Chapter 16 of Nick's Story picks up from late
1967, where Nick joins the Flowerpot Men and takes flower power
to Germany. However, car troubles and dodgy road managers soon
bring the band down to earth!
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NICK SIMPER & NASTY HABITS Live at Szene,
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On 8th March 2011 playing to a sold out
audience at Vienna’s legendary Rock Club “Szene” NICK SIMPER
(founder member DEEP PURPLE) performed with NASTY HABITS
(Austria’s finest Classic Rock band) original tracks from Nick’s
period in Deep Purple (Mk 1).
With Deep Purple today only having just one
original member from their MK 1 days it is highly unlikely that
the band will perform these now neglected classic songs in
The mantle is therefore passed to Nick and
Nasty Habits to bring some long forgotten classics back to life
and bring them back to life they do. They performed eleven
tracks from the first three Deep Purple albums plus one new
track “Slinky” from the forthcoming new album.
This release is both a CD version and an
actual DVD of the concert at The Scene, Vienna.
Artist: NICK SIMPER & NASTY HABITS
Title: Live at Szene, VIENNA
2 disc set CD and DVD (Sound & Vision)
DVD5- NTSC all regions
Cat No: SJPCD386
1. And The Address
2. The Painter
3. Mandrake Root
5. Chasing Shadows
7. Wring That Neck
8. Bird Has flown
9. Why Didn’t
11. Roadhouse Blues
12. Kentucky Women
MUSICIANS:NICK SIMPER, CHRISTIAN SCHMID,HELMUT
PUSCHACHER,CHRISTIAN HEISSENBERGER,PETER BRKUSIC
Dr Jim Marshall OBE (July 29, 1923 –
April 5, 2012)
The web master was sad to
hear of the passing of the ‘Father of Loud’ last week.
It was only a few weeks ago that I was over in Jim
Marshall's Bletchley factory, getting my beloved JTM-60
serviced. For a brief obituary, click
Savages & Flowerpot Men
Chapter 15 of Nick' Story recalls how he was almost wooed (in
a business sense) by Lady Henrietta Guinness, how he braved fire
and water as a member of Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages,
and how a call from Carlo Little resulted in him becoming one of
the Flowerpot Men! Click on the picture to read more....
Pictures of Nick and Nasty Habits at their
gigs in Germany and Austria during 2011, courtesy of Peter
Brkusic. Click on the picture to see the whole set.
Peter has also given us a translation of an article from the
ECLIPSED Magazine from Germany 11/2010:
After his leaving from D.P., Nick Simper recorded 2 great
albums with "WARHORSE" and later on some mainstream projects.
Together with the Austrian Band "NASTY HABITS", Simper worked on
important songs from the 1st DEEP PURPLE Lineup and brought it
with the Youngsters on stage.
The result is amazing, cause they performed the old songs with a
lot of feeling, joy of playing and power. "Emmaretta" is
steaming, "Chasing Shadows" is played with drive and a 60´s
atmosphere, "Lalena" is beautifully through the lyric phrases-
and "Hush" they played also of course. Believe it or not- this
lineup sounds more authentic then the actual lineup from DEEP
Nick & Doogie White in Brazil
I would like to express my sincere
thanks to everyone involved with my recent trip to
Brazil, especially Rodrigo Scelza, who organised
everything, together with his partners, Fernando Goulart
and Milton Arthur. Their hospitality and kindness was
The Brazilian musicians, Bruno (on
keyboards), Fernando (guitar), Daniel (drums) and
Rodrigo (bass) were first class and a great pleasure to
May I also take this opportunity to
thank the Brazilian people for their wonderful
reception! Finally, what a joy and an honour to work
with Doogie White, a lovely man, great company and one
of the greatest voices in rock music!
for some pictures of Nick & Doogie in Brazil.
Rock Pages Interview
Nick was interviewed by Sakis Nikas prior to
the Nasty Habits gig in Hungary on May 7th 2010. Read the full
Nick & Nasty Habits
Nasty Habits Single
click on the picture below for more details
To coincide with the release of
The Deep Purple MKI Songbook a single featuring a storming
version of The Doors' Roadhouse Blues is also being released.
It also includes an alternative version of Hush unavailable
elsewhere plus The Painter.
