22 July 1980
I type this (April 2002), the picture of Mk 2 taken outside
the Hanwell Community Centre stares out at me from the cover
of Issue 22. 22 years ago I was working on the magazine,
two hours ago I was rescanning the same image for the EMI
6CD box set booklet artwork. Back in July 1980 though, we'd
no idea where the picture was taken - the glimpse of a stone
column in the corner of the picture leading to speculation
that it might have been taken outside one of our city halls.
Issue 22 had a litho printed cover, but the rest of the magazine
was still copied at the Rank Xerox bureau. I was continuing
to use the 8 Herbert Road address for feedback and special
offers (it was easier to walk round and pick the mail up than
keep changing addresses), which for the first time included
the chance to buy some original 10 by 8 photographic prints
from my negatives. We were charging just 80p a print for these
and I was still apologising in the magazine for the cost!
A couple of shots were from ones I'd taken on the 1980 Rainbow
tour, the others were from Whitesnake's rehearsals in London
in 1978 which I'd been invited to. I'd also taken on a new
job at printers in Bakewell, Derbyshire, which meant more
early mornings to catch a local bus to take me across town
to link up with one of the few buses from Sheffield which
would get me out there in time. As it was a full time job,
this left me less time to get the magazines together, but
there was always the evenings!
had just finished a lengthy UK tour in superstar style, and
we were indignant at their over the top antics, using a fleet
of limos to drive the five hundred yards from the hotel to
the venue (with police to hold back the crowd of eight fans).
I was so cheesed off ranting about this I forgot to review
the Sheffield gig! The Manchester show took ages to get moving,
only reaching top form towards the end. Again the band refused
to meet fans before or after the show, unlike the support
- Gary Moore. We later heard from another fan (who'd been
clouted by Whitesnake's road manager when he asked for autographs)
that Coverdale was out to "kill me" after we'd printed "nasty
things" about him and Blackmore in the magazine. Apart from
the well documented bust up the pair had back-stage at a Rainbow
gig in Europe (which was in all the papers anyway), we'd done
nothing of the sort but we've been off his Christmas card
list ever since!
was signing a major deal with Virgin which was to boost the
band enormously, and one of our members sent us a snap of
himself, Ian and Ritchie backstage after the Rainbow Theatre
gig. RAINBOW were going through a rocky patch; we reported
disagreements between Blackmore and Bonnet, and between Powell
and Blackmore. Powell was even signing sleeves as "Cozy Powell
Ex Rainbow" in Germany. The big Donnington gig was announced
and The Sun ran an infamous two pager on Blackmore, digging
up what they could on his various ex-wives, and heading the
story "He looks evil, even satanic." There was also a new
fan club for Rainbow, set up by one of Blackmore's old roadies
in Liverpool. This meant we could pass the frilly "I Love
Graham" messages on to someone at last. They kindly met up
with us in our grotty Chesterfield Road flat, and it seemed
like there could be some real co-operation, though this didn't
last too long sadly. Nor did the fan-club. Someone else with
connections to Kingsway Recorders set up an official Gillan
fan club too, but apart from a load of merchandise forms no
more was heard. There was a Whitesnake club, run by Rosie,
still going, though she was about to fall out with David,
sell all her expensively amassed collection and throw her
lot in with Barry Manilow (no, I'm not making this up!). Over
in Sweden Mike Eriksson's DPFC which had been going some time
came up against a glossy upstart called Stargazer, which nicked
our name and our pictures. It lasted about a dozen issues
or so. Mike's is still going...
found time to complete the Jon Lord & The Classics story and
ran a full page article on the two Mk 2 BBC In Concerts. I'd
been told that there would never be another album of unissued
Deep Purple material EVER unless we came up with some suggestions,
so I bunged them this information and before the magazine
was out they'd done a deal with the BBC to issue the material
(and given me a "cover concept" credit on the single). Reunion
rumours were getting stronger, and while a Mk 3 one was flatly
denied, two goes to put Mk 2 together had more substance.
In America Blackmore's manager Bruce Payne was pushing for
a new album, and some US shows. He had another four years
before it could happen! Rod Evans couldn't wait that long.
On vinyl the goodies kept coming, mostly odds and ends of
foreign releases, Marbles discoveries (with Bonnet), singles
and bootlegs, with "Fool For Your Loving" getting good reviews,
though I wasn't at all keen on the lameness of the "Ready
An' Willing" album. "Deepest Purple" also appeared, it was
no wonder I was pushing as hard as I could for those BBC shows
to appear after this.
: Tour & Record News
REVIEW : Manchester Apollo
REVIEW : Fool For Your Loving (EP)
REVIEW : Ready'n Willing
REVIEW : Live At Hammersmith
: Touring & Recording
REVIEW : Sleeping On The Job (7")
REVIEW : Deepest Purple
REVIEW : Slipstreaming
& Record News
has been speaking his mind about the band recently, hinting
that he might not be with them much longer. He was also seen
in Germany signing autographs "Cozy Powell, ex-Rainbow".
Fully rested after the British tour, Rainbow left for a short
tour of Japan in May. The dates were recorded for possible use.
Quite a surprise was the announcement that the band will be
doing a UK festival, on August 16th at Castle Donnington. 'Will
You Still Love Me Tomorrow' was quoted as being the next single,
and I could see it being a really massive hit, but I hope good
sense prevails. Elsewhere,
Roger Glover was also at the Gillan gig in March when Ritchie
jammed, but he wouldn't go on.
