27 July 1983
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS - An editor looks back... I still can't
understand why I didn't put the Issue Number and Date on the
cover of each magazine, it makes it so difficult when trying
to look up old copies... probably I didn't really expect them
to be such a useful source of information so long after the
event. We had real problems with my old electric typewriter
around this time. It was quite a difficult machine to get
repaired, and we were without it for over two months while
some crappy repair company messed us around. If that delayed
the issue, moving house didn't help, as me and Ann finally
decamped to a nice end terrace house not far from Hillsborough
football ground - and close to two river valleys so I could
roam around and explore the countryside and the industrial
archaeology which abounded therein. It wasn't long before
large millstones began arriving back at the new house. We
even roped in dpas member Pete Judd to drive our removal van
for us - that'll teach him to come and study in Sheffield!
He got his own back by doing a u-turn with us in the back
of the van.
27 was important to me, as it carried our first detailed
interview with a former member of Deep Purple, having tracked
down bassist Nick Simper. Although Nick still had problems
about his departure from the band, he was happy to chat at
length about his career. He'd just made a tentative return
to the studios with a single, and was about to do another.
We talked for hours in a room at the Pinewood Studios complex
where his manager at the time had an office. Going through
his old scrapbooks was great, seeing rare pictures which he
kindly allowed us to borrow to get copied. We ran the interview
straight over seven pages and put Nick on the cover, with
a contact sheet of his first Deep Purple photo session.
in the magazine was the second part of our Purple Records
story, this time with a full albums listing - and the news
that Line Records in Germany were about to start reissuing
some of the older albums. Whitesnake were back in the UK but
having shed some of their older members, we were a little
uninspired by the new line-up and without transport, gave
this short tour a miss. Some of the reviews were very praiseworthy,
others which we had the audacity to print were less complementary.
David has never forgiven us. One of the ex-Whitesnakers was
of course Ian Paice, and not being a huge Gary Moore fan,
I'd given his tour a miss. We did however have a chance to
see and hear Ian properly when he did a drum clinic in Sheffield
in April - upstairs at a dodgy hotel bar called The Marples
Hotel (they used to have rock gigs for a time - we saw Nico
there not long after). Seeing and hearing Ian up close really
was an incredible experience.
Hughes fans were also in for a treat with the Hughes / Thrall
album out Stateside and it seemed for a time as if his musical
career might be coming out of the doldrums. For
many Gillan seemed about to enter one with the stop press
news that he was joining Black Sabbath! As it turned out the
union wasn't entirely successful. Perversely I rather enjoyed
the album when it came out, but for most Sabbath fans it was
a move they weren't happy with (and if Ozzie had joined Purple
I guess we'd have been up in arms too). As for Deep Purple,
there was lots to keep fans interested (and we were up to
26 pages, so there was plenty for us to write about), with
much new material still being unearthed six years after the
split. The main interest was the completion of the first book
on the group, Chris Charlesworth's Illustrated Biography.
Despite being at heart a Who fanatic, Chris's book had delved
into the story in depth and uncovered loads of information.
With hindsight, the book was done just at the right time.
The band members had no reason to expect a reunion was likely
(so they were all fairly frank), and while enough time had
elapsed for them to have gained some sort of perspective on
the group, it wasn't so far in the past as to make it hard
to recall what happened. Despite the fact that Chris knew
Ritchie from the days when as a Melody Maker reporter he used
to cover the group abroad (and got up to one or two scrapes
with the guitarist), Blackmore refused to respond to his request
for an interview.
27: DIGEST & INDEX
:Touring & Recording
REVIEW : Hammersmith Odeon, London
GARY MOORE with Ian Paice
: Live In The UK
REVIEW : Carlsbro Sound Centre, Sheffield (clinic)
AIREY with Ian Paice
REVIEW : Arrested. The Music Of The Police
REVIEW : Hughes Thrall
: Touring & Splitting!
REVIEW: Nottingham Rock City
: Ian Gillan Joins Black Sabbath
REVIEW : Live Between The Eyes
: Recording News / Bobby Rondinelli Departs
: The Illustrated Biography
& Recording- News
March the group went over to Germany for three days to do a
special concert on the 19th in Ludwigshafen which was taped
for German TV. I'm told a new album is under way, though they
will take a break to headline again at the Donnington festival
on August 20th. Cozy has also put out his new solo album, 'Octopuss',
with one vocal contribution from David and several tracks featuring
Jon. Galley and Hodgkinson also feature heavily on the disc,
taped I believe just prior to the Saints & Sinners album. Jon
also sneaked his synthesiser onto just one track ('Circles')
on George Harrison's last album Gone Troppo, something of a
test of loyalty since Mike Moran also plays synth on the cut,
and you can't tell the two apart. That leaves us with just the
late 1982 - early 1983 British dates to report...
