Amanda Bynes’ New York bong-tossing case dismissed

Amanda Bynes’ New York bong-tossing case dismissed

Amanda Bynes attends an appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court on July 9, 2013, in New York. Bynes is facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana in relation to her arrest on May 23, 2013. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes was dismissed Monday after the actress complied with the judge’s orders to stay out of trouble and go to counseling.

Bynes, 28, was charged last year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. New York City building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan residence. When officers entered her 36th-floor apartment, they said they saw her heave a bong out the window.


Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Lori Petersen sealed the case after the dismissal. Bynes’ lawyer appeared in court; she was not present.

The court previously had said the charges would be dismissed if Bynes stayed out of trouble and went to counseling twice a week. Attorney Gerald Shargel submitted an affidavit saying Bynes had complied with the court’s requirements.

“She did her counseling and it’s now all behind her,” Shargel said outside court.


In February, Bynes pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving for clipping a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car in April, 2012. She was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of attending alcohol education classes.

She received psychiatric treatment last year after authorities said she set a small fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety program, “The Amanda Show” on Nickelodeon. She went on to star in the TV series “What I Like About You” and several movies, including “What a Girl Wants,” “Hairspray” and “She’s the Man.”

Bynes has publicly stated that she has retired from acting. Her last film credit was 2010’s “Easy A,” which starred Emma Stone.

She celebrated her 28th birthday last month and thanked fans on Twitter for their wishes:

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Deep Purple

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Deep Purple
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L–R:Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Airey performing live in 2013
Background information
Also known as Roundabout
Origin Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, progressive rock
Years active 1968–1976, 1984–present
Labels Tetragrammaton, Warner Bros., Polydor, BMG, EMI, Edel
Associated acts The Maze, Episode Six, Rainbow, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Gillan & Glover, Hughes Turner Project, Living Loud, Rock Aid Armenia, WhoCares, Black Country Communion
Past members

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968.[1] They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock,[2][3] although their musical approach changed over the years.[4] Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band’s sound shifted to hard rock in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the “unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies”.[5] They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as “the globe’s loudest band” for a 1972 concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre,[6][7] and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide,[8][9][10][11] including 8,5 million certified units in the US.[12]

Deep Purple have seen several line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV.[13][14] Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (organ), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 (Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975) with the line-up including David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band’s line-up (currently featuring Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although organist Jon Lord’s retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.

Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1‘s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme[15] and a British radio station Planet Rock poll ranked them 5th among the “most influential bands ever”.[16] At the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London, they received the Innovator Award.[17] In October 2012, Deep Purple were nominated for the first time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but were not voted in the following March. In October 2013, the band was announced as a Hall of Fame nominee for a second time.[18]




The beginning (1967–68)[edit]

In 1967, former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis contacted London businessman Tony Edwards, in the hope that he would manage a new group he was putting together, to be called Roundabout. Curtis’ vision was a “supergroup” where the band members would get on and off, like a musical roundabout. Impressed with the plan, Edwards agreed to finance the venture with two business partners: John Coletta and Ron Hire, all of Hire-Edwards-Coletta (HEC) Enterprises.[19]

The first recruit to the band was the classically trained Hammond organ player Jon Lord, Curtis’ flatmate who had most notably played with The Artwoods (led by Art Wood, brother of future Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, and featuring Keef Hartley).[20] He was followed by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who was persuaded to return from Hamburg to audition for the new group. Blackmore was making a name for himself as a studio session guitarist, and had also been a member of The Outlaws, Screaming Lord Sutch, and Neil Christian. Curtis’ erratic behaviour soon forced him out of his own project, but Lord and Blackmore were keen to continue, and carried on recruiting additional members, keeping Tony Edwards as their manager.[21]

It [“Deep Purple“] was a song my grandmother used to play on the piano

— Ritchie Blackmore on choosing the band’s name.[22]

For the bass guitar, Lord suggested his old friend Nick Simper, with whom he had played in a band called The Flower Pot Men and their Garden (formerly known as The Ivy League) back in 1967. Simper had previously been in Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and survived the car crash that killed Kidd. Simper had known Blackmore since the early 1960s when his first band, the Renegades, debuted around the same time as one of Blackmore’s early bands, the Dominators.[23] Bobby Woodman was the initial choice for the drums, but during the auditions for a singer, Rod Evans of the Maze came in with his drummer, Ian Paice. Blackmore had seen Paice on tour with the Maze in Germany in 1966, and had been impressed by the 18-year-old’s drumming. While Woodman was out for cigarettes, Blackmore quickly arranged an audition for Paice. Both Paice and Evans won their respective jobs, and the line-up was complete.[24]

The band began in earnest in March 1968 at Deeves Hall, a country house in South Mimms, Hertfordshire.[25][26] The band would live, write and rehearse at Deeves Hall, which was fully kitted out with the latest Marshall amplification.[22] After a brief tour of Denmark and Sweden in April, in which they were still billed as Roundabout, Blackmore suggested a new name: “Deep Purple“, named after his grandmother’s favourite song.[21][22] The group had resolved to choose a name after everyone had posted one on a board in rehearsal. Second to Deep Purple was “Concrete God”, which the band thought was too harsh to take on.[27][28]

Early years (1968–70)[edit]

Organ player Jon Lord

In May 1968, the band moved into Pye Studios in London’s Marble Arch to record their debut album, Shades of Deep Purple, which was released in July.[29] The group had success in North America with a cover of Joe South‘s “Hush“, and by September 1968, the song had reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number 2 on the Canadian RPM charts, pushing the Shades LP up to No. 24 on Billboard’s pop album charts.[30][31] The following month, Deep Purple was booked to support Cream on their Goodbye tour.[30]

The band’s second album, The Book of Taliesyn (including a cover of Neil Diamond‘s “Kentucky Woman“), was released in North America to coincide with the tour, reaching number 38 on the Billboard charts and number 21 on the RPM charts, although it would not be released in their home country until the following year. Early 1969 saw Deep Purple record their third album, simply titled Deep Purple. The album contained strings and woodwind on one track (“April”), showcasing Lord’s classical antecedents such as Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov, and several other influences were in evidence, notably Vanilla Fudge. (Lord and Blackmore had even claimed the group wanted to be a “Vanilla Fudge clone”.)[32] Not satisfied with the possibilities for singles off this album, the band also recorded a single called “Emmaretta”, named after Emmaretta Marks, then a cast member of the musical Hair, whom Evans was trying to seduce. This would be the last recording by the original line-up.[33]

Deep Purple’s troubled North American record label, Tetragrammaton, delayed production of the Deep Purple album until after the band’s 1969 American tour ended. This, as well as lackluster promotion by the nearly broke label, caused the album to sell poorly, finishing well out of the Billboard Top 100. Soon after the third album’s eventual release, Tetragrammaton went out of business, leaving the band with no money and an uncertain future. (Tetragrammaton’s assets were assumed by Warner Bros. Records, who would release Deep Purple’s records in the US throughout the 1970s.) During the 1969 American tour, Lord and Blackmore met with Paice to discuss their desire to take the band in a heavier direction. Feeling that Evans and Simper would not fit well with a heavy rock style, both were replaced that summer.[34] Paice stated, “A change had to come. If they hadn’t left, the band would have totally disintegrated.”[24] As Ritchie Blackmore explained it:

Nicky wasn’t constructive, he didn’t have any ideas, and he was an average bass player, so he had to go. Rod just wanted to go to America and live in America.[35]

Ritchie Blackmore in Hannover, Germany, 1970

In search of a replacement vocalist, Blackmore set his own sights on 19-year-old singer Terry Reid. Though he found the offer “flattering”, Reid was still bound by the exclusive recording contract with his producer Mickie Most and more interested in his solo career.[36] Blackmore had no other choice but to look elsewhere. The band hunted down singer Ian Gillan from Episode Six, a band that had released several singles in the UK without achieving their big break for commercial success. Gillan had at one time been approached by Nick Simper when Deep Purple was first forming, but Gillan had reportedly told Simper that the Roundabout project would not go anywhere, while he felt Episode Six was poised to make it big.[37] Six’s drummer Mick Underwood – an old comrade of Blackmore’s from his days in The Outlaws – introduced the band to Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. This effectively killed Episode Six and gave Underwood a guilt complex that lasted nearly a decade, until Gillan recruited him for his new post-Purple band in the late 1970s. According to Blackmore, Deep Purple was only interested in Gillan and not Glover, but Roger was retained on the advice of Ian Paice.

