Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse recalled getting a reaction from Ozzy Osbourne fans who hated the cover versions released on Living Loud’s eponymous 2004 LP.
The supergroup included Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake, who wanted to revisit six of the songs they co-wrote and recorded for Osbourne’s solo LPs. Ozz Blizzard and Diary of a madman.
“We tried different things with the songs, which Bob really liked, and we ended up with something a little different,” Morse said. Classic rock in a new interview. “And my God, the floodgates of Hell have opened! Some people have lost their minds completely and we have been subjected to all kinds of abuse. He added that the experience meant he was prepared for some negativity on Purple’s new cover album, Turning to crime. “But there’s always the possibility that some people might like it, I guess,” he said.
In the same interview, Purple frontman Ian Gillan admitted that he was “totally against” the idea of recording other artists’ songs to make a new album.
“I thought that purists, and I, would consider something like this to be criminal, metaphorically,” he explained. “It’s terribly cheeky to think that you can improve on the originals, which are embedded in everyone’s mind.” But he continued, “I really like this record. You can still tell if you’re proud of a record if you play it a few times afterwards and really listen to it, which is not the case with all the records I’ve made! But I played this one, and I played it to my friends, and I played it in a bar, and I’m very happy with it. It comes down to why we do what we [do]. “
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