What will remain of Deep Purple once the "The Long Goodbye Tour" is over? Will the tribute bands and epigones take over and do justice to the hard rock legend? Can they re-create the myth of Deep Purple in their songs or concerts? Or does the group, which is celebrated as the Liverock band, remain unique because of all its facets? These and other questions are addressed in the fifth part of our series of articles on half a century of Deep Purple.
Deep Purple only know one drummer in their ranks. Also on the keyboarder position the hardrockers only get it to two players. And when you ask for their bassists, strictly speaking only one name comes to mind. Thus Purple form a fixed instrumentalist unit. This explains the homogeneous, powerful sound that has been the band for decades. In the following we portray the drummer as well as the keyboarder and bassists in the service of one of the greatest bands in rock history.
"It's the singer, not the song," that thesis rarely applied to Deep Purple. On the one hand the instrumental presence and potency in all five decades of the band was at least always at the same level as the lead vocals. And as long as Ritchie Blackmore was in the band, he provided the band with song ideas that would have worked well with other vocalists. On the other hand, there are these vocal great moments: "Child In Time" belongs to Ian Gillan and "Soldier Of Fortune" to David Coverdale.
Deep Purple is a band for guitarists. With Deep Purple you can and must become a hero as a guitarist. Ritchie Blackmore created the template and filled it with life like no other rock guitarist. Huge footsteps a Tommy Bolin couldn't grow into because of the drugs. And a role that Joe Satriani, despite all his brilliance on the guitar, did not want to accept. Even on Steve Morse, after two and a half decades in the band, the mighty shadow of Blackmore still falls.
Ian Gillan likes to call the guitarists who work for Deep Purple "mandolin players". This trivialization has a method, because only in this way can the frontman bear the fact that Purple's eyes and ears are always on the guitarist. A good Purple song is always judged by how memorable the guitar riff is and how virtuoso the solo is.
"Deep Purple is the best thing that's happened to me in my life," says Ian Gillan, "and not a few music lovers around the world can join this statement for themselves. Deep Purple was created fifty years ago. For eclipsed, this special anniversary is one of the most important groups in the development of hard rock and in this and the next five issues the phenomenon Deep Purple will be highlighted from different angles. Half a century of lively rock history has written the formation once led by Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore. Beside great music the English produced, at least as long as Blackmore was part of the band, headlines concerning internal disputes. Where there's planing, chips fall.
20 studio albums in 49 years - whether this is the end of the journey, the musicians themselves are still unclear. "We all enjoyed the recording sessions with Bob Ezrin very much," keyboardist Don Airey says, drawing attention to a fact that this album radiates. It's a feel-good album.
Deep Purple belong to those bands that just can't stop. Some may be happy, others more compassionate. At least it's been that way for a long time. In the meantime, two members of the group, founded in 1968, have crossed the seventy mark, and two others are about to do so next year. Guitarist Steve Morse with his sixty-two Lenzen makes himself out like a young boy among his colleagues. Meanwhile, Purple's new CD "Infinite" has nothing to say about Alterszipperlein. With strength and esprit the slaughter-tested troupe fights their way through ten songs, of which certainly not all have what it takes to become classics, but some can at least be put painlessly between the train numbers of the band.
17.6.2016 Loreley: "I have a feeling we´re not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the Rainbow."
All the mud and rain became instantly irrelevant as Ritchie Blackmore with his Rainbow on the Loreley, re-formed for three concerts, after this sequence from "The Wizard of Oz" starts with "Highway Star". Previously, Thin Lizzy and Manfred Mann´s Earth Band had rung in the new edition of the "Monsters Of Rock". Blackmore, who hadn't played a rock concert for 19 years, was the "Master of Cermony", and led the 15,000 visitors sovereign through a 13-song classic set with tracks he wrote for Rainbow and Deep Purple. The Chilean singer Ronnie Romero became the "best Ronnie since Ronnie (Dio)" and the version of "Stargazer" was breathtaking.
"When I was a kid, I hated being kissed by aunts on my birthday. This probably explains my aversion to celebrating my birthday," Ian Gillan ponders, referring to his anniversary on August 19. "I won't celebrate the seventieth either." But his fans are.
Ian Gillan, born in London in 1945, grew up in the suburb of Hounslow, near Heathrow Airport. His first serious band was called Episode Six. When Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice looked at the group in June 1969, Blackmore in particular was so enthusiastic about the distinctive singer that he immediately offered him a job at Deep Purple. He brought his episode six colleague Roger Glover into the love marriage as a dowry. "From then on, my life changed completely."
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.