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Steve Morse on Iron City Rocks

Steve Morse, Cosmo Music Hall, Toronto, Oct 18, 2009; Photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Pittsburgh’s online outlet Iron City Rocks has an extended interview with Steve Morse which he gave in early December while being on tour in Southern France. The interview covers a lot of ground — from Dixie Grits — to Deep Purple — to Angelfire.

In the groundbreaking news department, Steve said that Deep Purple have a “writing session” booked at a Spanish studio some time in March, between Mexican and Russian dates.

You can listen to the podcast (episode 85) online from their website (mp3, 45MB).

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

21 Comments to “Steve Morse on Iron City Rocks”:

  1. 1
    George says:


    at last!!!! THEY BOOKED A STUDIO TO RECORD NEW ALBUM!!! what a GREAT news for xmass :))))

  2. 2
    Mads Rud Larsen says:

    Can’t wait for the new album to come out!!! It’s gonna be great – no doubt! 😉

  3. 3
    Moe says:

    I hope they stick to the plan this time….it’s been 6 years!

  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:

    “Writing session”?


    Does that mean they are going to Spain, sit in the sun, drink some sangria and wait for inspiration?

  5. 5
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge53 says:

    WILL it, CAN it, SHALL it be REALITY ??
    Can, for now, only Hope there will rise a new album !
    Cheers and a happy and healthy 2011 for all of you !

  6. 6
    Jeff Goyen says:

    hopefully they get back to basics and record the sort of stuff that made them great….hard rock…..a nice swansong to a great career

  7. 7
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I think a writing session will at least have them going into the studio with some finished ideas in tow, unlike the last two albums where they spent just five or six weeks writing and recording, having brought nothing with them to the party. Hey, this way they can party even more because they’ll already have a jump on things and be able to cut out some of the writing portion of the “party.” -‘ard rock? What is ROTD, Cajun music or something?

  8. 8
    Dawg says:

    No Priest[#4], like it says above, they are going to Spain to work on the new album. You will trash it while they are in process of recording it, [unless Ritchie rejoins the band and Steve puts on the tights and goofy hat between now and then], then you will pre-order it well in advance, listen to it 30 times, love it, and then get on the website and talk about how bad Steve Morse is and what a wanker Ritchie is for playing that “mandolin” music. If the inspiration comes from sangria, the Sun, the moon, Pluto, Uranus, or your anus, so be it. Just give me a new collection of songs and I for one will be happy as a 3 pecker billy goat at a sheep farm.

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    ROTD is NOT a hardrock album.

    Only a bit here and there come close.
    Like on Bananas which I prefer……

    Music can be worthy but under the Deep Purple banner we expect class like BURN, In Rock, CTTB.

  10. 10
    T says:

    Let’s not get excited…it’s just a writing session. However, I agree with CG (#7) that it is much better to go into the studio prepared than to hope something happens spontaneously.

    I also agree with Jeff (#6) as well–a return to hard rock–that is, a little more toward In Rock with distorted Hammond, screaming guitars and all the VUs pegged.

  11. 11
    josh says:

    Too good to be true 🙂

  12. 12
    George says:

    If not the whole album, the only ONE track is worth to the several albums which they have done before (CTTB, HOBL, S&M) and this track is Before Time Began – the epic song. I could never imagine that musicians, who’re on stage for 40 years could still deliver such a masterpiece!
    So, please, stop repeating that RotD is not good album. Not to count the title track, Wrong Man, Clearly Quite Absurd, Junkyard Blues, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and Things I Never Said, even this one track Before Time Began makes this album a masterpiece.

  13. 13
    ormandy says:

    I agree George. RotD is a masterpiece!

    Probably the reason why they haven’t done the follow up yet…

    By the way, RotD is hard rock purplepriest1965.

    Sorry you don’t hear it that way.

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Well, if THAT was a masterpiece, maybe they indeed should leave it at that.

    No better way to say goodbye than on riding the high wave, not?

    I always noticed the potential(….)grandness in certain tracks on ROTD, I ll never say its all bollocks.

    But espescially on Before Time Began and Clearly Quite Absurd(the last one more a Gillan solo track IMHO)I feel not everything , being potentially there, was done.

    Its ALMOST like with Perfect Strangers.
    In that song the Hammondsolo, done live but not on the album, would have cemented it completely.
    Before I forget…..
    The Live ending, appearantly later on constructed, should be on it too.

    There are ofcourse countless examples of that.

    Why on earth fade a good song on a moment WE want to hear it last longer?!

