24 Maret 2011

Dmitry Medvedev met with Deep Purple

Meeting with Medvedev, March 23 2011; Photo: Presidential Press Office
Legendary British rock band Deep Purple, which concert will be held on Wednesday at the scene of the Olympic Sports Complex in Moscow, visited the night before visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Group Deep Purple, playing in the genre of hard rock, was formed in 1968 under the name of Roundabout. In April the same year the band changed their name to the now famous phrase.
The Russian head of state - a dedicated fan of Deep Purple - invited the musicians on Tuesday evening at his residence in Gorki. Rockers have remained true to his style and came to the president in jeans, T-shirts and hoodies, but lead singer Ian Gillan put on a jacket.
In anticipation of Medvedev, who at that time met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the musicians looked at installed in a room audio equipment, including a few rare instances of tape recorders.

Meeting with Medvedev, March 23 2011; Photo: Presidential Press Office, used with permission
Entering the room, the Russian president, before greeting the guests, including at full volume a short fragment of recording one of the songs Deep Purple to roll tape. The musicians greeted with applause chords, and the permanent drummer Ian Paice Medvedev handed his drumsticks.
The Russian head of state invited the musicians to have tea with cakes, but apparently, catching sight of one of the musicians who promised that "when all (journalists) are gone, bring something else."
He said he had conducted at the school disco, which always put writing rock band. Medvedev admitted that the past 33 years listening to music Deep Purple. "When I started listening to Deep Purple, of course, could not have imagined that I would be here so you sit at this table," - said the president.
"It was an unusual disco as shaping her music was hard rock. I brought for the approval of the Komsomol committee a list of musicians who will be played at the disco" - said Medvedev.
Meeting with Medvedev, March 23 2011; Photo: Presidential Press Office, used with permissionThe President thanked the participants for their creativity. "You are planting this musical culture, helping young people understand what rock music," - said Medvedev.
He assured the musicians, that in Russia Deep Purple "cohort of the most loyal fans, which is preserved from the time of the Iron Curtain.
Meeting with Medvedev, March 23 2011; Photo: Presidential Press Office, used with permission
In response, the lead singer Ian Gillan joked that when he was young, he thought, "that the police and the presidency - these are old people." "But that's changed," - a compliment to President Gillan.
Meeting with Medvedev, March 23 2011; Photo: Presidential Press Office, used with permissionMedvedev noted that the ranks of fans of Deep Purple in Russia "is not only elderly people like politicians and presidents." "I'll introduce you to one young man who is much younger than me, but also in love with your creativity, and even trying something play softly" - promised the president.
As the press-secretary of state Natalia Timakova, this time Medvedev will not go to Deep Purple concert in the "Olympic".
During a meeting with President musicians gladly recalled four concerts of rock bands, which he visited.
"Every time getting a great pleasure. I hope that this concert will be a very powerful," - said the president. Musicians assured him that it will.
Meeting with Medvedev, March 23 2011; Photo: Presidential Press Office, used with permissionNext, the conversation continued without the press and the interpreter, Medvedev moved into English.
Group Deep Purple has repeatedly visited the concerts to Russia, where she has many fans, including President Dmitry Medvedev. In February 2008, when the current head of state held the post of first deputy prime minister, to celebrate the 15 th anniversary of Gazprom in the Kremlin, he photographed the musicians who participated in the concert.

info :  thehighwaystar.com and  RIA Novosti  for the info and to Presidential Press and Information Service  for the pictures.

17 Maret 2011

Fire In The Sky

Smoke On The Water, a rock song so ubiquitous that even people whose knowledge of ‘heavy metal’ music would fit onto the back of a packet of acoustic guitar strings can find themselves humming the riff.

These days Deep Purple’s best know composition is such a well-known rock ‘anthem’ that it almost seems as if it has been out there forever. Yet the story of how this most famous of metal tracks came into being is shot-through with chance events, any one of which could have seen the recording stifled at birth, leaving the hard rock music scene scrabbling about for another ‘best riff of all time” contender (and five hard-working musicians considerably less well-off).

Incredibly, while the song’s backing track was the first music laid down for the legendary Machine Head album, in the ensuing chaos of being evicted from their temporary studio and washing up in the corridors of the Grand Hotel, the tape was almost forgotten – until an engineer pointed out that they were indeed one track short of an album… Even after the legendary Geneva session was finished, Smoke On The Water might never have been played live at all were it not for a request from the BBC for a radio session.

And then the band’s American label decided to try a third time to get a single from the album away. The London office sent them an edit of Smoke On The Water and wondered if it might do the trick. It went on to sell 12 million copies.

