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English hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE will be headlining the Baalbeck International Festival in Lebanon. This takes place three years after the infamous cancelation of their concert at the same festival back on the 25th of July, 2006 which was a result of the Israeli attacks at Lebanon at the time. Deep Purple promise a show that would make it up to their Lebanese fans.
The show will take place on July 25, 2009.
Evergrey has just been confirmed to support one of the most classic rock bands, Deep Purple, in Västerås, Sweden on July 14th. The show will be held at the Bombardier Arena and tickets are already available from ticnet.se.
Upcoming Evergrey shows:
Jun. 22 - 27 Borlänge, SE - Peace and Love Festival
Jun. 27 Gothenburg, SE - Metaltown festival (at Frihamnen)
Jul. 9 - 12 Vizovice, CZ - Masters of Rock Festival
Jul. 14 Västerås, SE - Bombardier Arena
Jul. 27 Dudley, GB - JB’s
Oct. 04 Baarlo, NL - JC Sjiwa (ProgPowerEurope)
On Saturday, July 11th, Yngwie Malmsteen will make an exclusive appearance and participating in a clinic (the meaning of what this "clinic" truly is has not been clarified) at Guitarfest 2009 for Marshall amps. Other musicians who will be participating at the festival are as follows:
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson)
Doug Wimbish (Living Colour)
Jerry Donahue (The Yardbirds)
Sarah Jory (Van Morrison)
For more info, visit Guitarfest's website.
The continuous verbal battle between Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillain and Ritchie Blackmore, formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow, shows no sign of stopping after Blackmoore's lawyers have hit back over the claims that Blackmoore asked to be removed from T-Shirts bearing the image of the classic Deep Purple album "Machine Head." A statement from the lawyers reads as follows:
"In an interview he gave to a music website recently, Ian Gillan made a number of comments about Ritchie Blackmore that twisted facts and which require setting the record straight.
"Gillan remarked that Ritchie sued his former manager to have his image removed from Machine Head t-shirts being sold at Deep Purple concerts and that the judge thought the issue stupid. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ritchie sued his former manager for access to books and accounts, as well as money due him. When it was disclosed during the lawsuit that the Machine Head t-shirts were being sold at concerts, Ritchie simply asked to be paid, just like all the others on the shirt. Ritchie's image was then removed from the t-shirt, apparently to avoid paying him - something that is particularly offensive, as this disassociated him from his most acclaimed work. Contrary to what Gillan says, the judge, far from thinking the whole affair stupid, sided with Ritchie on every motion, from beginning to end. Readers are welcome to examine the court record for themselves (Blackmore v. Thames Talent Publishing, Ltd., Thames Overtures, Ltd. and Bruce Payne 01 Civ. 5521 (E.D.N.Y.)).
"Contrary to what Gillan said about Ritchie's financial demands to stay with Deep Purple, Ritchie in fact wanted to leave Deep Purple to pursue other interests, but when he announced that he wanted to leave, the record company made him a financial offer to stay with the band to complete a tour and to make the album that became Come Hell Or High Water. Gillan should get his facts straight before he talks to anyone.
"Ritchie frankly is amazed at Gillan's childish comments on other issues he discussed in the interview. Hasn't the time come for him to act like an adult?"
You an read the interview in question with Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillain at RockPages.
British hard rock legends Deep Purple has confirmed a tour of South America beginning next week. You can check out the tour schedule below.
20 - Luna Park- Buenos Aires, Argentina
21 - Cosquin Rock Festival - Cordoba, Argentina
22 - Luna Park - Buenos Aires, Argentina
24 - Arena Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt, Chile
26 - Teatro Caopolican - Santiago, Chile
28 - TBA Antofagasta, Chile
2 - Teatro Bourbon - Porto Alegre, Brazil
3 - Teatro Bourbon - Porto Alegre, Brazil
5 - Floripa Music Hall - Florianopolis, Brazil
6 - Via Funchal - Sao Paulo, Brazil
7 - Via Funchal - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse has posted the following report from the bands European tour:
"Some notes from a few days ago:
"Today brings back a little reality, we're in an airport waiting area for an airline flight. We've had a wonderful week or so travelling to Siberia and back to Moscow in a Tupelov 134. In the last notes I wrote about the flight attendant sternly saying 'ticofi' to let you know that you are being offered tea or coffee. This time she came up to me and said 'nowcockpit', which is something I always enjoy, as long as I feel like I'm not distracting the guys up front from flying. They were very warm and friendly, and even though we had very few words in common, they more or less understood my general comments. They more or less insisted that I sit down in the first officer's seat and get some photos. It was very warm and smoky up there since there were always several cigarettes going. Without getting anyone in trouble, I can only say that now I have a much better idea of what it would be like to do a takeoff and climbout in a plane exactly like that. After a while when the autopilot was on, I asked if I could see the navigator's station. You see, the Tu-134 has a glass nose, made up of lots of small windshield pieces in the very front part of the nose, about where we would expect the weather radar and radome to be. People instantly assume that the glass nose (on an airliner!) is for a bombardier or something like that, since the flying fortress of WWII looked that way for the nose gunner. But the navigator is a dedicated crew member that does nothing but navigation, like on a submarine. So he can look down for deduced reckoning ("ded" reckoning........not dead reckoning) waypoints, look up for basic celestial navigation, and he has a dedicated workstation down there with access to all the controls, as well as the 1st officer's directional gyro, as I found out!
