Charity auction Autographed speakers *2.07.12*
Deep Purple autographs

Over the past year, Planet Rock have been collecting signatures ona pair of KEF Reference Model 205/2 speakers to raise money for Childline Rocks. They're worth around £6000 brand new, but these special editions have been adorned by more than 30 signatures by rock artists, including Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Don AIrey.

For full details viist The auction (on eBay) finishes on 8th July.


Mick Underwood Mick Underwood's Glory Road   *updated 9.06.12*

The Purple Turtle in Camden, London hosted a rock show on 17th March 2012, including a set from Mick Underwood's Glory Road. The band features Rob Cooksley (v) Gary Summers (b) Roy Shipston (k) Jeff Summers (g) and ex Gillan drummer Mick Underwood. The set promised tracks from Mick's career in Gillan, Quatermass and Peace, plus a few surprises.

Glory Road played again at Merton Manor Club, South Wimbledon, London, on 7th April. Peter Mair reports that it was "a very enjoyable evening of mainly Gillan classics. I hope Mick's new venture gets the attention it deserves. So good to hear these classics again played by a top notch band. The crowd numbered perhaps 60 / 70 tops but that didn't prevent everyone having a jolly good night out! Set list as follows to the best of my recollection: Trouble / Sleeping on the Job / She Tears Me Down / Living for the City / MAD / [Quartermass number I wasn't familiar with] / Mr Universe / Glory Road (new song) / Vengeance / On the Rocks / Whole lotta Love ~ Drum solo. Encore: New Orleans."

The band have a new website at which mentions a new UK show at The Peel, Kingston, on 16th June.


Joe Bonamassa Driving Towards The Daylight  *4.04.12*
Joe Bonamassa's new studio album “Driving Towards The Daylight”

Black Country Communion guitarist Joe Bonamassa's new studio album “Driving Towards The Daylight” will be released in the UK on Monday 21st May by Provogue Records.

Produced by Kevin Shirley, the album reportedly highlights "Bonamassa’s signature style of blues, roots, and rock & roll". Musicians on the album include Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, ex Hughes Thrall man Pat Thrall, and ex Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin on guitar, with Anton Figg on drums (who has previously played sessions for Blackmore's Night).

“Driving Towards The Daylight” includes five Bonamassa-penned originals, and Bernie Marsden's "A Place In My Heart". On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit "Too Much Ain't Enough Love".

Stuart Hamilton#700232

Ronnie Dio Ronnie James Dio tribute album   *12.01.12*
Ronnie Dio

Ian Gillan, and Glenn Hughes are reported to be among a cast of rock stars who have signed up to be part of an upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the singer's widow and long-time manager Wendy Dio.

Other musicians include Rob Halford from Judas Priest, Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Dave Grohl from Nirvana / Foo Fighters.


Greg Smith Interview with Rainbow and Over The Rainbow bassist   *14.12.11*
Greg Smith

Jeff Cramer recently interviewed bassist Greg Smith about his time with Rainbow during the Stranger In Us All era, Joe Lynn Turner's band, and most recently Over The Rainbow.

The link is/

See also the DPAS rock family trees : Rainbow & Joe Lynn Turner


GMT UK tour    *2.11.11*
John McCoy playing live with GMT

GMT, featuring ex Gillan band members Bernie Torme and John McCoy have a new UK tour linde up for November 2011.

Thu 3 Nov Diamond Mansfield
Fri 4 Nov
Railway Music Venue Bolton
Sat 5 Nov The West Park Hotel Harrogate
Thu 10 Nov Boston Music Rooms, Boston Arms - Tufnell Pk-London
Fri 11 Nov Rio's Bradford
Sat 12 Nov Yardbirds Grimsby

DB #700228 (photo: John Rayner /

Guy McCoy Torme's two studio albums 'Bitter and Twisted' and 'Evil Twin', are available from dpas mailorder
Streetwalkers Pre-snake live   *12.09.11*
Streetwalkers album 1977

Seven live tracks have appeared on YouTube featuring the 1977 incarnation of ex-Family vocalist Roger Chapman's band Streetwalkers. The tracks feature David Dowle on drums and Brain Johnstone on Keyboards, both of whom joined Whitesnake for their debut "back to the roots" tour in 1978.

For more on early Whitesnake, see our Whitesnake family tree.

(The sleeve pictured on the left is the Streetwalkers 1977 album "Vicious But Fair", featuring David Dowle and Brian Johnstone)


Doogie White As Yet Untitled   *3.08.11*
Doogie White

Latter-day Rainbow vocalist Doogie White is due to release a solo album through Metal Mind Productions on 24th October 2011.The album carries the fabulously confusing name "As Yet Untitled', and features a glut of guest musicians plucked from the Deep Purple family tree; including Thomas Broman (ex Glenn Hughes band) on drums, Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion) and Tony Carey (ex Rainbow) on keyboards, and Neil Murray (ex Whitesnake) and Greg Smith (ex Rainbow) on bass.


Graham Bonnet Shockwaves  *4.05.11*
Graham Bonnet

Bob Nalbandian's latest Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast (#51) includes an interview with Rainbow's "Down To Earth" era vocailst Graham Bonnet, who is back in action with a brand new version of Alcatrazz.

The podcast is available to download from


Rainbow "Down To Earth" expanded edition is available from dpas mailorder
Gary Moore Gary Moore dead  *updated 8.02.11*
Gary Moore cd featuring Don AIrey

We are sad to report the death of guitarist Gary Moore, who passed away in his sleep during the early hours of Sunday 6th February.