This forthcoming book charts the events which led to the group to record the song in an empty Montreux hotel corridor in the winter of 1971, and follows the song through the different incarnations of the band and the solo groups which emerged from the wreckage of Deep Purple in 1976. New facts are uncovered and some myths laid to rest, while the writing takes us off on any number of interesting diversions, aided by the author’s close involvement in the band’s archive reissue programme over the last twenty years.

So expect a sideways look at the British Truck industry as we ponder the sad demise of the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio; marvel at early format wars (Smoke On The water in Quadraphonic anyone?); botched album sleeves; backstage rows over whether to play the song for an encore or not; pantomime horses; impossibly rare singles; religious finger puppets and orchestral cover versions: Smoke On The Water is the thread which links them all. And in these times of economic hardship, isn’t it inspiring to know that punitive tax rates were responsible for the band being exiled to Montreux in the first place ?

UPDATE November 2010 • Deep Purple’s recording session in Montreux was organised by the founder of the annual Jazz Festival, Claude Nobs. Claude – who is name checked in the lyrics to the song – has agreed to answer questions for the book to add eye-witness details about the events. The book in now scheduled for 2011 as part of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the recording.

info --> easyontheeyebooks

03 Maret 2011

Jon Lord : A Technique That Was Central To The Band's Success In The 1970s and Beyond.

Deep Purple keyboard legend Jon Lord made a visit to Paisley to speak to students at the University of the West of Scotland.

He was appearing as a guest lecturer on the subject of improvisation, a technique that was central to the band's success in the 1970s and beyond.

Before talking to the students and taking questions, he spoke with STV's John Kilbride, who asked him how important this was to the band. (http://bcove.me/mlbnvb3h)

Jon Lord said : "It was the rock on which we built our house, the give and take in the moment of musicians of equal calibre, on stage in front of an audience with the given that you are entertaining, you are not navel gazing, but doing something interesting to the audience but at the same time composing something in the moment. It is one of the most daunting yet massively enjoyable processes I can think of."

"And it was very much part of late 60s and early 70s rock, it wasn't exclusive to Deep Purple."

As to whether this is something that is lacking from many modern acts, he said: "I think it's still bubbling under, I think it's less part of modern popular music, it's very much more structured now in some cases that is an improvement, a move for the better, but in some cases I think it's lost some of that dancing on the edge of a precipice feel that a really good concert can sometimes have."

Deep Purple is widely thought of as one of the greatest rock bands of the 1970s, and enjoyed huge international success. Their albums In Rock, Machine Head and Made in Japan are amongst the biggest-selling rock albums ever, and remain a considerable influence on the genre.

Between periods with Deep Purple Jon Lord was a member of Whitesnake, another seminal rock band that continues to enjoy international success

Asked which musicians he found inspiring to work with, he said: "Ritchie Blackmore is a piece of work, an astounding musician, a law unto himself and very challenging to work with.

"I learned a lot from him and hopefully he learned something from me to. Perhaps he learned from me that there is such a thing as patience."

"I became friendly with and worked with George Harrison, he was known as the Quiet Beatle, and I learned a lot from him, not just about a way of looking at music but a way of looking at life. He was a wonderful man and a great friend."

With Jon Lord now retired from Deep Purple, he was asked if he still kept up with the band, who are still very much active, with former Rainbow keyboard played Don Airey taking his place.

Jon Lord said: "The drummer lives not too far from me, Iain Paice, so we're good mates. Roger I talk to a lot. Ritchie I haven't seen in years but we converse via the ether. They're all good pals, they're pals of a lifetime.

"I've spent over 30 years with most of them, that's a friendship that's not going to disappear."

As for his future plans, he said: "I'm just going to keep going along with the orchestra project. I'm putting together what I suppose what you could call a crossover  prog rock thing, I want to play a bit more of the Hammond organ with a guitarist, bass and drums and go on the road and see what happens.

"As long as the legs keep working and the hands keep working and the brain keeps reasonably sharp I'll keep doing it until it doesn't seem right to do it any more."

info : John Kilbride, 25 February 2011 15:28 GMT

Formasi VIII (2002-saat ini)

Formasi VIII (2002-saat ini)
Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Don Airey & Steve Morse

Formasi VII (1994-2002)

Formasi VII (1994-2002)
Steve Morse, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice

Formasi VI (1993-1994)

Formasi VI (1993-1994)
Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Joe Satriani, Roger Glover, Jon Lord

Formasi II-c (1992-1993)

Formasi V (1990-1992)

Formasi V (1990-1992)
Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner & Ian Paice

Formasi II-b (1984-1990)

Formasi II-b (1984-1990)
Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Roger Glover & Ian Gillan

Formasi IV (1975-1976)

