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The question mark and the exclamation mark

Ian Gillan, Moscow, Oct 28, 2012; photo Serge Adamovich http://koncert-photo.livejournal.com/1780222.html

Classic Rock magazine has a teaser from Ian Gillan’s interview that will appear in it’s issue due to hit the newsstands on January 3. Speaking exclusively to the magazine, Gillan revealed that the new album will include 13 tracks including Out Of Hand, Hell To Pay, Weirdistan, Uncommon Man and Above And Beyond. The latter song references the late Jon Lord in the lyric: “Souls having touched are forever entwined.”

There’s a big question mark over the [album’s] name at the moment. And possibly an exclamation mark as well. You can read what you like into what I’ve just said. All will become clear – as mud – later on. That’s all I’m allowed to say. The question mark and the exclamation mark might get you intrigued.

According to Classic Rock, album release date is now scheduled for April 2013.

28 Comments to “The question mark and the exclamation mark”:

  1. 1
    kraatzy says:

    … mmmmh … what did he mean …
    It makes it very mystical and the tension goes on …
    … only marketing reasons or what ??
    … That’s all I’m allowed to say … with a big STOP from the management like a gag order … I mean it is only the marketing reason …

    More we can hear & read in 2013 … 🙁

    But what ever … I can´t wait … I wanna hear it 🙂 🙂 🙂



  2. 2
    jim murphy says:

    Don’t care how I want it nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!

  3. 3
    LRT says:

    Here come the spoilers, oh boy! With the two to three month leaks headed our way, what will the gun jumpers share? I say the entire album will be heard by the internet feelers, well before the release date. Review copies will see to it as well, and too many bloggers are confused with real reporting. Expect to know a lot before release day, hope you like that .mp3 crap. You know who you are. My advice is to keep it under your pillows till the final product surfaces, then comment. But of course that likely won’t happen, never has, so why think people would actually support it by doing right by it. I can see the chaos already brewing…. brew away, freeloaders.

  4. 4
    LRT says:

    It’s an “exclamation point” and a question mark” Ian! Guess away, fans!

  5. 5
    LRT says:

    I know there will be a few guesses, so how about “Interrobang” just one word that came up in a search. 🙂

  6. 6
    James says:

    I’m afraid if it will not be first april -Prima aprilis… cheers…

  7. 7
    Drdp says:

    Well….What Is it? OH……….. ????????????????????? and maybe a !
    So, it may be ? or ?! or !?.
    Does Prince know DP might be up to this?…Damn, there it is again! …. Oh Crap, that too!!!!!!
    Wow…No way out!
    Either way,ANYWAY, I hope it’s a Stunner.

  8. 8
    harry rearend says:

    Album should be called “Lord of the strings” in honor of jon.

  9. 9
    MrPtheDPfan says:

    Man , now this is some good news . Hope you guys get some airplay on this . If I get my mits on it I’ll play it all the time .

  10. 10
    Tommy H. says:

    Many Deep Purple albums have a title track that defines the whole record. I would dedicate the record to Jon Lord. A quite funny thing Jon said before a concert was: “And the Lord said: Let there be light”. Some sort of word play would be nice. Before I forget: Wow, 13 songs, that’s quite a lot!

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    If their were so entwined why did they let it happen that he went?!

    They should have taken good care of him by cutting down those crazy touring schedules.

    Then he could have pursued both loves, the rockside(ahem)in Deep Purple and his, IMO, far superior solo works.

    Without Lord it was really a body without head.

    But no, they thought : WE are Deep Purple. We ve made that great history as much as Lord and Blackmore.

    I can only hope I ll be not ashamed again by the forthcoming studioalbum.
    It has been 7 years in the making, they should have been able to write shitloads of classics after cutting all the crap.

    Can someone tell me where the ideas for HOBL that got dismissed by Ritchie, went?
    Are they on Accidentally On Purposse, Naked Thunder and Snapshot perhaps?
    Did they land on the Morse albums?

  12. 12
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    The question mark…..”What the F..k”?
    The exclamation mark…..”Holy S..t”!

    I believe the title will be a clue to the future……

    I am soooooooooooo pumped in anticipation of this next and hopefully not last offering from our heroes…..


  13. 13
    Sterling says:

    So, an album title referencing the end would be deserving of a !?

  14. 14
    al says:

    is the album is coming out in February or April ?? I hear now that is coming out in April.what is the deal ?

  15. 15
    Eddie6string says:

    ‘Intrigue’ would be a fairly good title, but as for contextual grammatical phrasing – ?? !! Haven’t a Clue

    Bring on the Music!

  16. 16
    Blane Puderbaugh says:

    Christmas early… more Deep Puple. Thanks Ian!!! “Album’s” like in plural?? Hmmm.

  17. 17
    al says:

    who cares just bring on the album,hopefully Bob Ezrin will do a great job with mixing.I didn’t like the last one soundwise and the producing.

  18. 18
    Olivier says:

    titled “?!” ?

  19. 19
    TheSnakebite says:

    The name of the album will be..The Last?!..with a question and an exclamation mark?? Just guessing…

  20. 20
    Roberto says:

    @8 “Lord of the strings” (a fantastic title)
    @10 “And the Lord said: Let there be light” (a fantastic open intro)

  21. 21
    LRT says:

    Makes one wonder just how many people read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang

  22. 22
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Bob Ezrin should take control and see that the prior 4 albums are remixed proper and repackaged with bonus tracks and properly promoted, along with the NEW ALBUM. This would be a great way to bring the band CURRENT.


  23. 23
    James Gemmell says:

    Oh, whatever can he mean?! Wait, I think I just answered it.

  24. 24
    purplepriest1965 says:

    If they end the title with mark I ll be happy.

    Mark : )

  25. 25
    stoffer says:

    @11 I am sure Deep Purple is worried that you might be ‘ashamed’….. !?!?!?

  26. 26
    Niles says:

    I hope they will produce it with a “vintage” sound.

  27. 27
    schiele says:

    I don’t know where to post this (the link in the tour dates section doesn’t seem to work), so just thought I’d put it into the comments to the latest album:

    Deep Purple are going to play Colmar, France on August 13th, 2013.


  28. 28
    Danny says:

    Could mean alot of things….like Deep Purple?!
    I only hope it’s half as good as Perfect Strangers. ……….

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