Gary Moore played with a number of Deep Purple related musicians, including Ian Paice, Glenn Hughes, Don Airey, Neil Murray, Jimmy Bain, Craig Gruber, Bob Daisley and Tommy Aldridge. For more details see the Gary Moore page on our Deep Purple Family Tree.

The obituary at The Guardian newspaper site.

There's a mention on the DBB blog too.


Craig Gruber ED3N  *4.02.11*
Ed3n artwork

The AOR Heaven label have signed ED3N. a band formed in 2010 by ex-Elf, Rainbow, and Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber. As you can see, the band's artwork is more than a little reminiscent of the Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow album.

The other members are vocalist Jeff Fenholt, whose sang on Black Sabbath's “Seventh Star” sessions before Glenn Hughes was brought in, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio ,Heaven & Hell, Big Noize) on drums and Rowan Robertson (Dio) on guitars. ED3N's first album is due out May 2011 through AOR Heaven in Europe with a tour planned for June.


Graham Bonnet Lyraka Opera Project  *updated 22.12.10*
Lyraka Project

Graham Bonnet is doing vocals on four tracks from an upcoming fanstasy / rock /heavy metal opera project combining music and animation. Interestingly the cover art is by Ken Kelly, who did the Rainbow Rising sleeve art. This time he's done a buxom mermaid...

The first CD is out now and can be bought direct from the makers. You can read more and listen to tracks at the website

SR#7002063 (Thanks to Andy DiGelsomina for the news.)

(photo: Simon Robinson)

T.Lavitz Dixie Dregs keyboard player passes away   *13.10.10*
T Lavitz

Steve Morse's Dixie Dregs bandmate T.Lavitz sadly passed away on the night of 7 October 2010. Lavitz was first asked to join the Dixie Dregs in 1979, and first album with the band was "Dregs Of The Earth" in 1980. He continued to play with them right through to their most recent studio album "Full Circle" (1994) and the live DVD "Sects Dregs & Rock'n Roll" / "Cruise Control" from 2002.

or more info visit


Ronnie Dio Authorised photo book   *updated 27.08.10*
ronnie dio

There is an authorised photo book on Ronnie Dio due out in the Autumn,  which has some great material in. It is approved by Wendy Dio and a  donation from each copy sold will go to the Stand Up & Shout fund.

This can now be preordered from DPAS Mailorder and you can see a pre-production image at the DPAS blog.



(photo: Alan Perry)

Colin Towns The Wolves of Willoughby Chase   *24.08.10*
colin towns - wolves of willoughby chase cd cover

The official soundtrack to The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is becoming available on CD again. This was a 1989 film of a 1962 novel, and the music was all written and performed by Colin Towns. It was last available back in 1995. 20 tracks.

Due October 2010, it can be preordered at dpas mailorder


Joe Satriani Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards   *19.08.10*
Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani's 14th studio album “Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards” is due to be released in the UK on 4th October by Epic records. The album release dovetails Satch’s autumn UK tour, which kicks off on 17th October at the Manchester Apollo. .

Sunday October 17th

Manchester Apollo

Monday October 18th

Bristol Colston Hall

Tuesday 19th October

London HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Thursday 21st October

Newcastle City Hall

Friday 22nd October

Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

Saturday 23rd October

Birmingham Symphony Hall

MR#7002064 (with thenks to Peter Noble and Will Taylor)

Ronnie Dio Tribute podcast with Daisley and Gruber   *27.05.10*
Rainbow, first album cover

Bob Nalbandian's latest "Shockwaves Skullsessions" podcast has just been posted at Roadrunner Records. Listed as a special tribute to Ronnie James Dio, it features contributions from former Rainbow players Craig Gruber and Bob Daisley who "share some great stories and memories about Ronnie as they discuss the golden days of Elf and Rainbow throughout the decade of the‘70s and also Craig’s involvement with Black Sabbath in 1979 during the writing of the Heaven And Hell record."

MR #700225 (with thanks to Bob Nalbandian)

Bernie Marsden Acoustic blues but probably no sandwiches    *19.05.10*
bernie marsden

Covering Bernie Marsden's work schedule is not really within our remit, but we couldn't resist noting that our former Whitesnake axeman is bringing rock and roll to the hallowed portals of The National Trust later this year, playing at Nunnington Hall near York (well he's turning it down a bit, it's a concert of acoustic blues!), November 20th.

Tickets are £19 but "have you ever considered the benefits of joining the NT if you do so today we'll refund you your entrance money and you'll get our regular newsletters and other benefits and ... (continues for five minutes as a massive queue builds up and all you want to do is get to the cafe before they sell out of sandwiches)."

SR #700224 (Thanks to Timothy Campbell)

Ronnie James Dio Ronnie Dio passes away   *17.05.10*
ronnie dio

Ronnie James Dio died early on the morning of May 16th 2010. If one were to compile a list of the top musicians associated with Deep Purple, then I'm certain Ronnie would have been high on that list for many of us. An integral part of the early success of the embryonic Rainbow, his powerful voice and vision helped deliver performances which those lucky enough to have seen the first couple of tours the band did will never forget, while on record, that magical moment on the band's second album when he drops in with the "I see a rainbow rising" line still sends tingles down my spine whenever I play it (and even, as I write this, just thinking about it).

