Fireworks

DVD & Blu-ray Reviews

Deep Purple - 'California Jam 1974' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/04/3c/9c/Deep-Purple-California-Jam-1974-9-1504016202.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 29, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
940   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Label

The definitive version of this legendary concert.

After the acrimonious departure of vocalist Ian Gillan (with bassist Roger Glover being shunted out shortly after), Deep Purple regrouped with then unknown David Coverdale and former Trapeze bassist Glenn Hughes, who acted as a second vocalist. The two new guys, alongside Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, delivered a great album 'Burn' and were one of the headliners at the California Jam, which had sold two hundred and fifty thousand tickets – but far more people turned up, with claims of anything up to four hundred thousand actually there. The band had agreed to go on at dusk to take advantage of the lights, but unusually the concert was running early. Blackmore refused to go on until the agreed time, resulting in backstage tension and a restless crowd – but when Purple did take the stage, they were fired up.

Despite only months prior he'd been singing in working men's clubs, Coverdale doesn't seem too worried about the fact he can't even see where the massive crowd ends. He just gets on with delivering 'Might Just Take Your Life' and 'Lay Down, Stay Down', trading vocals with a swaggering Hughes while the band tear through their current material. Coverdale hits his stride on 'Mistreated', giving a powerful performance, before tackling one of the few Gillan era tracks, 'Smoke On The Water'. It's enthusiastically received before an excellent 'You Fool No One' gives way to an astonishing Paice drum solo. The band regroup for a mammoth rendition of 'Space Truckin'' which is where the fireworks happen – literally.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

The Rocktopia website uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by www.channeldigital.co.uk


Annoyed by earlier events, Blackmore is also unhappy about the proximity of a cameraman. The guitarist lashes out at the camera, then trashes said guitar, before his roadie sets fire to his amps, which had been doused in petrol to ensure they ignited. However, the roadie was somewhat liberal with the gasoline and the amps actually explode, the force of which causes Blackmore to do a bizarre little dance and sees the stage catch fire, while Lord, Paice and Hughes continue playing in the smoke like this happens every night.

Never planned for release, the original ABC footage has been digitally restored to a good standard and this is therefore the definitive version of this legendary concert. It's not the best show MK III would deliver musically in my book, as it's so early in their touring, but one that's worth owning for notoriety alone.

James Gaden

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  April 2018  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 6 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 6000 album reviews on Rocktopia!
  • Berny : Saxon, Gizmodrome, Skid Row, Night Ranger, Magnum, Joe Bonamassa & many more! Check out the latest LIVE reviews on Rocktopia! «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : Two news interviews in the Rocktopia Interviews Section: LITTLE CAESAR & GEISHAS IN VITRO. Enjoy! :) «link»
  • Berny : Fireworks #82 is our now! Check out the free interviews with Royal Hunt, Stryper, Kamelot, James Christian, Signal Red & Animal Drive!
  • Berny : @Johns Band: Many thanks for your purchase! Your copy will be sent to your registered address this week.
  • Johns Band : I paid for Fireworks 82 Magazine, when will it be sent. Best Regards - John
  • Berny : @Rob: Done! :)
  • robmckenzie : Hi Bernie, urgent change please. In the Moonkings concert review - please replace "the original John Syke's one" with "obviously his sublime '1987' album version"
  • Berny : Anyway, we posted 90+ album & live reviews in February. Please enjoy & share!
  • Rocktopia Te : Don't trigger CEB, you know what will happen ....
  • Berny : None that I am aware of ... BRUCE??? :D ;)
  • Hysteria : @ Berny: So no adult toys in the Rocktopis shop?? :D
  • Berny : Apologies for the "Shout Here" spammers. We'll take care of this issue asap.
  • Hysteria : Very cool video Berny!!
  • Berny : Check out our brand new lyric video for Royal Hunt's 'A Million Ways To Die'. \m/
  • Berny : We posted 242 reviews (225 albums & 17 live reviews) in January. Enjoy :)
  • Rocktopia Te : TENGGER CAVALRY UK music video premiere on Rocktopia! Check out the news section!
  • Berny : @impellitteri: Can you please contact me at «email» ? MAny thanks in advance!
  • impellitteri : Why?
  • impellitteri : I'm triyng to buy in the shop but I can't, a message say "user registration is disabled, it must be enabled in order to proceed"
  • Berny : @GuyManning: I forwarded your mail to our reviews editor who will get in touch with you shortly. :)
  • GuyManning : Hi any chance of seeing the DAMANEK review?
  • Rocktopia Te : We wish you a Merry Christmas! : - )
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #81 is out now!
  • Rocktopia Te : DELAIN! MARILLION! AMARANTHE! LYNCH MOB! METALLICA! Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • SeaDog57 : Berny can't seem to find the download link for the free music of Fireworks #80
  • Rocktopia Te : AMBERIAN DAWN premiere their new music video for 'I'm The One' on Rocktopia!
  • Johns Band : Boulevard "Luminescence" is superb album, and Accept "The Rise Of Chaos" you can find review in Fireworks issue 80 . Same with Black Country Communion "BCCIV." All with Band interview & album review in issue 80
  • Rocktopia Te : Rocktopia interview JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE and premiere THE UNGUIDED's new video!
  • Berny : You can now pre - order Fireworks Magazine #80! Please follow this «link»

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

The Rocktopia website uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by www.channeldigital.co.uk