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14 tracks ready for the new album

Deep Purple rehearsing in Russia, October 2012; photo courtesy of Romanio

As the band has gathered in a Russian studio to rehearse for the upcoming tour, Roger Glover spoke to ITAR-TASS. Here are the highlights (in reverse translation, so take it with a grain of salt):

  • There are 14 tracks ready for the new album, probably 11 or 12 of them will pass the final selection and end up being released.
  • Release date being considered is somewhere in mid-February 2013.
  • There are several album titles being considered, but for now they shall remain secret.
  • Regarding connection with Bob Ezrin: Steve Morse met him back when he was in Kansas.
  • The band wanted to perform new tracks on this tour, but its management and the record company opposed due to fear of reduced record sales.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info and to Romanio for the picture.

73 Comments to “14 tracks ready for the new album”:

  1. 1
    KlausVonScribe says:

    “…Fear of Reduced Record Sales…”

    This certainly does not suggest confidence in the new material.

  2. 2
    Micalonues says:

    Management and the record company opposed due to fear of reduced record sales?

    If the music is good, wouldn’t it increase sales?

    I am confused.

  3. 3
    Juan Sebastian Rubio says:

    Voy a comprarlo, sin embargo no me emociona mucho, espero que haya un cambio radical en el sonido y no parezca “Ian Gillan Band” como los anteriores.

  4. 4
    Eric says:

    So, this will be another tour with golden oldies???

    Why plan a tour a few months before the release of a new album????


  5. 5
    dave_wallis says:

    Ouch, what happened to Gillan’s face?

  6. 6
    Dave Hodgkinson says:

    14? 7 Good ones used to be enough.

  7. 7
    oleg says:

    Waiting for another concert in Cesaria, Israel.

  8. 8
    Peter says:

    The article also contains the interesting fact – they are making a new setlist for this tour – not with the new ones from upcoming album, but… we will see. 🙂

  9. 9
    Cliff says:

    Ritchie finally caught him in the alley

  10. 10
    GerInAssen age 55 says:

    # 5

    For his age, Gillan still looks fine !!!!!!

    Cheers and bottoms up !

  11. 11
    purpdawg says:

    7 tracks was when albums were 40 minutes. They cram 70 minutes on most CDs. I think Ian is turning Japanese.

  12. 12
    Tommy H. says:

    The songs have to remain secret. Okay.

    I wouldn’t go so far to be disillusioned but I can’t deny that it has some strange smack to go on tour like this. Many bands offer at least some sort of appetizer (a few song- or film-snippets from the new stuff or whatever) in advance of a release.

  13. 13
    lolive says:

    Dear management and record company, don’t you think we expect the band to play new songs live? Be sure I won’t see Deep Purpe this year in Paris.

    I’ll buy the LP and if it sounds good, I hope they ll come back to France

  14. 14
    Chip says:

    The reason they haven’t recorded a new record is that generally these bands sell concert tickets by performing a greatest hits set. So even with a new album, how many new songs will they inject into their live set? 4 or 5 at most…if we’re lucky.

    I do think they could use their Rock and Roll HOF deal and the Remachined release to market this tour in a way that could at least create respectable album sales. But that would take management and promotional skills their management team is sorely lacking.

  15. 15
    Masse444 says:

    I think we should take this with a grain of salt as suggested, bad translation being what it is… I’m hoping Steve Morse is right.. “Lots and Lots of good stuff” in fact too much to put on the album as he said.. Never heard him really being that positive about a Purple album…. I have a positive vibe about the album..I guess when they start doing press for it we’ll know more about how they feel for the thing..

  16. 16
    Brad DeMoranville says:

    I like the Morse-era albums and have found a few tracks on each to really like. But I haven’t loved a DP album since _|_ and I hope — after five years off — they make something on a par with _|_.

    Oh, and what’s with keeping the band from playing new material? Album sales? I thought only pop stars sold more than a few albums these days anyway.

    They must know what they’re doing.

  17. 17
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Like I have stated over and over and over and over…..

    Their management team and promoters SUCK!!! They should already be promoting the Next Awesome Studio Album from the Greatest Rock Band in the World. But instead it will go by the wayside and not even a tune from it to promote live. That is amazing. They are going out on tour anyway. That would be FREE promotion from the Band. Not to whip a dead horse but, that’s another reason they should graciously accept the RRHOF nomination if it happens. Much better promotion than their promotion team. Exposure, exposure, exposure…..that’s what works.