He turned up for the session…he was their [Episode Six’s] bass player. We weren’t originally going to take him until Paicey said, “he’s a good bass player, let’s keep him.” So I said okay.

— Ritchie Blackmore on the hiring of Roger Glover.[35]

This created the Deep Purple Mark II line-up, whose first release was a GreenawayCook tune titled “Hallelujah”.[38] Despite TV appearances to promote the record in the UK, the song flopped.[38] Blackmore had told the Record Mirror they “need to have a commercial record in Britain”, and described the song as “an in-between sort of thing”—a median between what the band would normally make but with an added commercial motive.[38]

The band gained some much-needed publicity in September 1969, with the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, a three-movement epic composed by Lord as a solo project and performed by the band at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold.[30] Together with Five Bridges by The Nice, it was one of the first collaborations between a rock band and an orchestra. This live album became their first album with any kind of chart success in the UK.[39] However, Gillan and Blackmore especially were less than happy at the band being tagged as “a group who played with orchestras” at the time; what they had in mind was to develop the band into a much tighter, hard-rocking style. Despite this, Lord wrote the Gemini Suite, another orchestra/group collaboration in the same vein, for the band in late 1970. In 1975, Blackmore stated that he thought the Concerto for Group and Orchestra wasn’t bad but the Gemini Suite was horrible and very disjointed.[40] Roger Glover later claimed Jon Lord had appeared to be the leader of the band in the early years.[41]

Breakthrough success (1970–73)[edit]

Vocalist Ian Gillan on stage in Clemson, South Carolina, US, 1972

Shortly after the orchestral release, Deep Purple began a hectic touring and recording schedule that was to see little respite for the next three years. Their first studio album of this period, released in mid-1970, was In Rock (a name supported by the album’s Mount Rushmore-inspired cover), which contained the then-concert staples “Speed King“, “Into The Fire” and “Child in Time“. The band also issued the single “Black Night“, which finally put Deep Purple into the UK Top Ten.[42] The interplay between Blackmore’s guitar and Lord’s distorted organ, coupled with Gillan’s howling vocals and the rhythm section of Glover and Paice, now started to take on a unique identity that further separated the band from its earlier albums. Along with Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin II and Sabbath’s Paranoid, In Rock codified the heavy metal genre.[2] On the album’s development, Blackmore stated:

I got fed up with playing with classical orchestras, and thought, “well, this is my turn.” Jon was into more classical. I thought, “well you do that, I’ll do rock.” And I said, “If this fails, this record, I’ll play with orchestras the rest of my life.”[43]

In Rock performed well, especially in the UK where it reached #4, while the “Black Night” single reached #2, and the band performed the song live on the BBC‘s Top of the Pops.[44]

A second album, the creatively progressive Fireball, was issued in the summer of 1971. The title track “Fireball” was released as a single, as was “Strange Kind of Woman“, not from the album but recorded during the same sessions (although it replaced “Demon’s Eye” on the US version of the album).[45]

Within weeks of Fireball’s release, the band were already performing songs planned for the next album. One song (which later became “Highway Star“) was performed at the first gig of the Fireball tour, having been written on the bus to a show in Portsmouth, in answer to a journalist’s question: “How do you go about writing songs?” Three months later, in December 1971, the band travelled to Switzerland to record Machine Head. The album was due to be recorded at a casino in Montreux, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, but a fire during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig, caused by a man firing a flare gun into the ceiling, burned down the casino. This incident famously inspired the song “Smoke on the Water“. The album was later recorded in a corridor at the nearby empty Grand Hotel.[46][47]

Continuing from where both previous albums left off, Machine Head became one of the band’s most famous albums. It reached number 1 in the UK, while re-establishing Deep Purple in North America, hitting number 7 in the U.S. and number 1 in Canada. It included tracks that became live classics, such as “Highway Star”, “Space Truckin’“, “Lazy” and “Smoke on the Water”, for which Deep Purple is most famous.[42][48] Deep Purple continued to tour and record at a rate that would be rare thirty years on; when Machine Head was recorded, the group had only been together three and a half years, yet the album was their sixth.

When I was nine years old it was all about Deep Purple. My all time favourite [album] is still Made in Japan

— Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.[49]

Meanwhile, the band undertook four North America tours in 1972, and a Japan tour that led to a double-vinyl live release, Made in Japan. Originally intended as a Japan-only record, its worldwide release saw the double LP become an instant hit. It remains one of rock music’s most popular and highest selling live-concert recordings.[50] The classic Deep Purple Mark II line-up continued to work, and released the album Who Do We Think We Are in 1973. Featuring the hit single “Woman from Tokyo”, the album performed well, hitting number 4 in the UK charts and number 15 in the US charts while achieving gold record status faster than any Deep Purple album released up to that time.[51][52] But internal tensions and exhaustion were more noticeable than ever. In many ways, the band had become victims of their own success. Following the successes of Machine Head and Made in Japan, the addition of Who Do We Think We Are made them the top-selling artists of 1973 in the US.[53][54]

New line-up, successes and struggles (1973-76)[edit]

Ian Gillan admitted in a 1984 interview that the band was pushed by management to complete the Who Do We Think We Are album on time and go on tour, although they badly needed a break.[55] The bad feelings culminated in Gillan, followed by Glover, quitting the band after their second tour of Japan in the summer of 1973 over tensions with Blackmore.[56][57][58]

David Coverdale, vocalist between August 1973 and March 1976

The band first hired Midlands bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, formerly of Trapeze. According to Ian Paice, Glover had told him and Lord a few months before his official resignation that he wanted to leave the band, so they had already started to drop in on Trapeze shows. After acquiring Hughes, they debated continuing as a four-piece band, with Hughes as both bassist and lead vocalist.[59][60] According to Hughes, he was persuaded to join under the guise that the band would be bringing in Paul Rodgers of Free as a co-lead vocalist, but by that time Rodgers had just started Bad Company.[61] Instead, auditions were held for lead vocal replacements. They settled on David Coverdale, an unknown singer from Saltburn in Northeast England, primarily because Blackmore liked his masculine, blues-tinged voice.[60]

