DEEP PURPLE Working On New Music

June 11, 2014

Legendary rockers DEEP PURPLE are writing material for their 20th studio album, tentatively due in 2014.

The band's lead singer, Ian Gillan, tells Zeitung: "The whole band is [in Portugal]. We have a studio in the Algarve where we're working on new songs.

"In the evening we take a sip of good red wine and enjoy the tranquility. I'm woken up at dawn by a rooster in the neighborhood and I get up when it gets light. When it gets dark in the evening, I go to bed. It's a no frills life; but it's a good life down here."

The deluxe release of DEEP PURPLE's seminal live album "Made In Japan" was made available in multiple formats on May 19. Gillan admitted: "I don't like live albums especially. But I know the importance and significance of 'Made In Japan'. The tour, 42 years ago, blew me away. It was my first time in a country where I felt fundamental differences in mentality to Europe. It was a culture shock to me. But it's influenced me in a positive sense."

According to Gillan, he has no plans to retire from touring any time soon. "I can't imagine not being on stage," he said.

"When I was a teenager, I went to a Cliff Bennett concert and I released I wanted to be where he was. The interaction with the audience, and even more important for me, with the musicians — that's pure magic.

"With a DEEP PURPLE concert, you never know exactly what will happen. I don't want to miss those feelings."

"Now What?!", the 19th studio album from DEEP PURPLE, was released in April 2013 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.

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