    Oi vay…..


  18. 18
    Buttocks says:

    @ 5 alcohol intake over years will make your face bloated, but you can see were getting near the end by the looks of all the members in the band……. at least he got his weight back, a little worried there for a while.

  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Promoting new stuff gave us Live In Concert 1972 for example.

    I know way back there was no Internet and all that but……..

    If they would play, I m with Tracy on this, this for at least without the oldies ofcourse people would know that there will be another album.

    Ofcourse, unlike earlier days , Gillan would sound better on the studio results than live, so people would still buy the new album if :

    1 The songs caught them by the balls. Like with Machinehead and In Rock(….)
    2 the production of the album would not suck again!

    Probable disadvantage of playing it advance is that people will never buy the album because the songs did not have appeal live.

    Why not playing the clubcircuit, combined with a copy of the new album sold at those places.

    DP swim in money, so why dont they hire someone who makes the cd really not breakable?

    They should release and play the music when they are proud of it.

    Why do other rockacts release albums and still SELL?

    Are DP fans too poor to spare some cash for a good album?

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    If they would play, I m with Tracy on this, this for at least without the oldies ofcourse people would know that there will be another album.

    I forget to add :

    That they at least should promote this for a long time without succumbing into their ” MachineHead ComfortZone” .

    Or be honest and tell us in advance you ll very probably play another oldies set again becauser that (…)pays the bills.

  21. 21
    al says:

    @17 their management sucks ass ! you re right!

  22. 22
    Jim Sheridan says:

    The band does not fear that their new songs will go over well. They fear that the new songs will get bootlegged and posted online and people will just download the boots rather than buy the album.

    They are not the only band who has voiced this concern.

    Me, I’m just psyched that this thing might be coming out so soon!! Woohoo!

  23. 23
    Masse444 says:

    According to Swedish website “Rocknytt” (Rock News in English) which is sort of a Swedish Blabbermouth, Roger Glover was quoted (from the same interview as above I might add) saying that the band will perform one or two songs from the new album on the Russian Tour.

    I guess we’ll know tonight!

  24. 24
    Rolling Stones plan 'secret' shows next week | News | Classic Rock says:

    […] Deep Purple have recorded 14 tracks for their 19th studio album, due out next year. Of those, it’s likely a dozen will appear on the record, which is pencilled in for a February release. The band are considering several titles but haven’t revealed any details. [The Highway Star] […]

  25. 25
    paul says:

    so, it looks like i will be travelling to germany [at great expense] to see the same old,same old we have been subjected to for a few years at least. Sh*t i’ll still go, i’ll enjoy it, but surely a little teaser of the new stuff would not go a miss!

  26. 26
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    New set list: that’s good news. Isn’t it? You all say ‘yes’. Stop whining. I’m pretty sure they’ll be playing one or two new songs as well. Stop whining. The band is in good shape. Gillan looks quite ok to be a 67 year old hard working heavy drinker. Stop whining. This will be their last album. Let’s be happy that the last one wasn’t Rapture. We still got one more to enjoy. Stop whining. Life is short.

  27. 27
    Rover says:

    “The band wanted to perform new tracks on this tour, but its management and the record company opposed due to fear of reduced record sales.”
    And the band had no say in this or no b*lls to stand up for their music? This bites. I was about to pull the trigger on the concert tickets, half sure that new stuff was going to be played, but now I’m not so sure.

  28. 28
    Purplemaniac76 says:

    As I read your comments, one thing is crossing my mind…. ARE THERE ANY DEEP PURPLE FANS HERE??? Haters, haters & haters…with a small dose of malcontents…that’s what you are, people! Aren’t you all happy that your favourite band is releasing a new album? Or maybe it’s not your favourite band, then WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? I cannot understand this…. everyone of you knows better what Deep Purple should or shouldn’t do. And this is not a fan’s business IMO. Fans have to wait for their heroes to make a move… A constructive critics? Yes, always!!! The fans should talk about their favourites, argue about it, etc… and protect them from haters!!! Thank God Deep Purple are still there, ’cause there’s no band like this around anymore! Cherish and protect Deep Purple, you call yourselves fans, for God’s sake! Cheers.

