Deep Purple Confirm New Album Release Date, Track Listing


Deep Purple Confirm New Album Release Date, Track Listing

–Joe Lund

Rock legends Deep Purple have announced that their new studio album, titled Infinite, will be released on April 7. The much-anticipated LP features classic-era members Ian Gillan (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) and Roger Glover (bass), as well as longtime members Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards). The 10-song record includes the already-released lead single, “Time for Bedlam,” and a cover of The Doors’ classic, “Roadhouse Blues.” Acclaimed producer Bob Ezrin—known for his work with Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd, among others–manned the boards for the project.

Glover spoke recently with Billboard about the challenges involved in making a worthy follow-up to the group’s well-received 2013 album, Now What?!

“When we go in to make an album, we have no idea,” he said. “We don’t sit down and have a meeting and say, ‘What are we going to do?’ We just let the music do the talking. The only thought for [Infinite] was … after a real standout album like Now What?! … what are we going to follow it up with? It’s almost like the classic second-album syndrome. We wanted to make it different … so [Infinite] sounds a little heavier … a bit denser maybe.”

The group is set to embark on a world tour beginning in mid-May, including a month-long series of dates with Alice Cooper starting on August 12 in Las Vegas. Glover was asked if calling the trek “The Long Goodbye Tour” implies that the end of the band is in sight.

“No one wants to stop,” he said. “But we know that I’m 71 now, 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.”

Glover continued: “The time is approaching when it will end, 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.”