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Sunday Old School: Deep Purple

It’s a widely accepted fact that it’s important to know your history and generally agreed upon that one should also be aware of their roots. With that in mind, it seemed an appropriate to finally devote a Sunday Old School column to one of the most important bands in the history of heavy metal, though they may not strictly fit the tag by the modern definition. Most people, when discussing the first metal bands will point to three groups, all formed in England; Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, both from the Midlands are two and the other was born in the country’s capital. The other is named, Deep Purple.

Deep Purple was initially conceived as a supergroup called Roundabout, named so because the idea was for musicians to join and leave the band whenever they wanted. It was the brainchild of drummer Chris Curtis, who began assembling the band with the help of manager Tony Edwards, beginning with organist, Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Curtis was soon fired from the group owing to his behaviour and was eventually replaced by Ian Paice, who was brought along by singer Rod Evans during his own successful audition for the band, who by that time had also brought in a bassist by the name of Nick Simper. After performing a few shows in Sweden and Denmark, Blackmore suggested they change their moniker to Deep Purple, reportedly in honour of his grandmother’s favourite song. The suggestion was accepted and they began life as the outfit we all know today. More...

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2014 RNR Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The 2014 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced and among them are Deep Purple, KISS, Nirvana and Yes.

Voting is now open to the general public here. The public has the opportunity to vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees, who will be announced soon.

The full list of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is as follows:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chic
Deep Purple
Peter Gabriel
Hall and Oates
KISS
LL Cool J
The Meters
Nirvana
N.W.A.
The Replacements
Linda Ronstadt
Cat Stevens
Link Wray
YES
The Zombies

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Just For Fun

The Harp Twins Cover Deep Purple

After previously covering Iron Maiden and the Scorpions, the Harp Twins have posted a new video clip online featuring their rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."

Check out Camille and Kennerly's version of the track below.

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Wacken Open Air 2013 Live Stream Details Revealed

The 2013 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival kicks off today, but you don't have to be there to catch some of the action over the course of the weekend. Select bands from the festival will be shown via live stream at this location. There is no guarantee that the broadcast will be available in every country.

According to the schedule, highlights of the Wacken Metal Battle with Annihilator will be shown today at 18:30 (CET), 12:30pm (EST), 9:30am (PST). In addition, for Friday and Saturday, bands broadcast will be:

Friday, 2 August 2013 - Start: 18.30 CET (12:30pm EST)

Agnostic Front @ Black Stage
Ugly Kid Joe @ Party Stage
Corvus Corax @ Party Stage
Pretty Maids @ True Metal Stage
Amorphis @ Party Stage

Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Start: 16.45 CET (10:45am EST)

Black Messiah @ Headbangers Stage
Legion Of The Damned @ Headbangers Stage
Ihsahn @ Black Stage
Candlemass @ Party Stage
Sonata Arctica @ Party Stage
DevilDriver @ Party Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. Rage @ Black Stage

In addition, on August 3, 2013 beginning at 8pm CET (2:00pm EST), Wacken will be broadcast live at this location. At this point, the following artists will be streamed live:

Trivium
Alice Cooper
Deep Purple
Doro More...

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Civil War Added To Getaway Rock Festival

Sweden's Civil War, who just issued the debut full length LP "The Killer Angels" (see review at this location), have been added to the lineup for the Getaway Rock Festival, to be held on August 8-10, 2013 in Gasklockorna, Gavle Sweden. The festival includes appearances from over 60 bands, including System of a Down, In Flames, Deep Purple and Lamb Of God.

The band made the announcement: "We are very happy to announce that we will do a show in Gävle and Getaway Rock Festival on August 10. This year’s line-up includes System Of A Down, Deep Purple, In Flames, Testament, Gojira among others. Furthermore, we want to send out a huge thank you to all of you who supported us with getting our album. We are overwhelmed with the reception you’ve given it, we salute YOU!"

For more information, check out the festival's website over at this location. A preview for the festival can be found here: More...

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Deep Purple Posts "Vincent Price" Video

Legendary act Deep Purple posted a new music video for the track "Vincent Price." The song is taken from the band's new LP "NOW What?," which is available now via earMusic. The video is the first for Deep Purple in over 20 years.

The single will be released on June 7th as download, CD single and 7" transparent vinyl. "Vincent Price" will become a Purple collector's item, due to the inclusion of the bonus track song "First Sign Of Madness," which was recorded during the NOW What?! sessions, but not included in the final selection.

