37 - Highway Star, Jon & Don, Dublin calling, revisiting albums, pets' corner
From: email@example.com (Randy Sanchez)
And please update us on the new Deep Purple album. Many fans are wondering why there are no news about the new album, please update us on this very important matter.
If you trawl through the Q & As, you will see that I am constantly updating with bulletins about the album.
The latest info can be found in my reply to Dietmar Petzke.
From: Dietmar5674@gmx.de (Dietmar Petzke)
We have some material which has been written with Jon and obviously we will be working on some more stuff with Don. What makes it on to the next record will depend on the mood of the moment.
Jon decided that he was going to leave the band after the U.K. tour. This has been on the cards for quite some time and as Don Airey had already done the previous European tour, it was not difficult to see that the audience accepted him totally; quite right too because he played brilliantly. Also, we had an opportunity to see how we got on behind the scenes; no problem there, so everything slips into place.
We all have sensitivities and so just to come out with a statement that Jon has retired and Don is the new ivory tinkler, would be, somehow, not quite DP. I think it's right to have a period of grace. Don't forget this is a family and we have to talk things through amongst ourselves before we make public statements.
You might like to know that Jon called a few times during the Russian tour to wish us luck just as we were going on stage.
Probably most important is the feeling from within; that the band is going along well. We are already booking tours for the autumn of 2004, and yes, we are making a new record. My revised guess is that we'll be spending quite some time in the studio over the autumn and winter months and looking at a release in the spring of 2003.
Yes, Phil Banfield is still my manager. He won the 2002 Lincoln; you should have seen his little legs go.
My 18year old 240GL is having some work done on it (£400 worth) which will
probably cost more than the current value of the car, but it is still
happy to carry cement or roofing felt from the builders' yard one day and
drive me in safety and comfort to Liverpool the next. As you can see, I'm
not really the right person to be giving advice about cars.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jackie o'Hehir)
All of the band were magnificent(we'll forget about Steve's hiccup at the beginning of Lazy!!! and the vocals on Child In Time and When A Blind Man Cries were awesome as you may have judged from the reaction of crowd.
That's enough praise but I have one question.......................
Thanks for the memories
I think Bludsucker was an exception and of course there will be new(?)
live versions of old songs as we do them in the show, but I'm generally
against rerecording; on the principal that it's rarely possible to improve
on the original. Not necessarily in a technical sense, but, aesthetically,
it's the first image that counts.
From: email@example.com (nimue nimue)
My dear Ian,
Here's your question ¦
This was me talking to you.
I have two cats, or, to be more accurate, two cats have me. I think we have little choice in the matter of our feline companions apart from choosing them as kittens. After that they come and go as they please, returning only for rest comfort and food. They return before sunrise, and sometimes I'm still up when one of them tries to slip in quietly through the catflap, wincing at the racket and then seeing me standing there.
They immediately shift into domestic mode; purr, beg a titbit and then brazenly lie in their teeth about the howling, spitting, shagging and other abandoned activities they think I know nothing about; it was those other naughty cats down the street, wasn't it?
I have (sic) two cats called Winky and Smokey, both knocking on a bit now, and named by my daughter when she was little. Winky is white and deaf and a bit special, Smokey is weird. Also I live with an eighteen year old mongrel called Rufus (Rufus clearly needs a PR manager, me - ed). And, yes, we have dragons too.
Here's an extract from Anecdotage # 43 ..............One little kitty can fight with feral fury against the creeping, snarling, invisible monster of the night and then stroll nonchalantly bleeding into the kitchen for expected food, the next morning. There'll be no apology nor any craven look. Yon pussy will drag it's torn back and gaping mouth under the stairs to recoup awhile. Then, just as you answer the door to the vicar the cat will leave his left ear on your foot as a quick wipe of affection before he smears off again into the night.
Also, you may want to take a look at Anecdotage #44....Dog and the
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