Apollo , 13th June 1980 - Live Review
support act G Force (with Gary Moore) had ground to a halt,
Whitesnake were on quite quickly, and without wasting any time
went straight into 'Come On', followed by 'Sweet Talker'. Nothing
bowled me over, (it was like a rerun of the 1979 tour only lacking
in freshness), so I checked the band out (!). Jon Lord seemed
in better form than last tour, Coverdale looked fitter than
he's done since '74, and Micky was doing his usual cowboy impressions.
Behind them all was the silver Ludwig, with the man himself
in his pink 'Paice hat'. 'Mistreated' gave me my first shivers
of the night, with a lovely new intro. During its finishing
climax things suddenly quietened, and David launched into a
virtually unaccompanied verse of 'Soldier of Fortune', a magical
moment. The set rocked out with a dynamite version of 'Take
Me With You', and as the audience seemed to bow their heads
as one to headbang, we got our best view of the night!
For Your Loving - EP / Promo Film
a summing up of Whitesnake to date the EP makes a convenient
package, one number from each lineup etc. The b-sides seem even
weaker in comparison with the a-side. The combination of Paice
and Murray is excellent, together with Jon Lord they power along.
What it comes down to is Whitesnake finally starting off where
they should have been on 'Trouble'.
because it stands out as a classy track, and partly because
of an excellent promotional film, 'Fool For Your Loving' enjoyed
a lengthy stay in the top 30. The film was shot at the Rainbow
Theatre during the soundcheck for the April 2nd show. According
to Pierre Caeiro they went through it five times for the cameras,
playing along with the single each time. Then during the actual
show they filmed the audience. This was added to the mimed footage
to give an authentic but very classy bit of film.
Willing - Album Review
big improvement on the last two (wouldn't be hard), the change
wrought by Ian Paice is quite phenomenal. 'Fool For Your Loving'
has superb backing, especially Jon's foundations, and David
puts real feel into the song. The title track is very disappointing
however, grotty beat and poor lyrics, and vocals. 'Black &
Blue' is a dire copy of the awful 'Rock & Roll Women' from
the last album. Things pick up for the closer 'She's A Woman',
and for once Jon isn't buried in the mix. I'm very suspicious
of Mr.Birch these days, his work seems careless, burying the
bits you want to hear, and yet he contributed so much to Deep
Purple." David Billington
admit I think they could benefit from looking around producer
wise, but then could anything have saved this album? Sure it
all works out on stage, but albums used to be more than pale
reflections of a band's live capabilities. Whitesnake have just
completed what must be their most successful UK tour to date,
though the warm-up at the Rainbow Theatre on April 2nd wasn't
too good according to reports, with the PA ruined by Judas Priest
the night before!
In Hammersmith - Album Review (Japanese
feel it is important to remember that this was recorded before
Ian Paice joined. It is still their best album to date, even
if it is not up to current stage standards. It opens with 'Come
On', a number I've always liked, and which sounds great at twice
the speed of the studio version. I think 'Might Just Take Your
Life' is better than the Burn version,
maybe as David sings more on it - there is also a nice Jon Lord
solo in there. I must admit I was apprehensive about buying
this record, but I wasn't disappointed! There is a lyric sheet
inside, they've even written out Coverdale's introductions."
Touring & Recording
record company problems mentioned last issue resulted in Gillan
looking elsewhere, finally settling with Virgin Records. In
March the band recorded a special session for Tommy Vance at
BBC Radio, consisting of a new number from their short UK tour
called 'If You Believe Me'. At the end of April they returned
to the studios to work out on the new album, provisionally titled
'Glory Road'. They had five weeks booked, up until May 25th.
An appearance at the Reading Festival has been set once more,
they also did the Loch Lomond Festival on June 22nd. A full
UK tour will follow, ending on October 25th.
Sleeping On The Job / Higher And Higher - Single Review
re-recording of the Japanese album track, but isn't much better
- the fault still being in the production, and the poor drum
sound. Somewhere in the mix is a strong catchy tune struggling
to get out. The b-side is very IGB like, with double tracked
vocals,and isn't as good as the a-side. All the recent numbers
seem to be based on a keyboard riff copied by a guitar, and
repeated over and over. I'd like to hear Colin Towns use deeper
or different tones occasionally - maybe a bit more Hammond -
though I know he's conscious of trying to avoid sounding like
Lordy. Overall not an auspicious start with Virgin.
Purple - Album Review
set, coming so soon after the last two efforts, is just bad
news for Deep Purple fans. Let's clue you in on it and the accompanying
single. Despite me telling them what I thought about the idea,
EMI's TV promotions department had scheduled a TV-promoted album,
and that was that. They went for 'Black Night' as the a-side
of the single, despite it having been reissued only last year
as a 12 inch, and despite the fact that the 7" version
was still on catalogue. I asked for something new on the b-side
and we eventually reached a compromise with 'Speed King' from
the 1970 BBC In Concert, which would be new to most people.
- Album Review
slagged the album into the ground, and then an understandably
annoyed Simper wrote in defending himself and the band. The
opener 'Candice Larene' I like a lot, Nick and guitarist Pete
Parks have a knack for catchy country material. The sound is
very clean,and the guys are obviously seasoned session men.
The lyrics to this (and most of the album) are pretty duff.
The title track sounds like a bad 'Highway Star'. The closing
track 'Time Will Tell', is a real tearjerker: 'Nineteen hundred
and sixty eight, find it hard to relate to the songs I'm singing
so well, Nineteen hundred and sixty nine is the end of the line,
only time will tell'. Nick denied writing it in his letter.
The tune is catchy, but the lyrics are laughable. Overall it's
a fairly pleasant effort which shines at times, but is ordinary
or bad the rest of the time." Brian Bell
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