  29. 29
    kraatzy says:

    The first report of recording … What a long waiting time for get informations … :

    14 new tracks … wow … can´t wait till Feb.2013 … but … the f…ing management: ”
    … The band wanted to perform new tracks on this tour, but its management and the record company opposed due to fear of reduced record sales. ”

    Maybe 11 or 12 songs for the album. Why not a double CD ?
    … all these commercial reasons really f…s me off … sorry friends !!

    Okay guys … Deep Purple will be for the first time (since many years) in Bremen on Nov. 18th.
    But W I T H O U T M E !!!!



    Only money money money … and the Purple guys are doing this and that,
    what the “Bloodsuckers” they say they have to do or not.

    Now I understand the black banjo man !!!

  30. 30
    kraatzy says:

    And Ritchie in answering another question but with the same message:

    “… It’s not, to me, anything to do with music. Music is about playing and getting on the stage …”

    He guys: Isn´t it or not ?



  31. 31
    kraatzy says:

    @ 5 = dave_wallis

    Hey Dave – it isn´t Ian Gillan – it is his Mongolian twin-brother 🙂 😉 🙂



  32. 32
    kraatzy says:

    @ 15 = Masse444

    I agree with your statement: “… I have a positive vibe about the album…” but I am afraid that this will be THE LAST NEW DEEP PURPLE Album ever, because they very old and they older and older …




  33. 33
    Nick Soveiko says:

    #5, #18 and everybody else wondering what happened to Gillan’s face: it’s just a bad picture. there are more pics from the rehearsal posted:

  34. 34
    micke says:

    Ian Gillan looks just fine to me.. not so thin as of lately. He’s 67 now and everyone would enjoy looking like that at that age.

  35. 35
    LRT says:

    @31, thanks for schooling the un-keen! I noticed right off the bat it was the pic itself that was bad imaging. I simply can’t believe some of the garbage people say.

    @Priest, since when do over a million sold(within the first year) constitute no sales of one’s latest record?

  36. 36
    dave_wallis says:

    Thanks Nick, but he still looks exactly the same on that photo in larger format. He looks like being swollen.

  37. 37
    Mike says:

    Isn’t it about time we had a Steve Morse DP tour… just forget everything that Richie contributed and pull from the 4, soon to be 5 fabulous albums since SM stepped in…?

    Ok, maybe that’s crazy talk, I mean keep Lazy in the set list, maybe one or two others, but a tour with 2 or 3 tracks from each of these albums would be so awesome!!

    I certainly don’t need to hear Smoke on the Water again… but Ted the Mechanic, yes please!

  38. 38
    dave smith says:

    Kraatzy, if you hate the band so much, have you got nothing better to do thsn constantly hang out on this site?? Weird! by the way, that photo was taken through a double enforced window from a studio the other side. (id be interested to know how they got it!) Gillans in great health. as for the people not coming to the upcoming shows-good. if you hate the band so much, stop coming on this site, im sick of your constant whinging. BORING!!

  39. 39
    CARLOS RUBIO S. says:

    Lo esperamos con ansia el nuevo album ,debe de ser de buena calidad como la gran mayoría de sus trabajos anteriores.PD Gillan parece estar hinchado o no se la foto.

  40. 40
    purplepriest1965 says:


    I did reread my post and could not find anything that constitutes your question.

    Cheers, Mark

  41. 41
    purplepriest1965 says:

    “@ 23

    Please sent us the links of YouTubes that show the NEW songs.
    If I will look myself after this post and the first thing I encounter is SOTW, I m gonna go very mad.

  42. 42
    purplepriest1965 says:

    ” And this is not a fan’s business IMO.

    Fans have to wait for their heroes to make a move…

    A constructive critics? Yes, always!!!”

    Hey Purple Maniac.

    You’re truly a maniac, aren’t you? : )

    If you think it’s their own buisness why write on forums like this still?


    I thought that mine were very constructive, but sorry if it is not slimey enough for you, ok?


  43. 43
    josh says:

    Yesss, lets be happy !! # 26 is right ! Life is short and I LOVE the music of DP !!

  44. 44
    gaffa's says:

    Steady on chaps ! Lets just see what turns up next year . Lets be patient ! My feeling is it will be worth waiting for & perhaps quite surprising too . Any chance of someone doing a Russian to English translation of Roger’s Russian article ?
    Waiting in anticipation of DP returning to OZ next year !!!!

  45. 45
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    @37, Why thank you!

    Wouldn’t it be nice to be a fly on the ENGL?

