DEEP PURPLE vocalist Ian Gillan recently confirmed that the band's new album will be called "Bananas". He explained the reason behind the odd title to DeepPurple.net. "It came about through a picture we saw of a Vietnamese guy just winging this huge amount of bananas on a kind of a bus where's he's walking along and it makes you think about all kinds of things to do with … how much this guy got paid," Ian said. "I don't know. Maybe one penny or so and everybody's making a profit off him. It's a Third World thing and bananas also means 'crazy'. It's either bananas or nuts. Then there's this GM issue, which is coming up. Genetically Modified. I saw the picture which [DEEP PURPLE bassist] Roger [Glover] found in an Australian newspaper and he cut it out. I said, 'That's a fantastic idea for an album title. It opens so many avenues. It's just one word.' The album is due late summer/early fall with the first single being a slow number called "Haunted", though Gillan explains that the album as a whole is very much hard rock.
In other news, Italian newspaper Corriere has uploaded a 2.5-minute video segment from the show in Milan of DEEP PURPLE performing "Hush". Watch it here (Real Video player required).