"Anyway, I had a blast, they gave me a gift of a "Russian GPS" which was the time/speed slide-rule that the navigator used, and one of pilots gave me his flight officer's uniform hat. All Russian uniform hats are huge, and I hope this one makes if home looking similar after being bounced around in my suitcase for 100 or so handlings. I sure do feel right at home with most every crew we have ever had the pleasure of hanging around with. More...
Guitarist Steve Morse of legendary rock band Deep Purple has posted the following tour update:
"Here's one that I meant to send on the last long trip, but it got overlooked until now! This was written during the amazing tour leg where we had the fantastic luxury of the charter plane.
"We're doing a night flight after the show, on our way to Finland. The airline quality service is incredible. Who am I kidding, it's way better than the airline service we normally get. Here in Scandinavia they've not put us through the futile exercise of going all the way through the terminal, printing boarding passes, passport control, x raying everything, taking away all our bottles of water, and waiting for a bus to get out to the plane. No, it's just like the USA, where we drive up to the plane and walk on. This is the reason business aircraft are selling better than ever in a down economy. Businesses would rather make a little less money than to stand in line for an hour barefoot waiting to get on a plane. More...
According to Psxextreme.com, fans of Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band take note: Rock Revolution is scheduled to drop on October 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and will boast both guitar and drum peripherals. You'll be able to create your own tracks, test out each individual instrument, and of course, have a legitimate blast with several friends. Like it or not, the other two blockbuster music franchises now have some very stiff competition, and these are the songs that could propel Rock Revolution to a stunning sales victory. More...
Blistering Records has announced the launch of their new record label, with a focus on signing and developing recording acts in a wide spectrum of rock music, including but not limited to: Melodic Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Metal and all combinations of these styles.
The label has a simple philosophy: “Treat the artists the way we would like to be treated. We all started out as struggling musicians in bands so we know all-to-well what it feels like to be on the other side of the desk. More than ever with today's tough and ever changing music market survival is determined by understanding, appreciation, innovation, commitment and team-work. We are true supporters of the scene(s) that we help represent and are determined to prove ourselves to be survivors by becoming one of the leading independent record labels for Rock and Metal.”
The principals of Blistering are individuals with self proclaimed life-long love affairs with music, and extensive industry experience to put their philosophy into action. More...
A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:
"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Guitar: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON/ROB ZOMBIE)
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)
Drums: Vinnie Appice (HEAVEN AND HELL/ BLACK SABBATH)
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...
Brenda Glover, mother of Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, passed away yesterday. Roger issued the following statement on his website:
"My sad news; my mother, Brenda Glover, passed away on the 10th June, 2008. She was 86 and spent two and a half years fighting cancer. My life has been put on hold for the last three months as my sister Christine and I have been caring for her in her home in the UK. I am deeply indebted to my band-mates for allowing me this time off. My daughter Gillian and the rest of the family have been unswerving in their love and support. Everyone’s mother is special but Brenda had a way of being a special mother to everyone. I am a fortunate son indeed."
King's X new album, "XV", is available for sampling at the follwoing location: http://www.spv.de/kingsx/widget/. If the code is embeded you can add the sampler to your myspace, website, blog, etc. Also, King's X will be touring this summer with Extreme and the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp.
