EDITOR REMEMBERS... Issue
37 June 1989
The One Where The Reunion Began To Turn Strange! Just as the
twentieth anniversary of Mk 2 came around, Ian Gillan was off.
We'd jogged up to the local University to catch one of the second
Moonshiners tour gigs, only to discover that IG was out of the
band. Yes the reunion had been up and down over the preceding
five years, but the gigs we'd seen in 1988 seemed full of energy
and aggression and we couldn't wait to see if they'd be able
to bring some of this to their third studio album.
they were auditioning for new singers, although Blackmore was
pretty much decided who he wanted in. It left us in a turmoil.
And all at a time when the DPAS had never been so busy, with
articles to write for a number of magazines, sleeve notes for
various projects (including the prestigious Tommy Bolin box
set, one I was very honoured to be asked to contribute to; the
Blackmore Rock Profile set), on top of the regular fanclub stuff.
magazine reported on the first Moonshiners "secret" gig in detail,
as well as the long awaited return of Glenn Hughes, with some
great low key shows - his first on UK soil in an astonishing
thirteen years. Elsewhere I continued to indulge my passion
for picture sleeve singles with a run down of Dutch releases
- it seems quite primitive now compared to Dirk's Singles book,
but pretty accurate still I'm pleased to say. Another fondness
of mine is the pre Deep Purple scene, and this issue took a
pretty detailed look at Jon Lord's stint with The Artwoods over
five pages. On the record scene, the Compact Disc continued
to make inroads, and Issue 37 saw us report the very first Deep
Purple CD bootleg, an event the industry had been certain would
never happen. This was actually an Italian pirate offering,
one which used the grey copyright legislation of that country
to release live albums. It wouldn't be long before these began
to proliferate as lax Korean CD plants came on stream. .
37: DIGEST & INDEX
ROCKETT & THE MOONSHINERS
REVIEW : Southport
ROCKETT & THE MOONSHINERS
: UK Tour
: Ian Gillan Out
REVIEW: South Africa
: Dokken, Thrall & Whitesnake
REVIEW : Cannock
: Steve Vai Joins Whitesnake
GARTH ROCKETT & THE MOONSHINERS
Hall, Southport, 18th February 1989 - Live Review
a chat with Phil Easton the ex-Radio City DJ, Ian said he really
fancied doing a gig or two to keep himself busy. Easton promptly
began to sort something out. When word reached us in early January
that lan Glllan might be doing a turn over in Southport at the
Floral Hall, we naturally took it with the proverbial pinch
of salt. When tackled about it by RAW magazine, lan Gillan smiled
and said they'd have to get in touch with a Mr. Garth Rockett.
all honesty all I expected was some local band doing their set,
and lan to turn up for a couple of numbers at the end, maybe
the encore. What we didn't expect was for lan to have spent
two weeks in the area rehearsing a complete show! Apparently
the group either gig as or contained members of Export, a fairly
busy local rock outfit with at least one album under their belts.
Phil Easton had connections with the group, which is how they
came to be doing the honours for the show.
band looked and sounded workmanlike, playing adequately but
unadventurously. The exception was a young keyboard player who
had obviously watched one too many Keith Emerson videos, but
for now we were trying to make out the riff - wasn't that the
old Glllan tune, yep, I'll Rip Your Spine Out. Ian looked good
and sounded in top form. As the show went on he really seemed
to get into the feel of it, the start had been a little edgy
as both he and the group got the feel of things - no amount
of rehearsing could have prepare them for this. During the opening
salvo of four Gillan tunes, the recklessness of the original
combo was replaced by a certain professional ordinariness -
a little hard to put into words.
tackled 'No More Cane In The Brazos' almost solo, with just
a steady drum beat and some quiet keyboard work. He gave one
of those performances you're proud to have witnessed, taking
the song to vocal depths I've never heard him reach before.
The audience were for a time mesmerised. A moment of quiet before
the spell was broken and they launched into the first Glllan/Glover
song of the evening, I Thought So, sounding much better for
a live outing. It also gave lan chance for a blast on the old
lunch wrapper. Two Gillan tunes wrapped up the set proper, but
they returned a second time for the weirdest encore tune which
told of the horrors (or delights) of waking up In bed with 3
nuns, a bicycle and whatever else lan could dream up on the
spur of the moment. All in all it was more than worth the efforts
of the journey.
Rockett UK Tour - News
weren't the only ones to have enjoyed the Southport show, because
not long after a short hastily set-up series of follow-up shows
was announced. They kicked off at Wigan Stairways on March 17th.
