A three-minute trailer for “Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head” — a compilation CD containing re-interpretations of songs from DEEP PURPLE‘s classic “Machine Head” album by METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, CHICKENFOOT and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others — can be seen below.
Due in North America on September 25 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, “Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head” will initially be made available with Classic Rock magazine’s upcoming DEEP PURPLE fanpack. Scheduled to hit newsstands in the U.K. on September 4, the fanpack also comes with an in-depth, official, band-endorsed 124-page magazine which includes exclusive new interviews with world-class guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Steve Vai and the members of METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN and CHICKENFOOT, among others, talking about recording these classic songs, plus brand new interviews with DEEP PURPLE — one of the last interviews with the late Jon Lord — on the making of their most well-loved album and exclusive and previously unpublished photographs and artefacts from the PURPLE archives.
Hearing of Jon Lord‘s sad passing, Glenn Hughes assembled some friends to cut “Highway Star” last week as a tribute to his dear friend. The performance is one of the greatest performances Glenn Hughes has committed to record.
Drummer Lars Ulrich of METALLICA, who are also recording a song for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, previously said, “We were asked if we’d contribute to the anniversary of ‘Machine Head’ — we can’t turn that down. We’re circling the Dio and PURPLE catalogs and hopefully we’ll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men.”
“Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head” track listing:
01. Smoke On The Water – CARLOS SANTANA
02. Highway Star – CHICKENFOOT
03. Maybe I’m A Leo – GLENN HUGHES, CHAD SMITH, LUIS MALDONADO
04. Pictures Of Home – BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
05. Never Before – KINGS OF CHAOS (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum)
06. Smoke On The Water – THE FLAMING LIPS
07. Lazy – JIMMY BARNES, JOE BONAMASSA
08. Space Truckin’ – IRON MAIDEN
09. When A Blind Man Cries – METALLICA
10. Highway Star – GLENN HUGHES, STEVE VAI, CHAD SMITH, LACHLAN DOLEY (exclusive track)
According to a post on the Darker Than Blue web site, Jon Lord‘s funeral service was held on July 31 at St. Mary’s Church in Hambleden, England, and was attended by family and close friends. A memorial service is planned for later in the year in London.
Jon Lord died on July 16 at age 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord, who was known for his keyboard virtuosity and his reinvention of the Hammond B-3 organ sound, co-wrote such PURPLE classics as “Smoke On The Water” and “Child In Time”, among others. Lord and drummer Ian Paice were the only original members to last through the band’s initial run from 1968 to 1976. He was on board for their 1984 reunion and stayed on through to his 2002 retirement from the band, after which he’s worked primarily in the classical field.
Over the course of his career, Lord also worked with the ARTWOODS, FLOWER POT MEN, PAICE, ASHTON AND LORD, WHITESNAKE and good friend and neighbor, George Harrison.