Joe Lynn Turner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fandango, Brazen Abbot, and Hughes Turner Project was born 2 August 1951. British rock band Deep Purple were formed in Hertford in 1968.They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock,although their musical approach changed over the years.
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”. 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,and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide, including 7.5 million certified units in the US. The band has gone through many line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. 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 Rockprogramme and a British radio station Planet Rock poll ranked them5th among the “most influential bands ever”. At the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London, they received the Innovator Award. In October 2012, Deep Purple were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Butch Vig, American drummer, songwriter, and producer with alternative rock band Garbage and Spooner was Born 2 August 1957. Garbage were formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1994.The group consists of Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar) and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards), and Butch Vig (drums, percussion). All four members are involved in songwriting and production. The band have counted worldwide album sales of over 17 million units.Garbage released a string of increasingly successful singles in 1995–1996, including “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains”. Their debut album, Garbage, was an unexpected smash, selling over 4 million copies and certified double platinum in the UK, US, and Australia. Garbage won the Breakthrough Artist award at the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Garbage spent two years working on follow-up album, Version 2.0, which topped the charts in the UK upon its 1998 release and the following year was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Album of the Year and Best Rock Album.Version 2.0 went on to match the sales of its predecessor. Garbage followed this up by performing and co-producing the theme song to the nineteenth James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Despite being named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Albums of the Year, however Garbage’s 2001 third album Beautiful Garbage failed to match the commercial success achieved by its predecessors.
Garbage quietly disbanded in late 2003, but regrouped to complete fourth album Bleed Like Me in 2005, peaking at a career-high No. 4 in the US. The band cut short their concert tour in support of Bleed Like Me announcing an “indefinite hiatus”,emphasizing that they had not broken up, but wished to pursue personal interests. In 2006, Vig returned to producing while Manson worked on an as yet unreleased solo album. Garbage ended their hiatus in 2007 and released the greatest hits retrospective Absolute Garbage. Garbage’s fifth album Not Your Kind of People was released in 2012 via the band’s own independent label, Stunvolume Record
Lee Mavers (The La’s)
Lee Mavers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist with English rock band the La’s, was Born 2 August 1962. The La’s are from Liverpool, and were originally active from 1984 until 1992. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Lee Mavers, the group is best known for their hit single “There She Goes”. The band was formed by Mike Badger in 1984 and Mavers joined soon after, although for most of the group’s history, the frequently changing line-up revolved around the core duo of Lee Mavers (vocals, guitar) and John Power (bass, backing vocals) along with numerous other guitarists and drummers including Paul Hemmings, John “Timmo” Timson, Peter “Cammy” Camell, Iain Templeton, John “Boo” Byrne, Chris Sharrock, Barry Sutton, and Neil Mavers.
Following the departure of Badger in late 1986, the band signed to Go! Discs in 1987 and commenced recording of their debut album. Following the release of singles “Way Out” (1987), “There She Goes” (1988) and “Timeless Melody” (1990) and having aborted several recording sessions with different producers, the band released their debut album The La’s in 1990 to critical acclaim and modest commercial success. John Power left The La’s to form Cast and the group entered a prolonged hiatus in 1992 which lasted almost two decades. The group later reformed briefly in the mid-1990s, 2005 and 2011. However, no new recordings have been released.