Ian Paice of Deep Purple unveils new limited edition signature drum kits (video), 40th Anniversay of ‘Machine Head’ In The Studio broadcast
The great Ian Paice of Deep Purple was on hand to demonstrate and debut his new Pearl Drums limited-edition signature drum kits at DrumWright in Berkshire, England this past April 23. The UK’s Rhythm Magazine has posted footage of Ian at the launch, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of Depp Purple’s classic ‘Machine Head’ album.
There is twelve kits in all, with each kit having nine drums, comprising Masters Premium Legend Maple Toms and Bass Drum and the Ian Paice Signature Snare Drum. The three colours are Piano Black, Silver Sparkle and White Marine Pearl. There will be four kits in each colour.Once the 12 kits have gone, they will be gone forever. There will be no repeat production.
The kits come with a standard front head and are supplied with a specially designed front bass drum head specially designed to fit to the kit or be mounted to the wall as a souvenir. They all include a head signed by Ian, dedicated to the individual customer and a limited-edition certificate of authenticity. The drums also all have a unique motif inside specifying that they are limited edition.
Paice said about the kits: “When you are lucky enough to play the best, it’s nice to know other people can experience the same perfection.”
DrumWright managing director Chris Wright added: “We are very excited about this unique opportunity. We have developed a close working relationship with Ian over the past 15 years. In my view, he is the U.K.’s finest rock drummer, an inspiration to others, and a pleasure to work with.”
The twelve customers who buy one of these sets will also be invited to a private dinner with Paice, hosted by celebrity chef Paul Clerehugh at his Oxfordshire restaurant The Crooked Billet.
The syndicated rock radio show ‘InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands’ recently took a look at Deep Purple’s ‘Machine Head’ album which, along with Led Zeppelin IV and Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid,’ is widely considered to be the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. Having successfully moved away from the more progressive sound of the late ’60s into a heavy but melodic quintet creatively steered in large part by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, the recruitment of singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover would make Deep Purple “Highway Stars” worldwide with the 1972 Machine Head album. But it is the story of the making of the album that is Rock ‘n’ Roll legend. On its 40th anniversary, Ian Gillan tells show host Redbeard the real story behind “Smoke on the Water”.
“It was an inferno (the fire at the Casino in Monteux). The wind was coming down off the mountains and blowing the flames and the smoke over the lake. And the smoke was just like a stage show and it was hanging on the water, and I’ll never forget Roger (Glover) grabbed a napkin and wrote down on this napkin, ‘Smoke on the Water’.”
The casino fire forced Deep Purple to scramble to find an alternate place to record Machine Head. Two locations later they ended up taking over a hotel, as Roger Glover remembers, “The whole thing was recorded under dire circumstances… a lot of Machine Head was written on the spot.”
Check out the broadcast here: www.inthestudio.net
Deep Purple will be back on the road touring Russia, Ukraine, Luxemborg, France and Germany starting this October and carrying into December.