The Deep Purple MKI Songbook
Nick Simper & Nasty Habits
Scheduled release date: 16th August 2010
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first release will be a special limited edition (1,000 copies
only) enhanced CD with bonus video footage including a Nick
Nick has recently finished an album with
former pirate John Kerrison called Skulduggery by Blagards &
Cowboys, with Adrian Connery, Peter Parks and Barry Parfitt.
Click on the cover below to listen to sample tracks and to order
the CD via PayPal.
Nick in Hungary
Together with the Nasty Habits, I had a very
enjoyable gig in Budapest recently. I would like to thank the
guys in the band
who made sure that we received the best hospitality possible. It
was a great pleasure to work with them. Their sound is the
closest I've heard to the original Deep Purple - quite amazing!
Check them out if you get the chance.
Nick 10th May 2010
Nick in Austria
Here's a photo of Nick and Bernie Marsden, with "Sam the
drummer" after their recent gig at Spielberg in Austria. More
photos and write-ups to follow soon.
Nick Simper - Still Rockin'
T-Shirts now available!
Specially produced official T-shirts designed
to commemorate both 40 years of Deep Purple, and 50 years since
Nick first entered the rock 'n' roll business. "Girl and guitar
not included!" Available from
Autographed by all 5 band members!
Courtesy of Gerhard Koritnik:
"I obtained the record from Mr. David
Naughton, who lives in Seattle, WA. His sister, Mary, who sadly
passed away at the end of the 90´s, obtained the autographs in
person near Anaheim, California (as David told me later). He
wrote to me about the record: "I got it from my sister's friend
in 1992. Her name was Mary and she grew up in southern
California, so it could have been from any of the early southern
California appearances. She didn't understand the significance
of it being the original five members, she was not a major fan
but just liked that record "Hush", took it to the concert and
had it signed, then forgot about it for twenty years."
Many thanks to all those who wished me a happy birthday at our recent
gig at Mill Hill, and special thanks to to Reinhard and Sabrina who came
all the way from Vienna to give me a delicious chocolate cake! Thank you
Nick November 2009
Nick in Poland
week, together with the Nasty Habits, I performed a
concert at Plock in Poland. This was our first visit and
we were all absolutely knocked out by the warmth of our
reception and the great hospitality shown to us.
I would like to take this opportunity
to say once more, thank you to the Nasty Habits for a
great performance and thank you to promoter Roland Bury
along with Witek, Marcin and Tomasz for all their
kindness and support, making it a superb evening.
Na koniec stukrotnie dziękuję wszystkim, którzy przyszli na
nasz concert i stworzyli niezapomniana noc.
Nick 15th October 2009
Tomasz Slaby has posted some great photos of the day.
Message from Nick
Many thanks to Nasty Habits, Christian
Schoen and all our friends in Vienna, who made the Good Ol' Boys'
third visit to the Reigen so enjoyable last week, and
special thanks to Wolfgang Jafaar and Wolfgang Gonaus for
their great photos and support, which you can see
Nick met up with Bernie Marsden recently at Bernie's
record store. Photo courtesy of Peter Brkusic.
Nick & Nasty Habits
More YouTube video from Peter Brkusic:
"The Deep Purple Mark 1 Songbook", performed by Nick and
"Nasty Habits". Here is the official promo DVD for the show,
including an interview with Nick.
here for another clip, this time of Nick and boys
playing "Mandrake Root".
A Special Message From Nick
the end of last year, I had to cancel several shows in
Austria and Germany with the Nasty Habits, where we were
to perform the Deep Purple Mk I songbook. The reason for
this was the sudden ill-health of my sister, Liz
Palumbo. Sadly, Liz passed away on October 4th 2008,
which was a huge shock to everyone that knew here.
Always a lively, bubbly person, she was a lovely lady,
well known in her home town of Hastings as a dance
teacher and leader of a belly-dancing troupe who gigged
over the country. She was also a great Mum to her four
daughters, Liz, Angelique, Sophy and Kate. Always
extrovert and great company, she was a real inspiration
to me. Without her enthusiasm for music I may never have
played an instrument myself. Her stores and experiences
certainly fired my imagination, spurring me on in the
right direction. The huge crowd that gathered for her
funeral was a measure of her popularity. She would have
loved the performance that her belly dancers gave at her
graveside, a fitting send-off for a great lady and a
great personality who will be sadly missed. This web
site is dedicated to her memory.
