DEEP PURPLE Bassist Says 'The Fashion These Days' For Aging Musicians 'Is To Drop Dead'

DEEP PURPLE Bassist Says 'The Fashion These Days' For Aging Musicians 'Is To Drop Dead'

DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice says "it's hard to accept" the fact that the band will eventually have to come to an end.

Although DEEP PURPLE's upcoming album, "InFinite", and accompanying tour, "The Long Goodbye", both suggest that the group will retire from the road after the dates, Paice tells U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine his love of making music remains as strong as ever.

"It's hard to accept that this thing you helped to create and grew up with will be no more," he says. "When we can no longer cut the mustard on stage, then we'll think about hanging the boots up.

"Go and listen to 1972 live album 'Made In Japan' and glory in the fact that there were a bunch of kids who could back then capture all that craziness and still have a measure of control. Now listen to what we're doing all these years later, and inside we're still a bunch of kids. You don't have to lose your love for making music."

For his part, bassist Roger Glover believes that DEEP PURPLE could carry on for up to four more years. He tells the magazine: "The record company came up with that title anyway. They're hedging their bets.

"The idea of announcing a final show like [BLACK] SABBATH has just done — none of us wanted that. So we thought, 'Sod it, let's just keep going.' But then no one knows what's around the corner.

"It seems the fashion these days is to drop dead — which is kind of frightening when people younger than you are suddenly gone."

"InFinite" will be released on April 7 via earMUSIC. The disc was tracked in February 2016 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee and was once again helmed by Bob Ezrin, who has previously worked with KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER and KANSAS, among others.

"InFinite" will be the first album for Glover and singer Ian Gillan in their 70s. Gillan, the oldest member of the band, turned 71 last August. Glover became 71 in November. Paice is still several years younger at 68.

The band is rounded out by keyboardist Don Airey and guitarist Steve Morse. Airey joined in 2002, replacing Jon Lord. Morse joined in 1994 as the replacement for Ritchie Blackmore.

deeppurpleclassicrockcover

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).