    Ofcourse I could listen to HardLoving Man forever but there the song had proper ending and beginning.

    I agree ROTH is a “rockalbum” but the agressiveness, the so called volatility is really not there.

    It was kinda endearing to see certain older men becoming mild, including my Dad,…..
    But THIS MUSIC can not grab you by the throat doing such a sweet approach.


    The mellowness on later DP albums :

    Thats not aging wine, thats just being too soft or underproduced, whatever.

    And George, dont get me started with your comparisons with those 4 albums.

    The CTTB remix, talk about that and deny the exitement.

    HOBL, so many times dismissed, has several classics like Strangeways, Bad Attitude, Dead Or Alive, The Unwritten Law.
    I think you like the Gillan song, or not? Mitzi Dupree that is.

    S & M

    Even if you dont like JLT you cant miss the fact that that has several great songs as well.
    Tell me Fire In The Basement, The Cut Runs Deep, Truth Hurts and King Of Dreams are shit…..

    Btw, you forget to mention Stormbringer, TBRO and WDWTWA.
    Same story, great tracks all over the place.

    Tell me you prefer ROTD as a final statement or WDWTWA and we ll know what you are.

    ” The Final Anus” is a good title as well.

    ” Something is smelly around here” also.


  15. 15
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    All in all, this is a Good News Topic. How accurate Steve’s description truly is hear remains to be seen, but it sounds good all the same.

    Regarding the new ‘Complaint’ from the Whiners…regarding ROTD being Not a Hard Rock Album….WHAT??? You truly ARE MAD!

    There are a variety of styles of tunes on this record, and they All center around a Hard Rock attitude. As with All Purple albums, there are a couple that lean a little mellower than others but the overall feel is a hardrock album. The Only Purple album that is 100% HARD, is “In Rock”, which actually leans more toward Heavy Metal. Every other album has it’s ‘variety with lighter side tunes’ but nowhere near as hard as In Rock. They have always maintained they are a Rock Band, not a Metal band. Rock is a broad title that has many facets and really can’t be pigeon holed into a specific sound. Bad Company is classified as Hard Rock…..hello?????

    Over the years they have offered many songs that lean toward the lighter side of Rock. “Wasted Sunsets”, “Anyone’s Daughter”, “Holy Man”, “Love Conquers All”, “Soldier of Fortune”, etc….

    That is the beauty of this band. They do give a huge variety of music for the Fans to enjoy. Unfortunately, it is apparent that those whom call themselves Fans are probably who will put an end to Purple. If I was a member of Deep Purple, and took what all of you chronic complainers were constantly bitching about, I would have packed it in long ago. Oh I forgot. Thank God there are a lot more folks out there than the Complainer that keep our heroes alive and kicking out some fantastic music still to this day….


  16. 16
    T says:

    Purpendicular proved that Deep Purple is capable of producing a stellar album that is not necessarily tinged with high volume, wicked screams and saturated tape volume. However, Purpendicular is not a sound for which Deep Purple is commonly known.

    Rapture of the Deep contains stellar moments, but is “only” a good album–miles ahead of the long-awaited but somewhat disappointing Bananas.

    I recently put the best of the two albums together. What came out was a VERY good album with all the riffy songs sans the pop elements–and George (#12) would be happy to know that “When Time Began” made the cut to close it all out.

    With all the emphasis on solo projects, the hope is that the suggested album will lack the flavor of the individual members and come together has a DEEP PURPLE album, with all of the characterstics that the name implies–whatever that may mean.

    As for a title…

    “Seeing Is Believing”. 😉

  17. 17
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I sense a new momentum of hope is climbing out of a temporary depression. : }

  18. 18
    Rascal says:

    One thing is sure – if a new album appears…………..Priest will berate it. Thats guaranteed. Its a given. A sure thing. Priest’s dilemma is – He wants to like DP, buts thats betraying Blackmore – He wants to like Gillan, but thats betraying Blackmore – He wants to like Morse, but thats betraying Blackmore………….Can you see the theme?

    I know most of us (apart from the FEW) would give a new album a chance – because I guess the reason for this website is so we can appreciate the band.

  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 18

    Stop the BS!
    I ve said for many years now I likePurpendicular and Bananas.
    Well, most of it.

  20. 20
    Rascal says:


    OOhhhhhh……………you like DP now?

    Its Gillans voice, and Morse’s playing that you have issues with?

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Well, I did not say it like that.

    Always twisting my words, making it black and white. : (

    I kinda like this yeah :


    And yes, I like DP…
    Do you mind which one?

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