The audience at Whitesnake's June 9 tour stop in Beverly Hills received a welcome surprise when Glenn Hughes, frontman David Coverdale's former bandmate in Deep Purple, stopped by to lend his vocals to a performance of the Purple classic "Lay Down, Stay Down."
Accompanying this morning's announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class was the usual head shaking and open-mouthed disbelief that some of classic rock's oldest and most worthy bands were passed up once again.
Most rock fans like to hear something a little different when their favorite artists release a new album. But when Deep Purple released their eighth studio LP, 'Burn,' on Feb. 15, 1974, things had changed for the band in some major ways.
What Deep Purple fans saw on Nov. 9, 1993 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, wasn't anything like a promised 25th anniversary celebration of the band. It was, instead, one of the final nights with founding member Ritchie Blackmore.
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