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It is now more or less official: Deep Purple will play the UK in November 2017 and the tour is being promoted as The Long Goodbye Tour. Tickets go on sale December 9, with presales starting a day earlier. Support for all 5 shows will be Europe.

There are also some a lot less official dates on European mainland in May and June. These remain highly unconfirmed, but look very plausible to our eyes. Some are going on sale in the coming days. At least a couple of German shows are being billed as “Farewell Tour 2017”, but do not read too much into it.

Full details in our calendar, which may be updated further quietly.

Ah, and one last thing: the first single for the new album Infinite will be released on January 20.

Thanks to Blabbermouth and Nigel Young for the info.

48 Comments to “The long goodbye tour”:

  1. 1
    Jim Johnston says:

    Europe!! Well there’s an extra hour at the bar ???

  2. 2
    Roger Williams says:

    I was just thinking, I will definately go until I saw Europe were opening ?

  3. 3
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    It had to come sooner or later…. proof of age. However, as with Elvis, we have all the recordings, etc & tribute band’s performances to feed our continuing purplesque hunger!. A huge thankyou to the band for everything. Don’t cry for me Marge & Tina…… !. Be happy.

  4. 4
    robert c. says:

    I believe this “long goodbye” tour will be one of a series of tours going around the world thru 2018.
    The main reason, of course, to support the Infinite CD.
    I also see this as being a combined 50th anniversary(the band was formed in ’68)/ farewell tour.
    Given the ages of both Gillan and Glover(70+) , with Paice turning 70 in ’18, as well as Morse and Airey being in their 60s, I can’t see this band going on for much longer.
    Deep Purple have nothing left to prove and were finally voted into the Rockn’Roll H.O.F.
    It’s time for the to say goodbye,ahem, a long goodbye!

  5. 5
    podzilla says:

    Sad 😉
    My first DP gig was in october ’93 in vienna, I thought back then it would be the last opportunity. And now 23 years later…
    Just bought tickets for vienna and leipzig and it will be fab!

  6. 6
    Adel says:

    The long goodbye is as long as a piece of a string!!!
    I hate the O2 arena so if I don’t get a lower tier front seats for a reasonable price then I am saying goodbye to all of you DP guys from now.

  7. 7
    Chip says:

    Seems like they are gearing up for a final touring date in early 18…so they can hit the 50th anniversary. Males sense as a coda, if that is the plan. As much as i want to see this keep going indefinitely, id rather see them go out playing well. I would also rather not kill Paicey in my selfish desire to see one more gig. His health is more important.

  8. 8
    Adel says:

    Chip @4
    Paicy had a mild stroke. Healthy people is their 30s and 40s get it and carry on as if it never happened.
    The guys in DP are fit and healthy and I guess they have access to the best of treatments and recovery.
    The extensive touring in small venues is not an option for them anymore hence they have to sell big tickets for large audience on the back of the long good bye card!!!

  9. 9
    kraatzy says:

    Sometime we all have to realize, that the Purple touring machine will stop for retirement.

    And now … it´s time



    And after that … it s time for Deep Purple tribute bands like “Demon´s Eye” to open the throttle 🙂 🙂

  10. 10
    Victor Gubala says:

    I can only hope for some U.S. Tour dates, either way: Thankful for all the times I’ve seen them live

  11. 11
    The Highway Star says:

    If you think Europe still sounds like they did 1988, then maybe you should take a second look. Their current output is much closer to their original heroes DP, Lizzy, Ufo etc.

  12. 12
    glubert says:

    The “Retirement sucks” tour will follow in 2020

  13. 13
    Andy Travers says:

    ‘More or less Official’ … well, tickets and venues are already being made shown on the ticketing sites ..so, lets say it’s deffo ?

  14. 14
    Hans Ahlstedt says:

    Europe since they reunited with John Norum is nothing like the 80’s. their latest album War of Kings is superb. Sad to see people bashing a great band based on some hits from ages ago.

  15. 15
    Paulo Glover says:

    Just a request for the last tour: can we have everything louder than everything else? 🙂
    Thank you all the musicians for the great music since the first line-up.
    Their Music inspires me since 1978 when I had contact with Made In Japan.
    Maybe this isn’t the final tour, but it is close for sure.

  16. 16
    Marcus Streets says:

    Which is less bad Birmingham Arena or the O2?

