On This Day (June 21)…Works Still in Philly

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1977 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ticket for the show. Retrieved from here. This was the band’s second consecutive day in Philadelphia. The band were still early on this part of the Works Tour, the portion without the orchestra. The orchestra rejoined them at a … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Works Still in Philly

On This Day (June 21)…Difficult to Cure Colmar

“I’m gonna hate this … I hate France … I hate being here … just don’t wanna play!”Ritchie Blackmore recalling his thoughts on the Colmar gig. Quoted in Black Knight: Ritchie Blackmore by Jerry Bloom. Rainbow performed on this day in 1981 at the Theatre de Plein Air du Parc Expo in Colmar, France. Ticket … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Difficult to Cure Colmar

On This Day (June 21)…Deep Purple Releases, Err, Deep Purple

Deep Purple released their self-titled album Deep Purple in the United States on this day in 1969. Album cover. Retrieved from here. Despite the fact that this a self-titled album, something usually done for debuts, it was the third album the group had released. It had been recorded throughout the winter and spring of 1969 … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Deep Purple Releases, Err, Deep Purple

On This Day (June 21)…Happy Birthday, Don Airey!

Don Airey onstage with Rainbow

The keyboardist and composer Donald Smith Airey was born on this day in 1948. Don Airey onstage with Rainbow. I've used this photo before to illustrate Airey and most certainly will again. Born in Sunderland to a family with a fair amount of interest in music, Airey began piano lessons with his father, a jazz … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Happy Birthday, Don Airey!