Is Deep Purple Ready To Retire? Band Announces Long Goodbye Tour

d35b9af1f0c281431d80f1d279004e5b228c5690It seems that retirement could be in the band’s near future or with a tour title like that at least in the next 3-4 years. In rock and Roll retirement doesn’t always happen with the snap of a finger.

The English rockers who have been around since 1968 will hit the road in 2017 to promote their new album “inFinite” which is set for release early next year. It’s their first project since 2013’s “Now What?!”

So far they have only announced 5 dates but expect much more. Their schedule starts on Nov. 17 and runs through Nov. 23 and all dates are in the UK. Tickets for those shows go on sale December 9th at Clearly there should be shows announced for 2018 shortly since it will also be the bands 50th anniversary and this could easily be just a retirement from touring. In a recent YouTube announcement about the new album bassist Roger Glover, said, “We tour a lot and it’s sometimes hard to get into the studio.” Also another reason to pull back the reins is Ian Paice’s recent health problems. The drummer, who has been on every album of theirs, is the only guy who stayed constant after all these years but was sidelined with a mini-stroke in June of 2016 leaving the band to pull out of some shows.

Just some perspective. Paice is 68. He was 23 when their famous ‘Machine Head” was released on March 25th, 1972. What I love about their current line up is it;s as close as you’re going to get to that golden era. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who was with them from 1968–1975 and 1984–1993, was not in attendance for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April. Blackmore was such a huge part of the band but the blood was worse than bad and Deep Purple refused to reunite with him on stage. So Blackmore is gone from that band for life. If you can get passed that the current lineup of the group is still exciting with arguable their most popular lead singer Ian Gillan who was their second vocalist still in the band. He sang with them from 1969–1973, then 1984–1989 and 1992–present. Gillan is 71 and was 26 during the Machine Head era. Glover is also 71. Famous Keyboardist Jon Lord died July 16, 2012 – he was 71. Of course some performers retire when they die – some would rather not.

In my teens my buddies John, Jody and Jeff would listen to ‘Machine Head’ with the box. That was a cheap set of speakers inside a five foot furniture box – It gave us bass!

Look for more updates on the new album and tour right here. – by John Beaudin

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver.

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