Moments like that will be his legacy for us at the DPAS even if for many younger rock fans, he may be more fully remembered fronting his own long running group Dio, his stint with Black Sabbath or the recent work with Heaven & Hell, a project which had it lasted longer promised to take him back to the top of the rock tree, as well as showing he'd lost none of his ability to command the stage.

There are some personal thoughts from Simon on the DTB blog.

SR #700228

Heaven & Hell European festival dates cancelled   *7.05.10*
Heaven and Hell album cover

Heaven & Hell have cancelled their proposed 2010 European festival dates (which were due to have included the High Voltage 2-dayer in London and the Bloodstock heavy metal 3-dayer in Derby.

An official statement on Tony Iommi's website states: "We have to announce that all forthcoming Heaven & Hell European shows have been cancelled as sadly Ronnie isn't well enough to tour this summer. We hope that everyone understands and want to thank fans and industry colleagues for their continuing support at this time."

And from RJD himself:-"I would like to voice my great disappointment on the cancellation of the Heaven And Hell summer tour. Wendy, my doctors and I have worked so hard to make it happen for all of you, the ones we care so much about, that this set back could be devastating, but we will not let it be. With your continued love and support, we... will carry on and thrive. There will be other tours, more music, more life and much more magic."

TS #700227

Whitesnake-ish Monsters Of British Rock  *25.04.10*
Micky Moody

Ex Whitesnake players Micky Moody and Neil Murray are going out on the road as "Monsters of Britsh Rock". The band also includes Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash) and Harry James (Thunder). They had apparently hoped to go out as "Moody & Murray's Whitesnake". Dates are:

29.05.2010 Rush Festival, Farnborough Football Club, England
12.06.2010 Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England
13.06.2010 Salle de la Poudrière, Leffrinckoucke (near Dunkirk), France
19.06.2010 The Amphitheatre, South Shields, England
17.07.2010 Thunder Music and Bike Festival, Powderham Castle, England
07.08.2010 Cambridge Rock Festival, England
29.08.2010 Upton Festival, England

NY #700230

M3 'Rough & Ready - Classic Whitesnake' featuring Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, Neil Murray and Dougie White is still available from dpas mailorder on both CD and DVD.
DPAS Darker Than Blue 60  *16.04.10*
cigarette stub

The cheek of some DPAS members. Max Thomas in Germany has emailed to tell us he's given up smoking in the hope that this will enable him to live long enough to see out his new DTB subscription!

Whisper it quietly, but there are rumours from DPAS towers that one of the reasons for the extra delay (apart from the fact that our editor is stretched on a couple of exciting new projects) is that the new issue looks like being in full colour throughout.

SR #700229

GMT Bobby Rondinelli interview    *8.02.10*
Bobby Rondinelli have a new online interview with ex Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli, regarding Over The Rainbow. Here's an excerpt: Was there any offer that was made to any Rainbow member of the past that it was declined?

Bobby Rondinelli: Nobody said “no”. The people we asked said “yes”. Joe called me, Joe and I called Jurgen, Tony, Greg…as I said, Tony, unfortunately, got sick a week before the Sweden Rock Festival. Still, he wanted to tour with us in the USA and we immediately said: “What? Are you nuts? You are still sick”! He said: “I am fine, I am fine”, but we wanted him to get better. We were doing the tour and he was still in the hospital. So, we were right. He was forced to quit due to the whole medicine fatigue. But, we are still friends and anything’s possible in the future. Read the full interview on:

DB#700228, with thanks to Sakis Nikas (photo: Alexander Sedelnikov)

Rainbow's 'Difficult To Cure' and 'Straight Between The Eyes, both featuring Bobby Rondinelli, are available from dpas mailorder
Obituaries McGarrigle, Christian and Green   *24.01.10*
Neil Christian and The Crusaders

Three musicians with connections in the Deep Purple family tree have died in January 2010. They are:

On 11th January : Mick Green, guitarist with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, who played alongside Ian Paice in Paul McCartney's backing band in 1999 (on the 'Run Devil Run album' and live performances); on 18th January : Kate McGarrigle, folk music singer / songwriter and mother of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, who sang on Roger Glover's 'Mask' solo album; and on 4th January : Neil Christian, singer with Neil Christian & The Crusaders, with whom Ritchie Blackmore played both live and in the studio during the 1960s.

NY #700226

Purple Records Purple Records t-shirt    *updated 3.12.09*
Purple Records t-shirt

Purple Records are making available a special t-shirt, to mark the label's tenth anniversary. This limited edition shirt is printed in two colours on a purple shirt, with the graphic based on a 1972 design used by the company, using the original typeface and logo. It was originally going to be a promotional item, but due to requests some are now being made available to collectors. To order, please visit the dpas mailorder website. The design is shown here.

Competition result: There was a free shirt for the first person out of the electronic hat who could tell us where this design originally appeared. The lucky winner is Jeff Dawson from Leatherhead, UK. The answer is, of course (!!) that back in 1972 EMI and Purple Records issued a special promo flexi disc of Never Before to introduce the label to the South African market. It came in a card wallet with this design on. Simples...