This new line-up continued into 1974, and their spring tour included shows at Madison Square Garden, New York on 13 March, and Nassau Coliseum four days later.[62] The band then headlined the famous California Jam festival at Ontario Motor Speedway located in Southern California on 6 April 1974. Attracting over 250,000[63] fans, the festival also included 1970s rock giants Black Sabbath, Eagles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Seals and Crofts, Rare Earth and Black Oak Arkansas. Portions of the show were telecast on ABC Television in the US, exposing the band to a wider audience. This line-up’s first album, titled Burn, was a highly successful release (only the second studio album, after Machine Head, to crack the US Top 10), and was followed by another world tour. The title track “Burn”, which opens the album, was a conscious effort by the band to embrace the progressive rock movement that was popularized at the time by bands such as Yes, ELP, Genesis, Gentle Giant, etc. “Burn” was a complex arrangement which showcased all the band members’ musical virtuosity and particularly Blackmore’s classically influenced guitar prowess. The album also featured Hughes and Coverdale providing vocal harmonies and elements of funk and blues, respectively, to the band’s music, a sound that was even more apparent on the late 1974 release Stormbringer.[60] Besides the title track, the Stormbringer album had a number of songs that received much radio play, such as “Lady Double Dealer”, “The Gypsy” and “Soldier Of Fortune.” However, Blackmore publicly disliked the album and the funky soul elements, even calling it “shoeshine music”.[64][65][66] As a result, he left the band on 21 June 1975 to form his own band with Ronnie James Dio of Elf, called Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, later shortened to Rainbow after one album.[67]

Glenn Hughes, bassist and co-lead vocalist with Coverdale, 1973 to 1976

With Blackmore’s departure, Deep Purple was left to fill one of the biggest band member vacancies in rock music. In spite of this, the rest of the band refused to stop, and announced a replacement for Blackmore: American Tommy Bolin. Before Bolin was recruited, Clem Clempson (Colosseum, Humble Pie), Zal Cleminson (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), Mick Ronson (David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars) and Rory Gallagher were considered for the part.[68]

There are at least two versions about the recruitment of Bolin: Coverdale claims to have been the one who suggested auditioning Bolin.[69] “He walked in, thin as a rake, his hair coloured green, yellow and blue with feathers in it. Slinking along beside him was this stunning Hawaiian girl in a crochet dress with nothing on underneath. He plugged into four Marshall 100-watt stacks and…the job was his”. But in an interview originally published by Melody Maker in June 1975, Bolin himself claimed that he came to the audition following a recommendation from Blackmore.[70] Bolin had been a member of many now-forgotten late-1960s bands – Denny & The Triumphs, American Standard, and Zephyr, which released three albums from 1969 to 1972. Before Deep Purple, Bolin’s best-known recordings were made as a session musician on Billy Cobham‘s 1973 jazz fusion album Spectrum, and as lead guitarist on two post-Joe Walsh James Gang albums: Bang (1973) and Miami (1974). He had also jammed with such luminaries as Dr. John, Albert King, The Good Rats, Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, and was busy working on his first solo album, Teaser, when he accepted the invitation to join Deep Purple.[71]

The resulting album, Come Taste the Band, was released in October 1975, one month before Bolin’s Teaser album. Despite mixed reviews and so-so sales (#19 on the U.K. charts and #43 on the U.S. Billboard charts), the collection revitalised the band once again, bringing a new, extreme funk edge to their hard rock sound.[72] Bolin’s influence was crucial, and with encouragement from Hughes and Coverdale, the guitarist developed much of the album’s material. Despite Bolin’s talents, his personal problems with hard drugs began to manifest themselves. During the Come Taste the Band tour, many fans openly booed Tommy’s inability to play solos like Ritchie Blackmore, not realising that the former was physically hampered by his addiction. After several below-par concert performances, the band was in danger.

Band split and solo projects (1976–84)[edit]

A monochrome photograph of a man holding an electric guitar

Tommy Bolin, guitarist from 1975-76, in a promo photo

The end came on tour in England on 15 March 1976 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.[73] Coverdale reportedly walked off in tears and handed in his resignation, to which he was allegedly told there was no band left to quit. The decision to disband Deep Purple had been made some time before the last show by Lord and Paice (the last remaining original members), who hadn’t told anyone else. The break-up was finally made public in July 1976, with then-manager Rob Cooksey issuing the simple statement: “the band will not record or perform together as Deep Purple again.”[74]

Later in the year, Bolin had just finished recording his second solo album, Private Eyes, when, on 4 December 1976, tragedy struck.[71] In a Miami hotel room, during a tour supporting Jeff Beck, Bolin was found unconscious by his girlfriend and bandmates. Unable to wake him, she hurriedly called paramedics, but it was too late. The official cause of death was multiple-drug intoxication. Bolin was 25 years old.[71]

After the break-up, most of the past and present members of Deep Purple went on to have considerable success in a number of other bands, including Gillan, Whitesnake and Rainbow. There were, however, a number of promoter-led attempts to get the band to reform, especially with the revival of the hard rock market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1980, a touring version of the band surfaced with Rod Evans as the only member who had ever been in Deep Purple, eventually ending in successful legal action from the legitimate Deep Purple camp over unauthorised use of the name. Evans was ordered to pay damages of US$672,000 for using the band name without permission.[75]

Reformation, reunions and turmoil (1984–94)[edit]

In April 1984, eight years after the demise of Deep Purple, a full-scale (and legal) reunion took place with the “classic” early 1970s line-up of Gillan, Lord, Blackmore, Glover and Paice.[76][77] The reformed band signed a worldwide deal with PolyGram, with Mercury Records releasing their albums in the US, and Polydor Records in the UK and other countries. The album Perfect Strangers was recorded in Vermont and released in October 1984. A solid release, it sold extremely well (reaching number 5 in the UK[42] and number 17 on the Billboard 200 in the US[78]) and included the singles and concert staples “Knockin’ At Your Back Door” and “Perfect Strangers“.[79] The reunion tour followed, starting in Australia and winding its way across the world to North America, then into Europe by the following summer. Financially, the tour was also a tremendous success. In the U.S., the 1985 tour out-grossed every other artist except Bruce Springsteen.[80] The UK homecoming saw the band perform a concert at Knebworth on 22 June 1985 (with main support from the Scorpions; also on the bill were UFO and Meat Loaf), where the weather was bad (torrential rain and 6″ of mud) in front of 80,000 fans.[81] The gig was called the “Return Of The Knebworth Fayre”.[82]

Deep Purple at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California. January 1985

The Mark II line-up then released The House of Blue Light in 1987, which was followed by a world tour (interrupted after Blackmore broke a finger on stage while trying to catch his guitar after throwing it in the air) and another live album Nobody’s Perfect (1988) which was culled from several shows on this tour, but still largely based on the by-now familiar Made in Japan set-list. In the UK a new version of “Hush” (with Gillan on lead vocals) was released to mark 20 years of the band. In 1989 Gillan was fired as his relations with Blackmore had again soured and their musical differences had diverged too far. Originally, the band intended to recruit Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison as Gillan’s replacement, but this fell through due to complications with Jamison’s record label.[83][84] Eventually, after auditioning several high-profile candidates, including Brian Howe (White Spirit, Ted Nugent, Bad Company), Doug Pinnick (King’s X), Australians Jimmy Barnes (Cold Chisel) and John Farnham (Little River Band), Terry Brock (Strangeways, Giant) and Norman “Kal” Swann (Tytan, Lion, Bad Moon Rising),[85] former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner was recruited into the band. This Mark V line-up recorded just one album, Slaves & Masters (1990) and toured in support. It achieved modest success and reached number 87 on the Billboard Charts in the US,[78] but some fans criticised it as little more than a so-called “generic Foreigner wannabe” album.[86]

With the tour complete, Turner was forced out, as Lord, Paice and Glover (and the record company) wanted Gillan back in the fold for the 25th anniversary. Blackmore grudgingly relented, after requesting and eventually receiving 250,000 dollars in his bank account[87] and the classic line-up recorded The Battle Rages On…. However, Gillan reworked much of the existing material which had been written with Turner for the album. As a result, Blackmore became infuriated at what he considered non-melodic elements.[88] During an otherwise successful European tour, Blackmore walked out in 1993, for good, during a 17 November show in Helsinki, Finland.[89] Joe Satriani was drafted to complete the Japanese dates in December and stayed on for a European Summer tour in 1994. He was asked to join permanently, but his commitments to his contract with Epic Records prevented this. The band unanimously chose Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse to become Satriani’s successor.[90]

Revival with Steve Morse and longer tours (1994–present)[edit]

Deep Purple was approaching death in 1993. Audiences were falling off, we were playing 4,000-seaters with barely 1200, 1500 people in them. … Then, fortunately, Ritchie walked out, the sun shone again and we all said: “OK, we’ll give it one more shot.” So, yes, we are grateful for that chance.

