Kiwi drumming great anchors slick Deep Purple Project
Smoke on the water - Rooda's coming to East Auckland!
One of New Zealand's finest rock music drummers, Peter "Rooda" Warren, is playing in Howick this Friday night.
He's anchoring the rhythm section, alongside rock-solid bassist Mark Dunasement, in guitarist Tony Painting's band that's returning with its dynamic Deep Purple Project show.
Painting says Warren's enthusiasm and drive to raise the quality of performance is noticeable and respected by the band, which also includes vocalist Leon Ruwhiu and keyboardist Oliver James, who deliver the powerful and challenging contributions of Ian Gillan and John Lord.
Warren is best remembered as the drummer for DD Smash with Dave Dobbyn in the 1980s, and in recent times he's also fronted rock groups as a vocalist.
Back in March, Painting's group started a North Island tour of the Deep Purple Project at Bosuns Bar, The Good Home, and Painting says most of the shows were well-received blinders.
Focused on the original Deep Purple up to mark III, "all the greatest Deep Purple", the set is two-and-a-half hours of rockers from the albums Shades of Deep Purple, In Rock, Machine Head, Fireball, Who Do We Think We Are, Made in Japan, Burn, Stormbringer, and Perfect Strangers.
"As a musician, you have to be at a certain level technically to do justice to the music, as Deep Purple are world-class," Painting says.
The Howick blues-rocker is also well known for his authentic shows dedicated to the musical memory of the late, great Texas flyer Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble.
Originally from Birmingham, England, Painting has always been a huge fan of Deep Purple's music and its legendary guitar slinger Ritchie Blackmore.
"He had the tone, the technique and the attitude, and especially for those songs of Deep Purple. It struck a chord that has stuck with me all my life," Painting says.
They play the Deep Purple tribute show in Bosuns Bar, at The Good Home, The Prospect of Howick, on Friday, September 15, 8pm.