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The added heft

Roger Glover, Quebec City, June 4, 2011; Photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Prior to the beginning of this North American tour Roger Glover spoke to Boston Herald. His interview now appears online:

It’s a Deep Purple gig. There’s no concession to the fact there’s an orchestra there, and it’s not really even an orchestra. It’s some strings, some horns and it’s as much jazz as it is orchestral-classical stuff. It’s a rock concert with added heft. We don’t quite know how it’s going to sound.

Do you have new material in the works?

We do actually. We had a writing session in March. We did manage to get together and agree to do an album. People were saying the business has changed, people don’t buy albums anymore. I’m not of that belief. We’re an album band. We were born and should die that way. An album is almost like a school report of a particular era, a great tradition.

Read more in Boston Herald.

The picture above is from Quebec City on June 4. There’s more where it came from.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

17 Comments to “The added heft”:

  1. 1
    The Holy Chair says:

    I think they got inspired to this Orchestral thing after seeing a German military musical outfit play this for that politician that did do fraud with his diploma’s.


  2. 2
    T says:

    A few years ago, my wife and I tried to sell a house that was of a type difficult to sell: small, still relatively new and thus lacking a lot of equity, yet we needed a certain price well beyond what we paid in order to buy the bigger house we needed.

    We hired a real estate agent to sell the house for us. We expected a sales campaign of the order that we didn’t know how to do ourselves–which is the reason we hired a professional. We expected online listings, adverts on the bulletin boards of the local shops, streamers or balloons in the yard, flyers, open houses, signs on the corners–the whole bit.

    What we got was little more than a “for sale” sign in the yard. A different agent wanted us to REDUCE the price of the house to below what we paid for it for a quick sale.

    Once the contract expired, we fired the agent and decided to sell the house ourselves and save the commission in the process. It was a lot of work and we had to be creative, but ultimately, we got the word out and managed 95% of our asking price.

    The moral of the story is this: If you’re going to sell a house, you have to do more than stick a sign in the yard and hope people come flocking to you. If your house is highly desirable and is in a high-traffic area where passers-by cannot help but see you, that’s one thing. But if you’re off the beaten path and you want to make an impact, you are going to have to work for it.

    Deep Purple needs to do constant interviews–and not just Roger Glover. They ALL need to be involved. As someone else already mentioned, That Metal Show would be more than happy to have Purple appear. Professionally-made and recorded videos of NEW songs or RARE songs need to go on YouTube. On-tour documentaries need to be available, and updates should be made on Twitter and Facebook.

    Even the best products need to be promoted. Spacely Sprockets might make the best widgets on the market, but you can’t rest on your laurels or people will be checking out Cogswell Cogs and wondering if Spacely Sprockets are still in business.

  3. 3
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:


    I at least one fifth of the band is showing interest in recording an album…..

    Good for you Roger. Been long over due. Will be seeing you in Illinois on the 18th. Put that bass up the arse of the Orchestra and have them go totally PURPLE. If used properly, they will enhance your sound. If not, they will bring you down…..I’m hoping for the best.

    Looking forward to the show.


  4. 4
    Black Sheep says:

    Does anyone have a link to any reviews of the first few orchestral gigs?

    I know the band were delighted with the first one (not so much the second) but I was wondering how it was going down with the punters.

  5. 5
    Phil says:

    It will be good to hear a new Purple album again after all these years. RotD was great in my view and a relief after some pretty ordinary stuff for a long long time. I wish they’d break out of the mould and play mostly modern material. Please to god leave the older material to when they were capable of doing it any kind of justice i.e. on album in the 1970s. The Blackmore/Morse debate is plain silly. Clearly, Purple’s most successful days were when Ritchie was on guitar. But his returning would not affect their current standing which is, let’s face it, low. They’re basically a cover band at present and good look to them as far as people want to see this kind of thing. Not me.

  6. 6
    DTG says:

    Enjoyed the show in Boston last night . Predictable setlist.. *sigh*.. (really wish they would play more material from Rapture, Perpendicular, etc..)

    Orchestra was sort of cool if not odd. They didn’t add very much and looked terribly bored sitting there staring out at the audience while the band rocked in front of them.

    All in all, very glad to Purps in the States again. I was starting to fear that they would never come back. Big Ian sounded great as did everyone else. They still kick hard.

  7. 7
    KIDD PURPLE says:

    Make an album.Here’s a buyer!

  8. 8
    mike says:

    we need a new purple album. more newer songs live like doing it to night/rosa cantina/walk on these are great purple songs why not?

  9. 9
    crabby says:

    What a waste of money!!! The Boston gig was ok but not anything special. I expected more because of the orchestra and was severly disappointed. In most songs, you could not even hear the orchestra. I was in the very front and most of them were bored and not playing during most of the songs. I think they rented the musicans from the Bently school of music down the street.

    I do have to give credit the DP management in sucking our money out from our pockets and into theirs. If you are only going to go because it is a different DP gig, then it is best to stay home and rent a movie.

    Overall, not a good experience. This is my last DP concert. I have already seen them about 1/2 dozen times over the last 20 years. I will only go again if they get David to be singer again. This was the real DP!!!

  10. 10
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    I guess it is clear the reason for the name “crabby”……


  11. 11
    Big Bass says:

    Well, well, well…I attended the Boston, MA show and was glad I did! The band was firing on all cylinders. Where I sat you could hear the orchestra and they added alot to ROTD and Perfect Strangers. Yes the set list was the “classics”; but the band did a wonderful job. The show came across as pros working a job they love. One minor quibble; I wished they had played …Feel Like Screaming, Cascades & Banannas. I am grateful to be able see the band that still plays like a house on fire.

  12. 12
    Jim Sheridan says:

    What DID they play ? Does anyone have a setlist?

  13. 13
    The Holy Chair says:

    Boston, 2011(not all tracks included)

    Someone described this as horrible.

    I dont know.

    Its a very low quality recording.

    I ll refrain from comment this time.


  14. 14
    mike whiteley says:

    @ #4.
    There are 3 reviews posted at DPAS of the Canadian shows:


    I find it odd that,in both of their interviews with US papers,Steve and Rog caution ( in almost apologetic tones) that it’s still a Deep Purple show.The orchestra certainly did not take anything away from my enjoyment of the show.

  15. 15
    philios distras says:

    i am more than sure what ever perple don will b great!!!!!!!

  16. 16
    Dawg says:

    #2- These are not the 70s or 80s. That is not what Purple is about anyway. That has always been one of the attractions to this band. “No videos, no release parties, no promo shit”, as Gillan once referred to it. They learned that lesson when they had a platinum album party after Fireball because the record company was convinced it would go platinum and it only sold half that amount. Paice said they expected to walk in there and find albums cut in half and framed for the occasion. I am disappointed with the lack of interest in a new album. 5 and a half years is far too long. Needless to say, I’m ready.

  17. 17
    The Holy Chair says:

    @ 16

    ” These are not the 70s or 80s. That is not what Purple is about anyway.”


    Strange reasoning/piece but I succumb to a reaction….

    I do recall Gillans serious complaints about the lack of advertisement for DP product in Britain way back.
    His mother kept the magazines and so he had proof the management did not push a single hard enough.
    I think it was “Never Before”.

    What DP is about?

    Spontaneity, long extended improvisations, Blackmore, Lord, Paice, humour in lyrics and on stage, loud but not too loud shows, HAMMOND, solo s that are always different…..

    Fill in the gaps.

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