In Austria With Nasty Habits
Many thanks to all the Deep Purple
fans who attended my recent gigs with
the Nasty Habits in Austria. It was tremendous fun to
revive the Mark I act, and the enthusiasm of the
audience proved that the original Purple songs still
sound good, even after 40 years! The Nasty Habits were
excellent, as usual. They really deserve to be
recognized as one of Austria’s most original bands,
writing and performing great songs. Thanks to them, I
was able to play the old numbers once more, in front of
some lovely people. I hope that we can do it again in
the near future and I will look forward to meeting you
all once more. Thanks again, and all good wishes.
Nick April 2009
Here is an e-mail I received from Ralph Grille
shortly after the Vienna gig:
Nick Simper & Nasty Habits
Live at Reigen/ Vienna 2009
The Reigen Club in Vienna is
a well known location for people who have an interest in
highbrow music. It is permanent venue of the Blues
Spring and the Jazz Festival Vienna and a lot of famous
musicians like Al Di Meola or Brian Auger for example
was Mr. Simper's third concert there and the Nasty
Habits were once again much more than faithful
accompanists. Together they celebrated the beloved, but
seldom to hear live Deep Purple hits from the early
The Nasty Habits are a
powerful Viennese rock band, specialized to support rock
stars in Austria. The first part of the show contained a
couple of usual Nasty Habits songs to warm up. For the
second part, Nick Simper came on stage to make true a
I met fans from all over
Europe - Poland, Croatia, UK, Germany, Switzerland and
of course, from the high mountains of Austria.
Needless to say, it was a
unforgettable show, powerful, rousing, I wish they could
do it one more time.
Set list: And The Address / The Painter / Mandrake
Root / Emmaretta / Chasing Shadows / Lalena / Wring That
Neck / Why Didn't Rosemary / Roadhouse Blues / Kentucky
Woman / Hush / Gimme Some Lovin'
Thanks to Ralph
and Christian for some fantastic photos of the Vienna
gig - sorry it's taken so long to get them posted! You
can see them all
Deep Purple - History, Hits &
Due for release
on 1st June 2009
ultimate package for Deep Purple fans includes
many rare performances, never released before,
including some that haven't even circulated
amongst collectors! Essential purchase.
During the last few years, the music business has lost some of its most seminal players, people who inspired me and many others. We said goodbye to my three favourite guitarists, the three “Micks” as I called them, namely Mick Keane, Mick Green, and Mickey King. We also lost Tony Dangerfield, Neil Christian, Jet Harris and the man who played a big part in our lives, Jim Marshall.
This week another name has been added to the list, as we learned of the death of Jon Lord.
I first met Jon, very briefly, late one night at the famous Shepherds Bush pie stall, one of the few places where food (of a kind) could be obtained during the early hours. It was the summer of 1966, and we were both, in those days, at the top of our game. I was playing with one of rock’s biggest names, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, whilst Jon was with the Artwoods, one of the country’s top R & B groups. Neither of us spoke, just exchanging nods, as Kidd spoke animatedly with the Artwood’s drummer, an old friend. Little did we know that in less than two years we would be best friends, climbing the U.S. charts together, and creating a supergroup that would still be working nearly half a century later!
Fate was to throw us together in late ’67, working with the chart-topping group the Flowerpot Men, and it was Jon who talked me into leaving this money-spinning outfit to create a new band. Together with Ritchie Blackmore, and briefly, Bobby Woodman, we sowed the seeds that became Deep Purple. Jon and I hit it off from the first day that we worked together, and for the next two years we lived together, firstly at my parents’ home, then at Deeves Hall, and finally sharing a room at the Deep Purple house in Acton, West London. On tour we always roomed together, and life was one big round of fun! He called me his best friend, and I thought of him as the brother that I never had.
