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

Album review: Deep Purple, Nobody’s Perfect (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 23, 1988 By Steve Newton If you were a teenager in the '70s, you probably remember Deep Purple's Made in Japan, the double live album that was--at least in Chilliwack anyway--the top soundtrack to house parties and cruising. Kids in the late '80s now have a live, two-disc … Continue reading Album review: Deep Purple, Nobody’s Perfect (1988)

Album review: Deep Purple, Come Hell or High Water (1995)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 24, 1995 By Steve Newton They’ve had plenty of time to rehearse, but Deep Purple still can’t improve on Made in Japan, the live double album that captured the hearts and minds of hard-rock hooligans back in ’73. Still, you won’t hear me complain when the band rips … Continue reading Album review: Deep Purple, Come Hell or High Water (1995)

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