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Twelve Months Gone

Twelve months gone again!

And where did I go? On the road, that’s where. The road that leads to your door. To many doors; stage doors, closed doors, dressing room doors, hotel corridors, van doors, bedroom doors – dreaming through that revolving door of time.

And what did I see? I saw sunsets and sunrises, spotlights and smoke machines, take-offs and landings, love and music, hands in the air and constellations of smart phones. And I saw home as a calendar date, the warmth of welcome when I got there.

And what did I hear? I heard the roar of the crowd, the synchronicity of souls, questions and answers to other questions, the poetry of complaint, the rumble of the road, the joy and the hassle, laughing and crying – the same release, as Joni said.

And who touched my life? RIP; Chuck Berry, Tom Petty, Fats Domino, Malcolm Young, Walter Becker, Glen Campbell, Greg Allman, Butch Trucks, Chris Cornell. And my good friend Ian Hansford – DP’s first roadie.

And whom did I meet? I met a cornucopia of people, some for the only time, some to be seen again, a multi-hued parade of old friends and new, and all those in between that touched my mind.

Thank you for these twelve months, for the many birthday greetings I couldn’t reply to, the kind words. And for making my 2017 as spectacular as it could have been.

Good luck for 2018.

RG
December 2017

22 thoughts on “Twelve Months Gone

  1. Romina wrote on 2018-01-16:

    Thank you very much for everything. It was such a pleasure to attend the Santiago de Chile concert last year. The best in this twenty years I been following your live performances.
    I will miss you so much…

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  2. Fernando Mattedi wrote on 2018-01-03:

    And so, as you have seen not enough times yet in 2017, all doors are wide open for you. Thanks for the amazing music, and can’t help making a bold line under the fantastic InFinite album, from which we had the pleasure to listen “Bird of Prey” live in Sao Paulo on Dec 13th, my 15th DP concert, but the very first of my 15 yr old boy – who loved every bar of the concert ( and guest that, Bird of Prey is his favorite from the album, so, perfect…) . Wish you 2018 best year of your life, enjoy it !!

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  3. Tracy Heyder wrote on 2018-01-03:

    Yes another year has come and gone. Some of it good some of it bad but when looked at through Purple Colored Glasses, it was ALL FANTASTIC!!! Thanks again Roger for all that you do and have done. May you Live Forever because one thing I can say is that I can’t imagine a year without Deep Purple… CheerZ and have a healthy, enjoyable 2018

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  4. Rick wrote on 2018-01-02:

    Roger,
    Thanks for the music, the prose, the cons, and the infinite wisdom garnered by the saga of your life that you so graciously share with us. Its highly appreciated by us all and we look forward to much more from you as your story continues.
    Rock on in ’18 and beyond!!

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  5. martin bearder wrote on 2018-01-02:

    Deserved comments Roger, first saw the band in Leicester, 1970 I think, a mere schoolboy. Think its fair to say my jaw dropped then…At its best, the band is unreservedly, the best…the lineup changes only paint a rich tapestry and the longevity is a joy to behold…hope 2018 brings more new and interesting opportunities..All the best.

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  6. Jim Stoff wrote on 2018-01-02:

    Thank You Roger, and all the members of DP (past and present) you are the soundtrack for many of our lives!? Good Luck in 2018 hope to see the band 1 more time!?

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  7. Karin wrote on 2018-01-02:

    Happy New Year, Dear Roger. And may life be with you!
    You put some warmth back into an otherwise rather cold year for me.
    (And my captcha Numbers added up to 42, the Answer to the question of life universe and everything) 😃

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  8. Dima wrote on 2018-01-02:

    Happy New Year dear Roger
    All my best wishes in 2018,
    see you in Russia

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  9. Gavin Moffat wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Hi Roger,
    When I was 15 (in 1973) you were kind enough to send me your signature via Simon Robinson (Newly formed DP app’ society).
    I wanted to know when your Butterfly Ball project would be released. You appreciated my asking and said you were working on it. I’ve bought that album for many of the children in my family over the years – who all love it. I guess it would be a huge undertaking but feel it would make a wonderful theatrical production and/or animated film. I know you have considered this.
    I’ve been a fan since the age of 12 and like many fans I’ve had your music supporting me throughout the ups and downs of life. Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Will never forget seeing Purple in 1972 at Greens Playhouse Glasgow and a few weeks ago at The Hydro – and all the times in between. Best wishes for 2018.

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  10. Gavin Moffat wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Hi Roger,
    When I was 15 (in 1973) you were kind enough to send me your signature via Simon Robinson (Newly formed DP app’ society). I wanted to know when your Butterfly Ball project would be released.
    You appreciated my asking and said you were working on it. I’ve bought that album for many of the children in my family over the years – who all love it. I guess it would be a huge undertaking but feel it would make a wonderful theatrical production and/or animated film. I know you have considered this.
    I’ve been a fan since the age of 12 and like many fans I’ve had your music supporting me throughout the ups and downs of life. Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Will never forget seeing Purple in 1972 at Greens Playhouse Glasgow and a few weeks ago at The Hydro – and all the times in between. Best wishes for 2018.

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  11. Hans-Jürgen Küsel wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Thank you, Roger for having given us so much joy in 2017. And now, we step into a very Special year: 50 years Deep Purple – it’s unblievable and such a great Moment for us fans.
    I wish you a healthy year with very much laughing.
    Your fan hans-Jürgen Küsel from dark Northern Germany.

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  12. John Muijrers wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Hello Roger,
    I wish you all the best for 2018. Also for your family. I hope to see you again this year with Deep Purple. It wil be my 39th time !
    I’m still following you Purple guys for 48 years.
    Good luck

    John

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  13. Shirley Meadows wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Dear Roger,
    thank you for everything. If you like, i whis you many more Doors to open. I was lucky to meet you in Leipzig. Still feel your Hand on my Shoulder. You and your Family have a great 2018.
    Shirley

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  14. Carlo Alberto wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Thanks Roger. Respect! Happy New year.

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  15. Chip wrote on 2018-01-01:

    From a life long fan; thanks for the memories and prayers for a fantastic 2018. Great pics with Edgar Winters and his band. They were fantastic when I saw you in Bristow, Va on the last tour! Hoping the long goodbye tour goes longer and it is still a long time till goodbye.

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  16. Neil Cooper wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Thanks for another awesome concert in Manchester, wishing you all the best for 2018.

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  17. Graham Cooke wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Thank you Roger for all that you do. My musical life changed on my 16th birthday when a friend bought me Machine Head. We’re now both in our way 60’s and met up for the first time in a decade at your Birmingham concert – old friends re-united by a love if your music. Three night later at Cardiff I sat with my son and daughter and marvelled again. Thank you so much!

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  18. Marion wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Dear Roger,
    I was already waiting for your comments of the year 2017, because they are always very amusing and pensive. For me the year 2017 was also the year i met you at meet & greet in Stuttgart. The music of you and Purple always makes me happy. Thank you very much!
    All the best to you – yours Marion

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  19. MK wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Wish your fantastic 2017

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    • MK wrote on 2018-01-01:

      Lol I mean 2018. 😝

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  20. Brenda wrote on 2018-01-01:

    Fantastic review! I hope the next twelve months brings you some more doors?! Lol! Was an absolute delight to meet you again after the Manchester gig in the hotel bar that shall remain nameless!

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  21. Tuija Kinnunen-Härmälä wrote on 2018-01-01:

    I thank you for bringing so much joy to our lives, and wish you and your dearest a good year of 2018 to come. See you in Hamina!

    Warmest greetings from Tuija, your fan in Hellsinki, the rockin’ capital of Finland.

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