32 - Heartless, Much Ado About Nothing, Jon Lord, Ritchie ref, live Toolbox?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David McCrory)
Hope you and the guys have a great time in Glasgow. Had tickets for the gig but unfortunately I am going into hospital for major surgery and will not be fit enough to be there. My stepdaughter is delighted, she gets the ticket. Please don't make it to long until your next Scottish
tour I will be looking forward to it.
See you the next time around.
From: email@example.com (Gerhard Jahnel)
Hi from the far Austria!
There is absolutely no foundation for it, in fact Steve and I and the other guys are exchanging e-mail daily regarding professional matters concerning the tour..... really important stuff, like where is the best pizza parlour, pub, launderette, strip joint etc. Oh yes, hotels, venues and airports too.
Don't worry, Steve will be there, as always.
evening Mr Gillan
Good day Åke Nordh,
I have explained in the past how I felt when leaving the band in '73. Even though (at the time) I had no intention of ever singing again, it was still a wrench to leave the 'family', no matter how discordant it may have become.
So much of a wrench that I couldn't bring myself to listen to 'Burn' or 'Stormbringer'; it was like (and pardon the crude analogy) watching my ex-girlfriend with another guy. Please understand that I have no bad feelings about David, or any other ex-Purple musician for that matter, but family ties are strong and emotions run deep.
This is why it is so easy for me to understand how fans and friends go through heartache every time the band seems unsettled, or someone leaves. It's like your parents separating, or some other kind of big family break-up.
What Ritchie did for Deep Purple could never be replaced by anyone. By the same token Ritchie could never have done for Deep Purple what Steve Morse has done. And the truth was and is that we could never have continued with Ritchie in the band (that is not debatable), so it would all have ended with 'The Battle Rages On'. On reflection, that would have been madness.
So if, or when, Jon Lord decides he's had enough, or unable to continue, then we shall continue to respect and love him for all that he's done for and with us. If you remember, Jon had a very sore knee during the last European tour, which resulted in him missing all the dates. We were very lucky to have Don Airey able to deputise for Jon and the show went on. If or when the same situation occurs I think it would be madness to cease, just as with Ritchie, Jon's work will be forever treasured.
Nostalgia has it's place, as I can see from your love of the 'old days', however there is still so much left to do. I think we'd all have quit years ago if we felt that Deep Purple was just a classic rock band.
'Come ahead McQuillan' och aye.
Just wanted to ask Ian Gillan what Ritchie Blackmore was referencing when he came up with the title, "Machine Head". Was it a reference to the guitar neck? To a tape head on the 16-track tape recorder? A sexual reference? A combination of all of the above? Not only was that an historic album, but it spawned a popular rock band of the same title 25 years hence.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (WILLIAM DRYDEN)
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