Monday, March 28, 2011

Deep Purple: North American tour to feature 30-piece orchestra

Deep Purple's first North American tour in four years — which is scheduled to kick off in early June — will feature classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion) along with Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards).

The trek, dubbed "A Night With Deep Purple And The Songs That Built Rock," will see the band performing in each city while backed by a 30-piece symphony orchestra.

For a list of currently confirmed dates, visit

When asked during a February 22, 2011 press conference in Mexico City if there are any plans for Purple to record a new studio album soon, vocalist Ian Gillan replied, "I guess it's about time, isn't it?! 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 released a live album last year called "Space Truckin' Round the World Live 68-76." The two-disc set features rare live recordings from various concerts all over the world, including gigs in Tokyo, Paris and San Diego. The compilation, which features multiple band lineups, also features a detailed history of the group, individual concert details and photos. It was released as part of the 10th anniversary of Purple Records — the label that handles the band's music.

Purple’s 18th – and last - studio album, "Rapture of the Deep," was released in November 2005. It is the fourth studio record from Purple since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994, and it was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.

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Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
With guest Ronnie James Dio
In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra DVD
Royal Albert Hall – London, UK – September, 1999

See also:

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