EDITOR REMEMBERS... Issue
34 November/December 1987
28 pages, Issue 34 was quite a biggie, due mainly to
the fact that Deep Purple had finally got around to touring
the UK! I use the word tour in its broadest sense. Having frozen
the UK out in '85, they now did just a couple of the UK sheds
- plus the fabulous Playhouse in Edinburgh. It's astonishing
and depressing as well to find everyone grumbling about the
fact that the set hadn't changed much (only three songs off
the new album) and also about the merchandise. As I write this
16 years on the exact same complaints fill the DPAS in-tray
after the 2003 tour...
I couldn't face Wembley so as well as a couple of UK gigs we
pushed the financial boat out and arranged a train trip to Paris
instead to catch the gigs there as we'd so enjoyed it in '85.
The gigs were generally excellent, even at the NEC where we
were stuck up at the side with cricked necks. The band played
a real blinder. I was on the edge of my seat in wonder from
the very start. As for the Playhouse, we won't even start on
the hair-raising snow-bound drive up to Scotland in the capable
hands of DPAS man Peter Judd - more memorable than the gig!
The magazine also took in the US tour in some detail - sadly
nowadays the Americans have become less willing to join a fan-club
so the feedback isn't as great. Also out Stateside was a new
video rounding up all the promo clips to date which came out
just as the mag went to print. The magazine had a lengthy looking
back feature devoted to Paice Ashton Lord, with the story of
the project, rare pics and memorabilia marking the tenth anniversary
of the band's album. Historians also helped put together a full
line-up guide to the many changing incarnations of Whitesnake
- something many of us were starting to get confused by! If
that wasn't eye-catching enough, there was a photo of DC with
Tawny's legs wrapped around him...
wise the issue rounded up the House Of Blue Light spin-off releases
and tour bootlegs alongside the usual collection of strange
releases and an array of Whitesnake 12" singles. For the magazine
cover we had one of our American readers send me a couple of
tour passes they'd done with. I borrowed the leather jacket
of one of the lads at the printers where I was freelancing,
photocopied the passes and stuck them on and mocked the cover
up. It was only in later years that I cursed not having put
an issue number on the front. The jacket's owner is still trying
to remove the glue. It was also the end of an era fan club wise
as my mother moved out of the old Herbert Road residence and
the historic homestead from where I still collected much of
the DPAS correspondence was flogged. Shame she didn't keep it,
the one next door just sold for well over £350K! Lastly, and
bringing us full circle, I notice a little cutting we slipped
in, which refers to a new Whitesnake member called Don't Airey...
34: DIGEST & INDEX
REVIEW : Birmingham NEC
: House Of Blue Light, US Tour & European Second Leg
: The 1987 Line Up & North American Tour
REVIEW : Whitesnake 1987
YORK / Ian Paice & Jon Lord
REVIEW : Super Drumming
NEC, March 8th 1987 - Live Review
played a devastating set. By the time they'd hit Dead Or Alive
things were unbelievably tight, Palcey laying it on the line
for all he was worth, the rest cooking around him. The sort
of show where you want to hit the rewind button just to make
sure you really had seen what you thought you'd seen. Blackmore
laughing, dancing, smiling and above all playing brilliantly.
From him the others take their cue, and it really was a show
It would almost be easier to describe the low spots than to
try & find the adjectives to cover the rest of It. Difficult
To Cure? Totally redundant once the crowd had drowned out Ritchie's
preamble. Lazy was a highpoint though, preceeded by some excellent
crashing chords as Ritchie tries to catch lan Paice out. By
Space Truckin' I'm almost exhausted and Jon's organ work just
carries me along. Yet even a show this good has its off moments
and Blackmore's closing solo is a real mess. Lordy had spent
ten minutes or so building up the momentum with some classic
keyboard work, then Ritchie came in and wrecked it all with
a dreadful solo, made worse by the useless quad effects from
the berk on the mixer. This
came as a real let-down to the show; I've never heard it as
that ended, the pain level subsided, and the batteries are recharged
for a long encore, with Black Night - which has now become a
chance for the crowd to join in, then Smoke On The Water, a
number I don't normally enjoy, but which actually managed to
achieve a little of the grandeur it's lost since it turned into
near parody of itself. Finally a strange medley of bits and
pieces including Running Bear and Knees Up Mother Brown! By
now Blackmore and Glover are racing at one another across the
stage and closed the show on top of the PA at each side. The
crowd are ecstatic and lan Glllan spends ages shaking hands
from the stage long after the others have gone. The closing
music fills the hall and as the people drift out, I realise
we've been extremely lucky to have been there and why after
seventeen years, despite all the ridiculous politics which surround
the band they still remain the best rock band around.
House Of Blue Light Tour, USA, & European Second Leg -
you enjoyed seeing them as much as me here. Sadly I feel this
may be the last time. I say this because the band are not playing
to sold out houses, many were half full according to Roger.