SR #700224

Micky Moody Rockpages interview   *21.11.09*

Greek-based Rockpages Web Magazine have interviewed Micky Moody, covering his entire career, including his Whitesnake days. A small excerpt, talking about David Coverdale's decision to push Whitesnake in a more commercial direction in the 1980s:

"After the “Saints & Sinners” record, David started listening to a lot of American industry people…especially John David Kalodner from Geffen. This guy was ruthless…the last time that I played with Whitesnake was in October 1983. While, I was playing…I think it was in Hamburg…John Kalodner was standing at the side of the stage and he was taking notes. By the end of the show, he went straight to David and he showed him the notes…it was obvious that John Kalodner did not think much of me. David had already decided to bring John Sykes into the band. After the last gig in Belgium, I asked the tour manager to go and get all the members of Whitesnake in my room to announce my decision to leave the band. Everybody came in my room except Coverdale. Cozy, being a truly honest guy, said to me: 'Good decision!' Jon Lord started crying… cos Jon is always very emotional. A week later, David called me and said… 'Oh, you’re leaving the band…'."

Read the full interview here. DB #700227 (thanks to Sakis Nikas)

Craig Gruber Interview with Rainbow's first bass player    *18.11.09*
Rainbow picture sleeve single

Jeff Cramer has completed a fabulously detailed and candid interview with bassist Craig Gruber for his blog at jeffcramer.blogspot. The interview covers Craig's time with Elf - who opened for Deep Purple in 1974, the original lineup of Rainbow and of course, a lot stuff about Ritchie...

"I was bringing in a lot of musical ideas and directions that Ritchie didn’t want to know about. Automatically I started to get constantly fucking hit on. It was like, “Look, Roger wouldn’t play it that way. Roger this, Roger that.” I said, “Well, go fucking hire Roger.” It was great though, playing with Cozy, because Cozy was an animal. " MR #700225 (with thanks to Jeff Cramer)

Ronnie Dio That Rainbow question, again    *updated 1.11.09*
Rainbow - Japanese picture sleeve single Rainbow - Japanese picture sleeve single

Rockpages Web Magazine caught up with Ronnie James Dio before Heaven & Hell's concert in Greece a couple of months ago. Ronnie talked about a variety of subjects. Here's an excerpt where he commented on the possibility of working with Ritchie Blackmore again: You don’t look 67 anyway, but don’t you think that it’s time to do another Rainbow album?

Ronnie James Dio: So, it’s the Rainbow question, eh? No I will never do another Rainbow album. I’ll never ever do that again. I want no part in doing it; I want no part in doing anything with Ritchie at all. I respect him, he’s a genius, he was a great part of my life, but I don’t need to go through that hell. Especially, when you get to be this age, do I need to suffer more? I think life should be easier as you get older and not more difficult. And Ritchie is too difficult a person for me to deal with, because I like to have control of my own life. When I’m not in this band, I’m in the Dio band. We think the same. So, there is no problem with not liking each other or demanding that I have to do something that I don’t want to do. So, it’s not a place I want to go to. I’m happy for Ritchie that he’s happy doing what he’s doing. I wish he were not doing it and I wish he was still making rock ‘n’ roll music. But maybe he’s too old… He’s pretty close too. And he’s a man in love…

Ronnie James Dio: Well, I don’t think that excuses not making great music. I don’t think so. To him, maybe he is making great music. Good for him, good for him.

You can read the full interview at

MK #700224 (with thanks to Sakis Nikas)

Jeff Breis points out in response: "Seems to me that Ronnie was saying the same things about Iommi & Butler a while back, and now look at them. Best friends! Looks like there will be a Rainbow reunion after all!"

Tony Ashton Ashton Gardner & Dyke    *14.10.09*
Tony Ashtom artwork

Tony Ashton fans will interested in a newly discovered live recording of Ashton Gardener & Dyke, slated for CD release early next year. It comes from the bands performances at the Golden Rose festival in Montreux back on April 25. 1970, at which the band did both an afternoon and evening slot.

More details anon.

MR #700223

X Factor Smoke On The Water    *7.10.09*
x factor logo

Matteo Becucci, the Italian singer and winner of the Italian TV version of X-Factor in 2009, is releasing an album of covers soon, and has asked permission to include a reworking of Smoke On The Water. It's a very laid-back approach to the song, sung in Italian (and he's also adapted the lyrics). We'll let you know if it get the thumbs up.

Thanks to Francesca Becucci.

SR #700222

Love Is All Keeping it in the family    *28.09.09*
Love Is All - 7 inch single sleeve

If you're attending a concert by The Youth Choir at Australia's Perth Concert Hall on October 18. 2009, you may be surprised to hear a vocal / choral arrangement of Love Is All amongst the programme of work. Until you learn that choir master Chloe is the youngest daughter of former Deep Purple manager Tony Edwards!

SR #700221

Dio Pet shop boy *15.09.09*
Doug Aldrich playing live with Whitesnake

Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich is to replace Craig Goldy for Dio's upcoming UK tour. The latter guitarist is unavailable, as he's playing with Budgie. No laughing now. The dates are Glasgow 02 Academy November 21, Sheffield 02 Academy 22, London HMV Forum 24, Birmingham 02 Academy 25, Manchester Academy 27, Lincoln Engine Shed 28, Bristol Academy 29. SH #700219 (photo: Alexei Zaikin)

Neil Murray Rockpages interview *4.09.09*
neil murray

Rockpages Web Magazine did an exclusive interview with Neil Murray where he talked about a variety of subjects incluiding his tenure in Whitesnake. Here's an excerpt where he talks about David Coverdale:

"Well, I can’t say how he is now, because we haven’t been together for the last 20 or so years. He changed a great deal as a person…mostly, in a good way. He became interested in literature, art and all kinds of music…the change was evident even during the late 80s but especially in the mid 80s where he wasn’t anymore the typical working-class guy but a…I don’t know…a rounded intellectual person! But, he also became much more Americanized and…someone who wanted to be in control of everything. When we first started with Whitesnake, it was very democratic, very equal. Of course, he was still the leader but all the other members were very important and responsible for that pure Whitesnake feeling and sound. As the time went by, David gathered all the spotlights and the other members became almost insignificant…like it is nowadays! There may be fans out there who would know Doug Aldrich but I am sure they have no idea who the bass player or the keyboardist is…I am referring to the majority of the people who go and see Whitesnake in concert. The question is: “Is it really important”? I am not sure…As long as they look good and play good, they don’t have to be…I guess, recognizable. Back in the early Whitesnake, it was a different thing altogether…after all, we were all such strong-minded individuals."

