Looks like Deep Purple are due to headline yet another jazz festival — organizers of the Dubai Jazz Festival have announced that the band will headline the 2013 event. As their appearance is scheduled for February 21, this will predate the down under tour and moves forward the tentative date for the tentative live premiere of the new material. The festival will run from February 14th to the 22nd at the Festival Park, Dubai Festival City.
To promote the band’s appearance in the region, Al Bawaba has a rather interesting interview with Ian Gillan:
How do you keep up the enthusiasm and energy over the tours and the years? What’s the secret?
Well, I don’t really know. We never planned this far ahead. Possibly it’s the way we set ourselves up in the beginning. We had no ambition, except to make the band as good as possible. Every street where I lived in the south of England had a band, so you try and steal the guitar player or the drummer from the band in the next street, just to improve your own band and all we cared about was just playing music that we loved. We didn’t give much thought to image, in fact we don’t have a publicist — never had one — and we never [gave] thought to the normal business things. So there’s a basic simplicity to the ethos of the band which has survived and I don’t think it’s changed in any way. The music’s kinda matured with us — it’s grown up a little bit I suppose — but it’s still got all the energy and enthusiasm that we had as kids. Apart from that, I couldn’t answer your question because I’m too close to it. All I know is that it’s full of energy and we still love it.
And on the much debated topic of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame nomination:
Befitting the success Deep Purple has achieved, the band has been nominated for the Rock’n’roll Hall of Fame. How much of an honour is this, or is it?
(Laughs.) Without being asked I was nominated for an MBE a little while ago and I was a bit fed up with these sorts of things and then I rationalised the situation. When I was a kid, the last thing that I wanted was to be institutionalised and sort of fought against the establishment all my life. However, when I had a chance to think about the nomination I realised I saw people getting excited about it around me and I realised it’s for family and friends and it’s not for me alone, it’s for the people who have supported us all through these years particularly through the bad times. So I look at it in a different way now,with a certain amount of humility.
Read more in Al Bawaba.
Caveat: at the time of this writing (November 22), this appearance has not been confirmed by the band’s management.