Odeon, London, January 5th 1983 - Live Review
bit louder than they needed to be. Although Bemie wasn't the
most imaginative guitarist and played unecessarily long solos,
I did miss his face and friendly chubby feel in the band. The
"new" (ho ho) boys; well Colin Hodgkinson was very nimble and
no doubt talented but it could have been anybody, I preferred
Neil Marray. Mel Galley looked like a card-board cut-out. Cozy
we all knew from the good old days and I must say his solo was
entertaining. Micky Moody, I've heard that solo so many times
now...as for the star of the show Coverdale was in great humour
and excellent voice, with more energy and sweat than I've seen
in a long time. He gave 100%, it's easy to see how the others
could be classed as a backing band - bar one. That one is Jon.
The solo gets better every year. He didn't rely on the old Purple
hooks and after being so disappointed by 'Before I Forget',
this made things seem worthwhile again. The gig was average
really with just a couple of highs, and 'Here I Go Again' gets
my vote for best track of the night." Steve Grover
GARY MOORE - Tour News
we mentioned last issue, one listen to that free live EP inside
Gary Moore' s album was enough to dampen our enthusiasm to see
Paicey live on Moore's UK tour. However if we'd had some of
your reviews earlier it may well have changed my mind: "I was
quite impressed, they played nearly all the Corridors Of Power
LP with a few tracks from Moore's other solo albums. Don Airey
came over really well, much better than on Rainbow tours. Neil
Murray played a good gig and was much more to the forefront
than he'd been in Whitesnake. As for Paice, well what can I
say apart from brilliant? He's given more chance to stretch
out than with Whitesnake, his solo was the highlight of the
gig; he got the biggest cheer of the night". Andy Hardman.
are now mid-way through a tour of the USA and Canada. "In
Ottawa they did a solo gig in a small club for 200 people. Paice
did a wild drum solo and got a standing ovation" writes
Andy Szczepanik, who says they were mostly supporting
Def Leppard along with Krokus.
Carlsbro Sound Centre, Sheffield - Drum Clinic Review
Although the evening was designed to show off Paiste cymbals,
Ian Paice's new Pearl kit was the star of the stage. Proceedings
got under way, and he launched into a drum solo. Now I'm used
to solos from some distance away at concerts, but this - amplified
only through tiny speakers (which I suspect were inaudible anyway)
was something else... It was amazing to hear the kit completely
clearly. There was then a brief slide show followed by a lengthy
demo of every cymbal Paiste do - Paicey merely walloping each
one to order. He then discussed Pearl drums. He said he'd always
vowed he'd play the best kit around. Previously these had been
Ludwig, but he'd recently found the quality deteriorating, and
had decided to change, eventually opting for a natural wood
finish Pearl kit.
Arrested. The Music Of The Police
- Album Review
'The Royal Orchestra And Friends'. The friends in question are
Don Airey (who also arranged and conducted), Neil Murray, Gary
Moore, Graham Bonnet, and Ian Paice! Paice's drumming is good
but not spectacular. He is only on four cuts. I don't really
see the logic in trying to give Police tracks a middle of the
road orchestral treatment, as they appeal to a wide range of
the populace anyway. I much prefer the originals to these covers.
Thrall - Album Review
being disappointed by 'Play Me Out' I was pleasantly surprised.
The album contains some very good material. Glenn's distinctive
vocal style is used to good effect, especially on my favourite
'The First Step of Love', a real epic. The biggest surprise
was 'Muscle & Blood', a very heavy number. My only dislike
is 'Coast To Coast' which is wishy washy and lacks something
to bring it up to standard." Derek Rust
of many positive reviews. UK release came in late December 1982.
& Split - News
the US release of the Hughes/Thrall album, the band spent October
through to December doing live concerts, usually as supporting
act to Santana. They also made a promotional visit to Japan.
In their interviews there they sounded in good spirits, and
the stories of a bust up which emerged soon after came as something
of a surprise. They were due to make a second album in February
(they recorded or wrote enough for a double in the first place),
and follow this with dates in Japan and Australia in April /
May. A British visit was being arranged for late summer.
