On June 28th, Deep Purple are set to release Phoenix Rising, a two-hour documentary chronicling the band during its most controversial and extreme times. The documentary also includes new, never-before-seen footage of the band playing in Japan. The release will be made available on DVD, Blu-Ray and a special two-disc DVD/CD edition.
The documentary has extensive interviews with keyboardist Jon Lord and bassist Glenn Hughes, where they describe the departures of Ian Gillian, Roger Glover, and Richie Blackmore, the additions of David Coverdale and Tommy Bolin and the breakup of the band in 1976.
The never-before-seen 30 minutes, “Rises Over Japan,” has the Coverdale/Lord/Bolin/Hughes/Paice lineup delivering the goods in 1976 on eight songs: “Burn,” “Getting Tighter,” “Love Child,” “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Homeward Strut,” “You Keep On Moving” and “Stormbringer.” (The double-disc package contains these eight songs on CD.) This segment is some of the only video footage that showcases Tommy Bolin performing in Deep Purple.