After many years of being overlooked, Deep Purple will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, but that doesn't mean the band is sitting on its laurels.
Bassist Roger Glover has posted a lengthy update on the band's Facebook account telling fans that their next album, which will be their twentieth, is close to being done with only vocals left to record.
DP STUDIO REPORT – MARCH 2016The new album will be a followup to 2013's Now What?! which became the band's highest charting album in 26 years.
We started the next album in Nashville on the 28th January. Thirteen days of pre-production and thirteen days recording in the studio. Lucky thirteen because we have thirteen tracks, all but finished except for vocals.
Coincidence or what? How many will end up on he album is hard to tell yet… maybe all of them, maybe not. I won’t even begin to describe the music––an impossible job in any case. Suffice to say I’ve been listening to the rough mixes and there’s a smile on my face.
Bob Ezrin and the team did their usual superb job. The next stage will be IG and I spending a week together, honing up on the lyrics before recording vocals in Toronto in April.
It was a real pleasure to meet up and jam with our Nashville friends. It’s a great city to be in, all kinds of nightlife, live music everywhere. It almost feels like being back in the 60s. Don and I went to see Diana Ross with the Nashville Philharmonic one night, the place was jumping, great band, she was exactly what is expected, voice, teeth and costume changes, etc. Jay and Dave of Rival Sons came to visit us in the studio when their tour hit town. We saw them do a fantastic gig that night, what a great band.
RG - March 2016
Deep Purple have been in a round of negative publicity over the last couple of months over who can play at the Hall of Fame induction and who will be attending. The Hall is only inducting the members of Mk. III and IV, Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, but the band and its management decided that only the current band, consisting of Paice, Gillan, Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey, will be performing. This has led to controversy with a couple of ex-members of the band including Blackmore and Hughes.