first listening. Some of this is pretty funny too. Start listening about 18 minutes in.

PLANET ROCK MAGAZINE

Planet Rock (issue) 14 is out (Van Halen logo on the cover) and it is a darned good read. David Coverdale talks about Deep Purple and Whitesnake, you have good stuff with Van Halen, Bad Company, Black Sabbath etc. You know a magazine is good when you spend hours reading it (and some of it twice).

REVELL

Revell has issued a set called “Viking Ghost Ship” in 1/50. Night glow paint and brush for application included.

DEEP PURPLE

Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple picked up a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in London on May 23. The International Achievement Award was dedicated to the MK2 line-up and the legacy that they forged, which explains the absence of Don Airey and Steve Morse from the current band (a bit sad really that The Ivors had to go down that path). Still, good publicity.

ACCEPT

Accept will release a couple of classic albums in coloured Vinyl this summer. “Metal Heart” (red) on June 21 and “Balls To The Wall” (silver & black) on July 5 (my birthday incidentally).

ITALERI

Italian model company Italeri has issued a box called “Pegasus Bridge Airborn Assault”. It comes out as the 75th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6 1944) is coming up. You can basically build the Commando assault on the famous bridge in 1/72, which is pretty cool. Great looking box art too. I see a lot of publications on D-Day out there right now. There was a bunch of those five years ago as well.