'Graz 1975' captures the Mark III Deep Purple lineup in one of its very last performances. However, this is hardly the sound of a band in its final hours.
It seems that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore didn't break up with just Deep Purple two decades ago.
Ian Gillan would rather turn down induction than be forced to be on the same stage as Ritchie Blackmore again.
After years of being completely overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pioneering hard rockers Deep Purple received word last week that they are among the nominees this year. But if you're hoping for an epic reunion jam on 'Highway Star' at this year's ceremony, not so fast -- in a new interview, former Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says he has no interest in whether the band is inducted or not.
When it comes to pioneering jam metal bands, few artists can compete with Rainbow and their legendary penchant for stretching out straightforward rock songs into exercises in instrumental abandon.
The 35th anniversary reissue of 'Live in Germany 1976' -- an unsung companion piece to the band's better known 1977 double concert album 'On Stage' -- showcases guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ronnie James Dio, keyboard player T