You can read the full interview at DB #700218 (with thanks to Sakis Nikas)

Saxon Saxon tell all *updated 3.09.09*

The folk who produced the excellent Ian Gillan DVD Documentary tell me their next one is on Saxon. There are apparently quite a few very funny stories relating to Saxon's dates with Rainbow in the early 80s and their encounters with Mr Blackmore...

More details about the film and a selection of promo clips here: (amended link).

SR #700217

Gillan Colin Towns interview *17.08.09*
gillan 1981

Rockpages Web Magazine recently to Ian Gillan Band and Gillan keyboard player Colin Towns. The full interview is here. It includes Colin's memories of Gillan's December 1978 Marquee Club show when Ritchie Blackmore jammed on stage with the band:

"Ritchie was trying to persuade Ian to join Rainbow, and even go further and reconsider a Deep Purple reunion. It was something that we know, but I personally I didn’t mind…I have a tremendous respect for Ritchie…".

DB #700216

Smoke On The Water World record attempt, 1803 to win *7.08.09*
festival of friends logo

Another attempt at breaking the record for numbers playing "Smoke On The Water" is happenning on August 8th at the "Festival of Friends" music festival in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Organizers of 'Make It 1803' are hoping for a record number. The former conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic is on the front page of the local newspaper learning the riff.

You can pre-register at and register on site at 12pm. The guitar playing begins at 2pm.

MR#700215, with thanks to Dave Binnie

GMT Ex Gillan band members on tour    *updated 15.07.09*
GMT  live

GMT, featuring ex Gillan members John McCoy and Bernie Torme along with drummer Robin Guy, are playing their first UK shows since the release of studio album 'Evil Twin' in November 2008.

10th July DNE, Wakefield (see review below)
15th July CHAMPIONS, Bournemouth
18th July The FURNACE, Swindon (support includes blues guitarist Gwyn Ashton)
24th July The Rock and Blues Festival, RBCS 2009, Pentrich, Derbyshire

DPAS live review: GMT, DNE, Wakefield, 10th July 2009

For more info visit


Graham Bonnet Live in Santos  *4.07.09*
graham bonnet, brazil 2009

The first show of Graham Bonnet's Brazilian tour was in Santos on July 2nd. According to our correspondent Roberto Souza, Graham had been receiving treatment for a throat infection but still managed to put absolutely everything into his performance (see the photo opposite!) After only one hour's rehearsal time with his Brazilian backing band Graham said that the Santos show would be a "rehearsal concert", but it seems that everyone concerned did a great job, and an estimated crowd of 500 thoroughly enjoyed the show. There are two further shows in July (see the news item below for details).

The Santos set list was: Eyes of The World (Rainbow) / God Blessed Video (Alcatrazz) / Desert Song (MSG) Bad Girl (Rainbow) / Stargazer(Rainbow) / Will You be Home Tonight (Alcatrazz)/ Love´s no Friend ( Rainbow) / Since You´ve Been Gone (Rainbow) / All Night Long (Rainbow) / Lost in Hollywood (Rainbow). Encore: Night Games( solo).

DB#700214 ((with thanks to Roberto Souza) Photo: Roberto Souza

Graham Bonnet Brazil in July  *updated 19.06.09*
graham bonnet - brazil tour poster 2009

Ex Rainbow and MSG singer Graham Bonet will be making its first Brazilian tour in July 2009, backed by the 'Paulo Zinner Orchestra', who have apparently played alongside Ian Paice in 2003.

2nd July SESC, Santos
10th July Araraquara Rock, Araraquara
11th July Blackmore Rock Bar, Sao Paulo

Shows are lined up for Santos (July 2nd), Araraquara (July 10th) and São Paulo (July 11th).


(with thanks to Milton Purple and )

Ronnie Dio The Devil You Know    *16.06.09*
heaven & hell album cover

Heaven & Hell with our Ronnie are touring in support of their new  studio album The Devil You Know during June, July and August, though just European festivals. August is USA. You can see the full date list on

If you don't fancy risking the weather, Rockpalast (German TV) are filming the show in Bonn and will air this on July 13 at 00.25h. in the morning (CET).


Tony Ashton Endangered Species    *updated 4.06.09*
tony ashton dvd

The much delayed DVD of the Tony Ashton show at Abbey Road in 2000 is finally out on DVD. It has twenty two tracks, including all the PAL and Company Of Snakes performance, as well the three track Tony Ashton set, and Pete York / Eddie Hardin's set. A few of the opening acts are missing, but all the important stuff is here. It's been done as a combined DVD / CD package, so you also get the same set on a 2xCD, all in a thick digipak. Thanks to Hans Peter Jenssen for the heads up.

It's out now - apologies for the lack of warning, but there wasn't any! Anyone who has this on back-order - Ann will be contacting you right away.

