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WhoCares featuring Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi & Friends to release 2CD set

by on Aug.12, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

WhoCares featuring Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi & Friends to release 2CD set

Reuniting for the first time since their collaboration on Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album, Deep Purple´s Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took everybody by surprise in 2011 when they released the charity singles,'Out Of My Mind' and 'Holy Water.'

For the recording of these songs, the two rock legends called a few friends, asking for some “help.” Jason Newsted (Metallica), the late Jon Lord (Deep Purple, 1941-2012), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and Linde Lindström (HIM) completed the supergroup WhoCares.

Now, 'Out Of My Mind' and 'Holy Water' will be featured in a special 2 disc set of rarities and recordings culled from the careers of Iommi and Gillan. The WhoCares double CD will be released in North American on August 28th through Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Amongst the tracks are the two original WhoCares songs, Deep Purple’s unreleased studio jam Dick Pimple, a song from Repo Depo (a band Ian Gillan formed before the Deep Purple reunion) which never released an official song before this CD. Also included is 'Zero The Hero,' from the aforementioned Black Sabbath Born Again release (which is the only album to feature Gillan on lead vocals), as well as two unreleased songs from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes.

The Out Of My Mind and Holy Water singles were a joyful and inspired moment from two musicians with nothing to prove, willing to support music where music is considered a luxury. The spark to bring Iommi and Gillan in a studio together again was to finance the rebuilding of a music school in Armenia they had visited together on various occasions in past years.

“As I said once in the song Razzle Dazzle, it’s a real fine line between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time,’” states Gillan. “The destruction of conformity in this case: some of these pieces never really fitted into their contemporary program and got sidelined or forgotten, and some of the album tracks never had much exposure. As the track listing for this album came together, I noticed many of the titles had character similarities: a combination of freshness as they finally felt the sun on their backs and rebellion in a ‘yeah told you so’ kind of way. And that adds up to a wonderful time and more money for the music school we are building in Armenia."

“The ad-hoc benefit WhoCares band,” continues Gillan, “was a band put together by Tony Iommi and myself on a flight home from Yerevan, where we’d been deeply humbled by the honor and expectation bestowed upon us. Well that’s it really, in a nutshell, so to speak, what more can I say? It’s all there in the music.”

The release of this very special 2 CD set is a must for all Deep Purple fans and fans of hard rock.

Track Listing:
1. WhoCares Out Of My Mind featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath Zero The Hero
3. Ian Gillan feat. Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover Trashed
4. M. Rakintzis feat. Ian Gillan Get Away
5. Tony Iommi feat G.Hughes Slip Away
6. Gillan Don’t Hold Me Back
7. Ian Gillan She Thinks It’s A Crime
8. Repo Depo feat. Ian Gillan Easy Come, Easy Go
9. Deep Purple feat.Ronnie James Dio Smoke On The Water (live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

1. WhoCares Holy Water featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath Anno Mundi
3. Tony Iommi feat. G. Hughes Let it Down Easy
4. Ian Gillan Hole in My Vest
5. Gillan & Glover feat. Dr. John Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave Me
6. Ian Gillan & The Javelins Can I Get A Witness
7. Garth Rockett & The Moonshiners aka IG No Laughing in Heaven
8. Ian Gillan When A Blind Man Cries (Live at Absolute Radio, previously unreleased)
9. Deep Purple Dick Pimple

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Metallica News: Rocking on upcoming tribute albums, autographed guitar being auctioned for MUSE School

by on Apr.24, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Metallica News: Rocking on upcoming tribute albums, autographed guitar being auctioned for MUSE School

Metallica will be a part of two upcoming tribute albums to rock legends Ronnie James Dio and Deep Purple. The Ronnie James Dio tribute album is being put together by his widow and longtime manager, Wendy Dio. James Hetfield told UK's Metal Hammer magazine: "We reached out to Wendy Dio about wanting to be a part of the Dio tribute that's getting put together. We're very honored to be a part of that, and to be a part of a celebration of Ronnie's life and his great contribution."

Other artists slated to appear on the Dio tribute album include Anthrax, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan.

The Deep Purple tribute album will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Deep Purple’s sixth studio album, 'Machine Head.' "We were asked if we'd contribute to the anniversary of Machine Head...we can't turn that down," Metallica drummer and massive Purple fan Lars Ulrich said. "We're circling the Dio and Purple catalogs and hopefully we'll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men.'

I think you'll do fine Lars! Sounds like two killer tribute albums on the way.

Currently up for auction via is an ESP EC-200QM black quilted maple guitar signed by all four band members with a special note from James Hetfield: "Stay in Skool." The auction ends May 10th. To make a bid and get more info check out:

All proceeds for this item benefit MUSE School in Calabasas, California.

At MUSE, every child is truly known. We understand and honor students as individuals – dreamers, observers, envelope pushers, and everything in between. We give each a voice in choosing curriculum based on what they like, how they learn, where they find fun, and what they need. We honor and celebrate creativity. We encourage exploration and imagination. We foster compassion and optimism. We focus on preserving the environment and building community. We believe absolutely that the freedom to follow one’s own path every day is essential in nurturing fully invested, absorbed, and passionate learners.

