Deep Purple and Judas Priest 2018 Tour!

Yesterday I published a post about Deep Purple. As synchronicity would have it, sitting in my Gmail Inbox was this tour announcement. I love the double bill.

Click on the image for tour details. and Rock On with your bad self!

Classic Rock Mag – Purple Reign – June ’18

Purple and Rock are two of my all favorite expressions. The latest issue of Classic Rock Magazine (June 2018, Issue 249) features extensive coverage about the Deep Purple Family. There was a period of time when they were the pinnacle of rock.

Purple Reign

I have been a Deep Purple fan since ’68 when I first heard their hit single “Hush” on progressive rock radio (WNEW-FM, 102.7, NYC). “Hush” celebrates its 50th anniversary in June. Amazing.


Deep Purple

This issue is a in-depth read, 28 pages to be precise. Starting with Deep Purple, then onto Dio and Rainbow, followed by Coverdale & Whitesnake, and more… A total steal at $3.99!

Kudos to Sian Llewellyn, Editor and her team of writers. This is rock curation at its finest!






Whitesnake, Bridge To Grace Tour – College Street Music Hall

Whitesnake will commence a nationwide US tour in late May, 2015. One of the tour stops will be New Haven, CT at the College Street Music Hall.
Premier Concerts Presents:
Bridge To Grace Tour
Tuesday July 28th, 2015

Doors Open: 6:30 PM, Show Starts: 7:30 PM – All Ages

Part of the Whitesnake push will be their first new studio album In four years, The Purple Album set for release on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL.

It’s interesting that Deep Purple will be criss-crossing the Americas at the same time as Whitesnake. I mentioned the Deep Purple Connecticut concert date last month on this blog. I wonder if their paths will cross and they will jam together somewhere along the journey.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states David Coverdale. “As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”


Deep Purple Coming To Foxwoods

Deep Purple is another Classic Rock band I have itched to see DP perform live. The band just announced their 2015 North America Tour itinerary on Thursday. I noticed they have a Connecticut date at Foxwoods on July 30th. It’s not appearing on the Foxwoods Website yet nor are ticket sale dates available as of this writing.

I’d love to snag a couple of tickets to catch them in concert. What a great catalogue of music they have contributed.

What is your favorite Deep Purple song?

Mine is “Hush” their first big hit single in 1968.

Deep Purple – California Jam Book


On April 6th 1974 Deep Purple appeared on stage at the California Jam festival at the Ontario Speedway in California.Taking top billing at the all-day event, and with great weather, Deep Purple and the other bands drew a crowd of around 165,000 people. It became the largest single-day paid attendance in U.S. rock concert history.



Celebrating Jon Lord At Royal Albert Hall

Celebrating Jon Lord at Royal Albert Hall last April will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD by earMUSIC on September 26, 2014. It marks the 45th anniversary of the world debut performance of Jon Lord‘s Concerto for Group and Orchestra at the same venue in 1969.

Featuring Deep PurpleRick WakemanBruce DickinsonGlenn HughesBernie MarsdenMicky MoodyNeil MurrayPaul Weller and many more, the release comprises the full two-set concert from April 4 2014.

Celebrating Jon Lord was the brain child of Jacky Paice, wife of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. She also runs the annual Sunflower Jam, which started in London in 2006 and has seen a string of high-profile music alumni – including Jon – every year giving their efforts to the cause of cancer relief.

Enter Deep Purple In The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Already!

It is a tragic error that Deep Purple is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Critics be damned enter this seminal heavy metal band already! One listen to any of their mega hits should tell you why they deserve to be included.

I was pleased to learn that Lars Ulrich of Metallica is actively working on making this happen. According to the Deep Purple Web Site:

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich last year told writer Peter Makowski that he is working on getting his all-time favorite band, DEEP PURPLE, a long-overdue spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Asked why the creators of “Smoke On The Water” were not in there yet, Ulrich said, “What you’ve got to understand is that a lot of the people that have run the selection process are critics, and DEEP PURPLE, as you know, were never a critic’s band — especially in America, because their influence was probably felt more in Europe.”

But Ulrich added, “It’s only a matter of time. Rather sooner than later. We’ve already lost one member. The fact that LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH are in and PURPLE is not is one of the crimes of that whole institution. We’ll get them in soon enough. I’m working on it.”


Founding PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord passed away in July 2012. Ulrich, who wrote a tribute to Lord on METALLICA’s web site, told Makowski, “I’m not sure that the people in today’s hard rock world really truly understand how innovative this guy was . . . he really did something nobody had done before with the sound of the keyboards and I think that’s probably the biggest thing to remember him for.”

A Charity Concert for the Late Jon Lord

The Sunflower Jam is excited to announce that “Celebrating Jon Lord At The Royal Albert Hall” on April 4th 2014 will include performances by the Orion Orchestra – ‘the Orchestra of Rising Stars’ – and will be conducted by Paul Mann, a close friend and musical partner of Jon Lord.

Paul & Jon’s last project together was the recording of Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra in 2011-2012 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Paul will conduct the Orion Orchestra, formed in 2005 by Toby Purser. Since then, the Orchestra has become recognised as one of the most dynamic orchestras for the cream of London’s music college students and graduates, with a repertoire stretching from the music of Azerbaijan to a concert and CD with Rick Wakeman (who of course, will also be performing at the concert).

Jon Lord’s Legacy

Jon Lord left us with an extensive music legacy. I have been spending time this week digging into the expansive music repertoire he created in collaboration and solo efforts. I started with the Deep Purple albums but soon moved up to his Orchestral music compositions.

As Jon Lord stated …write the kind of music that was more and more in my heart.

Concerto for Group and Orchestra
Concerto for Group and Orchestra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have become enraptured with Concerto For Group And OrchestraThe 1969 performance by Deep Purple and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold was the first ever combination of rock music and a complete orchestra.

In October 2012, a studio version of the Concerto for Group and Orchestra was released.

Child In Time – Deep Purple

File:Deep Purple in Rock.jpgDeep Purple developed a great catalog of hits over the decades. My favorite Deep Purple song is “Child in Time” from the Deep Purple in Rock album (June, 1970).

Long live keyboardist Jon Lord! We will miss your glorious Hammond B3 signature sound.

Writers Ritchie Blackmore
Ian Gillan
Roger Glover
Jon Lord
Ian Paice
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