MONSTERS OF ROCK - Ritchie Blackmore celebrates his very own rock classics on the Loreley

22. June 2016

MONSTERS OF ROCK - Ritchie Blackmore celebrates his very own rock classics on the Loreley

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.

Birthday in absentia - IAN GILLAN turned 70 on 19 August

26. August 2015

Birthday in absentia - IAN GILLAN turned 70 on 19 August

"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."

WHITESNAKE - Purple reloaded

27. May 2015

WHITESNAKE - Purple reloaded

Coverdale is on the charm offensive in interviews, that's a well-known fact. No matter whether his counterpart is male or female, the singer compliments him, calls it by its first name as often as possible, he even pronounces German names without an accent. Coverdale is empathetic, joking, without changing the serious tone. If he meets people to whom he has already confessed speech and answer, he remembers earlier conversation contents, the meetings also lie years ago.

This binding manner may give an impression of how the 63-year-old Englishman has regained the trust of his landman Ritchie Blackmore. With the notorious Grantler, he actually wanted to set up a joint project. When the implementation became uncertain, his wife encouraged him not to abandon the plan to re-record Deep Purple material, but to realise it with Whitesnake instead.

RITCHIE BLACKMORE - 70 years old - and a little quietly

23. April 2015

RITCHIE BLACKMORE - 70 years old - and a little quietly

When Richard Hugh Blackmore was born on 14 April 1945 in Weston-super-Mare in the English county of Somerset, he did not even allow himself to be sworn into a bourgeois life. At the age of eleven - the family now lives in Heston near London - he is given his first guitar and wants to become a musician. He takes lessons from studio guitarist Big Jim Sullivan. His career as a musician began in 1963. The most important experience: the show lessons of Screaming Lord Sutch. He heard Ian Paice for the first time during a stay at a star club. The drummer impressed him so much that he later brought him into the band instead of Deep Purple founder Chris Curtis. This is how Blackmore's Hire and fire mentality became apparent early on.

JON LORD - The last farewell

23. October 2014

JON LORD - The last farewell

"Celebrating Jon Lord At The Albert Hall" (DVD, Blu-ray, CD) is a tribute to Jon Lord's diverse musical output. Ian Paice, who is married to the twin sister of the widow of his friend who died of cancer in 2012, played with the Hammond organist in Deep Purple and Whitesnake. At Whitesnake Paice also met guitarist Bernie Marsden again. He had worked with both of them on the exciting band project PAL (Paice, Ashton, Lord).

eclipsed: At the concert evening for Jon Lord you played with Bernie Marsden two tracks from the PAL album "Malice In Wonderland". Does that show in retrospect the significance this force had for you and Jon?

eclipsed No. 151 / 6-2013

12. April 2014

NOW even more so?!

Eight years Deep Purple have been dragging into the country between "Rapture Of The Deep" and their current release "NOW What?! - the longest span since "Come Taste The Band"/"Perfect Strangers". But the considerable abstinence from the studio didn't let the British hard rock flagship get rusty. On the contrary: The third recording of the Mark VIII line-up is its strongest.

Old in the heart

eclipsed No. 139 / 4-2012

12. April 2014

Swiss time was running out

When they recorded "Machine Head" forty years ago, it was an extraordinary feat of strength for the British hard rockers. Her management rushed her around the globe in the early seventies, from tour to tour. Also, internal trench warfare was a major problem for the band. In addition, there was an unprecedented chaos at the recording location in Montreux, Switzerland. But at the end it stood, the legendary sixth record of Deep Purple.

Creative Decay Process of a Band

eclipsed No. 123 / 9-2010

11. April 2014

The Rebirth of a Band

An album carved in stone! 40 years ago the English band Deep Purple erected their own monument. Even considering the fact that the former hard rock heroes around Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord ruined their reputation in the middle of the eighties, the LP is still one of the top monuments in rock history. An album as massive and monumental as the Mount Rushmore to which the cover refers.

Crisis! Hard Crisis!

eclipsed No. 105 / 10-2008

10. April 2014

milestones in hard rock history

With Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath they formed the troika of British 70s hard rock. The cult band Deep Purple, founded 40 years ago, had to struggle with personnel problems right from the start: musicians came and went. On the occasion of their anniversary and as an appetizer for the upcoming tour, we take a close look at the different line-ups (Marks) - with the emphasis on the great time.

Game without Borders Part II

eclipsed No. 77 / 11-2005

09. April 2014