Rock City, 27th October 1982 - Live
did virtually the Donnington set, except 'Living For The City'
was replaced by 'Long Gone', and 'Vengeance' was pensioned off
in favour of 'Dead Of Night'. 'MAD' and 'Born To Kill' were
brilliant at close quarters. The guitar was enjoyable, more
playing than feedback. He did climb the PA but banged his head
on the ceiling! Mick Underwood played well and his solo was
good, he gets better each tour and holds the band together every
well these days. Gillan sounded OK although the mix wasn't exactly
wonderful, so hard to pass proper judgment." Mark Maddock
"Saw him at Wolverhampton, two of his ladies came on dressed
as nuns during 'No Laughing..', something I saw nowhere else.
I made the journey down to London (for the last Gillan show),
rather a sad occasion, the voice really going but some memorable
stuff on 'MAD' and 'Born To Kill'. Andrew
Gillan Joins Black Sabbath - News
There can't be many people who haven't heard the Ian Gillan
joins Black Sabbath stories, and we've yet to have a single
letter from someone who thinks it's a good idea. He was offered
the job back in August 1982, but didn't make his mind up until
early 1983. Whether Blackmore's rejection of Deep Purple reunion
plans set for this summer caused him to take it we obviously
don't know. Since the announcement Ian and the rest of Sabbath
have been down in the West Country writing and rehearsing off
and on, Ian I presume letting his voice have the break it was
due for anyway. A Reading Festival slot will probably be their
only UK gig this year, as they plan to hit the US trail in August
- good-bye Ian.
Between The Eyes - Video Review
release in February 1983 of the live Rainbow video was quite
a treat for VCR owners; generally people regard it as very well
filmed but not the best Blackmore ever. It was filmed in San
Antonio, Texas on August 18th 1982. "The thing that struck me
at once was the quality of sound and picture - everything is
so clear, with even the backing singers audible. 'All Night
Long' works very well with a nice guitar / vocal duet. 'Blues'
is very laid back, with a guitar / keyboard duet this time.
'Difficult To Cure' comes complete with drum solo, which is
very good visually. The only thing which looks odd is JLT playing
his guitar; you can't hear him!" Keith Sheldon
Rondinelli Departs - News
the poor showing of 'Stone Cold', the follow up - 'Death Alley
Driver' - got shelved, though the promo video did escape on
some in-store video screens in early 1983 and on a K-Tel type
chart compilation video called 'Videoteque'. Some of you found
Ritchie dressed as Death in it quite disturbing!
late 1982 European tour had a set list close to that of the
US dates. (The photo opposite was taken by Frans Van Arkel).
It ended in late November, and since then all has been quiet.
The story goes that the band were given notice as per usual,
but only Rondinelli appears to have gone. In May Rainbow skipped
over to Sweden to write, rehearse and ultimately record a new
Illustrated Biography - News
The first proper authorised history of Deep Purple yet published.
It's by Chris Charlesworth, a Melody Maker writer who first
saw Purple at the Plumpton show in 1970, and wrote numerous
articles on them from thereon. He approached Omnibus Books with
his idea, and finally signed on the dotted line late in 82.
He then set about getting interviews, and wasn't 100% successful
in this, being unable to stir Blackmore into a response of any
kind. Roger did a lengthy cassette interview and Glenn Hughes
did likewise, although he failed to grasp the seriousness of
the book and gave rather standard answers to the questions.
David Coverdale was lined up, but promptly went off on holiday.
Rod Evans was located but couldn't be got to reply. On the more
positive side, Jon Lord managed to fill a quantity of C90s in
a marathon interview. lan Paice gave of his time freely, and
lan Gillan spoke at length too. We'd just located Nick Simper
and set up an interview, so rather than make him waste two days
going over the same ground, I let Chris have a transcript of
the one published this issue. Six out of nine then is quite
Chris also went in search of other related personnel, old roadies
like lan Hansford and Mick Angus, producers Derek Lawrence and
Martin Birch, and managed to get the full cooperation of Tony
Edwards and John Coletta.
This book should then be a must for all Purple fans. It certainly
makes a damn good read - Chris has styled it like a book rather
than the easy cop out of a diary format - with a lot of new
facts coming to light or at least being explained properly for
the first time.
to the top
in the magazine...Six Page DPAS Nick Simper Interview....Purple Records
Whitesnake 1982-83 UK Tour Reviews....Deep Purple Vintage Video Feature...Rainbow
.Deep Purple 'Alive Tribute To Wally' Bootleg Review.....Artwoods
'100 Oxford Street' LP Review.....
Deep Purple German Singles Article....Nic Simper News....Gillan, Farewell
UK Tour Reviews...
.Blackmore / Deep Purple Book reviews....plus much more...
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