(By they way that f**k ugly 'zero' logo on the front is the latest legal demand imposed on DVD makers by the German government. They came up with this useless certificate scheme a couple of years ago to make money - you can't sell a DVD in Germany without it, and have to pay for it - but at least the logo could be on the back. Now they've said it has to be bigger and placed on the front!)


The original 13 track audio CD is still available from dpas mailorder, with superior packaging, but this will be deleted shortly.
Cozy Powell Octopuss & Tilt *1.06.09*
cozy powell - tilt

Cozy Powell's two rare solo albums Octopuss and Tilt are out on CD in the UK for the first time later this month - as far as we know they've only been available as pricey Japanese imports before. Both albums featured an array of superstar guests - with Deep Purple connections such as Neil Murray, Bernie Marsden, and Don Airey on 1981's Tilt, and fellow Whitesnake members Jon Lord, Mel Galley and Colin Hodgkinson on Octopuss, issued in 1983. Both are straight with no bonus tracks.

Thanks to Nick Robinson.

Both can be pre-ordered from DPASMailorder.


Bernie Marsden Rory Gallagher Tribute Show *18.05.09*
bernie marsden - whitesnake

Bernie Marsden is due to play a show at Le Creusot Blues Festival in Burgundy on June 26th (his first French show in twenty years). He will be performing a tribute to Rory Gallagher (Rory would have been 60 this year) , with a band including two members of Rory's last line-up - David Levy on bass, and Richard Newman on drums.


(Thanks to Nathalie Milliet for the news)

Joe Meek Telstar The Movie *updated 8.04.09*
Joe Meek

As previously reported, a movie version of the Joe Meek play 'Telstar' was begun in August 2007. Meek's studio and Mrs. Shenton's shop were been recreated further along Holloway Road, complete with the neighbouring bank. (see the DPAS A-Z for photos of the original premises)

Con O'Neill reprises his role as Joe Meek. The cast includes Kevin Spacey as Major Banks, Pam Ferris as Mrs. Violet Shenton, Rita Tushingham as "Essex Medium", Martine McCutcheon as "Lady Victim", Joan Hodges (wife of Chas) as Biddy Meek (Joe's mother), and David Hayler as John Peel. Chas Hodges has a cameo role as Mr. Brolin Jess, Conrad plays Larry Parnes, Carl Barat (The Libertines) plays Gene Vincent, Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) plays Screaming Lord Sutch, Jon Lee (S Club 7) plays Billy Fury (The Tornados were his backing band). Robbie Duke (aka Patrick Pink), who was at 304 Holloway Road when the fatal shootings happened (over 40 years ago now), is amongst the extras. Ritchie Blackmore is played by Matthew Baynton. David Hayler played RB (with just two or three lines) in the stage version.

Nick Moran is the director and also plays Alex Meek. The two act play (based in Meek's studio) was largely comedic for the first act but with the second act being Meek's dark descent into paranoia and pils.

Telstar The Movie is due to open in UK cinemas on June 19th 2009.


Evil Twin Album    *updated 7.01.09*
GMT Evil Twin album cover

The follow up studio album to Guy McCoy Torme's (GMT) debut 'Bitter & Twisted' was released in the UK on November 17th 2008. 'Evil Twin' features ten tracks, and in their own words "whether you like the Bull-in-a-China-Shop approach, or the Softly-Softly-Catchy-Bull-in-a-China-Shop approach.... Evil Twin caters for all."

In addition to John McCoy and Bernie Torme, the ex Gillan quotient is brought to three by the guest appearance of keyboard player Colin Towns.    


This can be ordered from dpas mailorder. Their impressive debut album - reviewed in DTB 58 - is also still available.
Doogie White
Doogie Gets Tanked *20.12.08*
Doogie White live poster

Ex Rainbow vocalist Doogie White has joined a reformed version of NWOBHM band Tank. (once fronted by ex Damned bassist / vocalist Algy Ward). Other personnel include bassist Chris Dale, guitarists Mick Tucker and Chris Evans, and original drummer Mark Brabbs.

In addition, on December 5th Doogie played a show at the Texas Necropolis club in Athens, singing mainly Rainbow material, but also including two of the Deep Purple tracks which he performed during his Rainbow days. The full set list: - Kill The King / Wolf To The Moon / Cold Hearted Woman / When The Hammer Falls / Razor Eater / Hunting Humans / The Evil That Men Do / Mistreated / Rulers Of World / Tarot Woman / Temple Of The King / Gates Of Babylon / Ariel / Black Masquerade / Hall Of The Mountain King. Encores: Stargazer / Perfect Strangers / Burn. The show finished at 3.30am!

DB #700208 (with thanks to Stuart Hamilton and Anestis Ladopoulos)

Steve Morris
Shadowman *4.12.08*
Shadowman album

Gillan collaborator and guitarist Steve Morris sees the third Shadowman album out now. Ghost In The Mirror is available via  dpas mailorder. Other musicians on the album include Chris Childs and Harry James from Thunder.

Review DTB 60.


Famous Record Store To Close *11.11.08*

The famous record collector's store Beanos in Croydon is closing after some thirty years. They shut their top two floors two years ago (which had a small milk shake bar and even a tiny cinema showing rock films when we last visited - and scored our 1969 Concerto programme) and rented them out to try and keep the site viable, but the downturn in sales of late has been the final straw. The store is currently having a big sale and will close at Christmas.

