Nineteen hundred and seventy-one. Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the "classic rock" era, it was a particularly classic year. It was the year of Who's Next, Sticky Fingers and Fragile, albums that are so renowned that we don't have to name the bands that created them (But, just in case, it was The Who, The Rolling Stones and Yes).
Guitar World talked to Tony Iommi about the two new songs by the Who Cares charity project, the other superstar guests on the EP, the final days with Ronnie James Dio and the guitarist’s upcoming autobiography, "Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath."
On August 16, Eagle Rock Entertainment will be releasing four double-disc live albums from the Deep Purple vaults: Scandinavian Nights, In Concert 1970-1972, Live In London and MK III: The Final Concerts.
They laid the groundwork for heavy metal and are the keepers of one of rock's most iconic guitar riffs. Here's a visual guide to the musicians who have been a part of Deep Purple during the band's 43-year history.
“We were stuck in Switzerland with nowhere to go, and a friend of ours who was the mayor of the town said that there was an empty hotel we could use,” recalls Ritchie Blackmore. “We gladly accepted and retreated to this lonely hotel in the mountains. We set up all the equipment in the corridor, with the drums and some amps tucked into alcoves."