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Important update regarding the US tour — April Fools

David Coverdale; photo © Aleksandra Pruenner, image courtesy of Frontiers Records

Ian Gillan has announced that he is unavailable for the upcoming US tour with Deep Purple due to other commitments. The “Rock Meets Classic” tour in Europe was so successful that he decided to skip the DP tour to be able to squeeze in more dates with his new friends.

When David Coverdale (pictured) heard this, he offered his services, eager to take on the Mk. II and Mk. Morse catalog after recording Mk. III and IV on his upcoming Purple Album.

“To be honest, the Purple Album didn’t turn out the way I wanted it.”, said Coverdale. “It was a big mistake to not invite Paicey to play on my album. Now we’ll get a chance to do things right and I finally get to sing Smoke On the Water again. I’ve missed that since 1976.”

“This is a big relief for me”, says Don Airey. “I was always a bigger fan of Mk. III and I was getting tired of arguing with Gillan about my idea of doing the complete Stormbringer album at some concerts.”

Glenn Hughes was also approached for the tour but he replied on twitter: “All love to my Purple Brothers but I have 9 dogs to take care of and 3 of them just ripped my John Varvatos jacket to pieces. I’m off to the vet.”

David Coverdale will be taking requests for the setlist on the forum on his site.

127 Comments to “Important update regarding the US tour — April Fools”:

  1. 1
    Ray Elliott says:

    Lol. 😛

  2. 2
    Chris Hayward says:

    Its not April the first yet!

  3. 3
    Joe Siegler says:

    That reminds me of the joke I did in 2007 where Ian Gillan was “reported” to be replacing Dio in “Heaven & Hell”. 🙂


  4. 4
    Michael says:

    Wow! Sensational! 😀

  5. 5
    Armando Cacciato says:


  6. 6
    Rich Shailor says:

    Almost but not quite.

  7. 7
    David Ruddick says:

    Joe Lynn Turner would be ideal 😉

  8. 8
    Scott says:

    April Fools Right???

  9. 9
    Florian Bowers says:

    1st april by now, no ?

  10. 10
    mike says:

    april fools

  11. 11
    Jan Møller Hedelin says:

    you fool no one…1 april

  12. 12
    Jan Petersen says:

    Let’s see… The date is… Ahhh.. 1st of April

  13. 13
    Florian Bowers says:

    ritchie just call me to inform that he willl made vocals on futur shows 🙂

  14. 14
    Scott price says:

    It’s still march, not April yet you fool. Nice try though x

  15. 15
    Steve Clowes says:


  16. 16
    Kenny Brown says:

    It’s still 31st March here, shouldn’t you wait until tomorrow to announce this? LOL

  17. 17
    Henry Sobieski says:

    Good one!!

  18. 18
    Nicholai Pramolovskaya says:

    Steve Morse is on other duties with Dixie Dreg and Ritchie offers his service for temporary period

  19. 19
    Terry McCoombe says:

    A bit early for an April’s Fool here in the UK!

  20. 20
    Matt Love says:


  21. 21
    Tony Bannon says:

    Har de Har har rod evans coming out of hiding then

  22. 22
    Mike Whiteley says:

    Imaginative,,,,,,,,and a tad early.
    April Fools,I’m sure.

  23. 23
    Jakub Bizon Michalski says:

    “Glenn Hughes was also approached for the tour but he replied on twitter: “All love to my Purple Brothers but I have 9 dogs to take care of and 3 of them just ripped my John Varvatos jacket to pieces. I’m off to the vet.” – i’m seriously laughing my ass off right now xD Love ya, Glenn, but this is just too funny 😀

  24. 24
    Joe Crowley says:

    I guess its April 1st.

  25. 25
    paice30 says:

    April Fools?

  26. 26
    Gary Baker says:

    Early April Fools Joke I assume…..

  27. 27
    stoffer says:

    HA HA Nice try!!!

  28. 28
    John Madric says:

    All jokes aside, when they were here in Florida last year, I passed as I’d seen this lineup – and though a great band – it’s not what I wanted to experience any more. But Coverdale on vocals? I would have jumped at a chance to witness that. There’d be serious money in a tour with David on the mic.