Community is key

MUSE students work with faculty-led teams that include industry experts, expert practitioners, and other passionate, knowledgeable and playful adults from the extended community. In the process, we foster courageous, imaginative, spirited, thoughtful, healthy, responsive, skilled contenders who will take the lead in a world that’s hungry for their unique talents and perspectives. MUSE students launch from our program with a sound academic foundation, skilled in reading, communication, math, art, and design. They’re literate about green technologies, dedicated to preserving the planet, and conscious about what they eat and where it comes from. They’re eager to contribute everything they know to their communities and to the world at large.

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New Deep Purple album coming in 2013 (video)


New Deep Purple album coming in 2013 (video)

Deep Purple announced on their official website plans for a new studio album in 2013. They have decided to extend their writing and recording period through the Summer of 2012.

Ian Gillan said “We know we will disappoint some of our fans this Summer however we look forward very much to our Autumn/ Winter Tour and continuing our Worldwide tour with our new album in 2013."

Deep Purple's last studio release was 2005's Rapture Of The Deep.

Musicianews conducted an interview at the Ernie Ball booth from the 2012 NAMM show with Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse. Morse is also in the new group Flying Colors. A prog/pop/metal rock band formed by drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/Adrenaline Mob) and Steve Morse. The band consists of Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar), and will release their self-titled debut album on March 27.

Fast Tube

Deep Purple will hit the road for a tour of Canada starting Feb. 2nd. Here's the tour dates:
Feb. 2 - St. Johns, NL - Mile One Stadium
Feb. 4 - Moncton, NB - Moncton Casino
Feb. 5 - Halifax, NS - Metro Centre One
Feb. 6 - Moncton, NB - Moncton Casino
Feb. 8 - Ottawa, ON - Civic Centre
Feb. 9 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre
Feb. 11 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
Feb. 12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Feb. 13 - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place
Feb. 15 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
Feb. 16 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre
Feb. 17 - Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
Feb. 19 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee
Feb. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Feb. 23 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre
Feb. 25 - Victoria, BC - Save on Foods Centre
Feb. 26 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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Dio Tribute Album contributors confirmed (video)

by on Jan.09, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, NEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Dio Tribute Album contributors confirmed (video)

The long time talked about Dio Tribute album looks like it's going to happen in 2012. An impressive lineup of artists has been lined up so far.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters), Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Chris Jericho (Fozzy) are among the confirmed artists so far.

Dio’s widow, Wendy is spearheading the project. Halford will reportedly cover ‘Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,’ the title track to Dio’s last album with Rainbow, while Grohl is set to tackle ‘The Mob Rules,’ the title track to the second Black Sabbath album with Dio as its singer.

Fast Tube

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Double Discs of the Deepest of Deep Purple’s onstage action to be released August 16

by on Aug.06, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Double Discs of the Deepest of Deep Purple’s onstage action to be released August 16

Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the August 16th release of four double-discs of the deepest of Deep Purple's onstage action: "Scandinavian Nights," "In Concert 1970-1972," "Live In London" and "MK III: The Final Concerts."

"Scandinavian Nights," from 1970, features the most classic of Purple lineups, lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, vocalist Ian Gillan, drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover. Recorded for Swedish radio while on tour in support of their groundbreaking In Rock album. The band, a well-oiled machine of epic proportions, rips through elongated versions of "Speed King," "Into The Fire," "Child In Time," "Wring That Neck," a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" (as a Paice drum solo), "Mandrake Root" and "Black Night."

The same lineup "In Concert 1970-1972" recorded two shows for the BBC. The 1970 show is four songs stretched out to almost 50 minutes in true DP style like no other band ever -- "Speed King," "Child In Time," "Wring That Neck" and "Mandrake Root." In the '72 concert, they performed every song off their classic Machinehead album (except "Pictures Of Home") including a 21-minute version of "Space Truckin'."

This is the first time "Live In London" has been released in the United States on CD. Complete with new frontman David Coverdale and new bassist Glenn Hughes (essentially giving the band two lead singers), the band were back home in London in 1974 performing in support of the Burn album. The band, indeed, burned through the title track, "Might Just Take Your Life," "Lay Down Stay Down," "Mistreated," "Smoke On The Water" and, on Disc #2, "You Fool No One" and "Space Truckin'."

A year later, with no idea its lead guitarist and co-founding member Ritchie Blackmore had already decided to leave the band, Deep Purple, with Coverdale and Hughes now solidly entrenched and performing magnificently, embarked on a European tour in support of Stormbringer. "MK III The Final Concerts" excitingly documents Blackmore's swan song with the band on "Burn," "Stormbringer," "Gypsy," "Lady Double Dealer," "Mistreated," "Smoke On The Water," "You Fool No One," "Space Truckin'," "Going Down/Highway Star," and alternate versions of "Mistreated" and "You Fool No One."

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