Thursday, February 24, 2011

Deep Purple singer says ‘it’s about time’ to make a new record

Deep Purple are playing a few dates in Mexico this week.

The band took part in a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday, and were asked if there are any plans for a new studio album (their last was 2005’s “Rapture Of The Deep”).

"I guess it's about time, isn't it?!,”
replied Purple singer Ian Gillan. “So we're gonna get together and have a writing session quite soon. And if we get excited, then we'll probably have another [album finished and ready for release] shortly after that. We'll see how it goes. But there's no plans. But I think we're getting poked by various connections who would like to see another Deep Purple record. So I think it's about time."

Deep Purple – press conference
Mexico City – February 22, 2011

Deep Purple are actively supporting Record Store Day this year – Saturday, April 16 – with the release of a ‘retro’ single containing "Hush" — recorded for Chris Grant's "Tasty Pop Sundae" in early 1969 — and "Speed King," recorded for Stuart Henry's "Noise At Nine" in October of that same year.

Both tracks are from the upcoming "BBC Sessions" project.

The limited-edition single will be distributed to the participating indie shops in the U.K.; only 1400 copies will be pressed.

Record Store Day is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day, and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include meet & greets with artists, DJ's, live performances, in-store quizzes, and many other events.

For details on Record Store Day 2011, click here.

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Deep Purple – Child In Time
BBC “In Concert”
BBC studios – February 19, 1970