  29. 29
    Mats Blom says:

    Yeah, cuz the whole world follow Ohio-time, so it ain´t 1 of April until you have it…

  30. 30
    Paul Deblond says:


  31. 31
    Corey Schmid says:

    I gotta admit, for a split second (with the recent thoughts of IG bowing out of the upcoming meet n’ greets), I voiced out “shit!” knowing I just dropped $180 on tickets … but then it quickly came to me.

  32. 32
    Tommy H. says:

    I laughed a bit …

  33. 33
    Paul Steinmayer says:

    Ok… Now I gotta cancel some plans for August. I simply HAVE to see DP when they come to Michigan!!!

  34. 34
    Gary Baker says:

    Hey Mats Blom it’s the time zone for 141 million people… Or about 15 times the population of Sweden!!

  35. 35
    Edward Pinner says:

    Bastards!… It took a few moments of feeling a little bit sick… and then I ‘got it’.

  36. 36
    franz says:

    you APRIL FOOL no-one

  37. 37
    Danny says:

    April fools no doubt but I actually wouldn’t have minded at all!

  38. 38
    Igor Gillan-fan says:

    Good one this year 😀

    I almost forgot that it’s one of those April days

  39. 39
    Igor Gillan-fan says:

    It’s a good one this year 😉

  40. 40
    Stephen James Smith says:

    Ozzy Osborne will be taking his place, with a member of the audience on bongos and mouth organ.

  41. 41
    Andrew Greenaway says:

    A bit early for April Fools!

  42. 42
    Jim Johnston says:

    haha good one!

  43. 43
    Boswell's Johnson says:


  44. 44
    Bill Richardson says:

    Ok …at what point do we ( fan since 68 ) stop calling the band Deep Purple. Sad enough there is only one original member. And Don Airy always liked MK III better than MKII band and wanted to do Stormbringer. WTF?? Just call it a day boys.

  45. 45
    Nikolai Borisov says:

    I was reading this as some kind of a joke but a part of me naively believed it for a few seconds. ..interesting idea though!

  46. 46
    Purple Guy says:

    Too Funny!
    One of the better April Fools knee slappers!

  47. 47
    Marcelo Soares says:

    Blackmore will sing

  48. 48
    Alket Kellici says:

    April’s Fool

  49. 49
    Alan Christopher says:

    april first no doubt. all our heroes are normally true to form.

  50. 50
    Xavier Gomez says:

    any fule knows that…. 😛

  51. 51
    Kim Peters says:

    I’m no fool.

  52. 52
    Neal McCann says:

    April Fools 🙂

  53. 53
    Dave says:

    Well… It’s still 4 hours to April here in Pennsylvania USA…

  54. 54
    Carlton Morris says:

    This news hit the shores of the USA a day early~

  55. 55
    Douglas Vlad says:

    April Fools

  56. 56
    Michael Friedman says:

    Check your calendar date at the door!!

  57. 57
    James Spackman says:

    I believe it thousands wouldn’t!!!!!
    What day is it today?

  58. 58
    William Beda says:

    Good one!!

  59. 59
    DeepOz says:

    And the date is…

  60. 60
    Eric A. Eisenstein says:

    Well played!

  61. 61
    LRT says:

    The April Fool is always abound…

  62. 62
    Jorge López de Cárdenas says:

    Its not possible! Let’s bring Turner then…

  63. 63
    LRT says:

    Nice one btw, Svante.

  64. 64
    Ljubisa Raimovic says:

    wow, almost got me with 1st april joke 🙂

  65. 65
    Randy Bunch says:

    I hope this is just an April fools joke.

  66. 66
    César Granados says:

    Airey, Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes & Paice pls pls pls…

  67. 67
    Toxic Avenger says:

    Oh, no! What next? Blackers playing shoe shine music?

  68. 68
    Joe Tymecki says:

    You almost had me… not 4/1 yet here in Vermont! 🙂

  69. 69
    Jesper Amtorp says:

    Ha ha! You got me this year

  70. 70
    Martin Salazar Lepe says:

    Wonderful !!. . . . . . . . . Joke

  71. 71
    Wim says:

    This would be great news, if it wasn’t for the date it was published.

