December 18, 2009

According to, British hard rock legends DEEP PURPLE will headline South Africa's Masters Of Rock tour with openers URIAH HEEP and WISHBONE ASH.

The dates are as follows:

May 28 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Coca-Cola Dome
May 30 - Durban, South Africa - ICC Arena
Jun. 01 - Cape Town, South Africa - Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino

Tickets are on sale from Computicket at 083 915 8000 or online at this location.

Debbie Bennett of Express & Star recently asked DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan when fans can expect to hear the band's new studio album.

"No one's done any writing yet," said Gillan. "I've got about 50 songs in my library at the moment, but they're not for DEEP PURPLE."

During a brief break in the band's tour this year, Gillan recorded a solo album "One Eye To Morocco", released earlier this year.

"We always start from scratch, with nothing," he continued. "We'll need to take a decent break, a month off. Then hopefully we'll all be in high spirits and I reckon we'll be in full writing mode around February."

DEEP PURPLE released a live album last month called "Space Truckin' Round the World Live 68-76". The two-disc set features rare live recordings from various concerts all over the world, including gigs in Tokyo, Paris and San Diego. The compilation, which features multiple band lineups, also features a detailed history of the group, individual concert details and photos. It was released as part of the 10th anniversary of Purple Records — the label that handles the band's music.

DEEP PURPLE's 18th studio album, "Rapture of the Deep", was released in November 2005. It is the fourth studio CD from DEEP PURPLE since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.

"Rapture of the Deep" was produced by Mike Bradford, who also worked on the band's previous release, 2003's "Bananas".

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