26 November 1982
Issue 26 followed quite quickly, and began to see our
page count creeping up - 22 pages this time. Again this issue
was given free to older members to help make up for the swindle
Concert Publishing had tried to pull on them. Glossy paper
throughout and even a bit of spot-colour on a couple of pages.
The downside of getting it done at a bargain price at the
printers though was having to wait for machine time - still,
it enabled me to add an extra two pages! Just for fun we even
reprinted a reduced version of our first issue inside too.
were also facing eviction from our flat, it had been condemned
by the housing authorities. Grotty it may have been, but it
was home. Yes it had a spring in the front cellar but water
features were in even back then! Confidence in living next
door to a Police station was dented only once by a burglary
(the CID spent most of their time chatting about Black Night
and asking if I could get them any dope). Our Rachman landlord
was apparently supposed to offer us alternate accommodation
but we didn't know this, and feared the worst. Perhaps it
was time to see if we dare put a foot on the next rung of
the property ladder?
issues, Kerrang had asked me to do a Tommy Bolin story for
them, and we were expressing our amazement at the response
this had attracted. Sometimes I feel I should have tried to
do more in the way of outside journalism, but I found it very
hard to write about subjects I wasn't interested in. I still
get people commenting kindly on the Bolin feature two decades
on, more so than on anything else I've penned for the press.
of writing, there was also news of the first book on Purple
which was about to get underway. It was annoying to find that
the publishers were ones who'd turned down the idea when we
suggested it the year before, but still good news that something
was on the cards at last.
of Issue 26 reflected a two page feature on Purple Records
inside, detailing the label's full singles schedule from 1971
to 1978, and was followed by the conclusion of the lengthy
Mk 3 story. As for the bands, Rainbow were giving it large
across America touring the Straight Between The Eyes album,
and doing quite well with it by all accounts. The UK wasn't
included, though as the album was fairly poor, interest, at
least in DPAS towers, was waning. HM rivals Whitesnake were
about to launch their new album, half taped with the previous
lineup, but were facing a struggle after over a year off the
road. Lord wasn't happy with the situation while Paicey had
already cleared off and was biding his time with Gary Moore.
I couldn't stand the records, so passed on the chance to see
him with them live. Another five pages of new and rare vinyl
were topped by the most serious reunion stories so far. Despite
the lack of official news, we felt we ought to piece together
what we'd found out. Gillan had announced a break from touring
to let his throat heal after surgery, and it looked like this
was in preparation for a full-blown reunion in mid-1983. In
the end this was held up for a year and Gillan took the gig
with Sabbath to keep himself busy.
to look back twenty years and realise we've been risking the
wrath of band and managers now for so long! Our policy has
been that if we're certain news is correct, isn't breaking
any confidences and isn't commercially sensitive, then we
think people should be told. We've always come from the fans
side on this and always will.
26: DIGEST & INDEX
REVIEW : Allentown Fairgrounds, USA
REVIEW : Living For The City & Long Gone (singles)
REVIEW : Magic
REVIEW : Castle Donnington
: Band To Be Put On Hold
: New Line Up
NEWS : Saints & Sinners
REVIEW : Before I Forget
: Reunion Rumours
Canada & Japan - Tour News
what's the "axe wielding dictator" up to these days? While it's
been very quiet in Britain, Rainbow have been finally cracking
it in America. Janis Soper saw them up in Canada on June 7th
- "The Scorpions came on around 9 and put on a good show, but
I think Rainbow were better. Turner looked like your typical
HM singer but Glover surprised me decked out in a white suit
and hat, like a southern yankie gentleman. He looked rather
silly; Blackmore (in black) looked extremely bored during the
first song, hung around the drums and didn't take his eyes off
the floor. Behind the band was a canvas sheet with eyes painted
on and lights flashing on it. In all honesty it looked pretty
terrible." Commercials for one show featured a snippet
from an interview with a NATO guy kidnapped by the Red Brigade,
telling how he was tortured by having to listen to hours of
Rainbow! After the US Tour the band hopped across to Japan.
They opened at the Osaka Festival Hall for three nights on October
12, and ended with a two night stint at the Tokyo Budokan on
October 22nd. Nonnie Hirochi reports a set consisting of Spotlight
Kid, Miss Mistreated, I Surrender, Can't Happen Here, Tearin'
Out My Heart, All Night Long, Stone Cold, Power, Difficult To
Cure, Long Live Rock'n'Roll / Hey Joe,
& Smoke On The Water.
