Sunday 27 May 2018

Deep Purple 'still have an album or two more in them'

Bassist Roger Glover of Deep Purple performs on the final night of the 2014 Tour at the Seminole Hotel and Casinos Hard Rock Live on August 31, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)
Bassist Roger Glover of Deep Purple performs on the final night of the 2014 Tour at the Seminole Hotel and Casinos Hard Rock Live on August 31, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)

By Kerri-Ann Roper

The group’s 20th studio album is out next month and will be followed by a world tour.

Deep Purple’s Roger Glover believes the band have at least an album or two more in them before quitting the world of rock.

The British group will mark half a century of making music in 2018 and show little sign of slowing down, with their 20th studio album, Infinite, due for release next month.

The record will be followed by a world tour, titled The Long Goodbye Tour, but bassist Roger revealed its name should not be taken at face value.

The 71-year-old told the Press Association: “We’re not planning on ending any time soon, but we’re also aware that we’re closer to the end than we are at the beginning.

“We don’t want to specify when, because none of us emotionally can actually face it.”

He added: “I personally think there’s another album or two in there.

“Health, age are the only concerns really, as far as motivation is concerned none of us want it to end.

“I can’t imagine what it would be like without Purple, it’s been a huge part of my life, bigger than huge, so the hole after it would be even bigger, but it’s going to happen.”

Roger, who joined the band in 1969 before quitting four years later and rejoining during the 1980s, revealed Infinite was one of the most enjoyable records the band had ever made.

“We’ve had such a good time in the studio, the last two have really been a joy to be working on, especially with Bob Ezrin (producer for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss).”

“We seem to have hit another seam of creativity that’s very much like Deep Purple but nothing like Deep Purple, nothing like our past.”

The band will tour the UK in November, including dates at London’s O2 and Glasgow’s SSE.

Infinite is out on April 7.

Press Association

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