SR#700205 (Thanks to Vince Chong for the news) (photo: Istvanski)

Doogie White
Deep Purple Tribute Shows In Belgium & Germany *9.11.08*
Demon's Eye, Deep Purple Tribute

Ex Rainbow vocalist has been lined up to front Deep Purple tribute act Demon's Eye for two European shows in November. As well as Deep Purple classics, they will also be performing a couple of Rainbow songs in the shows. The dates are:

2008-11-28 Demon's Eye featuring Doogie White Spirit Of 66 - - Verviers - Belgium (Tickets:

2008-11-29 Demon's Eye featuring Doogie White - Blues Garage ( - Hannover-Isernhagen - Germany (Tickets:

Demon's Eye have previously played shows with Ian Paice guesting on drums.


MK#700204 (with thanks to Andree Schneider)

Atomic Rooster Offshoots Radio Special *5.11.08*
Hard Stuff Bulletproof cover

Regular contributor Stuart Hamilton is presenting a radio special on Atomic Rooster offshoot bands on GetReadyTo Rock radio on Sunday, November 23rd at 8pm GMT. Stuart plans to cover artists such as Bullet / Hard Stuff (featuring Ian Gillan Band bassist John Gustafson) who supported Deep Purple on their 1971UK Fireball tour and later released two albums on Purple Records, Leafhound, John McCoy, and Bernie Torme, among others.


Darker Than Blue
Issue 59 *updated 27.10.08*

Darker Than Blue 50 cover

Issue 59 looks as if it will be another 80 page Deep Purple-fest. It includes the regular news round-up of the band and members old and new, letters, question and answer pages, and a bumper review section to catch up and log all the latest releases from the Book, CD and DVD scenes. There's a special section of Mk 1 miscellany to help celebrate the band's 40th anniversary (and they're also fittingly on the cover), along with a host of retro features, looking at (amongst other things) award and presentation discs, the Fireball sound FX, the original DPAS newsletters from 1974/5, a newly found flyer for the Mk 2 Bedford gig, David Coverdale in handcuffs (with pictures!) and loads more.

All UK copies shipped by Friday 24; EU and rest of worldcopies of DTB ship Monday 27/Tuesday 28.

"I wouldn't say the new magazine is heavy, but reader Mike Galway  says it came through his letterbox, went through the floor and cut  him a new cellar. So it's official, not only a must-have read, but  DTB also puts up the value of your property!"

Book a day or two off work now. It will be accompanied by a brand-new full DPAS Mailorder 12 page catalogue. The mail-out does take a few days, and we will let you know when all copies have been mailed. There is still time to renew subscriptions if yours has lapsed, but as the address labels have all been printed, late renewals will have to wait until the main mailing has gone.


For more on Darker Than Blue magazine, and for details on how to subscribe, check out the DPAS information page.
Joe Meek
Biopic Opening In October *20.09.08*
Joe Meek Telstar

The biopic of Joe Meek opens in London next month on Sat 25 October 2008 at the ODEON WEST END 1. The film covers Meek's life-story and includes scenes with Ritchie Blackmore and The Outlaws.

The biopic about producer Joe Meek, titled A Life In The Death Of Joe Meek, premiered in America at the 25th Reel Music Film Festival, January 24th 2008 in Portland, and was also screened as part of the Glasgow Film Festival on February 24th.


Micky Moody
Tramline Reissues *12.09.08*
Tramline album cover

Whitesnake historians might be interested in two very rare albums by Tramline, reissued on CD later this month. This was Micky Moody's first, well regarded blues rock band, signed to Island at the same time as Free. Issued in 1968 and 1969, he was joined by Back Door bassist Colin Hodgkinson on the second (and last) album. (Colin of course later played alongside Moody in Whitesnake). Micky has been interviewed at length for the liner notes.

Both can be found at dpas mailorder.


Ben Nisbet
Death Announced Of Feldmans Music MD *updated 22.07.08*
Deep Purple Concerto album sleeve

The death of Ben Nisbet, Managing Director of Feldmans music publishers for many years back in the 60s and 70s, has just been announced. Nisbet was one of the people involved at an early stage in the formation of Deep Purple, as Derek Lawrence suggested he publish the band. In turn Nisbet put the embryonic team in touch with Arthur 'Artie' Mogul (who died in November 2004 - DTB57) and Roy Silver (died October 2005 - DTB 58) at Tetragrammaton. Nisbet was also important in the staging of the Concerto in 1969, bringing Malcolm Arnold into the team.

A Tribute to Ben Nisbet, by Tony Edwards new


Mel Galley
1948-2008 *updated 5.07.08*
Mel Galley 2008

Mel Galley died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday July 1st at his home, aged 60. He'd spoken with Glenn Hughes just the week before to say his farewell. “He gave me the inspiration and foundation to a life beyond my wildest dreams - he gave me hope, laughter and wisdom. His legacy is safe with me, from Coast To Coast." The local newspaper The Express & Star covered the news and you can read a little more of this here. The paper is also hosting a tribute page linked from their article.