Fairgrounds, June 15th 1982 - Live Review
Rainbow did a smallish (12/15 thousand) outdoor festival at
the Allentown Fairgrounds on June 15th, supported by The Scorpions
plus Riot. Lori Galloway called in sick at work and saw the
show there - "They played well but not brilliantly, solos kept
very short. Tracks were Spotlight Kid, Miss Mistreated, I Surrender,
Can't Happen Here, Stone Cold, Tearin' Out My Heart, Beethoven's
9th, All Night Long, Power, Long Live & Smoke On The Water for
an encore with all guitars kept intact.
On June 25th the same bill were playing Providence Rhode Island,
at the Civic Centre. What inspired me to drive 500 miles there
I dunno (lies - ed), but the show was better than Allentown
although the crowd was young and uneducated. Ritchie must have
known as he didn't have to try too hard to please them. Two
huge swiveling eyes with spotlights that shone out of them came
down during Spotlight Kid, and there was also a backdrop of
the sleeve with eyes glowing during Stone Cold. They used a
fair number of fireworks up too, and Ritchie left out Beethoven.
Ritchie attempted to bust his guitar but after the neck came
off he couldn't dent the body. After the show I booked into
a hotel nearby which turned out to be the one the band had chosen.
I saw Ritchie later in the bar looking bored. I though he'd
fallen asleep at one point until I saw he was after a bowl of
peanuts which he lined up on the edge of the table and proceeded
to flick at passers by."
For The City / Long Gone - Singles
Living For The City / Breaking Chains. Virgin VS 519: Aug 20th
1982 UK: pic sleeve
First taster for the new album was this cover of a Stevie Wonder
song. Quite a powerful rendition too, though it lacks a little
sparkle to lift it above the ordinary. The cover has a painting
of Ian's head looking over a city.
Living For The City / Purple Sky. Virgin VS 519: Aug 1982 UK
Probably pushed out to try and give the a-side a little extra
chart clout, with a pic disc copied from the other 7" sleeve,
adding another non-album b-side. 'Purple Sky' is a better track
than 'Breaking Chains', with one or two interesting passages
in it, but nothing really stunning.
Long Gone / Fiji. Virgin VS 537: Oct 1982 UK: pic sleeve
The a-side (from the LP) I really like. An even bigger surprise
was the quality of the b-side, the third non-LP flip, and an
excellent track. Very simple but instantly likeable. The sleeve
is an elaborate gatefold affair with a cut out hand shape on
Magic - Album Review
Magic. Virgin V2238 : Sept 1982 : UK
got the new Gillan album and it's all left me pretty fed up.
The first song - 'What's The Matter' works well as a set opener.
'Bluesy Blue Sea' has grown on me so that it's OK rather than
rubbish but it'll be a pain live. 'Caught In A Trap' has a great
start from lan and Colin. lan's lyrics are head and shoulders
above anyone else's in this field. Colin's solo too is exciting
and different. 'Driving Me Wild' starts like a Foreigner song
and seems pretty uninspired for a Gillan/Towns composition,
until they reach the "what can you do" bit where things get
a bit meatier with another good keyboard solo. The lyrics to
'Demon Driver' put me off before I'd even heard it. A good heavy
beginning leads into some typical Gillan style music - the ending
I can't stand. 'Living A Lie' confuses me, sort of an up tempo
'When A Blind Man Cries' but I really miss lan's soft vocals
- which would have suited this. Overall maybe I expected too
much with all those credits for Gillan/Towns tracks." Mike
Donnington, 21st August 1982 - Live
opener ('What's The Matter') was just another Gillan
opener. You know the stuff, no real tune just 'Unchain Your
Brain' with different lyrics. The band started up alone then
lan strode on in his navy strides and t-shirt topped with his
sawn off Sgt. Pepper patched levis. For the third song lan introduced
an "oldie we've never done before but which you might recognise"
- 'Black Night'. I couldn't believe it at first and cringed,
but then I really enjoyed it. They did it well but why? They're
rapidly becoming our best band on vinyl but blow it live by
a lousy choice of songs. 'No Laughing In Heaven' is a goodie
but the joke is wearing a bit thin. No complaints with 'Born
To Kill' and 'M.A.D' was excellent. Problem is this was followed
by Janick Gers' solo. I won't harp on about how annoying the
guy is to watch but once again he ruined the show for me. Gillan
were the only group to get two encores, the first was excellent
- Towns on stage alone inciting 40,000 people to clap along
to his boogie piano before turning it into 'No Easy Way' (followed
by a storming 'Lucille') was great. Not a bad end to a mixed
set, but they had to come back and do 'Smoke..'. Still I look
forward to the tour, and hopefully the chance to stand behind
someone/thing big enough to obscure my view of the guitarist;
" Neil Jeffries
(The Band) To Be Put On Hold
we go to press Ian has just confirmed that the current UK tour
will be his last for some time. He has had a throat problem
diagnosed which needs a complete rest otherwise his voice could
be permanently affected. In fact he was advised to cancel the
UK tour but decided not to. The band will take a break for around
a year after which he'll see how things are.
