Saturday, September 17, 2016
Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan says the band’s new album is done and that he expects it to be released in February of 2017.
“I just heard it for the first time yesterday,” Gillan tells AntiHero magazine.
The group recorded the follow-up to 2013’s "Now What?!" with legendary producer Bob Ezrin earlier this year.
Gillan revealed some inside details on the group’s approach to songwriting.
“Deep Purple is primarily an instrumental band,” he says. “Primarily an instrumental band and the routine is, we book a running finish in 10 days, generally in a studio somewhere and the guys come in at noon. They start jamming and they work till 6 o’clock, take a break at 3 for a cup of tea and then do that every day.
“(Bassist) Roger (Glover) and I listen to the music and clock out the occasional bit and think that might be okay for a tune on the album or something. Then we start refocusing on making arrangements and how to develop the song. Then when it is all tucked away I start thinking about the lyrics and the tunes.”
Deep Purple were inducted into the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York in April alongside fellow honorees Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A.
The Rock Hall chose to induct most of Deep Purple’s first three lineups including Gillan, Glover, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Rod Evans, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
Gillan will reissue five solo albums as “The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982” on September 23.
The package brings together five albums across seven LPs, including 1979's “Mr Universe”, 1980's “Glory Road” on 2LP with the bonus disc “For Gillan Fans Only”, 1981's “Future Shock”, 1981's “Double Trouble” on 2LP and 1982's “Magic.”
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