Deep Purple announces that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, having been its guitarist for more than a quarter of a century.
Steve’s personal circumstances have made it impossible for him to commit to the band’s schedule throughout 2022 and beyond. A few months ago, Steve openly shared with the band´s fans the sad fact that his wife, Janine, is battling cancer and, in his own words, “I simply must be there with her.”
Good morning, we are here to wash away your Monday blues with some rocking news about some legendary bands from the United Kingdom who I think you know very, very well. I’m talking about none other that the mighty Judas Priest and the equally important to modern music as we know it Deep Purple. Check out the full press release about their upcoming co-headlining tour and I’ll return at the close with some thoughts.
The Press Release:
Legends will collide late this summer when Deep Purple and Judas Priest embark on a co-headlining North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.
Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10am local time until Thursday, April 26 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Deep Purple’s latest studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), InFinite featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information, please visit the link below. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album One of a Kind on May 25. Continue reading Deep Purple And Judas Priest Announce Summer Co-Headline Tour→
Presenting the 2016 Class for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions. Are you happy with the choices of Deep Purple? Of Cheap Trick? Of Chicago? Of Steve Miller? Of NWA?
PiercingMetal Thoughts: What a rundown of names for this years class huh. At long last we are getting the mighty Deep Purple in the Rock Hall along with Cheap Trick and in my humble opinion these two have rocked my personal world for more years than I care to disclose. Outside of a handful of tunes I never really followed both Chicago or Steve Miller but their sounds were staples in my Classic Rock radio listening over the years and then we have NWA, the lone Rap group who won out over Janet Jackson who was also up for nomination. Now I’ve said this a number of times already before and that is how I really give little credibility to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as anything important in my own love of music. Yeah I am happy that KISS finally made it in there and joined the likes of Van Halen, Sabbath, Rush and many other favorites but outside of that I give a whopping “0” f**ks about it as something I should be impressed by or look to for sage Rock importance. I am still against any and all Rap acts from being included in this and its a constant source of debate with a couple of my friends who I think that the opposing view to rile me more than anything else and feel this place should just rebrand to the “Music Hall Of Fame” once and for all so you can keep putting the rappers in ahead of the likes of Yes, or the eventually hope for Judas Priest and Iron Maiden (not that I think those will happen in my lifetime).
As always your opinions on this are of interest to me so let’s get those comments brewing. I look forward to what you have to say about it.
Yep. It’s that time of the year again when the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame informs the world of their nominees for the honor to be in their esteemed institution. If you caught my not too subtle sarcasm, you can stop laughing now please so we can continue along in this post.
I decided to bring this up once again because so many of the big wigs in music media like to complain about it publicly so why not follow suit and let our own site readers toss in their views into the mix as a result of my bringing it up. Yeah the Rock Hall is not all that Metal and I think that I will have grand children by the time we see groups like Judas Priest, Slayer and Iron Maiden being added but I digress. Let’s go over the criteria for inclusion once more for those who might not yet be aware: Continue reading The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2013 Nominees Are….→
The music world is humbly paused today as the sad news about the passing of the legendary Jon Lord started being circulated around the Internet. It’s without question that his name is synonymous with the term “Classic Rock” and thanks to the musical contributions that he made with his band mates in Deep Purple during their earliest years, had offered up as much inspiration as the likes of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. Isn’t it amazing that such a man was not yet inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame while he was still able to enjoy the “honor”. Mr. Lord was born Jonathan “Jon” Douglas Lord back in 1941 and in addition to numerous releases with Purple also worked with Whitesnake and was a respected composer of classical material. Even though Lord had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he was still working on music but that would all end today when at aged 71 he would leave us.
Writing this brief memorial notation finds me recalling only ever seeing Deep Purple in concert once and this was during their “Perfect Strangers” tour. Despite this, I still have a considerable amount of Deep Purple in my music library collection and will be spinning quite a few of their most amazing tracks in Lord’s honor. There are keyboardists and there are keyboardists, but there was only one Jon Lord. He was the prime reason that so many Rock fans held the sound of the Hammond organ so valuable. Sit back and think on their music for a moment and you can almost hear it playing in your head at maximum volume. I know that I can that is for sure. Thank you Jon for giving us that unique sound that you did, you are forever in our musical hearts and memory. May you Rest in Peace.
Learn more about Jon’s illustrious career and life via his Wikipedia entry HERE.