Campers who take part in the event will have the opportunity to play on the same stage as the two bands. Prior to Kings X's performance each night, participants will perform along side of camp counselors Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Chris Slade (AC/DC), composer/producer Mark Hudson, and special guests. Dates are as follows:
July 29 Poughkeepsie @ The Chance
July 31 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
Aug 1 Long Island NY @ Brookhaven
Aug 2 Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head
Aug 4 New York City, NY @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza
Aug 5 Lancaster PA @ Chameleon Club
Aug 6 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Aug 9 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 13 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Aug 18 New Orleans LO @ HOB
Aug 19 Houston TX @ Meridian
Aug 20 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Aug 22 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Aug 23 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug 25 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Aug 26 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Denmark-based hard rockers ROYAL HUNT have lined up the following dates:
May 07 - Greece, Athens - Gagarin 205
May 09 - Greece, Thessaloniki - Kazan DB
May 10 - Romania, Bucharest - Club Fabrica
May 11 - Bulgaria, Sofia - 4km Party Center
May 12 - Hungary, Budapest - A38
May 13 - Switzerland, Pratteln - Z7
May 14 - Italy, Bologna - Nuovo Sottotetto
May 16 - Belgium, Vosselaar - Biebob
May 17 - Holland, Vassemeer - Borstrock Festival
May 18 - Holland, Weert - De Bosuil
May 19 - UK, London - Underworld
May 20 - Spain, Barcelona - Sala La Nau
May 22 - Poland, Warsaw - Progresja Music Club
May 24 - Russia, St. Petersburg - DL Lensoveta
May 25 - Russia, Moscow - Apelsin Club
Jun. 03 - Japan, Tokyo - Shibuya O-East
Jun. 04 - Japan, Osaka - Shinsaibashi Quattro
Jun. 06 - Sweden, Solvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
Jul. 16 - Denmark, Sønderborg - Mølleparken Open Air (w/ ALICE COOPER)
Jul. 25 - Portugal, Algarve - Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Estombar Festival
Aug. 06 - Denmark, Copenhagen - FB Hallen (w/ DEEP PURPLE)
Aug. 10 - Denmark, Odense - Arena Fyn (w/ DEEP PURPLE)
The special guest on ROYAL HUNT's European leg of the tour, from May 7 through May 19, will be GODIVA from Switzerland, fronted by Fernando Garcia (ex-lead singer of VICTORY).
With the April 1st release of Ministry and Co-Conspirators' "Cover Up" on the horizon, Al Jourgensen and company are giving fans a chance to preview the album before release date. A lengthy track featuring 30 second samples of every song on Cover Up is currently available at the official Ministry Myspace page. Loaded with contributions from Revolting Cocks' Sin Quirin and Josh Bradford, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, Prong's Thomas Victor, and the late, great Paul Raven, "Cover Up" is a star-studded collection of vintage rock covers. Everyone from Deep Purple, to ZZ Top, to the Stones get a classic Ministry send-up.
Ministry's final world tour, the C U LaTouR, kicked off in Spokene, WA at the Big Easy. The 38-date trek features Special Guests Meshuggah and opening act Hemlock, and winds down in mid-May with multiple-nights in Ministry front man Al Jourgensen's home town of Chicago.
Here is the complete "Cover Up" Tracklist:
1. Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones Cover)
2. Bang A Gong (T Rex Cover)
3. Radar Love (Golden Earing Cover)
4. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple Cover)
5. Black Betty (Ram Jam Cover)
6. Mississippi Queen (Mountain Cover)
7. Just Got Paid (ZZ Top Cover)
8. Roadhouse Blues (The Doors Cover)
9. Supernaut (Black Sabbath Cover)
10. Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan Cover)
11. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong Cover)
12. What A Wonderful World (Short Slow Version)
13. What A Wonderful World (Short Fast Version)
14. Willie Stigmata
Here are the latest tour dates on the C U LaTour: More...
Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 28 - Sport Palace - Minsk, Belarus
Apr. 19 - Extremusika 2008 en Recinto Hipico de Caceres - Caceres, Spain
May 31 - Kopervik Festival - Karmoy, Norway
Jun. 06 - Rocksound Festival - Huttwil, Switzerland
Jun. 27 - Stadsfesten - Skellefteå, Sweden
Jul. 23 - Villa Pisani - Venice, Italy
Jul. 26 - Piazza del Popolo - Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Aug. 08 - Cloetta Center - Linköping, Sweden (w/ DEEP PURPLE)
Aug. 09 - Oja Slottsruin - Ystad, Sweden (w/ DEEP PURPLE) More...
According to DEEP PURPLE fan-site The Highway Star, a new box set titled Around The World Live is being prepared for release by Edel. The Deluxe Edition four-DVD box set is slated for release in UK on Edel’s subsidiary Eagle Vision on May 19th. As of now, there is no info on availability and release dates in other markets.
The box set contents includes the following four-DVDs:
DVD1 – Bombay Calling, India 1995
DVD2 – Total Abandon, Australia 1999
DVD3 – Live At The NEC, England 2002
DVD4 – Access All Areas
More info including complete tracklistings can be found here.
An excerpt from a press release reads as follows: "This stunning set features three full Deep Purple concerts, highlights of a fourth, interviews with the band members and a new documentary telling the full Deep Purple story from their beginnings up to the present day with an emphasis on the Steve Morse era; presented in a hard-back bookstyle picture sleeve complete with a 32-page specially commissioned book written by Joel McIver [Classic Rock magazine] and is illustrated with photographs from the era covered by the concerts)."