The track list for the 7":

Side A "Vincent Price"
Side B "First Sign Of Madness"

CD single and download:

1. Vincent Price
2. First Sign Of Madness
3. The Well Dressed Guitar (from the now deleted Rapture Of the Deep" limited CD)
4. Wrong Man (Live) (from the now deleted "Rapture Of the Deep" limited CD)
5. Vincent Price (Music Video)

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Monument Streaming Deep Purple Cover "Black Night"

U.K. traditional metal band Monument is streaming the band's cover of the Deep Purple classic "Black Night." The cover features a guest appearance by Firewind keyboardist Bob Katsionis. The single is available for purchase through iTunes at this location with all proceeds going to The Sunflower Jam charity, for which the late Jon Lord (Ex-Deep Purple) was a big part of.

Check out "Black Night" here:

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Deep Purple Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Deep Purple posted a lyric video for the new track "All the Time in the World." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "NOW What?" The release is scheduled top drop on April 26th, 2013 (G/S/A, Finland, Spain), April 29th, 2013 (UK, France, BENELUX, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway Denmark), April 30th, 2013 (USA, Italy) and May 1st, 2013 (Sweden) via earOne Music.

Check out "All the Time in the World" here:

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Deep Purple Reveals New Album Title "NOW What?"

Deep Purple has revealed the name of the band's new album as "NOW What?" The release has been teased over the last couple of months, including the latest one seen below.

"NOW What?" is scheduled for release on April 26th, 2013 (G/S/A, Finland, Spain), April 29th, 2013 (UK, France, BENELUX, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway Denmark), April 30th, 2013 (USA, Italy) and May 1st, 2013 (Sweden) via earOne Music.

It marks the first studio release for the band since the 2005 album "Rapture of the Deep." Other information about the album was posted in the latest press release:

"NOW What ?! has been produced by Bob Ezrin, one of the most important rock producers of all time (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss and many others) NOW What ?! features 11 new songs. NOW What ?! was recorded with no musical rules… and it shows a modern and fresh production… to the point that Deep ?urp!e have never sounded so close to the spirit of the 70s in the last 20 years as they do NOW.

"NOW What ?! has the excellence and elegance of 'Perfect Strangers' and the wild freedom of Made in Japan. NOW What ?! will also be released as a limited edition with a bonus DVD featuring Deep Purple discussing the new album and one bonus studio cover version. More...

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Deep Purple To Release New LP In April

Legendary rock band Deep Purple posted a teaser for the band's new album, scheduled for release on April 26, 2013 via earOne Music. The yet untitled new album will mark the first studio release for the band since the 2005 album "Rapture of the Deep."

After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville with producer Bob Ezrin. The album is rumoured to be the perfect match from the original spirit of 70s Purple, and a fresh and modern production. Ian Gillan has recently revealed a few working titles of songs, that might appear on the album: "Out Of Hands", "Uncommon Man" and "Hell to Pay".

Singer Ian Gillan commented: "The title of our new album is still a question mark to all of us... We have recorded a new album, and it's a fantastic collection of songs. At the moment that's the only affirmative point we can offer..."

Deep Purple's record company earMUSIC will reveal details about the new album in real time as soon as they will become available on a dedicated website where all band members will also be able to post and interact with the fans: www.deeppurple2013.com

Back in July of 2012, the band's former keyboardist Jon Lord passed away from a pulmonary embolism.

Check out the teaser for the album here: More...

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Black Sabbath Bassist Pays Tribute To Jon Lord

Black Sabbath bass player Terry "Geezer" Butler has posted a message online paying tribute to founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who passed away earlier today after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Butlers message reads as follows:

"Very sad to hear of Jon’s death, following his battle with the demon cancer. One of the great musicians of my generation. (Black Sabbath guitarist) Tony Iommi recently worked with Jon, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times, but never got to work with him. Blessings."

Lord was diagnosed with the illness last year and most recently had been working with Iommi and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan amongst others on the WhoCares supergroup.

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Headline News

Former Deep Purple Keyboardist Passes Away

Former Deep Purple keyboardist, Jon Lord, who was with the band from 1968 until 2002, has passed away at the age of 71, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. A message from his official website reads as follows:

"It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday, July 16th at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

"Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including 'Smoke On The Water' and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

"Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto For Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

"Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

"Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

"Jon Lord - June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012." More...

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Headline News

Ex-Deep Purple Keyboardist Diagnosed With Cancer

Former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord, one of the group's founding members who left in 2002, has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer. A message from Lord reads as follows:

"I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure. I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.

"God bless and see you soon, Jon."

