Entries tagged with: Deep Purple
Deep Purple released their 19th album last year, and this summer they'll be going on a tour in support of it that comes near NYC with NJ shows at Mayo PAC on 8/24 and Bergen PAC on 8/25, and a Long Island show on 8/26 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Tickets for the Bergen and Westbury shows are available here and tix for the Mayo show are available here. Those shows are just a few days before singer Ian Gillan and 3,000 amateur guitarists may or may not set a world record during their "Smoke on the Water" performance.
Deep Purple's not the only band in your dad's record collection with upcoming NYC-area shows this summer (or fall). Here's a list of a bunch more...
Tickets for the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper shows at Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center and MSG are on sale now.
Rod Stewart and Santana are going on a tour together that hits Jones Beach on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty has many tour dates coming up, including co-headlining shows with Jackson Browne on August 4 at PNC Bank Arts Center and August 5 at Jones Beach. John also plays Bethel Woods on August 8 and Atlantic City's Borgata on July 19. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Asia play BB King's on September 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The Outlaws play BB King's on October 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
America play BB King's on October 17. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Procol Harum (whose lineup still includes original singer Gary Brooker) play Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on Friday (7/11) and The Space at Westbury on Saturday (7/12). Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Former Procol Harum member Robin Trower brings his own tour to The Paramount on October 24 and BB King's on October 28. Tickets for those shows are on sale now too.
There's a few tickets left for the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood show at MSG and more than a few (same link) for their PNC Bank Arts Center show.
Queen (with... Adam Lambert on vocals) will be at MSG next week.
By Ian Chainey
"Smoke on the Water"'s opening riff
Walk into any Guitar Center right now and chances are there will be someone mangling Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." Next to "Stairway to Heaven" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit," few other riffs have been butchered so thoroughly, so often. Even with it playing in your head right now -- and it is in your head right now, you're welcome -- it's probably a skronking abortion of a cover that was delivered by someone with sausage fingers. You'd think Ian Gillan would never want to hear the song again outside of Ritchie Blackmore's hands. (As long as he's not nattering on about Beethoven, that is.) And that's where your wrong. Ian Gillan will sing "Smoke on the Water" in Lyme Regis, England on September 6, backed by at least 3,000 amateur guitarists.
3,000 amateur guitarists. Dear god.
The "spectacle" will occur during the Guitars On The Beach celebration, which is part local concert, part stunt to make the record books by asking anyone with a guitar to hit the sand and strum away. Last year, 2,267 guitarists played Buddy Holly's "Rave On." This year, the repertoire has been expanded by two additional songs: Status Quo's version of "Rocking All Over the World" and the aforementioned Deep Purple classic. When Gillan heard that the latter was getting done up, he reached out to the organizers.
I hear you might be doing "Smoke" with the massed guitars and if that is the case I thought I'd offer my services if you need a singer.With Gillan on board, the sign-up has understandably skyrocketed and the previous record is looking like it will be broken. . .along with your brain. . .and your soul. Hopefully the event isn't overran by Blutos. Or, hey, it's all good clean fun.
A trailer for the 2013 version of the event -- which is kind of Broadchurch-y -- along with the worst "Smoke on the Water" covers YouTube has to offer appear below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Cory Dewald)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 nominees (via Rolling Stone), and the list includes Nirvana who are finally eligible (your first single or album had to come out 25 years ago, and their "Love Buzz" cover came out as a single in '88), plus The Replacements (!), Peter Gabriel, The Zombies, Link Wray, Hall and Oates, Yes, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens, in addition to artists who have been previously nominated, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Chic, The Meters, Kiss, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple.
From now until December 10, you can vote for nominees on Rolling Stone, and the winners will be inducted at the ceremony in NYC this April.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
Kraftwerk at MoMA in April (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2013 nominees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, NWA, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer.
For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning on Thursday, October 4 and continuing through December 5, the public can vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.The Induction Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre in LA on April 18, 2013 and will air on HBO.
Born in Leicester, Lord learned classical piano at an early age before being seduced by watching early rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis and jazz organist Jimmy Smith.R.I.P. Deep Purple founding member and keyboardist Jon Lord, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today (7/16) at age 71. Lord's Hammond organ stylings were intrinsic to Deep Purple's sound, but were influential beyond the hard rock/heavy metal world (The Charlatans' hit "The Only One I Know" was almost a rewrite of Deep Purple's "Hush"). He also co wrote many of the band's best-known songs, including "Smoke on the Water," "Strange Kind of Woman," and "Black Night." Jon, here's hoping you have access to a perfectly maintained Leslie cabinet wherever you are now.
He could have chosen a career as an actor after receiving a drama school scholarship, but started playing in pub bands including short-lived outfits with future Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood and his brother Art.
He also worked as a session musician and is thought to have played piano on The Kinks' hit You Really Got Me.
After meeting guitarist Ritchie Blackmore through another project, the first incarnation of Deep Purple was born.
Lord's classical influence surfaced when Lord composed Concerto for Group and Orchestra, which the band performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969.
But the group refined their heavy rock sound and found mass success at the start of the 1970s with albums including Deep Purple in Rock and Machine Head.
In their classic years, the band also included Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan, drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover.
Lord continued to compose classical works alongside the group's output and, when they split in 1976, he joined other groups Whitesnake and Paice, Ashton and Lord. [BBC]
A few Deep Purple classics via YouTube are below.