  17. 17
    Wally Roundhead says:

    Very sad news.
    A very big part of my musical interest will come to an end. The excitement will nerver be the same.
    Retirement is resonable although they might make some more years. They have been touring and working in the business for so many years. Practically all my life. A great companion through my life. I am forever tankfulla. All those concerts, tours, releases of records, interwiews. All through life. When in school, when studying, when partying, playing music,writing words and music, when starting working, when geting jobs, gilfriends,becoming father, when losing parentes, all throughout my life. They have been there with music.and all those travels, to keep music with me on travels with cassettes, mp3, cd, smartphones, all those lps, singles, cd, VHS, dvd. So many years. Thank you!!!!

  18. 18
    nick vaz says:

    Ian Gillan should fix up his problems up with Ritchie. Would be very good to have him as a special guest on the very last concerts . Also all the other members like David & Glenn should be there as well.

  19. 19
    Børge Myrup says:

    Well – I for one hopes that the explanation is that the new record is called The Long Goodbye !

  20. 20
    Xavier says:

    Ritchie and Jon had long shared displeasure of the band’s incessant touring. it led to many’ Wasted Sunsets’ and ‘Twists in the Tail.’ now that they wish to ‘Sail Away’ i sincerely hope that Paice, Glover and Airey shall consider doing another tribute for Jon, together with Ritchie. he deserves another tribute before arthritis and alzhimers ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye!’

  21. 21
    Steven Johnston says:

    I hope they come down to Australia so i can see them one last time.Father time catches up with everyone so thanks for the great music concerts.Deep Purple have been my favourite band since 1975 when i was fourteen especially with Blackmore in the band.Farewell guys have a long and happy retirement.

  22. 22
    Günther Mrowietz says:

    My first DP Gig was 1985 in Mannheim – Germany. The last Gig at Loreley, it was my 69 DP Show. I hope, i can the Band see several more times. It was a great time to see the Best Live Rock Band in the World.
    Good health for all members for the rest “Long Goodby Tour”.

  23. 23
    John says:


    Ha ha! very clever glubert, yeah, like Kiss or Scorpions’s (never ending) farewells. But in this case, they are very old… who knows, let’s wish 🙂

  24. 24
    MatsB says:

    glubert @9:
    Bron finding big Ian unbearable when not touring anymore will serve as the trigger for that tour;-)
    (I do remember seeing a statement from him a while back, “she packs my bags when I am home for too long and get annoying”, or something to that effect)

  25. 25
    manu says:

    Sorry, but in french:
    Quelle chance j’ai eu de les connaitre, de les voire et de les écouter…Maintenant qu’ils ont posé les fondements du hard-rock il y aura les enfants qui suivrons les traces. Qu’ils prennent du bon temps auprès de leurs familles et amis et pensent à eux. De mon côté je vais toujours me régaler avec toutes leurs œuvres, fools ma préférée et tant d’autres…
    Si vous lisez ces lignes et vous me comprenez Ian(s), Roger, Steve ou Don passez donc faire un petit concert à Buxy en France, il y a du bon vin et que je serais heureux!
    A bientôt et comme a dit ce cher Ronnie Long live Rock’n’Roll.

  26. 26
    Adel says:

    Big respectable groups don’t sell ticket on the back of the retirement card. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Paul Maccartney, Bob Dylon and even Ritchie don’t play this card to sell Rainbow tickets. The bottom line is its not gaurentieed that the next DP album will be a classic but what is gaurentieed that fans will buy thousands of tickets on the back of the retirement card. Very sad and very cheap tactics.
    Having said that I feel sorry for the hundreds of people who work back stage on the DP tour. They are the one who will hurt the most.

  27. 27
    John says:

    I discover DP in 84, just after the reunion, and became more and more a fan since the 90’s. I saw them for the first time in 98, Barcelona. I’ve seen them a dozen times since, but none with Jon Lord again. Sad.
    Barcelona’s 98 was superb, as have been all the other concerts since that one. I’m 47 now and they have become really something ELSE for me through these last two decades of my life. I thank them all and eagerly look forward to see them with my three loves (wife and sons, 3 and 9 -4 and 10 when we attend the concert/s-).

    Ah, and let’s hope they come to Spain (or some place nearby)!