Sadly, as is well documented, none of this was to last! During the next forty years we both moved in different directions, but strangely, in the last couple of years, whilst our paths did not cross, they came very close to doing so. During my recent trips to Europe with Nasty Habits, we played where Jon had been very recently, or was due to perform very soon. Several times I came across his contemporaries who would pass on “greetings from Jon”. It seemed only a matter of time before we met up again on the same bill, or in the same town. Finally it looked on the cards as we were both appearing on the same weekend at a festival at St. Veit in Austria. Sadly, Jon cancelled his appearance, and it was then that I learned of the seriousness of his illness. During our show I asked the audience to join us in sending good vibes to Jon for a speedy recovery, and the resulting roar from the crowd said it all!
Since that gig, last September, we all constantly enquired after Jon’s health, hoping for a happy outcome, but sadly it was not to be. However, his music will live on, a fitting memorial to a great musician, and the memories of those exciting, pioneering days will remain with me forever. Rest in peace Jon.
Dear Purple bunch, may I point your attention to
this: finally, the Good Old Boys have released an official Live CD.
They were playing the Deep Purple Convention on May
3rd, 2008, as THS reported, and that gig was — fortunately for all of us
— captured on CD. What a smart move since this was one brilliant show.
For those of you who are expecting something like a DP tribute band,
please don’t read on.
Nick Simper is having way more class than that
(unlike a certain Rod E. with his 1980 Purple bogus). This man has no
need to rest on his past merits. He does still have the chops. Neither
do his band mates have any reason to hide their individual talents
behind the “big name” of Deep Purple. Every single one of them is a true
master of his instrument (so is Alan with his voice) and as a band
they’re tighter than a bull’s ass.
I’ve seen these guys live several times and every
single time I was blown away by their performance. Now, with this
release, all of you are in a great position to experience them, too.
What a treat! The CD (like their shows) is starting rather “shy”, but
it’s increasing and increasing until they’re reaching the state of pure
power and fun. These guys are top of the notch regarding handmade,
honest Rock ‘n’ Roll, always surprising the listener with another
individual icing on the cake. Most of their material is based back in
the early 60s. Their music has nothing to do with Deep Purple. I do
understand that they felt obliged to play at least one DP song at this
show (Hush) — since this was a DP convention after all — but I’m pretty
confident that Nick could have easily given up on that and his arm
needed to be twisted hard to do that.
So, if you’re just going for another DP tribute CD,
stay away from this. But if you want to hear finest Rock ‘n’ Roll,
performed by some of the best musicians around, you don’t wanna miss
this on your shelf. This band does indeed know how to ROCK!!!
Axel Dauer, The Highway Star website
The Good Old Boys are a sort of super group
consisting of former members of Deep Purple, The Strawbs, Warhorse,
Renaissance and Jo Jo Gunne. The band performed live at the Deep Purple
convention and recorded their performance. The CD showcases their
musical talents as the band play a hodgepodge set of standards and the
Deep Purple classic "Hush" from when Simper was in the band.
While it is tempting to overlook this CD as a
throwaway performance by a bunch of guys that only the diehard fans have
heard of, that would be a mistake. At first glance one may even want to
snicker at a bunch of old guys who used to be in bands performing at a
convention, playing standards such as "Somebody to Love," "Fool For Your
Stockings," "I'm Ready" and "Oh Well." If that is your attitude then it
is your loss. Sure, these guys are not rock stars, and most have had
careers as sidemen, or were a mainstay in a famous band years before
that band hit the big time, but The Good Old Boys are a good band.
At the end of the day, this is a fun CD that proves
the passion to play good, solid rock ‘n’ roll can last a lifetime. The
Good Old Boys played their ass off at the Deep Purple convention, even
if the set list is not so much different than a run of the mill bar
band. You could do a lot worse than this CD, in fact, it is a bit
infectious as once you play it all the way through, the simple grooves
keep calling one back to it. A tip of the hat goes to Simper and Company
as they exceeded expectations and proved that rock n roll truly will
Jeb Wright, Classic Rock Revisited
A fine quality CD recorded and released on Wymer
Records, produced by “The Good Old Boys” and Caroline Adcock who also
mixed it, along with Executive Producer Jerry Bloom of Wymer Records.
Mastering was handled by John Spence at Fairview Studios, Willerby,
Hull. This band actually goes back a long way and has featured many
musicians along the way, including Matthew Fisher and Carlo Little as
well as several other drummers who passed through the ranks, starting
out with the name “Flying Fox” so it’s about time an album from them was
finally released. It features a 12 page booklet detailing their history
and some striking photos shot that evening.
