February 24, 2011

Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE, SLASH),Brad Whitford (AEROSMITH),Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION),Joe Bonnamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) and Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE) are among the musicians who will appear on the forthcoming tribute album to late DEEP PURPLE guitarist Tommy Bolin.

Journalist and "Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story" book author Greg Prato recently spoke to the CD's producer, Greg Hampton, about the forthcoming release. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Q: How did the idea of the Tommy Bolin tribute CD come up?

Greg Hampton: Warren Haynes and I starting talking about it in 2008. He seemed the best choice to co-produce since he also knows and loves Tommy's music, and we have been for many years and he is also one of the greatest guitarists/musicians of the last 25 years to emerge… he is highly respected around the world.

Q: Who's on the Bolin tribute CD?

Greg Hampton: Myles Kennedy, Warren Haynes, Brad Whitford, Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonnamassa, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Nels Cline, John Scofield, and quite a few other surprises!

Q: What are some standout memories of the sessions and working with the

Greg Hampton: Brad Whitford was great; Glenn Hughes singing, because of his history with Tommy; Myles Kennedy is really no question one of the great rock singers to EVER come from the USA — brilliant! They were all special — each session had its own little cool moments.

Q: What are some of the great performances (songs) on it?

Greg Hampton: Joe Bonamassa was amazing on "Lotus", Steve Lukather on "Homeward Strut" — they were all jaw-dropping performances. Every player really was enjoying themselves, so it was really a blast.

Check out more photos from the recording sessions at

To many, Tommy Bolin was the legitimate heir to Jimi Hendrix's rock guitar throne. Stints with the JAMES GANG and DEEP PURPLE — as well as solo albums and a groundbreaking release with jazz-rocker Billy Cobham — certainly proved that the adulation was rightly deserved. And with a techno-color fashion sense, he certainly stood out from the pack. Only one problem, Tommy had a death-defying drug addiction, which ultimately would lead to a premature and tragic end — before he was able to truly take his standing among the elite musicians of the world.

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