Deep Purple’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton Machine Head still rules. 20. "And the Address" (Shades of Deep Purple, 1968) 19. "Flight of the Rat" (Deep Purple in Rock, 1970) 18. "Lay Down, Stay Down" (Burn, 1974) 17. "Gypsy" (Stormbringer, 1974) 16. "Wring that Neck" (The Book of Taliesyn, 1968) 15. "Hush" (Shades of Deep Purple, 1968) 14. "Soldier … Continue reading Deep Purple’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

That time Graham Bonnet told me that Ritchie Blackmore isn’t moody at all, just a real nice, shy guy

By Steve Newton Ritchie Blackmore is one of my favourite guitarists of all time. As a 15-year-old when Machine Head was released in 1972, I could barely comprehend how great his guitar solo on "Highway Star" made me feel. Over and over again. Two years later he did it again with the lead break on "Burn". … Continue reading That time Graham Bonnet told me that Ritchie Blackmore isn’t moody at all, just a real nice, shy guy

Whitesnake brings the power of Deep Purple to Vancouver

kevin statham photo By Steve Newton I never got to see David Coverdale sing “Burn” with Deep Purple–I wasn’t old enough to travel down to the Ontario Motor Speedway to see them coheadline California Jam with Emerson, Lake & Palmer back in ’74–so it was pretty cool to see him do it with Whitesnake at … Continue reading Whitesnake brings the power of Deep Purple to Vancouver

Whitesnake’s Purple Tour offers equal servings of Burn and Stormbringer, one bite of Come Taste the Band

By Steve Newton I was never that crazy about Whitesnake during it's mid-'80s heyday, when it went the power-ballad route with hits like "Is This Love". Sure, I enjoyed ogling Tawny Kitaen on the hood of a car as much as the next guy, but I much preferred Whitesnake in the late '70s/early '80s, when … Continue reading Whitesnake’s Purple Tour offers equal servings of Burn and Stormbringer, one bite of Come Taste the Band