He also said the band were in a trough right now and needed
something big to give them a lift and get them out of it. Also,
the crowd response to the new material has been terrible. Even
through the lengthy songs like Child In Time, Difficult To Cure
and Space Truckin' the crowds seemed to get very restless. Roger
said he'd wanted to record House Of Blue Light sort of live
in front of fifty or so people in Stowe, but the record company
wouldn't allow it. When we asked Roger about the next studio
album and tour, he sort of shrugged his shoulders and mumbled
"I don't know. We'll see". Jason Chepeka.
managed to bust his finger during an over enthusiastic guitar
smash in Phoenix on May 30th and so the remainder of the tour
had to be cancelled, some fifteen dates or so. The band were
back in action after what was probably a welcome break with
shows in Oslo and Helsinki, which were intended to make up for
them being missed out earlier in the year. The main reason for
the return to Europe was to do a couple of big festivals in
Germany at the end of August. From there it was down to Italy
where after several earlier cancellations they played in early
September. The set had reverted back to include Bad Attitude
by the way, with some of the shows being taped. One member reckons
every gig was getting recorded towards the end of the tour!
Certainly a lot of the US shows were being recorded, though
we don't know as yet if they were routinely taping each night
or not, A live album will be selected from this material, it's
going to be a difficult LP to assemble too track wise, or else
the comparisons with Made In Japan will certainly be made.
Band Line-Up & Tour- News
line-up of the "band" caused me some confusion, but it seems
to have sorted itself out. Anyway, Tommy Aldridge (drums) and
Rudy Sarzo (bass), both from Quiet Riot (and both with Ozzy
Osbourne for a time) did the Still Of The Night video shoot.
Sarzo only arranged to do Whitesnake's US support tour, but
Coverdale managed to get him to stay on for the rest of the
world tour. Adrian Vandenburg did some guitar on the album (though
the majority of it is John Sykes) and he is now in full time.
Don Airey was shipped in to do the keybpoards, and there were
other assorted guests and session musicians on It. Finally Coverdale
got in Vivian Campbell, Dio's old side-kick on guitar.
hit the road opening for Motley Crue in America in June/July
with a 45 minute slot based around the last two albums. Slide
It In by the way benefited from the chart action of the new
one and actually reappeared in the US charts. It's fairly obvious
that the support idea was arranged well before the album zoomed
up the charts, by the time they were on tour Whitesnake could
have been headlining.
1987 - Album Review
: Whitesnake 1987 EMI EMC 3528 : UK : 1987
"Like Gary Moore's band, or Blizzard Of Oz, Whitesnake are now
a replaceable backing band, but this album was written while
they were still a proper group. While I think It's probably
my favourite by them to date, it still contains too many fillers.
"Still Of The Night" is the best track, even If it does rip
off Zeppelin's Rock'n Roll. It's a new direction for them and
a much more adventurous effort than many. I was it surprised
it did so well as a single too as it's so long, and unlike normal
fodder. "Bad Boys" is a rabble rouser. "Give
Me All Your Love" is a real filler, it could be off any
of their albums. "Looking For Love" is great. Slow,
with mournful lyrics, it's got a great vocal. On side two we
get the redone "Crying In The Rain". I prefer the
original on Saints 'n Sinners, this lacks atmosphere. "Is
This Love"strikes me as being soppy rather than emotional.
The remainder of the album is rarely above average, "Straight
From The Heart" sounds recycled, only "Don't Turn
Away" comes out of it well.
On the singles, "Here I Go Again : 87" is very like
the original, I don't really see why they bothered. "Your
Gonna Break My Heart Again" on the 12" is rather better
than some of the album tracks in my opinion. In all, some tracks
are among the best that he's done, but too many are substandard.
I would appreciate some variation in subject matter, most of
it being to do with horizontal pursuits as ever. However it
has prompted me to get back into the albums again, though the
chance of him ever doing that definitive LP seen to disappearing."
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PAICE & JON LORD with Pete York
Drumming - Album Review
YORK PRESENTS SUPER DRUMMING Global 303 088 : Germany :
This double LP is based on the German TV series 'Super Drumming'..
It contains loads of tracks taped by guest drummers on the programme,
recorded in February1987. lan Paice is allocated two numbers,
'lan's Shuffle', and 'Threezenuff', a total of just over six
minutes. The studio band lay down a simple riff and let Paicey
get on with it. A bit hard for him to come in cold and blaze
away, but both are enjoyable. Cozy
fans should note that he appears too, doing 'Killer', 'Dance
With The Devil', and a duel with Pete York on one other track.
gets on the front and back covers too, but there are small pics
of lan on the front, and inner gatefold too.
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in the magazine...
Of Blue Light Tour News & Reviews...Video News....IGB Live At
The Rainbow video review...
Compact Disc reviews.....Paice Ashton Lord special feature....Whitesnake
news....Vintage Deep Purple album reviews.....
Vinyl Reviews, including Deep Purple 1987 Bootleg reviews....Questions
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