    Vavoom! There she goes again….


  46. 46
    Malcolm Townsend says:

    Why do they continue to ignore the American audience. They play all over Europe with only a handful of shows in the States.

  47. 47
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    I have full confidence that the album will be quite good. I for one have no complaint about any of their albums except for S&M and that’s only due to the fact JLT was involved. Not hating JLT, just don’t care for his style in Purple. Good record, bad vibe. I believe Bob Ezrin will bring something new and positive to their approach and finished product. And, I actually believe the album will excite the band and inject some gumption for future effort. Yes I know. I’ve heard…’they are old’. Well, Jon Lord was older. He did it till he died. Not with Purple, though but he did it. Alice Cooper is their age. He says he will go on that stage even it requires a wheel chair. It’s what they do. If Purple did a better job with promotion and management selection, they would also have a better outlook toward studio time and output. That’s where a little recognition and celebration from the R&R Hall of Shame (better late than never) is important. I suppose Alice Cooper sold out by showing up and taking the opportunity to not only soak up the attention and exposure, but rejoin with his old band mates for a historical performance on a grand scale? It a win win situation. It gave him an avenue to promote the fact that he is STILL AROUND, and it gave his fans a memorable moment to experience and enjoy. Win for him, win for the fans. He later was quite vocal in regards to the fact that the organization is really off the mark as far as how they have skipped over so many worthy bands such as Purple and expressed the fact that it is appalling and a crime. His shows sell out everywhere, and his record sales aren’t too shabby either. He plays songs from most of his 26 studio albums. YES…26!!!

    There is no reason Purple can’t up their game except for lack of desire. Better decisions overall would probably allude to that outcome. Drop the ’70s’ rebellious attitude. They are in their 60s not 20s. Write good music, record it and play it LIVE. What else are they going to do? Roger Glover says he knows nothing else or better. The band needs to feed off of that….


  48. 48
    kraatzy says:

    @ 33 = Nick Soveiko

    Hey Nick, you are right – it is just a bad ( but also FUNNY ) picture … 😉



  49. 49
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Found something myself….


  50. 50
    AL says:

    @36 I’d like to see you at 68 getting up there on stage and singing his balls out ! it is bad picture and stop firggien being mean,just talk about music not how people look ! I cannot believe som of you people here are you really fans or idiots !

  51. 51
    videoman190 says:

    Ok no new tunes on this tour. Then how about some great tunes that have been left off the set list for years. Rat Bat Blue? Speed King? Mary Long? Bad Attitude? Call Of The Wild? How about Burn for the first time with Ian on vocals?

  52. 52
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 51

    Yeah, let us pick songs with a lot of screaming like Bloodsucker.

  53. 53
    James says:

    In EKATERINBURG RUSSIA DEEP PURPLE played as hard to sing tracks ( I really didn’t expect this , it’s amazing if we know what we know..) as:
    2) THE BATTLE RAGES ON ( first time since december 2010 in Italy, Bologna, I thought that it was last time)
    – Well done Guys -even if we don’t have new tracks.

  54. 54
    T says:

    I predicted we would not see a new album in 2009…2010…2011…and 2012.

    Now that the investment has been made, a release is finally likely in 2013. With “11 or 12” tracks, this record will be among the longest of Deep Purple albums and probably their final recorded musical statement.

  55. 55
    Elprupdeep says:

    Hello Deep purple fans?
    Read 51 messages so far , well if u are a deep fans just read the following

    # 22-26-28-34-37-38-43 and 47 if u like Alice. The rest is just CRAP.

    Let’s thanks them to be STILL here and to give us good music.

    Maybe they reharsed NEW-OLD material to give us a bit of change before the NEW ALBUM TOUR which will start next year after the release. Isn’t it what they should do? Why give new songs to all the Pr..s , ( ic is missing) who are going to record it and put on you tube the next day?
    New album – new tour that’s what the fans (real) want.

    Maybe Ian just wake up and like a 67 years young man, you don’t look so good
    especially if the night before you have met old russians vodka friends at the hotel bar.


    Long live DP.


  56. 56
    purplepriest1965 says:



  57. 57
    Max says:

    Shame on the management and record companies! And you guys – Ian, Roger, Don, Ian, Steve… there are 14 new songs and I’m sure the fans want to hear some of them when they are paying much money to enjoy this great band live! Haven’t you earned enough money over the years? Why do you think the people wouldn’t buy the cd when you will present the songs live before? Then tell me – what is the sense of the upcoming tour!??

