Thread: DEEP PURPLE: 'Time To Kill' Book Focusing On Classic Lineup Due In November

jszfunk - 8/7/2018 at 10:20 AM classic-lineup-due-in-november/

"Time To Kill" is a new publication from Wymer Publishing that focuses on the final tumultuous year for the classic DEEP PURPLE MKII lineup. Written by PURPLE biographer Jerry Bloom, who has already written several books on the band, this is an in-depth look at the the appropriately named "The Battle Rages On..." album and the tour that followed its release during this much-overlooked period in the band's career.

DEEP PURPLE MKII will always be revered as the classic DEEP PURPLE lineup. Original members Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, along with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, established PURPLE as one of the biggest bands in the world during their original tenure between 1969-73. When the lineup reformed in 1984, it proved once again that this was the definitive DEEP PURPLE and their 1985 U.S. tour was the second biggest grossing that year. Sadly, by 1989, the friction between Blackmore and Gillan that had led to the spilt first time around did so again and Gillan was fired.

With all eyes on the 25th anniversary of the band's 1968 inception, there was huge pressure both from within and outside the band for Gillan to return to the fold so that the occasion could be celebrated in style. The critics said it wouldn't work it did. And they said it wouldn't last... well they were certainly right about that!

Upon Gillan's return in late 1992 they produced the album and then planned to embark on a world tour. However, the American shows were all canceled, which left just Europe and Japan. Whilst the tensions within the band were greater than ever, Jon Lord went on to say: "The shows were done at an energy level and ability level I've rarely seen attained before. I think we played as well as we've ever played."

Indeed, for those fortunate to witness the tour most fans shared Lord's opinion. Yet the divisions between Blackmore and Gillan grew as the tour progressed, with Blackmore calling a halt to proceedings before the Japanese leg could begin. In all, there would be just 37 shows the last hurrah of the ultimate DEEP PURPLE lineup.

Bloom wrote "Black Knight", the unauthorized Ritchie Blackmore biography; several other books on PURPLE as well as contributing sleeve notes to various officially released DEEP PURPLE albums, including "Live In Europe 1993" a 4 CD box set that he also initiated. Bloom caught 10 of the 37 shows and was privy to some of the shenanigans that went on, making him the ideal person to document the last MKII tour in detail.

Along with the comprehensive narrative, this beautifully designed book is crammed full of never before seen photos from the tour. It includes many shots of the band both on stage as well as back stage, in hotels, on aeroplanes and relaxing as the tour wound its way across Europe culminating in Blackmore's last show with the band in Finland on November 17, 1993.

As part of the commemoration, the book will be fittingly published on November 17 this year, 25 years to the day that MKII played its last-ever concert together.

hotlantatim - 8/7/2018 at 04:40 PM

Never saw Deep Purple. Mark II never played Atlanta after they reunited in 1984. I haven't been keen on seeing them without Blackmore (though I'd probably enjoy it).

I had a live Mark II album from post-1984 at one point. Need to maybe get the 1993 Live In Europe release.

WarEagleRK - 8/7/2018 at 05:19 PM

On one of the two 1993 live releases Blackmore refuses to take the stage during Highway Star so the band just starts without him, he finally decides to join in. His time in the band was doomed at that point.

Saw them at the Ryman 3 or 4 years ago and it was a great show. Well worth checking out.

They are in Atlanta next month with Judas Priest.

I've been meaning to check out the first book in this series, but haven't picked it up yet.

steadyhorse - 8/7/2018 at 09:08 PM

I wouldn't mind picking up this book. I saw Purple with Steve Morse twice and I was happy with both shows even though Ritchie is one of my favorite players, Deep Purple always has great musicians.

JimSheridan - 8/8/2018 at 03:56 AM

The Hell or High Water live album from this tour didn't give me the impression that this was Purple playing at their best ever.

robslob - 8/9/2018 at 04:27 AM

I am going with 3 friends to Purple/Judas Priest September 29, Shoreline Amphitheatre, have good reserved seats. Hard to imagine this not being a great night. I've seen them with Morse a bunch of times, always just smoking hot, and Don Airey on keys is the perfect replacement for Jon Lord.........tremendous musician. Only question, and has been for years, is how Ian Gillan will sound. He's had a lot of trouble hitting the notes the last 3 or 4 times I've seen them. Still, I'd rather hear the guy that sang the songs on the records try and sing them than some younger replacement singer..........

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jszfunk - 8/11/2018 at 11:15 AM


I've been meaning to check out the first book in this series, but haven't picked it up yet.

Other books in this series? I would be interested in knowing more about those! Thanks.

Sometimes I am skeptical on how good,informative,credible etc books can be on musicians and bands.

There is one guy I am thinking about checking out who wrote alot of books about hard rock and metal. I think his name is Martin Popoff.

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fender31 - 8/11/2018 at 11:26 AM

Deep purple are legends.

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