Deep Purple, though in second place at one point in the fan voting, somehow failed to earn induction into the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fans still have something to look forward to, however, as work on a long-awaited studio effort continues.
The band’s 19th album, as yet unnamed, will include new 13 tracks and is set for release via earMUSIC on April 26, 2013, frontman Ian Gillan tells Classic Rock. Find out more at Deep Purple’s new site: http://www.deeppurple2013.com/.
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Among the song titles, Gillan says, are “Hell To Pay,” “Out of Hand,” “Uncommon Man” and “Weirdistan.” Deep Purple will pay tribute to Jon Lord, its recently passed co-founding keyboardist, in a track called “Above and Beyond.”
Lord, a member of Purple from its beginnings in 1968 through the initial band breakup in 1976 and then again between 1984-2002, died at 71 in July 2012.
Purple has also been confirmed as headliner for the upcoming Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, to be held on February 21, 2013, according to Gulf News. Tickets for the 11th annual event go on sale this month.
As for the title of the forthcoming Deep Purple long player? Gillan will only drop clues — and not very concrete ones, at that.
“There’s a big question mark over the name at the moment — and possibly an exclamation mark as well,” he tells Classic Rock. “You can read what you like into what I’ve just said. All will become clear — as mud — later on. That’s all I’m allowed to say. The question mark and the exclamation mark might get you intrigued.”