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From sundown to rising sun

Roger Glover, Kingston, Canada, Feb 9 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

Roger Glover posted this on the band’s official Facebook page. As Facebook does not seem to provide permalinks, we take the liberty to reproduce it in full here:

A whirlwind two weeks; from great gigs in Luxembourg to Antwerp to the emotion, tears of joy and sadness at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the next morning, as if anticipating the rising sun, flying to Kleine Scheidegg at the crack of dawn to perform before a partying crowd up a snowy Swiss mountainside.

Then suddenly, the following morning, we were on a thirteen hour flight to Japan – time to catch a little sleep. It doesn’t always work out that way, I didn’t sleep much on the plane; the events of the last few days buzzing round my head, especially the Albert Hall Concert for Jon. It was a most memorable evening, meeting tons of old friends, making new ones, and seeing great performances… a fitting tribute to a great man, whose music, especially the song Pictured Within, never fails to touch my soul.

Fighting jet-lag, or maybe life-lag, or probably both, we started the Japanese dates in Nagoya. We were moved to see the officially seated crowd stand for the entire show and give us a lovely welcome. A wonderful start to the tour. Osaka was just the same. We’re on a roll.

A day off in Tokyo. Our dear friend and promoter, the legendary Mr. Udo, was his usual gracious self, a true gentleman. After a delicious dinner with him, some of us joined the crew at the Hard Rock to celebrate Mickey Lee Soule’s retirement. He’s been my bass tech for many years but I’ve known him since working with Elf (Ronnie and Mickey Lee wrote all the songs) in 1972, when we all lived on a different planet.

So to the final concert at the Budokan, a special place. The audience knocked me out. o stand on stage, to see and feel the electricity coming from the crowd, is a rare privilege. All three concerts were superb and I left Japan flying higher than the plane. The Tokyo concert was filmed and will be released one day, no date yet.

And now what, you might ask? At this point in life I don’t want to wait another eight years before the next album, none of us do. The good experience that came from the recording of NW?! is something that has whetted our appetites for doing another one with Bob Ezrin. We will have a writing/jamming session very soon.

Big thanks go out to Udo Artists, earMUSIC, JVC, our Japanese record company, and all the people that came to our shows.

Good luck,


Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

18 Comments to “From sundown to rising sun”:

  1. 1
    IKEN says:

    WOW!! Nice reading there! A new album? Bring it on Rog!

  2. 2
    Morten Overgaard says:

    Awesome! Jamming for a new record!

  3. 3
    Ljubisa Raimovic says:

    great to read, as usual, from Roger… Tnx for sharing

  4. 4
    al says:

    I bet they will start in June or later on this year,Don’t stop now guys!

  5. 5
    David McCrory says:

    I have to agree wholeheartedly with Roger, the Albert Hall concert in memory of a true gentleman and outstanding musician Mr Jon Lord was a most memorable evening,I was move to tears on a couple of occasions. My thanks and gratitude hours to all involved for a moving and wonderful cover.
    Love and best wishes.

  6. 6
    George says:

    Great & surprising news about forthcoming studio session.

    Btw, Facebook actually produces permalinks to posts, just click the publish date of particular post and you get the link: https://www.facebook.com/officialdeeppurple/photos/a.145786928903801.33388.143219729160521/321048971377595/?type=1&stream_ref=10

  7. 7
    Deeperpurps says:

    Thank you Mr. Glover for a wonderful concert this past weekend at the Budokan! I have been to many concerts in many cities around the world, and I feel that one had the most appreciative crowd I have ever seen. A real treat for me to see Deep Purple once again, and in such a special venue. Thanks again to you and the rest of the band for more wonderful memories. Looking forward to more great music from you in future!

  8. 8
    Troy Wickman says:

    One of the reasons Purple produced two lukewarm albums was that too much time elapsed between them. Now What?! is hot, and the band should take advantage of that groove. Ironically, it might be a little soon to talk about a new album, but Purple should not go beyond two years between releases. Now What?! injected a great deal of enthusiasm for both band and fans.

  9. 9
    Leon Rodziewicz says:

    Great to hear about the new album. Can’t wait!

  10. 10
    Charles says:

    Roger is always bringing good news…
    A live DVD at Budokan
    A new album
    (even without dates)


    What more can we expect?

  11. 11
    Drdp says:

    ANOTHER album with the equally legendary Bob Ezrin????
    BRING IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 12
    Åke Nordh says:

    Great reading there!

  13. 13
    Héctor de San Martín says:

    Great news !!!!!!

  14. 14
    KanadianKen says:

    I hope Don Airey’s organ solos are better on the next album. The album was great and the production great, but dig a little deeper on those solos Don.

  15. 15
    Patrick O\'Lowrey says:

    What????New album!It’s unbelieveable….Steve Morse said that the Now What is a very important album,thats why i thought,this one was the last….And now….what?!

  16. 16
    ratbat says:

    A new album…..YES!! 🙂

  17. 17
    Bo says:

    As always, it’s great to have news from Mr. Gentleman himself.
    And this one, was one of the very good ones to read. His love for the good things in life, is just so great. We can learn from him. At least many of us can.
    A new DVD/Blu-Ray/3D from the show will be perfect.
    But even better – a new CD. And even soon. Big smiles from me 🙂

  18. 18
    earthdog70 says:

    Just reviewing the US dates and wondering why Boston, MA is being skipped. The Wang Theatre show was jam-packed on the last go-round.

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