Unfortunately due to a faulty monitor at Wigan, lan ended up
unable to hear and pushed his voice too far, with the result
that he couldn't sing at all the following night. Rather than
disappoint everyone he turned up anyway and spent the evening
chatting and signing autographs. He'd recovered enough to tackle
the Manchester Rafters Club on the 21st - though the show was
actually held upstairs in Jilly's - perhaps the Rafters bit
has finally been condemned! The stage was so small they could
hardly get the gear on, and so low that for much of the time
lan had to be careful not to bruise himself on the lights! Obviously
trying to save his voice, the 250 or so who had turned up (the
adverts gave no clue as to the personnel of the band) seemed
to enjoy themselves. They travelled on to Morcambe Gardens the
following night, ending up at the gloriously named Buckley Tivoli
near the Welsh border on the 23rd. Here the show had been advertised
as The lan Gillan Band, so rather more than 250 turned up -
the entrance fee of just £2.50 can't have hurt either, around
half the price of the other shows. Meurig Thomas caught the
show and reported that although lan was still struggling, and
could hardly speak between songs, the crowd carried him through
It, and the show ended with Glllan alternating his dancing partners
between a bouncer and one of five females.
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Gillan Out Of Deep Purple - News
the 1988 German dates the band got down to rehearsing and writing
in the period prior to Christmas up in Stowe, Vermont. lan Gillan
was summarily dismissed from these rehearsal sessions and returned
home to Britain. As the rehearsals proceeded and material took
shape, they began sending tapes of the results over to lan during
January so that he could start work on the lyrics. The idea
was to get everything sorted out prior to entering the studios,
which were booked for April. Also during January, the group
left Polydor Records and signed to BMG.
May 12th, just as I was completing the magazine, I had a call
to enquire whether I'd heard stories about lan Glllan and Deep
Purple. I thought little more of it, but when another member
called up to ask if the Garth Rockett gigs were still on in
view of the unconfirmed stories Tommy Vance had been airing
on the Friday rock show, then the situation became rather more
serious. There was nothing for us to do but hold the magazine,
leaving this page blank until we could sort out the situation.
feelings were somewhat mixed as we made our way up to Sheffield
University for the opening gig of the Moonshiners tour on the
May 14th. As
the show ended, a small crowd gathered at the side of the stage,
and lan was out within twenty minutes or so to sign a succession
of tickets, posters, ripped jeans and empty pizza packets! Someone
plucked up the courage to ask about the Purple situation; the
bombshell landed. "You'll have to ask them, I'm no longer a
member," he replied.
lan had spotted me (apparently) from the stage, and when asked,
agreed to have a chat with us on behalf of the club backstage.
It seems that after the request for his non attendance at the
rehearsals, lan sussed something was afoot. When he flew out
In April for the recordings, things came to a head. Attempts
by lan to get the band into a proper studio to blast the album
down In a hot New York studio were baulked by Lord and Blackmore,
a row followed and lan left. Some time later lan's manager Phil
Banfleld was contacted by Bruce Payne who told him Glllan was
being fired because he couldn't sing. Just three days before
this call Gillan had been with Glover, who hadn't said a word
about the forthcoming dismissal. The Spanish Archer's gonna
make you pay... Obviously there is more to it all. Whatever
the reasons, it's an almost unbelievable state of affairs.
plans are to finish the short tour, then sit down with his manager
and plot out his future. He's been doing a bit of writing with
people, including some of the Moonshiners, but told me he's
anxious that people don't look upon this as his new band. To
that end they cancelled a Marquee show to avoid the London press
turning up to gain the wrong impression and limit his options,
All we can do is wish him well.
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Gillan: South Africa - Single
GILLAN. South Africa / John. Virgin VST 1088 : UK
lan Gillan offered to do the song when be heard that Bernie
Marsden, who'd written it, couldn't get anyone interested. It's
always difficult to do an overtly political track without managing
to sound cliched, and there will always be the accusations of
bandwagon jumping. To me this has a "live aid" feel about it,
nothing too stunning musically. I actually quite like the 12"
mix, some people think it works better on the 7" where there
is less padding. I'd like to have had the vocals mixed up more
to give the whole thing a little more meaning and a touch more
bite. The flip is hard to decipher vocally, probably just a
spur of the moment get together. I assume Bernie himself handles
the guitar chores but don't know who else is on it. The disc
seems to have been issued only here and in Japan as a 3" CD.