Formasi IV (1975-1976)
David Coverdale, Jon Lord, Tommy Bolin, Ian Paice & Glenn Hughes

Formasi III (1973-1975)

Formasi III (1973-1975)
Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Glenn Hughes & David Coverdale

Formasi II-a (1969-1973)

Formasi II-a (1969-1973)
Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore & Jon Lord

Formasi I (1968-1969)

Formasi I (1968-1969)
Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice dan Nick Simper



Salah satu pelopor musik Hard Rock kemudian berkembang menjadi Heavy Metal ini pada awal berdirinya merupakan ide dari bintang pop tahun 1960-an dan telah memperoleh kebesaran dengan band-nya, THE SEARCHER, dialah Christopher Crummy atau yang dikenal dengan nama Chris Curtis (Oldham, Lancs, tgl. 26 Agustus 1941).

Curtis melihat semakin berkembangnya musik Rock Progressive sehingga terbentuk suatu ide bersama rekannya di bisnis musik yang bersedia menolongnya.

Curtis mulai mendiskusikannya dengan Tony Edwards, yang bekerja di bisnis textile milik keluarganya di West End, London. Mereka pun diperkenalkan ke Vicki Wickham, seorang asisten produser acara TV : Ready, Steady, Go Pop Show.

Setelah setahun berjalan, secara formal Curtis lalu meminta pertolongan manajemen dan Edwards pun menghubungi teman bisnisnya, John Colletta, yang saat itu memiliki agen periklanan diatas perusahaan textile milik Edwards. Mereka lalu membuat keputusan untuk menggabungkan bisnis mereka dengan melakukan promosi band yang akan dibentuk Curtis.

Seiring dengan waktu, mereka sadar bahwa Curtis hanya memiliki mimpi besar yang hanya berisikan gagasan dan gagasan belaka. Sedangkan bagian yang paling nyata terletak kepada keberadaan teman Curtis yang juga musisi yang tinggal satu flat (Fulham's Gunter Grove) dengan Curtis, dialah Jon Lord.

Curtis pun masih bersemangat untuk membicarakan proyeknya tersebut dengan menampilkan kumpulan musisi terbaik. Salah satu musisi yang sangat diinginkan Curtis adalah Ritchie Blackmore, gitaris terkenal di Reeperbahn dan saat ini bermukim di Hamburg bersama kekasihnya, Babs.

Saat itu band telah terbentuk dengan formasi : Ritchie Blackmore (gitar), Jon Lord (organ), Chris Curtis (vokal), Dave Curtis (bass) dan Bobby Woodman Clarke (drum). Clarke merupakan referensi dari Blackmore berdasarkan promosi Melody Maker yang dibayar 25 Pound setiap minggunya. Sedangkan Dave Curtis tidak ada hubungannya dengan Chris Curtis.

Setelah melakukan jam, Blackmore melihat kelemahan Band terletak pada diri Chris Curtis sendiri, sehingga (sangat ironis) akhirnya Chris Curtis harus keluar dari Band disusul oleh Dave Curtis, sehingga Band hanya terdiri dari Blackmore, Lord dan Clarke saja.

Tak lama berselang, rekan Jon Lord semasa di The Flowerpot Men, Nick Simper (bass) ikut bergabung. Sedangkan untuk posisi vokal, Band telah melihat nama Ashley Holt, Rod Stewart dan Terry Raid.

Dari sekian pelamar, harapan terbesar terletak pada diri Mick Angus. Inkarnasi embrio ini ditambah lagi dengan saran Simper dan Lord untuk memilih Ian Gillan. Saat itu terjadi dilema apabila Gillan masuk ke dalam Band, sedangkan saat itu Gillan masih bergabung dengan EPISODE SIX.

Setelah kembali ke Slough dengan saat itu telah diberikan kepercayaan oleh Band, Angus mereferensikan teman akrabnya, Rod Evans.

Entah mengapa justru Rod Evans (ex. The Maze) bersama rekannya Ian Paice masuk kedalam Band. Dengan masuknya Paicey otomatis Clarke harus keluar dari Band.

Begitu banyak nama Band diusulkan seperti Orpheus dan Concrete God, namun Management mengusulkan nama Roundabout dan nama ini dipakai dalam tour.

Dalam tour di Tastrup, Denmark tgl. 20 April 1968, nama Band pun berubah menjadi DEEP PURPLE, yang diambil dari nama sebuah lagu favorit dari Neneknya Ritchie Blackmore.

Debut album Deep Purple, Shades Of Deep Purple direkam di bulan Mei 1968. Dalam relatif sangat singkat, hit single Deep Purple, Hush (dirilis bulan Juli 1968) menembus tangga lagu Amerika, dengan menduduki posisi no. 4.