/ September 1978
16 was another twelve page photocopied issue (with
plenty of tippex in evidence) taking us through July to
September 1978. It was a time of taking stock for Rainbow,
now forced back to supporting roles in America with new
boys Daisley and Stone in tow, and preparing for their
fourth studio album. The magazine also had part 3 or the
Rainbow story, looking at Cozy Powell's early days. It
was more fun for Whitesnake fans as the group planned
their second UK tour, with the news that Jon Lord had
been tempted back into the fold, while Gillan had just
dissolved IGB and was forming a new band with Colin Towns...
The Purple reissue scene was beginning to look silly as
companies began to plan numerous rehashes of available
material, and we moaned for stuff like Kilburn, Scandinavian
Nights and San Diego. Twenty plus years on, we're still
waiting for the third of these but I'm told there's a
tape being Fed Ex'd across from America as I type this.
When not trying to keep up with all things ex-Purple I
was keeping myself busy scrounging Talking Heads displays
from the indie shop in the Castle market (I'd seen the
band live earlier that year supported by Dire Straits
and was hooked) while Ann had scored herself Ramones tickets
(and one for me to take some pictures).
SIXTEEN : DIGEST & INDEX
REVIEW : Rochester, USA
REVIEW : Snakebite EP
REVIEW : Paris Theatre, London
: Solley Out, Lord In
REVIEW : Sheffield University
: Maggie Bell...Deep Purple Reunion...
War Memorial Auditorium. 9th June 1978
- Live Review
US Tour has now finished. It was very important to Rainbow,
in that they needed to reach as many people as possible in order
to sell records and make money. They could have headlined, but
only in smaller venues.The group were part of a triple bill,
playing between No Dice and REO Speedwagon.
sell-out crowd of 12,000 and the place was electric in anticipation.
When Blackmore sauntered on stage, his stage presence incredible,
and started into 'Kill The King' all hell broke loose. However
he had guitar problems - feedback etc all the way through, and
at the end of the show he whipped the guitar off and just tossed
it into the crowd. A very weird show, it is idiotic to have
them open for anybody! REO would only allow them one hour and
no encore." Steve Wunrow
- EP Review
doesn't match up to 'Northwinds', with a weak sound overall,
maybe due to cramming so much onto a seven inch disc. 'Steal
Away' is the most promising track. Lovely vocal intro, but 'orrible
drumming lets it down, and it lacks the attack of the live version.
The best bit on the EP is the superb pinging bass sound Murray
gets here, followed by the steal away screams, smothered in
BBC Paris Theatre, London, 5th July 1978
- Live Review
into a forceful rendition of 'Come On', the weakest (I thought)
track on the EP. It certainly cuts it live though. The mix during
'Lady Luck' was bad, emphasised when Coverdale sang 'it would
be so much better if I could hear myself' near the end. It will
probably be alright when broadcast though." Gary Critcher.
show was broadcast on July 15th on BBC Radio One, a half-hour
Lord to replace Pete Solley
wasn't happy with the way Pete Solley was going, despite raving
about him earlier, and began to look for another keyboard player.
When he heard that the Ian Gillan Band was dissolving, he unsuccessfully
tried for Colin Towns. In early August, he got in touch with
Jon Lord again, and Jon agreed to join. Great news, as we'd
been moaning about the lack of a decent keyboard sound in Whitesnake.
Interestingly, Coverdale turned down a chance to join Jon and
Ian, who wanted to form a band called simply Purple, dropping
the Deep. That was before PAL, and was the cause of some reunion
Uni. Students Union, 17th June 1978
- Live Review
in a hurry as part of a short tour to keep the band in trim
before they went to record their fourth LP. A curious audience,
half students who are only there cos it's Saturday night, a
large number of Purple freaks who don't seem to realise they've
split yet, and a smaller number of people who actually know
that Ian now has his own band. The set was mostly the same as
the last two tours, with an ever so slightly business-like atmosphere.
A superb 'Mad Elaine' was the highlight, powering along with
a drive that a lot of the other material lacks. Perhaps this
will have been my last IGB gig. Unlike Rainbow, who really did
take me with them for a time in 1976, IGB always seemed to fall
short of what I'd hoped for.
Ian Gillan Band split
dissolved the group shortly after the June concerts. He then
went into the studio to work on the next album with the nucleus
of a new band, featuring John McCoy on bass, Steve Byrd on guitar,
and a stand-in session drummer. Colin Towns is the only survivor
from the IGB. The band had to be rehearsed quickly to avoid
cancelling the Reading Festival spot, which will mark their
debut. Some low-key British dates start in October.
concert to mark Maggie Bell's comeback took place on July 16th
at London's Festival Hall. The backing group included Jon Lord,
and Ian Paice. Also there for the gig were Paul Martinez (from
PAL) and Geoff Whitehorn (who replaced Paul Kossoff in Crawler).
There was some doubt about Lord and Paice doing the gig, and
in fact they zoomed off to Italy shortly before it, only to
be recalled by a telegram from Peter Grant telling them to 'get
their asses back' or similar!
Purple Reunion Rumours
to John Colletta, Deep Purple Mk2 (Coverdale refused to do it)
were offered a large sum of money to reunite for a series of
concerts. Plans were seemingly well advanced, so although Blackmore
had not signed anything they must have been reasonably confident
of him doing so. The five concerts were scheduled to take place
in Spain and Ibiza in May 1979. With the Rainbow split seemingly
overcome, and with Lord joining Whitesnake, likelihood faded.
Latest news is that it's off.
to the top
in the magazine....Rainbow live in Atlanta 1978, BBC tapes....The
CBS planning Tommy Bolin tribute LP....The Rainbow Story Part 3, Cozy
Powell & 1976 ...
.'Snakebite' LP reviewed....Whitesnake 'Snakebite' promo film reviewed....plus
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