  28. 28
    Chip says:

    #5 yes but these guys are in their 70s. A stroke is nothing to mess with at that age and at some point i hope these guys can rest on their laurels.

  29. 29
    NWO says:

    @25 – That’s because none of those bands see the end yet (Led Zeppelin died in 1980 and have only done 1 show since). Deep Purple has. Just like Black Sabbath and Rush… No one wants to believe it! Neither do I. But they are OLD and maybe it’s time…. Oh well I’ve gone to every DP show in the past 35 yrs in Toronto!

  30. 30
    kraatzy says:

    @ 17
    Ritchie and Big Ian didn´t have problems today … they had even contact from time to time …
    Ritchie and the DP mangement have a lot of problems today
    and because of that … it´s impossible …
    Look back to the RnRHoF live event !!!

    It was time to say good bye since many years !!!

    The DP machine is … in the last years (maybe since 2003) … not more the live superb improvising music machine as many of us knows and loves …
    The beginning of the ending starts with the retirement of Jon Lord.
    After his going, the decline began…

    I ve seen Deep Purple since 1984 every time they visite my area.
    The first decline begans, when Ritchie leave the band … then with the Purpendicular-album and -tour it seems to be, that they will get a new fresh wind with Steve Morse …
    And especially he improvise a lot with Sir Jon …

    But after the years of touring they lost a lot of the freshment of the first Steve Morse years.
    Since 2003 every DP gig is the same … and it gets awfully boring …

    So I don´t go to DP gigs anymore …

    Any evidence: Look yourself at you tube to listen and see DP gigs …
    No improvising … only the variation of the setlists … but ever and ever the same solos …

    The only freshments are new (studio) albums …

    It´s hard to say and to realized … but it´s sadly true.



  31. 31
    uwe says:

    I – pun intended – infinitely prefer this to one of them dying on a tour bus away from his loved ones. It’s all good – they served for 50 years, calling it a day in 2018 is apt. Their work from Purpendicular onwards provided us with a fair share of excellent music (Purpendicular and Now What?! being my favourites) and Don Airey brought the band back to life after the Good Lord had lost interest a little after the millenium.

    If there is one regret I have, then it is that I wished they would have brought Bob Ezrin in as a producer already on some of the earlier Morse-era releases. (Not that he wouldn’t have done the post-reunion releases with Blackmore a whole lot of good as well!)

    A final gig with Nick Simper playing Hush and Wring That Neck, Glenn and David singing/playing You Keep On Moving, Mistreated and Burn, Joe Lynn Turner joining for King of Dreams and that other gentleman perhaps contributing a solo or two as well? I’m a fantasy man …

  32. 32
    uwe says:

    @29 kraatzy: I disagree as regards Don Airey being to blame for DP improvising less, in fact I find the opposite is true: He improvises consistently more from tour to tour, today DP are in fact a keyboard-led and -dominated quintet with a very good guitarist! Why Steve Morse took such a backseat to Don, I don’t know, maybe he is just the perfect gentleman, maybe he felt he had had his improvisational phase with DP, maybe his hand/arm has been giving him issues for longer than we all thought. I certainly noticed at the last few gigs I saw that playing is sometimes hard work for him, he is not as smiley-happy-effortless as he used to be.

    What is true though is that their set list has become stale, that happened around the middle of the Bananas tour which started with almost all of Bananas being played (which was great) and ended with the greatest hits set we are bored with today. Gillan once said that Lynyrd Skynyrd’s retro-greatest hits set (essentially a rerun of their “One more for/from the road”-70ies-live classic, they opened with it for DP on parts of the Bananas tour) and how well that went down with the Purple crowd “opened his eyes”. I don’t believe that either Steve or Don had much influence in that decision, I’m sure they would be happier playing live what they recorded and wrote in the studio.

  33. 33
    MacGregor says:

    uwe @ 30- I am being a little pedantic here, they didn’t exist as a band for 7 years or so! 43 as a band in one form or another by 2018, 50 years since the bands formation. I am not sure as to the same producer being used over & over, things can sound too similar after a while when that happens. Having said that, Ezrin has definitely ‘put the Deep back into Purple’ as was intended! Cheers.

