Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Yes, who play a 50th an­niver­sary tour next year, have can­celled the re­main­ing dates on their North Amer­i­can Yes­ti­val tour fol­low­ing the un­ex­pected death of Vir­gil Howe, the son of gui­tarist Steve Howe.

The Amorettes play a spe­cial char­ity con­cert at The Tol­booth in Stir­ling on Novem­ber 3, in aid of the Strath­car­ron Hos­pice. On their only head­lin­ing show of 2017, sup­port comes from Ed­in­burgh’s The Ris­ing Souls.

Ac­cord­ing to Ian Gil­lan, Ritchie Black­more will not be re­turn­ing to Deep Pur­ple in any ca­pac­ity – in­clud­ing a one-off show, an idea mooted by The Man In Black him­self. De­spite stat­ing “there’s no great an­i­mos­ity any more”, the singer com­ments: “Ian Paice puts it best: why would I go back to that mis­ery again?”

As this is­sue went to press Evanes­cence an­nounced a se­ries of or­ches­tral shows.

They play Lon­don Royal Fes­ti­val Hall March 30/31, Manch­ester Apollo April 2, Not­ting­ham Arena 3, Glas­gow Ar­madillo 5 and Sh­effield City Hall 6. The US band’s fourth al­bum, Syn­the­sis, is out on Novem­ber 10.

The 50th an­niver­sary of Ten Years Af­ter (pic­tured) is be­ing com­mem­o­rated with a 10-CD boxed set, re­leased on Novem­ber 10 via Chrysalis. Lim­ited to 1,500 copies, The Al­bums 1967-1974 brings to­gether the group’s first nine records plus a disc of pre­vi­ously un­re­leased ma­te­rial.

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