DEEP PURPLE Keyboardist DON AIREY To Release 'One Of A Kind' Solo Album In May March 7, 2018
DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey will release his new solo album, "One Of A Kind", on May 25 via earMUSIC as 2CD (including a bonus live CD) as well as on vinyl and digitally.
It is hard to find a name amongst all those that over the last 30 years have left their mark in the history of rock that has not utilized Don's keyboard skills at some point. The list includes OZZY OSBOURNE, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE, JUDAS PRIEST, Gary Moore, Brian May, JETHRO TULL, BLACK SABBATH and, obviously, DEEP PURPLE, the band of which Airey has been a full-time member for over 15 years.
But Airey has never been a session player. Bands and artists work with him for his unique musical vision, for the twist he gives to songs. It is with the same passion, the same energy, the same talent that Don Airey approaches his very own songwriting.
"One Of A Kind" is a true classic hard rock gem with melodies, great riffs and solos and a unique band unity. To top it all, his new solo album has been written and recorded using the spirit of a band featuring the following talented musicians: Carl Sentance (from the current lineup of British legends NAZARETH) is a singer that all fans of metal voices like those of Rob Halford and Graham Bonnet will love; bassist Laurence Cottle, who has played with everyone from BLACK SABBATH to Gary Moore to Chick Corea, forges a great rhythm section with the thunderous talent of Jon Finnigan, apparently as loud on stage as he is at the after show parties. Last but definitely not least, there is the incredible talent of Simon McBride, who has no fear of being compared to the many incredible guitar players Don has worked with before.
"One Of A Kind" is one song after the other for the delight of every hard rock fan, who would be making a big mistake were they to overlook this album.
It is not difficult to see Don Airey playing one day with DEEP PURPLE in front of 15,000 people, and the next day, playing the organ in the church of his beloved local village with the same concentration and respect for the music and the audience.
It is with the same spirit that Don shows no discernible effort moving from the glories of the last two DEEP PURPLE albums ("Now What?!" and "InFinite" both having benefitted from his ever present talent) to playing in clubs with his own band. And always with a big smile on his face as soon as the guitar roars in, waiting to reply with his Hammond.
"One Of A Kind" track listing:
01. Respect 02. All Out Of Line 03. One Of A Kind 04. Everytime I See Your Face 05. Victim Of Pain 06. Running Free 07. Lost Boys 08. Need You So Bad 09. Children Of The Sun 10. Remember To Call 11. Stay The Night
Bonus CD (Recorded live at Fabrik, Hamburg on March 14, 2017):
01. Pictures Of Home (originally by DEEP PURPLE) 02. Since You've Been Gone (originally by RAINBOW) 03. I Surrender (originally by RAINBOW) 04. Still Got The Blues (originally by GARY MOORE)
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
Deep Purple' Don Airey and Thin Lizzy's Brian Downey team up for rocking tour By Michael Upton | 28/01/2020
Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey (below) and Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey will both take to the stage at Sheffield’s Foundry club at 7pm on February 26. The pair will perform separate sets during the evening.
Airey’s keyboard skills have provided backing Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Brian May, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, the last of which he has been a full-time member for more than 15 years.
Q&A: Deep Purple's Don Airey on life, loves and regrets By Dave Ling (Prog) 21 hours ago
Don Airey recalls playing keyboards for Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and Colosseum II
Sunderland-born Don Airey has served as Deep Purple’s keyboard player since returning from semi-retirement to replace Jon Lord in 2002. The classically trained keyboard player has also worked with an expansive and diverse selection of names including Ozzy Osbourne, Colosseum II, Whitesnake, Jethro Tull, Babe Ruth, Gary Moore, Queen’s Brian May and Black Sabbath. His progressively minded solo album, All Out, released in 2011, includes cameos from three noted guitarists, namely Joe Bonamassa, Bernie Marsden and Airey’s brother Keith.
In 1987, you played live keyboards with Jethro Tull on European and US jaunts for the Crest Of A Knave album. Not as a full band member, but as a guest?
Yeah, I was with them for a year. It was an arrangement that happened to fit in with my plans to do a solo album for which MCA had offered me a contract. Musically, Tull weren’t quite my thing – I like heavier music – but the time I spent with them was marvellous. I bumped into Ian [Anderson] at Heathrow recently and we had a good old chat about our grandchildren [chuckles].
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