18, and the Rainbow saga began to descend into farce.
We'd broken the news of Dio leaving the previous issue.
Nobody believed us, but now the search for a new singer
was made public. As was Blackmore's liaison with Runaways
guitarist Lita Ford. The man in black had also made
many people's Christmas by guesting with Gillan at a
show in London. Elsewhere the prospect of a band with
Robin Trower, Ian Paice, Paul Rodgers and Jim Dewer
sounded very promising, but sadly only lasted for one
rehearsal. Gillan tried to lure Paicey back with an
audition, while the Japanese album had landed - well
at least a tape of it, as the vinyl was selling so fast
importers simply couldn't get enough copies Feature
wise we dived in with a series detailing Lord's classical
works, which was to run for three issues. We were still
underwhelmed by Whitesnake's first proper album and
so skipped the special London shows in March, which
got mixed reviews. The magazine ran to twelve pages
with a glossy print of Blackmore stapled in. Moments
after taking the pic, a bouncer threatened me with GBH
if I didn't put the camera away. The good old days!
EIGHTEEN : DIGEST & INDEX
: Roger Glover & Don Airey
REVIEW : The Marquee Club, London
REVIEW : Gillan (Japanese Album)
REVIEW : Sheffield Polytechnic Union
REVIEW : Düsseldorf, Germany
:Ian Paice...Purple Compilation LP...
Glover & Don Airey
departure was made official in late January 1979. The keyboard
spot was filled over Christmas by Don Airey, who was pianist
for Cozy Powell's Hammer back in 1974. It came as something
of a surprise to learn that Roger Glover had been drafted in
to help write material, and also to handle production chores.
Cozy sneaked back to Britain and sat in on a session for Gary
Moore on The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC TV) on January 12th.
London. 27th December 1978 - Live
also spent Christmas in Britain, probably to check out vocalists.
He did take the chance to sneak down to Gillan's opening date
at The Marquee, and join in for an encore. Blackmore also asked
Gillan to join Rainbow. Ian said no, but in return asked Blackmore
to join his band! But Ritchie, according to Gillan, wants to
start at the top, and work from America, whereas Gillan wants
to begin at the bottom and work his way up. Some of you were
lucky enough to be at The Marquee on the night in question (gnashes
were all at the front, crushed, waiting for an encore, when
the whole place erupted. It was Blackmore. He just walked out,
smelt Steve Byrd's armpit, plugged in, and started.. He didn't
replace Byrd, just joined in. He broke into 'Lucille', it was
total bliss." Terry.
- Album Review
It's good! Right from the word go it's clear that this is a
new band, and a new Gillan (or at least the old one revitalised!)
Back is the raw, rough and ready sound which the IGB never had,
and which Purple lost after 'Fireball'. The band haven't the
technique or skill of Purple, but, by keeping things simple
and doing straightforward songs with a minimum of solos they
get away with it nicely. Compare this to 'Long Live..' or 'Trouble'
and see how dated they sound.
Polytechnic Union, February 1979 -
a horrible HM disco, Gillan appeared to the usual Towns build-up.
The sound and mix was terrible. In 'Child In Time' Gillan sang
his part nicely, but the pratting about the stage which followed
from the bassist and guitarist killed me off. The guitarist
did bugger-all all night, except play rhythm, and some noises
to open 'Smoke..'. 'Abbey of Thelema' provided one of the few
memorable moments, with some knock-out quiet singing. I don't
know...I've been playing the album over and over, yet I still
get nothing out of the same stuff live...
band, officially now just ‘Gillan’ (but try telling promoters
that!) did a three night stint at The Marquee, complete with
‘I Spent Christmas With Gillan’ balloons! Then in late Jan through
to Feb, the group took on a wide-ranging UK Tour. The ‘Gillan’
album, which has been out in Japan for some months, wasn’t out
to benefit from the tour though, because Ian couldn’t find a
label to issue it! After some gigs in Spain, the group returned
to the studios in London to complete some new tracks.
to the top
14th February 1979 - Live Review
were supporting Nazareth, and they drew only 2000 people – the
hall will hold 5000. About a third of the crowd had only come
for Whitesnake, and left after they’d been on. It opened with
‘Come On’ and ‘Might Just Take Your Life’, where Bernie sang
Glenn’s old part. He’s not the greatest guitarist technically,
or a very imaginative player, but it was good straight to the
point stuff, and enjoyable. But ‘Mistreated’ has too many memories,
and I think they should leave it alone. It’s not made for a
fat chunky Les Paul sound, but the intricate strat solos we
know and love.” Werner Gortz
touring Germany in late January and February, as support, they
played a one-off benefit gig at the Hammersmith Odeon on March
3rd. ‘The Time Is Right For Love’ came out as a single in the
UK around the same time, with a live b-side, which is a foretaste
for the next album. Personally I think it’s too early for a
live album, look at the duffer Rainbow came up with.
Trower has jacked in his last band, and is currently trying
to form a new one, to get into a much heavier style of music,
rather than his recent laid back US material. On December 11th
1978 he had a practise session at the Soundhouse rehearsal studio
in London with the following line-up: - Robin Trower, Ian Paice,
Paul Rodgers, Jim Dewer. Good eh? However Trower is trying to
get Ainsley Dunbar in to drum, or Reg Isadore (his original
drummer, which seems silly)
Purple, The Mark 2 Purple Singles -
abysmal compilation issued in a limited edition (though no one
seems to know how limited) and on purple vinyl. Edited tracks
from ’24 Carat Purple’, ‘Powerhouse’, and ‘Singles A’s & B’s’,
yes folks, it’s a sampler for the compilation albums!
to the top
in the magazine...Blackmore's Taurus Pedal-Synthesiser...Jon Lord
& The Classics, Part One,
Artwoods to Concerto.....Deep Purple Gig -List, 1970..... Gillan &
Whitesnake live reviews....
Kirby 'Compositions' review (Ian Paice session)... plus more..
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