–Ian Gillan, on the band’s rebirth[91]

Roger Glover and Steve Morse playing the intro to “Highway Star” at the Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada, 2005

Morse’s arrival revitalised the band creatively, and in 1996 a new album titled Purpendicular was released, showing a wide variety of musical styles, though it never made chart success on Billboard 200 in the US.[78] The Mark VII line-up then released a new live album Live at The Olympia ’96 in 1997. With a revamped set list to tour, Deep Purple enjoyed successful tours throughout the rest of the 1990s, releasing the harder-sounding Abandon in 1998, and touring with renewed enthusiasm. In 1999, Lord, with the help of a Dutch fan, who was also a musicologist and composer, Marco de Goeij, painstakingly recreated the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, the original score having been lost. It was once again performed at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1999, this time with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann.[92] The concert also featured songs from each member’s solo careers, as well as a short Deep Purple set, and the occasion was commemorated on the 2000 album Live at the Royal Albert Hall.[92] In 2001, the box set The Soundboard Series was released featuring concerts from the 2001 Australian Tour plus two from Tokyo, Japan.[93]

Drummer Ian Paice (2006)

Much of the next few years was spent on the road touring. The group continued forward until 2002, when founding member Lord (who, along with Paice, was the only member to be in all incarnations of the band) announced his amicable retirement from the band to pursue personal projects (especially orchestral work). Lord left his Hammond organ to his replacement, rock keyboard veteran Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake), who had helped Deep Purple out when Lord’s knee was injured in 2001. In 2003, Deep Purple released their first studio albums in five years (Bananas) and began touring in support of the album. EMI Records refused a contract extension with Deep Purple, possibly because of lower than expected sales. Actually In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra sold more than Bananas.[94] Most of the songs played in their live concerts consist of classic 1970s material. In July 2005, the band played at the Live 8 concert in Park Place (Barrie, Ontario) and, in October released their next album, Rapture of the Deep, which was followed by the Rapture of the Deep tour. This Mark VIII line-up’s two studio albums were produced by Michael Bradford, who is known as rap or pop musician.[95]

In February 2007, Gillan asked fans not to buy a live album Come Hell or High Water being released by Sony BMG. This was a recording of their 1993 appearance at the NEC in Birmingham.[89] Recordings of this show have previously been released without assistance from Gillan or any other members of the band, but he said: “It was one of the lowest points of my life – all of our lives, actually”.[89] In 2009, Ian Gillan said, “Record sales have been steadily declining, but people are prepared to pay a lot for concert tickets.”[96] In addition, Gillan stated “I don’t think happiness comes with money.”[96] In 2011, Deep Purple did concert tours in 48 countries.[97] The Songs That Built Rock Tour featured a 38-piece orchestra, and included a performance at London’s O2 Arena.[98] Until May 2011, the band members had disagreed about whether to make a new studio album, because it would not really make money anymore. Roger Glover stated that Deep Purple should make a new studio album “even if it costs us money.”[99]

Glover and Morse in 2013 in Spain.

In early 2011, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes told VH1 they would like to reunite with former Deep Purple Mark III line-up for the right opportunity, such as a benefit concert.[100] The current band’s chief sound engineer on nine years of tours, Moray McMillin, died in September 2011, aged 57.[101]

After a lot of songwriting sessions in Europe,[102] Deep Purple decided to do recording through the summer of 2012, and the band announced the release of their new studio album in 2013.[97] Steve Morse announced to French magazine Rock Hard that the new studio album would be produced by the highly respected Bob Ezrin,[103] who is known for his works with Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Pink Floyd. On 16 July 2012, the band’s co-founding member and former organ player, Jon Lord, died in London, aged 71.[104][105][106] In December 2012, Roger Glover revealed in an interview that the band has completed work on 14 songs for a new studio album, with 11 or 12 tracks set to appear on the final album to be released in 2013.[107][108] On 26 February 2013, the title of the band’s new album was announced as Now What?!, which was recorded and mixed in Nashville, Tennessee.[102]


Deep Purple are cited as one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal, along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.[2][109] The group have influenced a number of rock and metal bands including Metallica,[110] Queen,[111] Aerosmith,[112] Van Halen,[113] Alice in Chains,[114] Pantera,[115] Bon Jovi,[116] Europe,[117] Rush,[118] Motörhead,[119] and many New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands such as Iron Maiden,[120] Judas Priest,[121] and Def Leppard.[122] Iron Maiden’s bassist and primary songwriter, Steve Harris, states that his band’s “heaviness” was inspired by “Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with a bit of Zeppelin thrown in.”[123]

In 1971, there were only three bands that mattered, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple

— Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot.[3]

In 2000, Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1‘s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” programme.[124] In 2011, they received the Innovator Award at the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London.[17] A Rolling Stone readers’ poll in 2012 ranked Made in Japan the sixth best live album of all time.[50] As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Machine Head (1972), Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head was released on 25 September 2012.[125] This tribute album features artists such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Chickenfoot consisting of former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Flaming Lips, Black Label Society, Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, and the supergroup Kings of Chaos featuring Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, and former Guns N’ Roses members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.[125]

Prior to October 2012, Deep Purple had not been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as they’ve been eligible since 1993), but were nominated for induction in 2012 and 2013.[126][127] Despite ranking 2nd in the public’s vote on the Rock Hall fans’ ballot, which had over half a million votes, they were not inducted by the Rock Hall committee.[128] Kiss bassist Gene Simmons and Rush vocalist Geddy Lee commented that Deep Purple should obviously be among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.[129][130] There have been criticisms in the past over Deep Purple not having been inducted. Toto guitarist Steve Lukather commented, “they put Patti Smith in there but not Deep Purple? What’s the first song every kid learns how to play? [“Smoke On The Water”]…And they’re not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? …the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has lost its cool because of the glaring omissions.”[131] Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash expressed his surprise and disagreement for the non-induction of Deep Purple; “The list of people who haven’t even been nominated is mind-boggling..(the) big one for me is Deep Purple. How could you not induct Deep Purple?”.[132][133] When asked what band he’d like to see inducted into the Rock Hall, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich also singled out Deep Purple.[134] Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett commented: “I’ve been lobbying for Deep Purple for a long, long time. If Black Sabbath can be in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Deep Purple definitely belongs in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. ‘Cause they had great songs, great musicianship, they had an impact, and they’re a huge influence on the heavy metal community as a whole. So I definitely think that they belong in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.”[135] In response to these, a Hall of Fame chief executive said, “The definition of ‘rock and roll’ means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music.”[129] Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan also commented, “To us, with the greatest respect, it doesn’t mean a lot although it’s rather like an award in the U.K., if I were to get one. I probably wouldn’t accept it. But then again, after a week of thinking about it, I would accept it because it would be on behalf of the family and friends and everyone who supports the band and who’s looked after us after all these years. It’s kind of a recognition of everyone. But whether we deserve it, I don’t know. I always get embarrassed talking about this stuff.”[135] On October 16, 2013 Deep Purple were again announced as nominees for inclusion to the Hall.[18]