  72. 72
    Al Greene says:

    Nice try. (:

  73. 73
    Simon Baldorf says:

    I guess it’s official now. Ian Gillan IS leaving Deep Purple. He will be replaced by Robby Thomas Walsh (purpendicular)
    Information brought to me, from a trusted source.

  74. 74
    Ted Frost says:


  75. 75
    Anthony Oussin says:

    Alice Cooper gonna front DP for the US tour ha ha ha

  76. 76
    Andrea Paletta says:

    1st april fish

  77. 77
    Denis Cusumano says:

    Poisson d’avril !!!

  78. 78
    GBarbour says:

    APRIL’S FOOL !!!
    Nice try though.

  79. 79
    Scott W. says:

    April Fools you stools!! Ritchie will replace Morse too I guess..?

  80. 80
    Bo says:

    I wish it was not April 1 så. 🙂

  81. 81
    Rick says:

    I almost fell for that! Try to get DC to sing Child in Time. Good April fools.

  82. 82
    Anders says:

    April 1 fools day

  83. 83
    Janez says:

    Which date is today?
    Anyway, brilliant idea! As always at the exact same time of each year 🙂

  84. 84
    Kramo says:

    Nice try Highway Star!

  85. 85
    Hans says:

    Remember which day this message was placed??
    Good joke!

  86. 86
    MacGregor says:

    Maybe a better April fools would have been, Gillan agrees to Blackmore reunion concerts! Or just to get Tracy going, Purple cancels upcoming Nashville gig! Only jesting of course, but i could imagine Tracy traveling to another galaxy to see Purple, well maybe not that far! Cheers.

  87. 87
    Matti says:

    Haha, a good one this year! I think I must go to Dream Theater page, maybe Mike Portnoy is coming back!

  88. 88
    Lutz says:

    That’s a good one!!!! Ha…Ha…Ha…, April Fools! ;-D

  89. 89
    henrik says:

    I’m sure the newly reformed Led Zeppelin will offer its
    services as an opening act.

  90. 90
    mivhael gossard says:

    april fools

  91. 91
    michael gossard says:

    april fools 2o15

  92. 92
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    What I just heard, it will be Rod Evans doing the Gillan parts on the tour. They’ll also be doing a orchestrated version of Child in Time. In the press conference Rod Evans said “I’ve doing a hell of a lot rehearsing those screams, but I finally got them right. I’ll also play violin.”

  93. 93
    kazz says:

    It’s April 1st, isn’t it?

  94. 94
    Thomas says:

    This is really a lovely story, but when I look to the date of today, a smile appears on my face: it´s the first of April!!!

  95. 95
    Hårstad Roy A says:
  96. 96
    nupsi59 says:

    ahem… (first) April is a cruel Time…

    Have a nice Day!

  97. 97
    petemin says:

    yeah right ….. APRIL FOOLS…….

  98. 98
    Rob Prior says:

    A shame that Ian is not available for the tour, but very noble of him to allow David to take his place on the tour.

    Out of respect for Gillan, should they call the tour “Joke On The Water” perhaps?

    If Glenn revised his priorities, I wonder if Roger would graciously step aside.

    I hope they also play April and Any Fule Kno That.

  99. 99
    George Martin says:

    Not bad, not bad at all. I am always curious to see what April fools joke you guys come up with. Here’s what I would have posted:

    Deep Purple have announced on the upcoming U.S. tour they are going to do at least one song from every album throughout the entire catalog. Said Ian Gillan ” It won’t be a real stretch for me because there are a handful of instrumentals from albums I was not part of which will meet the commitment. Example: A200 from Burn, O’d to G from Come taste the band etc. We also figured we do Gypsy from Stormbringer as a instrumental as well. The only one that we need to consider is something from Slaves and masters but will figure it out”

    Not that would be really cool!

  100. 100
    gemo says:

    Sounds nice.
    Where can I buy ticktes ?
    I’ll pay with greek drachmas !

  101. 101
    Alerickson says:

    April 1 is April Fools Day, is it not?