I had a brief chat with lan after the Gillan show in Sheffield,
and he agreed to write out a little note to explain the current
situation himself (reproduced here).
Lineup - News
the best part of a year Whitesnake should be getting themselves
back on the road about now. The Daily Mirror announced that
he Jimmy Page had joined, along with Cozy Powell. As we didn't
even know Paicey had left this came as a shock. This latter
part was soon confirmed, both Paice and Murray finding their
role with Gary Moore more than just another session. Back on
the guitar side Jon let slip that the new guitarist was someone
so good they didn't need to audition. Was this a reference to
Page, or the fact that they weren't having a new guy in but
merely an old one returning to the fold? Micky Moody did the
honours, to be joined by Mel Galley. This was a turn up, and
could be quite interesting as he's a somewhat heavier player
than Marsden judging by his Trapeze work. The bass spot was
filled by Colin Hodgkinson, a similar player to Neil Murray
in some ways. The new album, 'Saints & Sinners' has just
appeared. The sleeve gives little away, but the basic tracks
are those done with the old line up. Coverdale re-did the vocals
more recently with some help from Galley. It might have been
more honest to hang on and do a new one, but there'd be nothing
to tie in with the tour then.
and Paice debuted with Moore at the Marquee Club back in August
just prior to the Reading Festival, two tracks from which were
issued on a free EP issued inside the album. Bemie Marsden's
SOS have been opening sets with Shadow Of The Blues and closing
with Come On, without a single song off his solo albums!
& Sinners - Album Details
Saints & Sinners. Liberty LBG 30354: November 1982 : UK
October 1981 & summer 1982 at Rock City, Shepperton and
Clearwell. Vocals and mixing were done at Battery Studio in
band ground to a halt during recording, Coverdale feeling that
the others were not giving him enough support. He put the band
on ice to rethink. Marsden left to form SOS, and was replaced
by Galley who overdubbed some guitar. Moody left but returned.
During the lay-off Paice and Murray did Gary Moore's LP and
left, their work on the album remained untouched. Cozy Powell
and Colin Hodgkinson replaced them by the time it came out."
from The DPAS Discography Vol.2, (still available from the online
I Forget - Album Review
On A Feeling' is a lovely song, all about Jon stealing Glenn's
girlfriend during Mk 4 Purple days. 'Bach Onto This' is what
Jon refers to as a piece of eight minute madness -the old Hammond
swirling and letting rip. Great Stuff. 'Before I Forget' is
the best track off the album, and one of the best things any
member of Purple has ever done I think. 'Say It's Alright' sounds
like a combination of every Radio 2 ballad I've ever heard.
'Burntwood' is very like Aria off Sarabande. Overall a good
album, with some lovely piano on the last track to finish with,
and very Ashton like vocals from Elmer Gantry". Richard Poustie.
photo:Olympic Rock & Blues Circus 1981,Thomas Meyer
Rumours - News
we're making fools of ourselves but there's something going
on. The most obvious point of interest is Ritchie's conditional
blessing for such an event. The conditions being no recording
and no band-waggoners, because lets face it it's every ligger's
dream. Anyway Jon Lord recently zoomed across to Europe to chat
with Ritchle and Roger on the subject, while one European promoter
who has handled Rainbow and Whitesnake in the past has seen
fit to provisionally book one or two large venues - Denmark,
Sweden, Germany etc. The planned route would also take in Australia,
Japan, America and this country. Now, all this is pieced together
from bits & pieces various people have picked up and it's obviously
speculative. lan declined to comment when I asked him if he
wanted to say anything, but it could well be that he has to
rest his voice, and prepare himself, for what...?
It all gets just a little scary when you think it might come
off after all this time, and it'll be little short of pandemoneum
too. Anyway, we'll just settle down and see what develops.
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