Band members[edit]

Current members of Deep Purple with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in 2011

Current members
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
  • Ian Gillan – vocals, harmonica, percussion (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
  • Roger Glover – bass (1969–1973, 1984–present)
  • Steve Morse – guitar (1994–present)
  • Don Airey – organ, keyboards (2002–present, touring member August 2001 – February 2002)
Former members
  • Jon Lord – organ, keyboards, backing vocals, string arrangements (March 1968 – March 1976, April 1984 – February 2002; died 2012)
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (March 1968 – June 1975, April 1984 – November 1993)
  • Rod Evans – lead vocals (March 1968 – July 1969)
  • Nick Simper – bass, backing vocals (March 1968 – July 1969)
  • Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals (July 1973 – March 1976)
  • David Coverdale – lead vocals (August 1973 – March 1976)
  • Tommy Bolin – guitar, vocals, bass guitar (June 1975 – March 1976; died 1976)
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals (December 1989 – August 1992)
  • Joe Satriani – guitar (December 1993 – July 1994)

Concert tours[edit]

Deep Purple are considered to be one of the hardest touring bands in the world.[136][137][138] From 1968 until today (with the exception of their 1976–1984 split) they continue to tour around the world. In 2007, the band received a special award for selling more than 150,000 tickets in France, with 40 dates in the country in 2007 alone.[139] Also in 2007, Deep Purple’s Rapture of the Deep Tour was voted number 6 concert tour of the year (in all music genres) by Planet Rock listeners.[140] The Rolling StonesA Bigger Bang Tour was voted number 5 and beat Purple’s tour by only 1%. Deep Purple released a new live compilation DVD box, Around the World Live, in May 2008. In February 2008, the band made their first ever appearance at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia [141] at the personal request of Dmitry Medvedev who at the time was considered a shoo-in for the seat of the Presidency of Russia. Prior to that, Deep Purple has toured Russia several times starting as early as 1996, but hasn’t played a venue of this caliber. The band was part of the entertainment for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic.[142]

Deep Purple in Brazil, March 2009


from 2012…but still applies…What’s the Deal with the Yankees?

If you didn’t think the American League East was the most loaded division in baseball, some of the teams did their very best to convert you. The Toronto Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and everyone else on the Miami Marlins with a pulse, save for Giancarlo Stanton. The Tampa Bay Rays fleeced Kansas City for its famed minor league system, netting all-world prospect Wil Myers, ready-for-the-majors starter Jake Odorizzi, and project Mike Montgomery. Buck Showalter has proven that he can make lemons out of lemonade dog crap. And the hated Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees to the punch by trading away onerous contracts and starting over.

Before last season, I predicted that the Yankees would race to a great record because they would feast on inferior middle relief pitching, but ultimately would be outmatched by playoff aces. I’m not saying I’m the only one who forecasted that, but I like to give myself credit whenever I can.
Keeping that in mind, the Yankees will enter spring training with virtually the same infrastructure, only now, as the winter has played out, their divisional opponents have either upgraded their roster or showcased a clear plan for doing business. And then there’s the Yankees. If the Yankees had Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford on their roster, they never would have taken advantage of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ unquenchable thirst for a competitive team. The New York front office is in disarray, and here’s why: 

Hal Steinbrenner is a numbers guy. His dad dreamed of trophies, but the contents of Hal’s dreams are only those that can within a spreadsheet. I picture him as the accountant that slobbers all over Ben Wyatt’s jokes:
General Manager Brian Cashman isn’t averse to the role of statistics, but isn’t a full on sabermetrics geek. He has always wanted to prove that he can win without the benefit of the Yankee treasure chest.
There are a couple of problems with the mindsets of each of these guys. Let’s start with Hal:
This cake has more personality than Hal.
Not only does Hal want to have his cake and eat it too, Hal wants a celebrity chef to make a wedding-sized cake with his name in big bold letters, and eat a slice of it while the majority of the cake melts all over his father’s tombstone. The roster is full of terrible contracts, and if Hal really wants to slide under the magic number of 189, then he should have been proactive in rebuilding the Yankees from the bottom up. Give more young guys a shot, dump salaries whenever possible, and use the treasure chest to offer draft picks big signing bonuses, rather than pay veterans for past performance. But Hal knows that the over-the-hill Yanks will always have what it takes to eke their way into the postseason. And a playoff team will always make money in the short-term. So, since Hal has taken the blasphemous-to-George path of running the franchise like a business and a business only, he is cheating the fans by giving them a conflicting plan. Winning is replaced by profits and losses.
Poor me, I have so much money!
Cash is one of the best general managers in baseball. He doesn’t pull of Andrew Friedman heists, but he gains value in deals that only make the front pages in the 5 boroughs. When the Yankees win, executives should get proper credit for assembling a championship roster, but in the Bronx, nobody gets credit when the champion craps dollar bills on the daily. Therefore, anybody can understand how Cash wants to prove his skills to the baseball elite. News flash for ya, buddy: the Yankees will always have money. If you really want to prove you can muck it up with the dirties, then go to a team that doesn’t have money. The executives that reside in the Boogie Down have a responsibility to use the power that is given to them. A horse will never roll around in the mud with a pig for the simple fact that a horse doesn’t have to do that.
I don’t subscribe to the notion that Yankee fans deserve better. We deserve nothing because we were treated to the careers of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. We enjoyed Paulie Hustle and Bernie Baseball. Rookies of the Year, MVPs, the list is filled with men who earned those awards in pinstripes.
What we do deserve is a clear plan. A house divided cannot stand.

Davis has game-winning grand slam for Tigers

Davis has game-winning grand slam for Tigers

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DETROIT (AP) — Rajai Davis hit his third career grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

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Oakland closer Sean Doolittle (2-2) was given a three-run lead to work with in the ninth, but only managed one out. Nick Castellanos and Alex Avila started the inning with singles. Eugenio Suarez struck out but Doolittle walked Austin Jackson – just the second walk he has issued this season – to load the bases.

Doolittle then missed the strike zone with a curveball, then hung another one over the middle of the plate. Davis didn’t make any mistakes, hitting his first career walkoff homer down the left field line.

Detroit’s rally took Anibal Sanchez off the hook – he allowed two earned runs in seven innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 10 starts.

Blaine Hardy (1-0) earned his first career victory with a scoreless top of the ninth.

Oakland starter Scott Kazmir left the game in the sixth, one pitch after appearing to grab at his hip, but Dan Otero replaced him and kept the game tied through seven innings. A team spokesperson said that Kazmir was ”fine”.

Oakland broke a 1-all tie in the eighth, helped by a Tigers defensive lapse. Yoenis Cespedes led off with a routine grounder to short, but Suarez’s throw sailed well over Cabrera’s head at first. Brandon Moss followed with an RBI double into the left-center gap. Sanchez then walked Donaldson.

Joba Chamberlain entered and allowed a single to Stephen Vogt, loading the bases. Jed Lowrie made it 4-1 with a two-run single to left, but Phil Coke replaced Chamberlain and almost got out of the inning in one batter.

