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Ian Paice and Others Guest on Ranfa Album

January 14, 2008

Drummer Ian Paice (DEEP PURPLE), guitarists Bernie Marsden (ex-WHITESNAKE) and Tracy G (DIO), singers James Christian (HOUSE OF LORDS) and Roberto Tiranti (LABYRINTH) are among the guest musicians who appear on the debut RANFA album, “Little Hard Blues”, which was released on December 24, 2007. Audio clips are available at this location. RANFA is the nickname of Andrea Ranfagni, a powerful Italian singer who lives in Florence. “Little Hard Blues” Read More…


Don Airey Releases New Solo Album

January 9, 2008

from Blabbermouth.net DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey will release a new solo album, “A Light In The Sky”, on February 22 via Mascot Records (click HERE to preorder). For “A Light In The Sky”, Airey has gathered together a different set of collaborators (though Laurence Cottle ofSting/Eric Clapton/Brian Eno/Bill Bruford fame once again contributes precision bass-playing), though naturally Don provides the record’s central creative thrust — an entertaining Read More…


Don Airey’s Keyboard Rig

December 28, 2007

Don Airey is one the great keyboardists of our generation. What kind of gear does he use? We’ve got the scoop right here: Rack Unit The rack unit consists of a Korg TR Unit, a Roland Fantom XR, and a E-mu Systems ESI 4000. This rack is used to create and enhance the keyboard sounds and Read More…


Roger Glover’s December Words

December 26, 2007

This has been a busy year, to say the least. It’s also been a fantastic year. The Rapture Tour threaded its way around this blue planet and everywhere we visited we received the moving welcomes that we are almost in danger of taking for granted. But be assured that they are never taken for granted; Read More…


Ian Paice’s Drum Rig Profile

December 20, 2007

Ian Paice is known worldwide as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. What’s his secret? Well, we can’t tell you that! But we can tell you about the gear that he uses: Pearl Masters lacquered silver sparkle Tom sizes are 10, 12,13, 14, 15 (rack) Floor tom 16,18 (all standard depth) 26 inch kick Read More…


Jon Lord and Roger Glover to Perform at the Upcoming Malcolm Arnold Festival

December 17, 2007

The gala evening concert planned for the main auditorium at the Royal & Derngate on Sunday 7th October, by any measure, will be a remarkable occasion. Paul Mann will conduct Jon Lord and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a special recreation of the original Deep Purple/RPO concert at the Albert Hall. On September 24, 1969, Read More…


The Rapture of Deep Purple

December 10, 2007

By: Dennis Cook for JamBase.com On June 3, 2007, Kansas City classic rock station KYYS gathered together 1,683 guitarists to simultaneously play Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water” and beat the previous Guinness Book World Record. The four-notes that open the song may be the most widely recognized riff in popular culture. Not bad for a Read More…


Steve Morse Guitar Rig

November 27, 2007

Steve Morse Guitar Rig Pedal  Board Steve Morse’s pedal board is custom made by Steen Skrydstrup.  The Ernie Ball (http://www.ernieball.com/) pedal boards are used to blend his effects. Speaker Cabinets Steve is feeding  two stacks of ENGL PRO Slanted E 412 VS cabinets for his dry sound with this amp. For his wet (effects) side Read More…


Road Report #4

November 16, 2007

After a very rainy, and cold day yesterday in Toulon, France, we made our 6 hr bus ride to Perpignan, France.  Perpignan is in the south of France, not very far from Spain.   When I woke up this morning and looked out the bus window, I saw palm trees!  I thought maybe it would be Read More…


Deep Purple Road Report #3

November 14, 2007

Today we are in Chateauroux, France at a venue called The Tarmac. This building is brand new, and Deep Purple is the second band to perform here.  The first was Vanessa Paradis, who is married to Johnny Depp.  It is great to be in a new building with moderatly working internet, clean bathrooms and most Read More…


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