  34. 34
    MacGregor says:

    uwe @ 32- I agree with Airey being an improviser. He has a background of a more progressive style, than Jon Lord to my ears. Much more into an adventurous take on things. The same with Steve Morse, however The Dregs & his solo band & material are far removed from DP. So yes, he does tend to take a back seat it appears. DP isn’t his band & the Hammond HAD to come to the fore, giving Airey more freedom. Ezrin has done a good thing there imo. It would be interesting to hear Airey & Morse in a different project, with another drummer & bass player, I could enjoy that! Cheers.

  35. 35
    The Mechanic Ted says:

    @MacGregor. You should check out the Livin Loud project (album + live show). Morse, Airey, Jimmy Barnes, Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley.

  36. 36
    kazz says:

    You can add June 2nd tot the Purple tour dates: Ziggodome Amsterdam

  37. 37
    kraatzy says:

    @ uwe
    Deep Puple is a guitar- / hammond-keyboard- band … or it was it 🙁
    Since many years the guitar is very sleepy …
    The keys are a little bit better than the early Don-years but no compare to or with Sir Jon

    @ MacGregor
    You are right … about 50 years in 2018 … minus about 7 year without live performance …



  38. 38
    uwe says:

    MacGregor: Actually, Steve improvises more with DP than with any other band (he has said so himself). The Dixie Dregs, Kansas, The Steve Morse Band all play a music much more intricate than DP, but it’s highly laid-out and pre-arranged, not much improvisation going on live at all, bit like Rush live, they don’t improvise much either, but recreate their studio arrangements (though when I last saw them a few years ago, there was more improvisation going on than when I saw them first early 80ies circa Permanent Waves).

    Much like Bolin, Steve is an underestimated rhythm player (so is Eddie van Halen btw, his rhythm playing is brilliant), his rhythm playing totally changed Purple’s groove, he made them more American and less “Yuropean”. Ritchie’s guitar style – never mind his admiration for Nashville players – oozes Old Europe. Not a criticism, just an observation.

    Am I the only one who thinks that Steve sounds major key’ish even if he plays minor scales and with Ritchie it’s the other way around?

  39. 39
    Ger Netherlands says:

    @ 36 kazz. Yes, I read DP will be performing in the ZiggoDome in Amsterdam on June 2nd 2017. Would be superb !!!!!!!!
    Cheers and bottoms up everyone ! DP were, are and will remain the BEST EVER !!!!

  40. 40
    Chris Mallinson says:

    Just shows you how out of date some people are with regards the music scene.Europes last few albums have been outsatnding,nothing like their pop rock offering of yore.
    Its classc heavy rock in the mould of 70’s Purple,Whitesnake,Zep,Rainbow,UFO.
    Ive seen them half a dozen times since they reformed, was never a fan of thembefore,and i was blown away by them.
    Purple is my band of choice and my emotional attachment and loyalty to them is sometimes overwhelming but i can tell you for certain that if any of you stay in the bar for Europe you will miss out on a treat.
    Two guys i met at the Ramblin Man fair this year were dismissing Europe prior to them coming onto the main stage.
    After Europe had done their set they were converted.
    As for this being the last tour, well, though i hate to admit it, i think its about time as Big Ian doesnt look too good these days and Little Ian has some potentially serious health issues.
    Lets hope they dont stretch themselves too far and cause any further issues with their health.
    Roger on the other hand looks as fit as a fiddle these days and i had a right old blast with him til 3 in the morning at the hotel bar in Manchester on the Now What!? tour (thought i’d slip some name dropping in there 😉 )

  41. 41
    MacGregor says:

    The Mechanic Ted @ 35- I did at the time, I don’t like Barnes though, so I always thought they should have had a decent vocalist! A very good band though, plenty of talent there & they are playing cracking songs at times! Cheers.

  42. 42
    Another Martin says:

    MacG @ 33 – ah, those lost years, when the band was not in existence – the longest years of my life!

  43. 43
    !aseng says:

    Don airey and paicey will be 70 soon next year (1948)

  44. 44
    Huidu says:

    It is useless to carry on anyway….without the founding members late lord and blackmore…..happy retirement

  45. 45
    Rock Voorne says:

    @ KAZZ

    Will YOU be there? 🙂

  46. 46
    Pete says:

    It’s the Final Countdown!

  47. 47
    Pete says:

    Oh bugger, I mean does anyone know about Australian dates?

  48. 48
    Thomas says:

    Any update on dates in Sweden?

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