EDITOR REMEMBERS... Issue
41 May 1991
textured paper, but this time very appropriate as we took a
long look back at "Fireball", it being twenty years on (and
I needed something to cheer me up).
"S&M" fever had abated and people had become used to the idea,
and with the group now on the road, reviews were flooding in.
Again, reaction was mixed. I reckon we struck the balance about
right in our coverage, trying to be fair and present the for
and against letters, hoping that a healthy debate was better
than sliding into a terminal rant. I'd actually forgotten until
writing this that I went down to one of the London shows. I
can recall bits of the first show at Manchester quite well,
but very little about London remains. Other than sizing up the
poster outside the hall (with that dodgy girl off the single
sleeve on) and deciding I couldn't be bothered to nick it...
oh and Steve Grover's leaky lilo! After Manchester, Ann didn't
even want to go, and stayed home.
from that I was chained to the drawing board over Christmas
finishing up the artwork for the revised edition of The Anthology,
a compilation which must have done something right - it remains
on catalogue 15 years later! Then it was straight on to the
second of the Blackmore Rock Profiles. Funnily enough, I saw
a copy for an inflated price over in Southport just a few days
of nice rare records reviewed this issue too (I could always
take my mind off things by marveling at fab foreign pic sleeves),
as well as numerous promotional bits and bobs for the "S&M"
was some sad news in the issue though; the arrest for performing
a lewd act (or blinding a punter - I can't quite recall which!)
in Canada of Mitzi, the ping-pong star immortalised by Ian Gillan
41: DIGEST & INDEX
: Slaves & Masters
REVIEWS : Manchester & Hammersmith
REVIEW : Love Conquers All
NEWS : Fire Ice & Dynamite
: Back In The Studio
: Film Soundtrack & Jimmy Page
: Solo Album Delayed
& Masters Promotion & Tour Rehearsals - News
the press launch Jon Lord was given the main promo round, which
he did in October, adding Australia in November. Turner and
Glover did a Rockline radio show in America, Nov 19th, where
JLT said he hoped to persuade the band to do Pictures Of Home
on stage, as he felt it was a neglected classic. Too Much Is
Not Enough was a song Turner had prepared for his next solo
album, stalled at the writing stage when he got the Purple audition.
The credit to Billy Squier on the S&M sleeve can now be explained
too. The band had done work on a song in New York, and Ritchie
arrived one day keen to lay on some guitar, but didn't have
his gear with him. Squier, in the studio next door, gave them
an amp and a selection of guitars to choose from. The song was
eventually dropped but they gave him a name check anyhow. At
the end of the radio show Roger and JLT did a live take of King
Of Dreams on air, with Roger providing acoustic guitar to accompany
Joe (and sounding very Fleetwood Mac/Green Manalishi-like about
it). I'm indebted to Shari York of the JLT fan-club for sending
me a tape of the show.
January the group assembled in Thamesmead to rehearse their
stage-show. The full laser show was installed and the whole
thing kept very much hush hush, which is how come we only found
out the second week! Joe Lynn Turner said they rehearsed Fireball
and Too Much Is Not Enough, neither of which made the show in
Apollo, Manchester. 10th March 1991 - Live Review
own first sighting of the band came when they opened their British
tour in Manchester. As
the closing chords of Smoke On The Water died away we were off,
beaten only by the band whose lime swept past us as we came
out the door. It had been without doubt the worst Purple show
I've ever been to. Even during the 76 fiasco Paice & Lord had
combined to punish the senses but tonight they all performed
in a lacklustre fashion that made me think it was all over.
The four of then just seemed to remain almost motionless and
Joe struggled to bring some life to the proceedings.
Inexplicably, as Lazy piped up, the power of old returned to
blaze gloriously for around fifteen minutes or so. It lasted
well into Highway Star, long enough for Blackmore to suddenly
let rip with a scorching solo. It petered out for me after that
but the rest of the show seemed to at least please the crowd
even if I'd lost interest again. We went to stand at the back
of the hall for the encore - yes they did do one - an obligatory
Smoke On The Water with a brief drum solo from Paicey. I'd envisaged
all sorts of feelings about the band before the show, but I
never expected to be bored.
Apollo, London. 14-16th March 1991 - Live Reviews
"Manchester was awful, I was really depressed. I bet you
had some bad reviews afterwards. In London we expected the worst
but Blackmore actually played. During the middle of one song
he took the volume down and played some remarkable stuff, Ian
Paice was the biggest disappointment, he had some of the old
fire but it appeared he couldn't wait to get the whole thing
over with. Joe Lynn. Going 'Aarrgh' for prolonged periods and
playing bongos may be passé but it's also a crucial element
of the Deep Purple we love, as was Ian's stage presence and
leadership. Joe has a negative presence. The band have no front
man, no focal point." John
"I was starting to think this Turner thing was OK until tonight.
Bad mistake though doing Yesterday, it really divided the audience
and brought out the hecklers. Being seated further back made
me aware of how unsuited his voice seemed to be on the older
material. Bloke in front of me just kept shaking his head in
sorrow." Richard Taylor
say I'm glad I went. The band were playing with a feeling of
fun which had been missing at Wembley back in 1987. I enjoyed
the looseness and relaxed feel to the set. Yes, I wished it
had been Ian up there but Joe Lynn won the crowd over. If they
can transfer some of the new energy and enthusiasm show at this
show onto vinyl then they will have a future." Chris Inkpen
Conquers All - Single
Conquers All / Truth Hurts - Slow Down Sister.