Nick Castellanos grabbed Alberto Callaspo’s grounder, stepped on third and threw to Ian Kinsler at second for a double play. Kinsler relayed the ball to first, hoping for a 5-4-3 triple play, but Callaspo beat the throw.

Sanchez allowed baserunners in each of the first four innings, but was helped out by a pair of outstanding defensive plays. Suarez made a diving stop in the first to rob Donaldson of an RBI single, while Jackson dived to take a hit away from Lowrie. The Jackson play was unusual, because he has a long-standing policy of never diving for balls, because he thinks there is too much risk of a ball getting past him.

Sanchez, who struck out his 1,000th career batter in the fourth, lost his shutout in the sixth on Lowrie’s RBI single, but Miguel Cabrera tied the game in the bottom of the inning, crushing a 2-2 changeup into the Oakland bullpen beyond the left-centerfield fence.

NOTES: The Tigers honored the 1984 World Series champions before the game, with Alan Trammell, the series MVP, speaking on behalf of the team. He and Lou Whitaker received the two biggest ovations, while Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and the late Sparky Anderson were both remembered fondly by the crowd. At the end of the ceremony, Whitaker took the mound with Trammell behind the plate, but both jogged to their familiar positions on either side of second base. Whitaker flipped to Trammell, who tagged second and threw to Dave Bergman at first for a ceremonial double play. … Tigers DH Victor Martinez was a late scratch because of a sore side, and was replaced by J.D. Martinez. … Cespedes found out before the game that he has moved into third place in voting for the American League’s All-Star outfield, passing Melky Cabrera. Cespedes has 1.94 million votes to Cabrera’s 1.93.

Thumb War! Siskel and Ebert’s Best On-Air Arguments




The documentary Life Itself about the late Roger Ebert premieres in limited release on July 4. To celebrate America’s most beloved movie critic, this week we’re looking back on his inimitable life and career and his passionate love for film. 

When Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert first took to the airwaves in 1975, it was an open question whether two Chicago newspaper guys jawing about movies would make for good television. As a matter of fact, their long-running series At the Movies made for great television, with the duo’s reviews often matching — and at times exceeding — the entertainment value of the films themselves. Their double-act was a meeting of the minds, and a study in chemistry that many afterwards tried to replicate. Out of the many hundreds of hours they spent talking cinema, here are Siskel and Ebert’s four most memorable arguments:

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

In the midst of a home-video segment praising two stone-cold Stanley Kubrick classics — Dr. Strangelove and Paths of Glory — the conversation turns back to the director’s then-newly released Vietnam War picture Full Metal Jacket, which Siskel had praised and Ebert found lacking. As Ebert explains why Kubrick’s latest suffers — especially when compared to his earlier films — Siskel goes for the jugular, demanding to know how Ebert could give Jacket a thumbs down while, in the same episode, recommending the kiddie flick Benji the Hunted. Ebert promptly retaliates with an intensity that’s positively Vincent D’Onofrio-esque. Even the eternally heroic Benji would be cowering in a corner.

Best Exchange: Ebert: “It’s not fair for you to compare those two reviews and you know it and you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Siskel: “No, I’m not.”


Blue Velvet (1986)

Ebert departed from the critical majority, including his aislemate, when he dissed David Lynch’s cult favorite, taking particular offense at the director’s treatment of Isabella Rossellini, which he describes as “painful” for him to watch. Siskel takes the opposite approach, suggesting that she’s an actress who understood what she was getting into when she agreed to make the film. What follows is a respectful but spirited disagreement about the responsibilities filmmakers have towards their actors, as well as the audience.

Best Exchange: Ebert: “[It’s] painful to me to see a woman treated like that, and I want to know that if I’m feeling that pain, it’s for a reason the movie has — other than simply to cause pain to her.”

Siskel: “Well, I think that the reason is that the film is a thriller and a shocker….This is not a simple mad slasher movie.”


Cop and a Half (1993)

After incredulously listening to Ebert describe this criminally bad Burt Reynolds police comedy as an “entertaining example” of what he labels the “one’s a” movie (as in “one’s a cop…and the other is a precocious kid”), Siskel can only say one thing: “Wow.” Ebert proceeds to try to sell him on the sturdy star power of Reynolds and the adorableness of Norman D. Golden II, but Siskel is clearly not having any of it, and tries to bring the segment to a quick close so his partner can stop embarrassing himself.

Best Exchange: Siskel: “I think it’s a cartoon!”

Ebert: “It is a cartoon, Gene….A good cartoon.”

Siskel: “I’m stunned, Roger.”

No embed available, but go here to watch.

Broken Arrow (1996)

It’s telling that Siskel spends the majority of his “Thumbs Up” review of John Woo’s sophomore Hollywood action picture talking about the action sequences; as he himself admits, the rest of the movie is pretty dumb.  So dumb that, ultimately, he can’t bring himself to stand by his recommendation, turning his thumb from up to down less than a minute after Ebert issues his own slam. It’s an unprecedented switcheroo that takes even Ebert by surprise. It also allows Siskel to set up the mother of all callbacks, asking Ebert if, three years later, he’s willing to rescind his favorable review of Cop and a Half. Ever the pro, Ebert pauses for a dramatic beat before saying, “No, I won’t do that.”

Best Exchange: Ebert: “I saw things in Cop and a Half that I admired.”

Siskel: “Yeah…that no one else did!”

Jagger sends up Monty Python before reunion

By Peter Wilkinson CNN

Jagger sends up Monty Python before reunion

Comedy group to perform live for first time since 1980 this week

 UPDATED 11:32 AM EDT Jun 30, 2014
Monty Python's Flying Circus

Monty Python's Flying Circus


LONDON (CNN) —Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger poked fun at the Monty Python stars on Monday ahead of the comedy troupe’s reunion concerts this week as “a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money.”

Appearing in a video shown at the Monty Python Live (mostly) news conference at a central London theater, Jagger is asked by his assistant if he wants tickets for the shows. The singer, who is watching the World Cup football on TV with bandmate Charlie Watts, replies: “Who wants to see that again? It was funny in the 60s.”

He adds: “The best one died years ago. Maybe back in the 70s it was fantastic — it was the funniest thing. We’ve seen it all before. I mean they’ve put it all up on YouTube.”

Jagger’s assistant then runs through the playlist for the next Stones concert: “Start with something everyone knows like ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together,’ then ‘Get Off My Cloud,’ then hit ‘Satisfaction.'” His assistant then suggests: “Dead Parrot Sketch.” To which, Jagger replies, straight-faced: “Yeah, ‘Dead Parrot Sketch.'”

The five surviving members of Monty Python — Graham Chapman died in 1989 — will perform together live for the first time since 1980 this week, putting on 10 shows at the O2 arena in southeast London. The first shows sold out in a matter of minutes when they were announced last November, and tickets for extra performances will go on sale on Tuesday morning.

The comedians say the extravagantly choreographed performances will be their last. The very last show, on July 20, will be broadcast live in more than 2,000 cinemas around the world, and on TV. At Monday’s news conference, however, the stars — all now in their 70s — joked that they would reform every 33 years.

Python member Eric Idle, who is directing the shows, said they would perform many of of their best-known sketches such as the “Lumberjack Song,” “Dead Parrot” and “The “Spanish Inquisition,” as well as new material. “Our motto has been ‘leave them wanting less,'” he joked.

