Hard rock forefathers Deep Purple recently released 'Phoenix Rising,' a two-hour-plus revelatory documentary including 30 minutes of never-before-seen onstage footage from Japan. Featuring new interviews with with keyboardist Jon Lord and bassist Glenn Hughes, the package is a must for any fan of the legendary British group. The documentary focuses on a transitional time for Deep Purple.

Vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover were gone. A young unknown singer by the name of David Coverdale was recruited as was bassist Hughes. The results were the albums 'Burn' and 'Stormbringer' [both released in 1974]. But then founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left the band. Against all odds, they rocked on, recruiting Tommy Bolin [from Zephyr and The James Gang]. The album 'Come Taste the Band' [1975] documents the short-lived Bolin era, an era that all came crashing down when the band announced in July of 1976 that it was breaking up. Noisecreep has an incendiary video performance of 'Burn' from the new DVD/Blu-ray to share with you.

Watch 'Burn' from Deep Purple


By December of 1976, Bolin would be dead due to a heroin overdose. Nine years of silence would ensue. The 90-minute documentary portion, 'Getting Tighter,' recounts the trials and tribulations of a band in turmoil, riding the rock 'n' roll roller coaster to total excess. With its live images, backstage footage, never-before-told stories and original video material carefully culled from years of research, it's a veritable bonanza for Purple fans and fans of Rock History. No stone is left unturned and sometimes it's not pretty. Gritty, truthful, wild, this is the story of an era in the 1970s that is simply unforgettable.

Deep Purple's 'Phoenix Rising' is available on DVD and Blu-ray now via Eagle Rock Entertainment.