I have just got home from watching “Deep Purple: From Here To inFinite” which premiered in Düsseldorf, Germany tonight. German radio/television WDR waited in front of the auditorium’s entrance for Ian Paice and Roger Glover to arrive and sign memorabilia for the fans. The auditorium itself was filled quite well although there were a couple of seats left. The movie was started with a still picture showing all band members in their polar outfits requesting the audience to not record the movie nor the three songs that were played afterwards.
In probably 90 minutes, the film highlighted some scenes of how the album was created. Starting with the last gig of the last world tour in London in 2015, traveling to Nashville were the songs were constructed in a rehearsal studio before going to the record studio which was located on the other side of the Nashville. Finally, the vocals were recorded in Toronto with only Ian Gillan and Roger Glover present. In between this overall story arc, the film explained how Steve and later on Don joined Deep Purple, that they were the best choice and what influence they had. Even Joe Satriani who replaced Blackmore when he quit the band in Japan was featured. In all the film was quite interesting and it shed a light to some of the new music allowing at least me to get a better feel of it. But above all there is one really sad thing that I would like to point out: I learned that Steve suffers from osteoarthritis in his hand which makes it painful for him to play guitar the way he played for years and which forces him to find a new technique. And that he wished to be “the last guitar player of Deep Purple”.
The worst moment of the whole evening was the time, when the three songs (All I Got Is You, The Surprising, Birds of Prey) were to be played. Not because of the music, which was really great, but because of the people that noticed that Ian and Roger had sneaked into the auditorium and went there to get some signatures. After the first song, the host had to interrupt the presentation and asked the people to get back to their seats. Having said that, let me come back to the songs: All I Got Is You which has already been released as video and single features a phrase from Ian Paice: “You have got me. But all I got is you”. The Surprising was at once my absolute favorite, maybe because Ian Gillan’s voice is left “pure”.
After applause from the crowd, a brief question and answer session took place. Most questions were to be expected and did not cause any new information for people who visit The Highwaystar regularly: “Is this really your last tour?”, “What is your favorite song of the album?”, “Who are your influences / Which drummer do you admire the most?”, “Time for bedlam is really dark, do you fell this way?”, “How can band today get famous?”…
Finally, the audience queued up to get some signatures and after leaving the auditorium there were free posters showing the cover of the new album.
Now, I can hardly wait to experience the whole album.
Review by Timo Teichert