Echoing Jagger’s comments in the preceding film clip, Idle agreed there were similarities between pop bands reforming and themselves. “(The fans) want to hear ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together,'” Idle said. “So it would be folly to try to write better things than our best old work.”

Michael Palin said the final live shows were taking place in England, “where it started,” and is part of “saying goodbye publicly” to fans. Idle added that, the day before the run opens, there was a “weight of expectation” on their shoulders. The Pythons admitted they had reunited mainly for the money, but said they were enjoying working together again. And with “nothing more to be done” to prepare for the shows, the mood now was one of excitement, he added.

Idle, Chapman, Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese and Terry Jones became comedic legends with the creation of Monty Python’s Flying Circus in October 1969. They produced 45 TV episodes for the BBC and five films together before going their separate ways in 1983.

The shows mostly consisted of a string of often incoherent sketches, only occasionally with conventional punchlines and loosely tied together by Gilliam’s stream-of-consciousness animations.

Although the TV show ran for only four seasons, it proved a massive cult hit when it was shown in the United States beginning in 1974 — just as the show was winding up on the other side of the Atlantic.

12 Popular Shows That Will Not Return to TV in 2015

12 Popular Shows That Will Not Return to TV in 2015


In the era of TV’s golden age, it means that it’s becoming even harder for a show to stay on the air, whether it’s been around for years or is an up-and-comer. Here are twelve popular shows that won’t be returning in 2015.

How I Met Your Mother

1. How I Met Your Mother

CBS’ mega-hit How I Met Your Mother finally came to an end this year after nine seasons and 208 episodes. The sitcom tells the story of Ted Mosby and his group of friends living in Manhattan with a framing device of having Ted, in the year 2030, recounting the events that led to his meeting his children’s mother — with lots and lots of accompanying stories.

Originally airing in 2005, How I Met Your Mother nearly made it ten years while racking up twenty Emmy Award nominations and nine wins. From a ratings standpoint, the series ended on a high-note with 13.13 million viewers tuning in to watch the series finale “Last Forever” — the most-viewed episode since season one’s 12.3 million viewers for “The Pineapple Incident.” Despite the considerable controversy from fans and critics surrounding the final episode, there’s no doubt that the series managed to remain markedly consistent throughout its nine years and will continue to live on through reruns.


2. Psych

The detective comedy-drama Pysch tells the story of a young crime consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department whose observation skills lead many to believe he solves cases with physic abilities. Psych quickly became a mainstay of the USA Network after it premiered in 2006 and became a solid performer with a strong fanbase over the next eight years. But after eight seasons and 121 episodes, USA finally decided it was time to let the show go after season seven and season eight both saw noticeable declines in viewership. Despite the fact that Psych’s producers did know about the cancellation until the final season was past the halfway mark, sources say that the team was well-aware that the eighth season might be the last, suitably tying up loose ends and making the series finale feel like a fitting conclusion to the long-running series.

“The final season celebrates the iconic characters that have made this show so beloved, and will be an exclamation point on the series’ incredible run,” USA Network president Chris McCumber said. “And while the series will wrap in March somehow I don’t believe we’ve heard the last of Shawn and Gus.” So perhaps a stand-alone TV movie like the network did with Burn Notice is in the cards.


3. Community

The comedy series Community first premiered in 2009 and quickly established itself as a critical favorite with a cult following. The series follows a group of students at a community college in the fictional Greendale, Colorado and often deals with pop culture and meta-humor. But like Arrested Development, Community never quite found its footing with viewers and after several cancellation scares the series finally got the axe from NBC on May 9, 2014 after five seasons and 97 episodes.

Adding to the comparisons to Arrested Development, there was immediate talk that Community would be find a home on another network for a sixth season.

Update (June 30, 2014, 6:20 p.m.):

And it looks like the fan’s prayers — and Twitter campaigns — have been answered. According to The Wire, Yahoo has picked up Community for a sixth season on the very last the cast’s contracts could be renewed, that is, June 30, 2014. Dan Harmon, who co-created the show, will stay on, along with a majority of the cast.


4. True Blood

HBO’s True Blood depicts a world where vampires have revealed their existence to humans and live side-by-side with them in a precarious situation brought on by the creation of the synthetic blood “Tru Blood.” Based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries book series by Charlaine Harris, later seasons grow to include other supernatural creatures like shape-shifters, werewolves, fairies, and witches.

True Blood premiered in 2008 right when vampires were becoming a cultural phenomenon and only two months before Twilight broke into theaters. Since then, it has remained one of HBO’s most popular shows, consistently bringing in over 4 million viewers on average per season. When the seventh and final season of the series concludes this summer, True Blood will have ran for 80 episodes and six years.


5. Mixology

Mixology is a sitcom that takes place over the course of one night in a Manhattan bar called the “Mix.” There, five single women and five single men meet for the first time as each episode follows two or three characters who come into contact with varying results.

While critics weren’t so kind to it, ABC’s Mixology earned solid TV ratings throughout it’s first season after it premiered on February 26. But the series apparently didn’t have enough of a viewership to escape cancellation when critical sentiment was added to the picture — often an aspect of aKitchen-Nightmares-1024x576

6. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares / Kitchen Nightmares

Between chef Gordon Ramsay’s UK series Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and the U.S. import Kitchen Nightmares, the fiery chef had racked up 123 episodes of his popular show over the course of ten years in his attempts to turn around failing restaurants. But the decision to end the two series didn’t come from any network, but from Ramsay who finally decided it was time to call it quits.

“I’ve had a phenomenal 10 years making 123 episodes, 12 seasons, shot across 2 continents, watched by tens of millions of people, and sold to over 150 countries,” Ramsay wrote on his blog. “It’s been a blast but it’s time to call it a day.” However, fans of Chef Ramsay needn’t fear — there’s lots more of the chef to be had. Fox still has Hell’s Kitchen, the upcoming Hotel Hell, and the MasterChef and MasterChef Junior series. 


7. Warehouse 13

The sci-fi series Warehouse 13 was immediately a hit when it premiered on the SyFy network in 2009, drawing record numbers for the network while earning high praise from critics. Referred to as a strange mix of The X-Files, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Moonlighting, the series follows two U.S. Secret Service Agents who are sent to the titular Warehouse 13 in a remote area of South Dakota where a collection of supernatural artifacts are held. But what they first believe is a dead-end assignment as punishment slowly reveals itself as a hugely important role meant to safeguard the world at large.

Having recently finished its 5th and final season, Warehouse 13 concluded with 64 episodes in the can and a strong reputation as one of SyFy’s most interesting original series. But despite critical sentiment that the series actually got better as it went on, its viewership showed a consistent decline season-over-season, sputtering out at 0.85 million in the second to last episode.


8. Raising Hope

Fox’s sitcom Raising Hope first premiered in 2010 and quickly became one of its most critically acclaimed new series, receiving two Emmy Award nominations in its first season. The series revolves around hapless loser James “Jimmy” Chance who, after impregnating a serial killer after a one-night-stand, earns custody of his daughter when the mother is executed. From there, he’s forced to rely on his eccentric family in order to raise a child he’s unprepared for.

Despite positives marks from fans and critics, the fourth season saw a huge decline in viewership with only 1.52 million viewers tuning in to watch the series finale. Much of that was likely the result of creator Greg Garcia leaving the series for CBS following the third season, but Raising Hope also likely got lost in Fox’s glut of comedy series which included New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Mindy Project along with fellow cancellations Dads and Enlisted. But fans of the series at least got a proper finale that provided closure after four seasons and 88 episodes.

