Sunday, January 3, 2016
Deep Purple will enter the studio later this month to begin work on the follow-up to 2013’s "Now What?!" according to drummer Ian Paice.
“We all come over to your huge country after the Christmas break,” Paice tells Gary Graff. “We start around the end of January. We'll go back into the studio in Nashville with Bob Ezrin – we had such a great time making the last record that we just want to try to duplicate that the next time around.
“There's plenty of material, probably more than we need, but there is a weeding process that happens when you start listening back in clarity. So, you know, the runts of the litter will be discarded and the best 10 or 11 tracks will be worked on.”
Deep Purple were recently named among the inductees for the 2016 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame alongside Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A.
The April 8 ceremony at New York’s Barclays Center will honor most of the group’s first three lineups, including Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
Gillan slammed the Rock Hall for excluding a pair of longtime current members as part of the induction, saying “Putting the past shenanigans to one side, the induction is not - in clear fact - for Deep Purple. It is an arbitrary selection of past members, which excludes Steve Morse and Don Airey, both of whom have been with the living breathing DP for a very long time.”
Morse has been the group’s guitarist since 1994 while keyboardist Airey joined the lineup following the 2001 retirement of founding member Lord.
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