Lord's webmaster added: "May we also, at Jon’s request, ask if everyone could please respect his need for privacy so that he can spend time with his family (and his music). Thank you."

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Deep Purple To Release New DVD, "Phoenix Rising"

On June 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Deep Purple’s "Phoenix Rising" – a two-hour-plus revelatory documentary including 30 minutes of never-before-seen (not even on bootleg) onstage footage from Japan. "Phoenix Rising" will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, & in a special two-disc DVD/CD package.

The release is cause for celebration amongst Purple fans due to the rarity of material. Extensive interviews with keyboardist Jon Lord and bassist Glenn Hughes tell the tale of a band caught by circumstance into one of its most controversial, extreme and exciting eras of its long career. Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were gone. A young unknown singer by the name of David Coverdale was recruited as was bassist Hughes. The results were the albums "Burn" and "Stormbringer" (both released in 1974). But then Ritchie Blackmore left the band. Against all odds, they rocked on, recruiting Tommy Bolin (from Zephyr and The James Gang). The album "Come Taste The Band" (1975) documents the short-lived Bolin era, an era that all came crashing down when the band announced in July of 1976 that it was breaking up. By December, Bolin would be dead due to a heroin overdose. Nine years of silence would ensue.

The never-before-seen 30 minutes, “Rises Over Japan,” has the Coverdale/Lord/Bolin/Hughes/Paice lineup delivering the goods in 1976 on eight songs: “Burn,” “Getting Tighter,” “Love Child,” “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Homeward Strut,” “You Keep On Moving” and “Stormbringer.” (The double-disc package contains these eight songs on CD.) This segment is some of the only video footage that showcases Tommy Bolin performing in Deep Purple.

The 90-minute documentary portion, “Getting Tighter,” recounts the trials and tribulations of a band in turmoil, riding the rock’n’roll roller coaster to total excess. With its live images, backstage footage, never-before-told stories and original video material carefully culled from years of research, it’s a veritable bonanza for Purple fans and fans of Rock History.

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Deep Purple Keyboardist To Release Solo Album

Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey has revealed the details behind his forthcoming solo album. The new full length, titled "All Out," is set to be released on August 22 through Provogue Records. The tracklisting for the effort can be viewed below.

1. The Way I Feel Inside
2. Estancia
3. People In Your Head
4. B'cos
5. Running From The Shadows
6. Right Arm Overture
7. Fire
8. Lon Road
9. Wrath Of Thor
10. Tobruk

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Whocares Posts New Music Video

Whocares, the collaboration between Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, has posted its first music video online taken from its debut EP. The EP, which features two tracks in "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water," will see its North American release on June 27, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. You can view the music video for the track "Out of my Mind" below.

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Whocares Posts New EP Trailer Online

Whocares, the collaboration between Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, has posted a new teaser online for its debut EP. The EP, which features two tracks in "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water," will see its North American release on June 27, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. A digital release will arrive on May 6, 2011. You can view the teaser trailer below.

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Deep Purple Announces U.K. Tour Dates

British hard rock legends Deep purple has announced that they will be performing a short headlining tour of their native United Kingdom, as part of their "The Songs That Built Rock" tour, which sees the band performing with a 38 piece orchestra.

The British tour dates are as follows:

November 26th - Glasgow SECC
November 27th - Birmingham LG Arena
November 29th - Manchester MEN Arena
Novemeber 30th - London O2 Arena

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Black Sabbath To Release "Born Again" Deluxe Set

Sanctuary Records has anoounced that they will be releasing a 2-disc deluxe-edition reissue of Black Sabbath's "Born Again" on May 30, 2011. You can view the reissue's tracklisting below.

"Born Again" was the only album by Black Sabbath featuring Ian Gillan, who was at the time a solo artist and former singer for Deep Purple, on vocals.

Disc 1:
1. Trashed
2. Stonehenge
3. Disturbing The Priest
4. The Dark
5. Zero The Hero
6. Digital Bitch
7. Born Again
8. Hot Line
9. Keep It Warm

Disc 2:
1. The Fallen
2. Stonehenge
3. Hot Line
4. War Pigs
5. Black Sabbath
6. The Dark
7. Zero The Hero
8. Digital Bitch
9. Iron Man
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Paranoid

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Deep Purple Announces North American Tour

British hard rock legends Deep Purple has announced that they will be embarking on their first tour of North America in over four years this June. The tour is being dubbed Deep Purple: The Songs That Built Rock and will feature a symphony prchestra accompanying the band in each city, with the exception of San Francisco.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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