  102. 102
    Markus says:

    Sorry but that`s not the complete truth. It`s just communicated that Coverdale asked Blackmore to join and he did, but then Blackmore fired Coverdale and now Candice will took over the singing.
    Let`s see what will happen next…

  103. 103
    Sam Williams says:

    April Fools!

  104. 104
    Sebastian says:

    HAHAHA!! Yes, and Ritchie’s grandfather will play the congas….

  105. 105
    Marie Rose says:

    First I instantly felt WTF!!!! And then I realized its April 1st today TG!!!!! LOL

  106. 106
    peter says:

    nice april fool joke 😉

  107. 107
    Blake says:

    It is April 1st today is it not …. But if this isn’t a jest pertaining to this being April Fools Day then I definitely didn’t see this one coming!!!

  108. 108
    kraatzy says:

    … and after all of that … Mark III (incl J.L. and R.B.) has been reactived … 😉




  109. 109
    Les Hedger says:

    I heard it through unknown, unconfirmed sources that Rod Evans will be joining them for a show or two!

  110. 110
    Bruce says:

    This just in: Steve Morse is leaving DP to join Blackmore’s Night – to be renamed BlackMorse Dawn…..

  111. 111
    Ernest Sokol says:

    Guillan + Coverdale + Glen Hughes?? Q zarpado!! Come on to Argentina!!!!!!!

  112. 112
    Claudia Heidemann says:

    That’s for sure a good one..xD

  113. 113
    Scoot says:

    To quote a familiar singer…SUPERB!

  114. 114
    Black Sheep says:

    Can’t believe that you actually got a couple of people with that!! 🙂

  115. 115
    Rasmus Heide says:

    #3 We’re happy you liked it so much you thought it was your own, Joe. 😉

  116. 116
    foeVo73XO8bcYcn5HE7HH4Pig1DcOuDtM4J6cfydpTA. says:

    I can’t believe I fell for it!I was so mad, I just shelled out 99 bucks each for six great seats and I was not going to enjoy the show.you got me good.

  117. 117
    Ryan says:

    Ohmagahd I almost had heart failure.

  118. 118
    Scott says:

    The one and only Canadian Date and there playing Ottawa. Son of A B@#%$. Come on guys you can’t fit Toronto or Hamilton in???

  119. 119
    Arthur says:

    Brilliant, I’d have bought a ticket for that!

  120. 120
    MacGregor says:

    For the folk commenting that the joke was too early, I thought the timing of the April Fools comment was perfect for us down here in the southern hemisphere, Australia & New Zealand. When we were reading it, it was totally relevant! Cheers.

  121. 121
    Chris Blackmore says:

    I had to look up John Varvatos Jacket… funny

  122. 122
    LRT says:

    Coverdale and Morse, about the mentality of Turner and Morse, Hughes and Morse… Gillan needs replaced? Not by thinking these would work alongside Morse. People might want to consider that before suggesting such nonsense. 😀

  123. 123
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Well Done…. Well Expected too…. 😉

  124. 124
    Sebastian says:

    Here’s the big news! Not only that but I’ve just heard that Paicey is out. Drum skins will be attacked by no other else than by Carole Stevens (Ritchie’s manager). What a line-up…

  125. 125
    steven says:

    I was hoping this story was true,Gillan hasn’t been able to sing for about 20 years,s,his voice is pretty bad,at least Coverdale can still sing,plus he would sing some Mark 3 and 4 songs,songs that Gillan want or cant sing.

  126. 126
    jeff says:

    ha ha, nice one…next we know, Blackers will play bass to Morse’s lead in a reformed band line-up, with ‘the stinking hippie’ behind the scenes producing instead of playing bass…..and Rod Evans and DC doing back up harmonies…. to twin lead singers Hughes and Evans….that about covers it

  127. 127
    Rick Cappetto says:

    To bad, I would of loved to see a Coverdale fronted Deep Purple, My brother and I did not start going to concerts until 79 when He got a car. So we did not get to see Deep Purple until the 80s reunion of MK 2. (not counting Cal Jam and other Tv appearances). But either way I will be there this year in the summer, Can’t miss Deep Purple no matter who is singing.

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