Dokken & Whitesnake - News
Glenn Hughes story gets more complicated by the day. Prior to
Christmas, Hughes was quite busy. He wrote five songs for a
Dokken project. Glenn has done the bass on the album and also
some backing vocals, as well as helping with the production.
John Norum does the guitar chores. Apart. from that Glenn has
also been earning a few bob giving the Dokken man singing lessons!
While working on the LP Glenn was apparently offered a job with
Yes. Then In November he got a call from John Sykes's Blue Murder.
Sykes had just had his vocals rejected by Geffen, and they wanted
Glenn in to redo then in Vancouver. This fell through, and in
the end Sykes' LP came out with his own vocals still on. He
set up a showcase gig with Pat Thrall in January 1989 over in
LA, which went down a storm according to reports. Why they just
don't get down to business and do another LP I don't know!
April, in perhaps one of the strangest twists in the Deep Purple
story, David Coverdale contacted Glenn to help out on the new
Whitesnake album by doing the backing vocals. Perhaps Glenn
was as puzzled by it as us, in any a case rather than fly out
he asked for the contract first, and made sure this was signed
before he told anyone about it. According to Glenn the move
was made at Geffen's suggestion, while David wanted to try and
introduce the Mk 3 vocal harmony feel which had been the focus
of tracks like You Fool No One. He has stipulated in the contract
that his contributions will not be mixed out of hearing. Glenn's
signing of the contract coincided nicely with a secret concert
he'd lined up; read on....
Snoopy Club, Cannock. April 25th 1989
- Live Review
would imagine that on any given evening there is a rock band,
somewhere, hammering out Smoke On The Water. The Snoopy Club
in Cannock, Staffordshire, on April 25th 1989 was no exception.
What did make this version an exception was the inclusion on
vocals of Glenn Hughes, making his first public on stage appearance
in Britain for thirteen years. The venue - basically an old
converted house - seemed packed to the gills. The
club was full of the old Cannock mafia, members past and present
of bands like Finders Keepers gathered to see how Glenn was
shaping up after such a long absence. All we knew was that the
show had been booked as a Trapeze reunion, with Glenn, Mel Galley,
and a drummer called Steve James, a friend of Glenn's from just
after the Purple split, with whom Glenn had nearly formed a
was no stage as such, just a platform for the drum kit and a
carpet for the rest of the band, with monitors the only physical
crowd barrier. Eventually Glenn made his way through the crowd
to begin the set. He opened with Smoke On The Water, using the
bassist, drummer and guitarist from the support group to help
him out. Having warmed up, the Trapeze set proper began. At
once the professionalism of the musicians made itself apparent
in the performance quality - it's always a pleasure to listen
to musicians who know their stuff. They kicked of with You Are
The Music and ran through what was really only a short set,
but which seemed to last much longer. Coast To Coast, Black
Cloud, Your Love Is Alright and Way Back To The Bone, It wasn't
hard to see why Trapeze's reputation as one ot the most powerful
rock trio's about had developed, Mel had apparently brought
up one of Nell Murray's bass guitars for the night, and Glenn
was having difficulty keeping it in tune, being a much more
forceful player. Even so you'd hardly have realised it had been
so long since he last played. How much the crowd dug it is hard
to say, as a large proportion of them were probably HM fans
along for the evening out, and you could never class this kind
of music as heavy metal. It was a highly enjoyable evening.
Tonight he showed us the talents which Blackmore and Paice bad
been so eager to sign back in 1973. If he repeats the experiment
I can recommend it.
Line-Up, New Album - News
arrival in the Whitesnake camp comes just as the new album is
nearing completion. Despite Coverdale's claims to the contrary,
it seems as if the band will be restructured almost entirely
before they tour again. Guitarist Vivian Campbell has left the
band. His sole contribution to their vinyl was that remixed
single which we reported last issue. Dave Lee Roth's guitarist
Steve Vai has been drafted in to do guitar work on the album,
and probably to tour with them as well. With Don Airey seemingly
a permanent member of the line-up (behind a curtain or otherwise),
and Glenn Hughes's arrival to do backing vocals, the album ought
to be out by August if they can keep the studio finishing down
to a minimum.
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in the magazine...
Blackmore: Rock Profile Album News...Gary Driscoll obituary....Tommy
Bolin CD News...
Deep Purple: Dutch Singles, Illustrated Discography...The Artwoods,
Pre-Deep Purple Feature + Discography...
Questions & Answers....VInyl, CD & Video news & reviews....Book
Of Taliesyn Feature....
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