Deep Purple Reschedule UK Dates For October 2022

Deep Purple have announced the rescheduled dates for their UK tour with Blue Öyster Cult. The trek will now take place in October 2022:

10/20 London, England – O2
10/22 Glasgow, Scotland – Hydro
10/23 Leeds, England – FD Arena
10/25 Birmingham, England – Utilita Arena
10/26 Manchester, England – Manchester Arena

Deep Purple, Yes, Etc. Members Guest On New DMX Song “X Moves”

Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Steve Howe (Yes, Asia), and Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic) are all featured on a new DMX song titled “X Moves.” Jürgen Engler (Die Krupps) produced and mixed the track alongside Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera. Sadly, this news comes as DMX is currently on life support following a heart attack. Perera said the following:

“Obviously, we are all holding our breath and praying that DMX pulls through and makes a full recovery. As ‘X Moves’ shows, he is still one of the most innovative and original hip-hop artists around. Our hearts go out to all of DMX’s family, friends and supporters.”

Saxon Release Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Speed King”

Saxon have released a cover of Deep Purple’s “Speed King.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “Inspirations,” which will be released on March 19. Biff Byford commented:

“Without ‘Speed King’, there would be no ‘Motorcycle Man’. I love the attitude, energy and driving speed of this song, not to mention those screaming vocals. I’d never sung it before, and I had great fun with it.”

Deep Purple’s Roger Glover: “We’re Gonna Try And Do Another Album At Some Point Next Year”

It looks like Deep Purple are already thinking about working on a follow-up to their latest album “Whoosh!.” Bassist Roger Glover said the following about that during a virtual meet-and-greet with Finnish fan Anssi Herkkola:

“All this COVID situation has meant that we can’t tour. We’re twiddling our thumbs, really, for over a year, and the idea was to possibly go back in and do another album. And so we’re just working towards that. It’s so quick after we’d done the last album, [and] maybe that will spoil things, but we’re gonna try and do another album at some point next year. We’re experimenting with stuff.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth, Anthrax, Etc. Members Cover Deep Purple’s “Burn” For “Metal For Kids United”

The “Metal For Kids United – All-Star Charity Jam” is celebrating its fifth anniversary by releasing an all-star cover of Deep Purple’s “Burn” in support of the Peter Pan Association. 25 musicians took part including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Brian O’Connor (ex-Vicious Rumors), Rafael Bittencourt (Angra), Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian), Jens Ludwig (Edguy), and more.

Fabrizio Troiano, president of “Metal For Kids United,” commented:

“Due to sudden spread of the coronavirus pandemic, we were forced to cancel the 2020 edition of the annual benefit show booked in Rome for April. During the spring lockdown period, we asked old and new friends of ‘Metal For Kids United’ to jam together from their own place to celebrate our fifth anniversary and keep the promise made to the association.”

He also added:

“We are very proud of the achievements over the years and we hope, despite the impossibility of making a physical event as in our tradition, we can once again share fun together, raise funds for the kids in need and give the chance to the people from all over the world to experience the ‘Metal For Kids United’ spirit of solidarity Don’t forget to play it loud, make metal horns, headbang and share the video.”

Fans can donate HERE.

Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Etc. Producer Martin Birch Passes Away

Martin Birch has sadly passed away at the age of 71. The legendary producer is known for his work with Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Blue Öyster Cult, and more. You can find various tributes for Birch below:

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RIP Martin Birch (1948 – 2020) A man of many nicknames… and simply one of the greatest people we have ever worked with. Steve Harris: “He was just absolutely brilliant. He wasn’t just a producer, he was a hands-on engineer too, so he knew how to get a great sound. He was also fantastic at motivating people; he just had a knack of getting the best out of you. He was also a really nice man, great fun with a terrific sense of humour and that made him easy to work with. We all got along with him really well and the whole band is very saddened by today’s news.” Bruce Dickinson: “To me, Martin was a mentor who completely transformed my singing: he was a psychotherapist and in his own words a juggler who could mirror exactly what a band was. That was his special talent as a producer. He was not a puppeteer, he did not manipulate the sound of the band, he just reflected it in the best possible way. Apart from all of that he was a wonderful, warm & funny human being. Martin & I shared a passion for martial arts – he for karate and me for fencing which gave us another bond too. I’m so very sad to hear this news, it’s incredible that he has passed away at such a young age for a man who was so full of life.” Rod Smallwood: “He was a fantastic guy who always shared a mutual respect with the band. He never, ever, let us down in the studio. He was a true gentleman and he will be hugely missed by everyone in the Maiden Family." Albums produced by Martin Birch: 1981 – Killers 1982 – The Number of the Beast 1983 – Piece of Mind 1984 – Powerslave 1985 – Live After Death 1986 – Somewhere in Time 1988 – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 1990 – No Prayer for the Dying 1992 – Fear of the Dark 1994 – Maiden England '88 #IronMaiden #MartinBirch #Legend

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YOB, Mos Generator, Etc. To Be Featured On Deep Purple Tribute Album

Glory Or Death Records have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new Deep Purple tribute album. The effort, which is expected to be released in fall 2021, will feature 14 songs. So far, the following tracks have been confirmed:

  • YOB – “Perfect Strangers”
  • Mos Generator – “Love Child”
  • Big Scenic Nowhere – “Demon’s Eye”
  • The Grand Astoria – “The Mule”
  • Temple Of Love – “Gettin’ Tighter”
  • Holy Grove – “Bloodsucker”
  • Steak – “Smoke On The Water”
  • Worshipper – “Pictures Of Home”

Ace Frehley Premieres Animated Video For Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin'”

Ace Frehley (ex-KISS) has premiered an animated video for his cover of Deep Purple’s “Space Truckin’.” This track is from his new covers album “Origins Vol. 2,” which will be released on September 18.

“Origins Vol. 2” Track Listing:

01. “Good Times Bad Times” (Led Zeppelin cover)
02. “Never In My Life” (Mountain cover)
03. “Space Truckin'” (Deep Purple cover)
04. “I’m Down” (The Beatles cover)
05. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (The Rolling Stones cover)
06. “Politician” (Cream cover)
07. “Lola” (The Kinks cover)
08. “30 Days In The Hole” (Humble Pie cover)
09. “Manic Depression” (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
10. “Kicks” (Paul Revere & The Raiders cover)
11. “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” (The Animals cover)
12. “She” (KISS cover) (bonus track)

It’s worth noting that previous reports said that Lita Ford will be featured on “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander will be featured on “30 Days In The Hole,” Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS) will be featured on “Manic Depression” and John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.) will be featured on “I’m Down” and “Politician.”