    This would be the 5th Deep Purple concert I visit but that’s a big disappointment!!! I become frustrated when I think on the fact that there is new material but you guys would hold the songs back to get not in conflict whith the money-dreams of your management.
    In hope there will be a rethinking – see you (maybe-.-) on 26th November in Leipzig…
    kind regards.

  58. 58
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Some more from the Russian Gig of 24 10 12

  59. 59
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 55:

    YouTube is about one of the best platforms to promote music because literally millions of people visit this website every day. Do you really think that people who are interested in Purple’s music will stick with some poor live recordings? To this day I don’t understand why the guys in Purple won’t use this website to their advantage and publish some clips, especially when they don’t play their new songs live. In part those guys in the audience who put their live recordings on YouTube keep many people who can’t attend the shows up to date. I’m thankful for that. I bet that everybody in this forum visited YouTube at least once to look for what Purple has been doing the last few years. Those who followed the link from Purplepriest (# 49) will know what they were about a few days ago.

    The only bad thing is that some people put songs from official CD’s or DVD’s on YouTube. This actually affects sales negatively.

  60. 60
    clay says:

    I think the reason for no new songs on the upcoming tour is that they’re afrald people will download them or put them on youtube.
    Unfortunetly, this ain’t the old days when bands would break in new material on tour before the album came out.

  61. 61
    James Gemmell says:

    Enjoyed interviewing Ian G. on WJRW radio in Michigan this past Friday about the album, world, tour, Jon Lord, JCS, etcetera. The link is: http://www.1340wjrw.com/Article.asp?id=2561346&spid=34238

  62. 62
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Well, that was not bad at all.

  63. 63
    LRT says:

    @Priest, must I be your slave? @19 “Why do other rockacts release albums and still SELL?”

    Who else you know of selling a million of their last record, in any time span?

  64. 64
    LRT says:

    @James Gemmell,

    Nice one! Thanks for sharing, going to get it heard on some other avenues for ya!

  65. 65
    Thunderhawk says:

    @ Purplepriest1965:

    Indeed not bad at all, if they put more of these rarely played songs in their new live set, then i might consider catching them on the road.
    Maby Amsterdam this year if i can find people who would like to join me.
    And i must say, Gillan sounds great, almost like in the late 90ties which to me is one of his best period in his later career run.

    Maby this time a setlist that’s not highly resting on the Machine Head album.


  66. 66
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Why do you repeat a question which was a mystery for me the first time around?


    Watching too much reruns of Sothpark ? : )

  67. 67
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Btw, I think AC/DC did that job.

  68. 68
    purplepriest1965 says:

    And if the sales of the Morse era albums were so good, why do they play almost nothing of it?

  69. 69
    qwertyfan says:

    For me the disappointment is the lack of songs from the last 4 albums, I’m happy enough to hear the old songs, if they can’t play the new songs yet I guess that is ok.
    But there has been a whole lot of music recorded in the last 16 years, and to cover it with a 2 minute instrumental and well dressed guitar is to whitewash over everything that Steve has recorded with the band.
    These are modern day classics, and deserve to be in the set every bit as much as Hard lovin Man, et al.
    Sometime I feel Like Screaming…..

  70. 70
    Ron says:

    The biggest news is “purple has a record company that promotes their material??” I had no idea.

  71. 71
    Guillermo - Heavyrock says:

    I hope that they come back to Mexico with the new album. As fast as the album be available, I will get it and to listen it with friends and some beers!

  72. 72
    Maurice Corver Delft,NL says:

    I’m looking forward to the show in Amsterdam december 4th, and I’m happy to read, the new album is about to be released in feb ’13.
    If it appears to be their last, I hope it will be a real stunning one, with some influences of everything Purple made all over the years!… And depending on the contributions of Steve Morse so far, I expect it all to be sounding fresh and heavy and..and… well, mmmm… STUNNING! not underestimating the roles of Ian, Roger, Ian and Don, of course! The best to you all, YYEEEOOOOOWWWWW!

  73. 73
    Ken sease says:

    I think purple should hire fluidhead for their supporting act and have them play the new purple tunes. No one would be the wiser, plus crowd reactions would be an indication of which 7 tunes would make the cut. Right Dave?

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