No End Game For Deep Purple

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Rock giants Deep Purple have gone some way to alleviating their fans’ tangible concerns of late that the title of their upcoming tour, The Long Goodbye, hinted that their days may be numbered.

“Well, we’re letting you make your own minds up,” bassist Roger Glover tells Billboard with a laugh. “No one wants to stop. But we know that I’m 71 now, [Ian] Gillan is 71, we’re all about late 60s, early 70s, and bodies have a way of not keeping up with your brain or your career. We’re all sort of approaching that point where I can’t imagine another eight years to do an album.”

Introduced by the lead track ‘Time For Bedlam,’ Deep Purple’s 20th studio album inFinite is released on 7 April, in point of fact only four years since their last release, Now What?! It’s followed by the worldwide tour, which begins in Bucharest on 13 May. The itinerary is due to reach its conclusion at The 02 in London on 23 November.

“The time is approaching when it will end,” Glover continued, “but we don’t want to face that. We don’t actually want to make a date or a final tour or anything. We just want to carry on as long as nature allows or is kind of dignified.

“If we can’t do what we do anymore, then yes, it’s time to stop. But we’re still doing it, and we’re still enjoying it very much. So all we’re saying is the door is closing, but it’s not closed yet.”

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  1. Bill Hartford

    March 2, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Do what feels right. Long may you rock! Quit touring and send out studio work from time to time. See you in New Mexico this summer

  2. Wlly

    March 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Después is my life

  3. Paul K

    March 3, 2017 at 4:58 am

    These guys in all their various line ups were such a huge influence on the bands and styles of rock music that would follow them. I bought my 1st stratocaster when I was 16 because Blackmore had one. I still have it and I 60 now. We even had a Hammond B3 in home – no Leslie though…It killed though! Blackmore got so much credit for the sound….but I saw all line ups except when Satch filled in after Blackmore split again. He even raved about how great these were….and they still are…No matter which guitarist was there you could tell who was playing a roaring hammond, fabulous drumming and bass (listen to the swinging beat of lazy)

  4. Paul

    March 3, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Groundbreaking pioneers of a new direction in music. All virtuosos great vocals and a complete unique group sound legimized extended solos and jams when live in concert when Ritchie left, Satch filled in for the last tour leg he loved playing with them – their musical virtuosity, but even more so their group sound , even without a guitarist playing you knew it was deep purple. I grew up playing an old strat and we actually had a hammond b3 in our house – no Leslies though… mom and brother played it. He and I did the best that a 14 and 15 year kids could to cover In Rock and Machine head tunes – not too well but the seeds of that group sound were planted! Thanks for the great music guys, but please don’t go yet!

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