DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the group's possible retirement at the end of the current "Long Goodbye Tour". Asked how much longer DEEP PURPLE will be a band, Glover replied: "Hard to say. We just know that we can't go on forever, and there's got to be some line somewhere between playing and not playing. None of us are really keen on that. But certain little medical ailments keep cropping up, and you know sooner or later, it's going to happen, but we can't say, 'Right, it's going to be Los Angeles in 2000-whatever or London or Frankfurt.' To name a date is difficult, so we're just going to keep going and see how long it lasts."
DEEP PURPLE's latest studio album, "InFinite", was released in April via earMUSIC. The disc is 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.
"Oh yeah, it's all going according to plan," Glover tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a laugh. "I don't think a day goes past when I don't marvel at the fact that I'm still in a band, doing what I was doing when I was fifteen. It is a charmed life, a very lucky life.
"Back in the '60s when you joined a band, if you had a hit, you might be around for a couple of years, but you have to follow that hit with another hit and another album and another tour. You never thought about the future, it was always the year ahead. For it to go on this long, albeit with a few peaks and valleys in between, it's just amazing."