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Deep Purple's 8-year studio lesson

Deep Purple learned a valuable lesson during their eight years away from recording studios – and it's powering them on to their next album, says bassist Roger Glover.

Last year’s Now What?! followed 2005’s Rapture Of The Deep after a delay during which the band weren’t sure they wanted to make any more records.

But key knowledge came from producer Bob Ezrin, who helped them make sense of current conditions in the music industry.

Glover tells Ultimate Classic Rock: “We did some fantastic tours, and albums seemed to have fallen of the radar. Somebody said, ‘It’s the new age and albums are old hat – you’ve got to put out a single on the internet,’ and that kind of thing.

“That really didn’t appeal to us, so we just carried on touring.”

Things changed when they met Ezrin in Canada. “Bob came to see us, and he met us the next day and he was very enthusiastic,” Glover recalls. “He loved what he’d heard and he said some very astute things – ‘Forget trying to make a big smash-hit single. Those days are gone. Really do what you do, and do it well.’”

That powered Purple on to record and release Now What?! and the band recently gathered in Portugal to begin work on the follow-up.

Glover says: “Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris is building a studio there. It’s not quite finished, but he let us use the room because the room’s good. We had about a week there and we’ve got about a dozen rough ideas down.”

And he believes Ezrin will return to produce. “He’s become a very good friend,” says the bassist. “He really enjoyed making the record with us, so it’s a no-brainer that we’re going to do it again.”

Purple’s 20th album is pencilled in for release next year.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.