UK / Europe : March 1991 [cat. no. in text]
A multi format push to get the band high in the UK charts in
time for the tour; it didn't work, despite what I'm told was
a lot of Radio 1 airplay. There's a feeling in the record business
that the band are no longer very fashionable, which permeates
from RCA right down to record shops, few of whom stocked this
once the inevitable chart return freebies had gone. There
was a two track 7", a two track cut out shape RCA PT 49224
(Made In Germany), a three track poster sleeve 12" RCA PT
491212 (Made In The UK) and a three track picture 5" CD.
Not yet seen is a cassette version or a normal 12". The
extra unissued track on the 12" & CD was SLOW DOWN
SISTER. This begins promisingly enough and then somehow the
tapes get muddled up with Stormbringer - well, in all honesty
can you spot the difference?
'Yesterday they played 'Love Conquers All' on Radio Metro. Not
having bought the album I didn't realise at first who the record
was by, so after the first few bars I ignored it as the work
of some boring AOR rock group, When the announcer mentioned
the name of Deep Purple I asked my girlfriend what he'd been
saying about them; she replied that they had just played their
new single! I had to write and get this off my chest, When you
listen to the "classical" opening sequences on tracks like Burn
and others, Ritchie and Jon pour out huge arpeggio runs - that's
Deep Purple, Here it's so nice and careful, In places Blackmore
sounds like he's trying to do a Brian May, trouble is May does
it much better (even if it is always the same), My all time
musical hero and influence is Jon Lord - what is this bland
eurosynth backing he gives us here? Depressing, The bass and
drums appear to be half dead and could be anybody, As for JLT,
well he sings it very well but that's all, which is why he shouldn't
be here, Purple was (note past tense) about excitement, power
and emotion, Other thoughts; the sleeve is appalling, so naff
as to be laughable. Nice one putting the 7' edit on the 12"
too.' John Hilton.
Not often we get three page reviews of singles these days. Just
another example of how the current stuff is tearing people apart.
As Mike Galway put it recently to me, no matter how much we
pretend not to care, we still do.
Ice & Dynamite - News
FIRE, ICE & DYNAMITE Ariola 211 LP/261 CD 149 : Germany:
the fact that the album contains an unreleased Deep Purple track
isn't too widely known. Purple contributed an album left over
which they renamed FIRE, ICE & DYNAMITE. Anyway, it's more in
the S&M mould, though some reckon it to be rather livelier.
It's quite good in the drum department too, so Paice fans are
advised to seek it out. I thought it was gong to end up on a
b-side but so far it hasn't.
In The Studio - News
Briefly back to his NAKED THUNDER tour, Ian wanted to drop Smoke
from the set list and replace it with NO NO NO - maybe next
time. The band also tried doing NOT RESPONSIBLE but it didn't
work out too well. Steve Morris kept doing MORNING DEW during
rehearsals but couldn't entice Ian into doing it during the
did a show in Athens on Sat. Sept 19th, and I managed to get
the job as interpreter, At one point King Of Dreams came over
the radio, I told Ian what it was and he listened closely, 'It's
formula, pop music, but good, I hope it does well for them,
' he said. After a while though he added 'why aren't I singing
on this record?' The gig itself was great though." Stathis.
As for Ian's current employment, Ian has been writing extensively
over the past few months. One report says he's done some work
with a Leslie West of Mountain. He's also done some demo's with
Neil Murray (who you may know is out of Black Sabbath, with
Geezer B. back in along with Ronnie Dio) and Bernie Torme has
been helping him out too. I'm not sure if any of the Naked Thunder
crowd will be part of the new one. He's aiming at a September
release time. Finally,
do you really want to know that the Moonshiners bassist turned
up in Brookside again just before Christmas? Thought not!
Eastwood & Jimmy Page - News
With Whitesnake now in abeyance, things have been fairly quiet
on the Coverdale front. There are still warnings of a Whitesnake
live album, culled from recordings made on the last tour.
David Coverdale has followed up his performance of 'The Last
Note Of Freedom' from the Days Of Thunder movie with a track
called 'You Can Never Forget Where You Come From' which has
been added to the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood's movie The Rookie.
was scheduled to appear in London on the third day of the Brit
Rock Festival, with Thunder backing him, on Jan. 20th. He cancelled,
pleading flu according to BBC Radio One. Meanwhile, the latest
stories have him teaming up with Jimmy Page in America. Stranger
things have happened I suppose.
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Solo Album - News
album was finished around November 1990 but when tapes went
out to one or two sources the feedback suggested changes were
needed. He was due in the studio on January 2nd 1991 to tape
two new songs in a heavier vein. How this affects his touring
I'm not sure, other than to delay it. He had hoped to be on
the road promoting it by now. Possible candidates for the group
included Geoff Downes, Pat Thrall, Mel Galley and Dave Holland.
Coverdale actually offered Glenn a slot on his proposed solo
tour of Europe this year but Glenn declined.
has however taped two songs with David Coverdale. Originally
these were to be done in London Jan 21/22 when David was over
for the Brits show but after he pulled out Glenn flew over to
LA and they were done there. They're not scheduled for inclusion
on his solo album, Meanwhile royalty money should start flowing
if and when a song written and performed by Glenn called HAUNTED
turns up on the soundtrack for HIGHLANDER 2 which is out now
at the Cinemas. There have also been tentative plans for a PHENOMENA
3 but without Tom Galley, and another HUGHES/THRALL album. I
personally feel his fans don't care WHAT comes out, but if they
have to wait much longer they'll go crazy!
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in the magazine...
Purple, 1991 European Tour reviews ...... Ritchie Blackmore books
.... Deep Purple: The Anthology....
Fireball, 20th Anniversary Feature..... Ritchie Blackmore, Rock Profile
Vol.2 ..... Rainbow, Live In Germany 1976..... Episode Six news ....
video column .... questions & answers ..... vinyl & cd reviews
Deep Purple: Slaves & Masters reviews ..... Deep Purple singles
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