Dracula - Season 1

9. Dracula

NBC had high hopes for Dracula when the network gave it a straight-to-series commitment back in the summer of 2012, but its lofty and expensive aims eventually got the better of it causing NBC to bail after only one season. Created by Cole Haddon and featuring Carnivàle creator Daniel Knauf as fellow showrunner and head writer, the series is a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in which the titular character arrives in London hoping to take revenge on those who wronged him centuries earlier. But when he encounters a woman who seems to be the reincarnation of his dead wife, his plan begins to unravel. 

Production cost alone probably would have been enough to make NBC think twice about renewing the series for a second season. With elaborate set design and location shoots in Hungary, Dracula needed to be a strong hit in order to make the complicated production worthwhile. But the show also missed with critics and fans — the latter of which only earned NBC 3.04 million viewers of the season and now series finale. That meant that the show had zero change of making it to a second season even if there was plenty of potential if the series’ showrunners were given a bit more time.


10. Californication

One of Showtime’s very first forays into original programming, it’s hard to believe that Californication only just concluded after a run of seven years and seven seasons. First premiering in 2007, Californication tells the story of troubled New York writer Hank Moody who moves to California and suffers from severe writer’s block. Additionally, his issues with hedonism push his relationship with longtime lover Karen and their daughter to the brink while he attempts change his self-destructive ways.

As popular and critically successful as Californication was, it makes sense that after seven seasons and 84 total episodes the show has simply run its course. With Showtime becoming a major player in the premium cable original content arena with shows like Homeland, Ray Donovan, Penny Dreadful, and Nurse Jackie, it almost feels as though Californication is a holdover from a completely different era. But that doesn’t take away from seven strong seasons of a series that has two Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe Award to its name.


11. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – a spinoff of Once Upon a Time – first premiered on October 10, 2013 and quickly found itself in a struggle to survive after its first three episodes. Taking place in the same universe as Once Upon a Time, the series begins when Alice is committed to an asylum for telling fantastical stories of Wonderland upon her return to the real world. But just as her fate is nearly set, the Knave of Hearts and White Rabbit rescue her and bring her back to the world of Wonderland for a series of new adventures.

In an unforgiving prime-time slot, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland didn’t have much of a chance to see a second season after the series started with 5.82 million, 4.53 million, and 4.38 million before promptly dropping into the low 3-millions for the remainder of its first season. It was then announced a week before the season finale that the episode would indeed be a series finale. However, fans of the series can rest a little easier knowing that Michael Socha is set to become a season regular in Once Upon a Time with his character Will Scarlet/Knave of Hearts.


12. Revolution

NBC’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Revolution arrived on the scene back in 2012 with a lot of buzz because of the backing of J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and a pilot episode directed by Jon Favreu. Taking place in the year 2027, Revolution tells the story of a world where all electricity on Earth was permanently disabled in 2012 leading to the collapse of governments around the world and the loss of public order. But a man and his two children may hold the answer to what happened and how to fix it if they can survive the chaos.

Although Revolution earned fairly high marks from critics, the second season signaled a huge decline in viewership – which is ironic because critics seemed to agree that the second season was superior to the first. However, after seeing the first season’s premiere hit 11.65 million viewers and slowly give way to 6.17 million viewers for the finale, the continued second season slip was just too great for NBC which saw viewership hit a series low of 3.78 in the third-to-last episode. For a series relying on high concept and high production budgets, the viewership was simply too small to support the vision any longer


As Trade Deadline Nears, Cashman Ready to Deal

As Trade Deadline Nears, Cashman Ready to Deal

With Yankees Close to Contending, GM Looks for Improvements

June 30, 2014 8:54 p.m. ET

At the halfway point in the 2014 season—the Yankees played their 81st game Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays—New York is obviously incomplete. The team needs a starting pitcher (or two), another infielder, and maybe another outfield bat.

It is on general manager Brian Cashman to acquire these pieces. And Cashman vows he is trying.

“I’m ready to rock and roll,” Cashman said, indicating, in his own way, that he has offers out and is looking to make a deal.

But Cashman has proven to be a one-man band so far. With so many teams believing they have a shot at a wild-card playoff spot, and with starting pitching a rare commodity, Cashman said the prices for premium players are prohibitive. Teams have told him that they will trade marquee players now, but for a higher price than if they were traded closer to the July 31 trade deadline, because the acquiring team is getting an extra month of performance.

“For those who want to step up and really pay the price, a month before the deadline hits, obviously there’s going to be a higher price for that,” Cashman said.

He added that some young Yankees are garnering significant interest—he sidestepped the question of whether reliever Dellin Betances tops that list—but said he’ll keep trying to hammer out deals, while hoping that his team’s underachieving core picks up its game.

“There are some things I need to do,” Cashman said. “I’ll keep trying on work on trying to get them done, and in the meantime, we’ll hopefully get some guys healthy and some guys producing at the same time. We’ll see.”

Because if there’s one thing Cashman has to admit about the team he’s built, it’s that they’re lucky to be as close to first place as they are after 81 games.

“We’re fortunate to be two games out with poor performance and injuries,” Cashman said.

Watch Mick Jagger Dryly Accuse Monty Python of Being ‘Wrinkly Old Men’

The Rolling Stones vocalist took part in a tongue-in-cheek video to introduce the group for a press conference


June 30, 2014 2:50 PM

“Monty Python, are they still going?” Mick Jagger asks unwittingly in the hilarious intro video for Monty Python. “That’s pretty amazing. They must be coining it. I bet it’s expensive. Who wants to see that again, really? It was really funny in the Sixties.” And on and on he goes, whining about “wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money,” and even saying, “The best one died years ago.” Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts just looks over and winces at the vocalist as Jagger prattles off the group’s Sixties hits for a set list. He even agrees to do the “Dead Parrot Sketch.” Who says Jagger can’t take a very dry joke?

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The video heralded the start of a Monty Python press conference covering their upcoming run of 10 reunion shows in early July. Group member Michael Palin joked with journalists that the troupe had taken inspiration from 70-year-old Jagger’s energy for their reunion. “A kind of madness takes over,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “You just leap about at a certain point.”

“Our version of ‘Brown Sugar’ is far better,” member Terry Gilliam added.

They’ve dubbed the shows “Monty Python Live (Mostly),” as a dry reference to member Graham Chapman, who died in 1989. The last time they all performed together was in 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl. The final date of the reunion tour will be broadcast in movie theaters around the world on July 20th.

“It is a world event and that’s really quite exciting,” Idle told journalists, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It means we’re actually going to say goodbye publicly on one show. Nobody ever has the chance to do that. The Beatles didn’t get a last good night.”

WATCH: Neil Patrick Harris Guest Stars on ’90s Sitcom ‘Blossom’

WATCH: Neil Patrick Harris Guest Stars on ’90s Sitcom ‘Blossom’


 Though he was busy with his own regular role as Dr. Doogie Howser, Neil Patrick Harris once took a quick break to guest star in an episode of “Blossom,” the ’90s sitcom starring Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) in the title role.

NPH appeared in a fantasy episode titled “Rockumentary” as “Charming” Derek Slade. Dick Clark and Tori Spelling also guest star in the episode, which will air on the Hub Network on July 11.

“Blossom” centers around the life of Blossom Russo as she tackles school, friends and family.  Though the sitcom officially signed off in 1995 after five seasons, it has found a new life on the Hub Network, which has picked it up to air reruns.

The show premieres on the Hub Network at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT July 7 and will air week nights at 10  and 10:30 ET/7 and 7:30 PT.