Luminous doesn’t begin to describe Ronnie James Dio’s contribution to rock. From Elf to Black Sabbath, his career was astonishing in its color and in its breadth.
Almost all of the dates on the band’s first North American tour in four years will feature an orchestra
The powerful Deep Purple has thus far been denied entrance to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Well, we didn’t get 10 albums out of him but we did get six examples that have changed his life.
Keyboardist/producer Erik Norlander, perhaps best known for his band (Rocket Scientists) and his wife (vocalist Lana Lane), reveals his favorite albums
Unquestionably, one of the most talented, influential 1950s group leads was Eugene Mumford. The North Carolina native lent his golden tenor to the pioneering, influential Larks and later enjoyed his greatest successes fronting Billy Ward’s Dominoes on “Star Dust” and “Deep Purple.”
Looking at small bits of art necessarily enters the realm of the abstract, and, of course, a guitar solo is usually shorter than a band’s catalog, much less an album or even a song. So, this gets tricky.
This excerpt from "Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story" by Greg Prato details the guitarist’s transition to Deep Purple and the making of his own solo album, ‘Teaser.’
That dynamic voice, so expressive and soulful, that graced classic material by Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen could only belong to one man: Joe Lynn Turner. Mostly known for his work in the hard-rock arena, Turner started out with the eclectic late-’70s outfit Fandango, singing and playing guitar on the group’s four albums. After Fandango broke up, a call from a representative of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore led to a stint with Rainbow that lasted from 1981-1984.
Don Airey took over for the legendary Jon Lord in Deep Purple when the elder Lord decided to retire from the band. Airey is Heavy Metal’s best known keyboard player. In a genre based on the electric guitar, Deep Purple’s love affair with the keyboard is well-documented, but it was Airey that brought the instrument to new heights when he wrote and performed the opening to "Mr. Crowley" on Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Oz. Now, after two decades, Airey has released his second solo album, an ode to the universe titled A Light in the Sky.