SHAMAN (formerly SHAAMAN), the revamped Brazilian band featuring drummer Ricardo Confessori (ex-ANGRA) and singer Thiago Bianchi (who recently replaced former Shaaman and Angra vocalist Andrè Matos), have confirmed a pair of upcoming live dates in their homeland including an opening slot for DEEP PURPLE in Curitiba. The band's itinerary is as follows:
23 - Curitiba, Brazil at Helloch (opening up for Deep Purple)
29 - Barra Bonita (São Paulo), Brazil - tba
Deep-Purple.net has issued the following report, courtesy of The Purple Project:
"Ian Paice was hoping to do another slot for Drumwright (the first was reviewed in DTB 58). The evening is titled Rock Of Ages, and takes place on February 28th at the Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading (UK).
Tickets are £15 or £10 for students in full-time education (does any student do full-time education?!). The Purple Project have just told us that Paice will not be able to make the charity concert as DP are now touring at the time.
Otherwise, confirmed for the event are a slew of sixties stars including Clem Cattini, Bob Henrit and Bobby Orr.
You can call the organisers on 0118 944 1418.
There's also an autographed Ian Pace drum kit up for grabs on the night."
DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover has issued the following update:
"This has been a busy year, to say the least. It’s also been a fantastic year. The Rapture Tour threaded its way around this blue planet and everywhere we visited we received the moving welcomes that we are almost in danger of taking for granted. But be assured that they are never taken for granted; every night for us is a special night. I would like to thank everybody that has supported and encouraged us along the way. I must also thank my fellow musicians, all of whom are heroes of mine. I am decidedly in good company.
There are too many individuals to thank by name but a special mention must first of all go to our management team, Bruce, Spider, Barbara and Sarah. Next, I have to mention our loyal crew, our family on the road. I am proud that every show has been a smooth and professional affair and they have made the rigorous business that we are engaged in as easy as possible for us privileged musicians, who show up expecting everything to be ready - another case of things being almost taken for granted, but it’s not. I thank them all for their hard work and deprivations.
Of all the tours we completed this year, the reception we received in France was exceptional. In Paris, Gérard, our promoter, presented each of us with a ‘Gold Ticket” – a great looking plaque commemorating our box office achievement – we sold more tickets than any other band this year. I sincerely thank him and his staff. I’ve never seen anything like it before but it seems symptomatic of the way the business, at least our business, has changed. Live music rules!
I had fun in between tours as well. My daughter Gillian released her first album, Red Handed, in which I was happy to play a small part. She received so many compliments; I can’t count how many people told me how proud I should be of her. I know, I am extremely proud of her. Now she is starting work on her next album as well as writing and performing with the band Beat:Root.
I had the pleasure of working with my sound engineer, Peter Denenberg of Acme Studios, both on my own next album and the mix of DREAM THEATER’s great tribute to Made In Japan.
In the UK, a neighbour of my sister Christine, a ten year-old girl called Katie Turner, had a school project to complete and requested an interview from me. The subject was about changes in music in the UK since 1948. That would be a daunting project for anyone, including me, but she researched it well, gaining an understanding of music far beyond her years and produced an amazing result, receiving top marks. I congratulate her on a fine achievement.
Travelling takes up 90% of our lives and for several of the European tours our transport, a Metro SA 227 Series twelve-seater airplane with two pilots, was a real comfort. Our traveling days were therefore simplified and we could avoid the indignities of queuing for security checks, emptying carry-on baggage, taking shoes off, finding gates, waiting for the incoming plane to show up, listening to the lies that airlines offer for delays, the interminable wait for suitcases, etc., etc. It made a lot of sense to travel this way because we were playing cities that getting to any other way would have been be a major headache. I would like to thank all the pilots for their dedication.
All in all, I have nothing to complain about, other than the fact that I was rather ill with shingles on the most recent tour (I’m much better now) so I would like to end this year with a heartfelt appreciation of all that I have and all that has been given to me. Good fortune has again been my friend.
Thank you Andi Thul for looking after my website.
I wish you all a great season and all the best of luck for a healthy and peaceful New Year."
UK hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE have confirmed the following live dates for 2008.
26 - Open Air am Tanzbrunnen - Cologne, Germany (Zweite Classic Rocknacht)
2 - Oberschwabenhalle - Ravensburg, Germany (Magic Night Of Rock)
3 - Kloster - Benediktbeuern, Germany (Magic Night Of Rock)
The website of the The Deep Purple Appreciation Society is also reporting:
"As you know, 2008 will be the fourtieth anniversary of Deep Purple, a fairly noteworthy event. There are a number of plans being discussed for ways to mark this in terms of special editions and archive releases. As soon as we've been cleared to announce anything, we'll let you know. There is a proposal for one release by each of the four original line-ups on EMI which would be a nice way to go, although these may be more skewed towards high quality packaging and presentation than unissued audio material - of which there isn't that much to go for."