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Glover in Vintage Rock

Roger Glover, London, Ontario, Feb 11, 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

Roger Glover chats with Vintage Rock about Now what?! from his home in Switzerland (this was done probably before the album was released):

This is your fifth record with Steve Morse and your third with Don Airey and I have to say, these two guys really come to the fore. With Don Airey, it’s like you let an animal out of the cage and he’s channeling Jon Lord. I mean, where did that come from? It sounds like he’s really come into his own.

I think he has, especially on this record. He’s found his mark; he’s found his place. He’s had a great career working with many, many people and been in a few bands, but never in a band like this. I think he really enjoys it and he feels privileged to be in it. He was a huge fan of Jon’s all his life and he’s very reverent towards Jon and has a great deal of respect. But Don has to be Don. An organ is an organ. It sounds like a Hammond organ. It doesn’t sound like anything else. But it’s all in the playing. He couldn’t ever replace Jon, but he has to be himself. And he, himself, is a completely different player and there’s a whole different sensibility about him, which is right. But I think he’s confident enough now to really shine with it. And I think he does on this record.

There’s this idea that’s floating around that all of the living members, past and present, of Deep Purple should get together and perform the ultimate Deep Purple concert. I actually talked to Ian Gillan about this a few years ago and he told me someone in Russia had proposed that idea. Do you have any opinion about that either way?

Yes, I do. First of all, impossible. Second of all, improbable. And third of all, why the hell? (laughs). We’re here now; we do what we do now. Fans live in the past, I understand that. I’m a fan myself. I love some old recordings. My first encounter with Little Feat, for example, changed my life. I’ll always love that. But you can’t expect Little Feat to be that now, because they can’t. They’re different people.

Read more in Vintage Rock.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.



7 Comments to “Glover in Vintage Rock”:

  1. 1
    Tor says:

    I really like the way Roger talks about Ritchie, to bad they don’t hang out anymore. I really think they could do something together without interferring with the current line up of Deep Purple as they all seem to worry so much about.

    I so much would like to see Ritchie along with some of the other Deep Purple guys in one shape or another.

    That being said… The new album is an absolute thriller and really one of their best sounding albums ever. Don Airey freaked me out on my first listen. He is one of the best keyboard players alive today.

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    Yes, it is a shame that Blackmore doesn’t communicate with Glover & Ian Paice & (hell freezes over) even Ian Gillan. They don’t have to hang with each other, just the occasional chat one would think! If he has talked with Coverdale recently, well, let bygones be bygones, life is too short etc! Many Floyd fans are joyed by Gilmour & Waters getting together occasionally since the 2005 live8 concert! It doesn’t mean they have to get the band back together or anything like that, just be cordial to each other! It can happen!

  3. 3
    dave smith says:

    @2 Haha! Dream on! It aint gonna happen EVER!! The only member of the band Richie has spoken to recently is Don… the others….er No!

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    @ 3 – He was in regular contact with Lord on a friendly basis, but they did go back further than any other members, in regards to forming the band, & they always respected each other by the look of it! That is also why I mentioned Gilmour & Waters, not only because I am a Floyd fan, but if those 2 can get over it, then you would think anyone can, well at least in the world of rock bands, perhaps!

  5. 5
    cyclone says:

    It would bring a smile to many fans of this band to see them all on stage together. Everyone one of us has a favorite “Mark” line up of this band….but we all are fans of every member who played in their continuing journey. The best of the best.

  6. 6
    Finn says:

    Great to read, but I find it sad that they cant talk anymore. Jon died and I’m sure Ritchie wanted to have one more nice dinner with Jon if he could. Life is short and you never know when it’s over – and then it’s to late to say a last “HI my good old friend – how are you”

    Also this is stupid. It ONLY takes a YES WE DO IT. If not for us, then for our fans. It cant be that bad to give this a chance.

    “There’s this idea that’s floating around that all of the living members, past and present, of Deep Purple should get together and perform the ultimate Deep Purple concert. I actually talked to Ian Gillan about this a few years ago and he told me someone in Russia had proposed that idea. Do you have any opinion about that either way?

    Yes, I do. First of all, impossible. Second of all, improbable. And third of all, why the hell? (laughs). We’re here now; we do what we do now. Fans live in the past, I understand that. I’m a fan myself. I love some old recordings. My first encounter with Little Feat, for example, changed my life. I’ll always love that. But you can’t expect Little Feat to be that now, because they can’t. They’re different people.

    Give us fans a chance to see all of you on stage. I would my right arm to be there.

    Happy summer 🙂

  7. 7
    Randy says:

    It’s great to hear Roger’s bass so prominent on Now What?! His contribution to the Deep Purple sound is primal.

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