Deep Purple’s third bass player Glenn Hughes also
performed that night and met with Nick Simper for the first time which
was likely quite a thing to experience. If you were there, you know what
a truly great evening it was, if you weren’t, at least you can enjoy
this performance which showcases a warm sounding capture that is oh so
easy on the ears and will have you kicking yourself for not attending.
The performance started off in great tradition with
“I’m Ready”, a romping version that got things up and running with
amazing energy. They really sounded amazing and did not lose one sliver
of that energy throughout the entire performance. Then the crowd was
treated to a killer version of “A Fool For Your Stockings” the “ZZ Top”
classic trad blues number that I have to say tops the original by far
with a highly infectious groove and sizzling hot vocals giving it a
contemporary vibe. After a few more rollicking numbers, “My Way” and
both “Shakey Ground” and “Sleepwalk” the Purple fans were treated to
“Twenty Flight Rock” and “Somebody To Love” which obviously shows a
mutual love for the great Delbert McClinton.
Next up things really peaked with what is described
in the liner notes as “arguably the stand out track” and I fully agree,
“Don’t Worry Baby” with piping hot dual guitar playing from “Pete Parks”
and “Simon Bishop” recalled as “truly blistering!” I can’t express how
hot is was, talk about momentum, this really got the performance kicking
and rolling into another classic “Eddie Cochran” number “C’mon
Everybody” which led into the “Johnny Kidd and The Pirates” number which
can’t be denied. “Shakin’ All Over” is a classic favourite that has been
well known beyond the “Kidd” factor because it was also a hit some years
later by what is usually referred to these days as “Pre-Guess Who”
simply because Burton Cummings did the vocals on a recording of it just
prior to them forming, but it must be known to all that it was actually
written by Heath and first recorded in 1960, and The Good Old Boys play
it in Johnny Kidd’s memory. What a shot in the arm this CD really is!
Things stay the course with the Fleetwood Mac classic “Oh Well” which
always works no matter who seems to cover it and this is no exception to
Next up was another one of the highlights of the
evening of course, Deep Purple’s 1968 US hit “Hush” was reworked and
very well done, an obvious lure for the event indeed. Justice was served
as they jammed through the number with ease and confidence as if it were
written yesterday. They made it seem so easy, yet it’s really not such a
simple task to pull off, but with “Nick Simper and The Good Old Boys”
there was no way it could falter. This really is a high quality
recording and fun loving performance… what a bash it really was! And in
fine country tradition, which their name totally hints at with but
doesn’t exactly define, because make no mistake, this IS rock and roll
in classic traditional form, they hammed it up with “All My Rowdy
Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” and even though this is not a country
band, they make it work so well, as if it were totally cut out for them,
it’s a huge compliment and well rehearsed version with a rearrangement
in the title, sung as “Crazy” instead of “Rowdy.”
All in all this CD is a must buy for both record
collectors and general rock fans alike. The Deep Purple fans were given
a top-notch performance by these elder statesmen of British rock that
night. A well-recommended document of what was truly a night the fans
will never forget.
For news of previous Good Ol' Boys gigs, click on the "Archive"
button on the left
Nick on YouTube
Danny Vaughn has a few clips of the Good Ol' Boys
at the Jolly Anglers in West Drayton, Middlesex in October
which you can see
here is the Deep Purple performance on Playboy After
Dark in 1968. Most of you will have seen the performance of
"Hush" before, but this clip includes the intro to And The
Address and a bit of Hugh Hefner mucking around on Ritchie's
recently discovered videotape of
Deep Purple at the Inglewood gig in October 68.
The picture quality is poor but the sound is
The performance of "Ritual" for the Beat
Club session has
again, and this time it's been restored to its former glory.
Pete Parks remembers: "..the
Beat Club session in Bremen like it was yesterday. The
German engineer walked off the set and left the production
to us. Apparently the volume we were playing at was
affecting the cameras. As a result were ended up with a
decent rock video instead of a Euro-Pop travesty."
There is also a YouTube clip of Nick playing with the Marsha
Hunt band at the Bilzen Festival in 1969,
here. Deep Purple MKII also performed at that festival!
Thanks to Gerhard Koritnik for the link.
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