Trapeze live"Tributes flowed in today to Cannock guitarist Mel Galley, of Whitesnake and Trapeze, who has died of cancer aged 60. The former Whitesnake and Trapeze songwriter and guitar star was given only weeks to live in February, but stated his determination to enjoy life to the end and use the time to say goodbye to all his friends. “No negativity” was his watchword to anyone who appeared to him even the slightest bit saddened at his plight. Galley slipped quietly away at his home in Bank Street, Heath Hayes, nursed by his wife Annette, having said a last goodbye to his Trapeze co-star Glenn Hughes a week ago. Hughes, formerly of Deep Purple, said today: “He was my oldest, closest friend, bandmate and brother. He gave me the inspiration and foundation to a life beyond my wildest dreams - he gave me hope, laughter and wisdom. His legacy is safe with me, from Coast To Coast.” Justin Hayward, with whom Mel played in The Blue Jays, said: “Mel’s quiet, laconic humour and infectious smile brought real warmth into my life. His contribution as a musician and friend was immeasurable, as it was in the Blue Jays touring band of the mid-seventies. Bass player John Lodge, also of the Moody Blues and Blue Jays, said: “From our first recording sessions together, his enthusiasm and his passion shone through, and it was a true pleasure to be part of his life. His songwriting and his melodious rock guitar playing will be his legacy."

SR#7002001 (click the picture above right for an extremely cool live shot of Mel with Trapeze)

Rolling Stone
Guitar List *11.06.08*

Rolling Stone logo

Rolling Stone magazine in America has compiled a list of the 100 greatest guitar tracks of all time. And managed not to include a single one by Deep Purple. That'll teach them not to be photographed by Annie Liebovitz!

SR#700197 (Thanks to Damian Phelan)

Swedish DPAS
Deep Purple Forever *8.06.08*

Deep Purple Forever, magazine

dpas online have just added several issues of the nineties Deep Purple Forever magazine to the catalogue.

"We used to sell these many years ago, but they've not been available for ages. We came across a bundle in the warehouse recently. There are only a few of each left, but they're popular due to the great colour covers which magazine collectors will appreciate. Not all the issues are in stock. Editor Mike Eriksson has scoured his log cabin and can't find any more, so once these have gone, they're gone."




In the meantime we've uploaded the covers to our magazine gallery
Space Truckin' *22.04.08*


Original industrial metal merchants Ministry are promising an album of covers for their next release, and this will include Space Truckin'. Should be interesting!

SR#700191 (with thanks to Vince Chonf for the info)

London Astoria
Demolition Job *14.03.08*
London Astoria

London's Astoria Theatre, venue for Deep Purple's first show of the 2006 Rapture Of The Deep tour, is due to be demolished. The historic Victorian music-hall's demise has been confirmed, with mayor Ken Livingstone promising a 'better' replacement venue, even though there has been some sentiment expressed online that a cramped and sweaty venue is not necessarily a bad thing.

DPAS member Matthew Kean's take on the situation is that "While cramped and sweaty does have it's moments, the ridiculously tiny bar selling warm cans of lager for £4.50 a pop, the sticky floor, and the frequently indifferent sound quality all count against it. Having been there many times, I have to say it's no great loss, and that Shepherd's Bush Empire (especially) and the Forum both have a lot more going for them."


Tony Ashton
Artwork Website *7.12.07*
Tony Ashton

Sandra Ashton tells us there is a new website devoted to Tony Ashton's artwork, which includes original work for sale.

You can log on to this at


Darker Than Blue, Back Issue Download Editions *27.11.07*
Darker Than Blue magzine download

Darker Than Blue Magazine enters the digital era big-time with an experimental download copy in January. There have been a lot of technical hurdles to overcome, but we're now testing it out. At first we'll just do one copy to see what sort of interest there is, and if it finds a market more will follow. To me there's no substitute for a printed magazine, and this will continue, but I appreciate that with the escalating postage costs, particularly abroad, some fans may find this a cost-effective solution.

You'll be able to download it to read on a computer or print out your own personal copy. You can read more about these developments here, and we'll let you know when it goes live. More...


Joe Meek
Telstar Movie *18.07.07*
Joe Meek Telstar

The play Telstar about Joe Meek is now being turned into a film. Filming is in August in London.


DP & Family
Interview Magazine *17.07.07*
Deep Purple interview book

The archives of the Deep Purple Appreciation Society are stuffed with interviews given by band members and associated personnel over forty years or more, both published and unpublished, on tape, in books and magazines. With space in Darker Than Blue magazine limited, we've decided to publish a new specialist magazine reproducing a selection of this material in its original context. It will be in black and white, approx 20 pages. There will be no attempt at topicality, just a simple aim to produce an eclectic and sometimes off the wall selection.

Issue One is almost ready and features interviews with David Coverdale, Jimmy Bain, Ritchie Blackmore, Cozy Powell, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Tommy Bolin, Jon Lord, Glenn Hughes, Steve Morse and ... Magnet. Price and publishing date will be announced in August.


Joe Meek
40th Anniversary CDs *16.01.07*
Joe Meek. Heinz - Live It Up EP

The 40th anniversary of producer Joe Meek's death in February is being marked by a number of new CD releases. Blackmore collectors will be most interested in a new HEINZ CD: JUST LIKE EDDIE - THE ANTHOLOGY. This 2CD set includes everything Heinz ever recorded, including three previously unreleased tracks. Blackmore played on Heinz's only album included here as well. The CD is expected in February and can be ordered via dpas online.

Three other CDs include Joe Meek's Boys, The Best Of Meek's Instrumentals (which may include Blackmore tracks, we're awaiting details), and the EP Collection, with 12 CD sized reproduction EPs in their original sleeves. This includes the rare Heinz EP Live It Up (the tracks are also on the Anthology). dpas online can specially order this for those who want it. RPM are also planning a collection of Meek rarities.

MR#700175 (Thanks to Roger Dopson)

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