In his latest letter to the DEEP PURPLE fans, the group's bassist, Roger Glover, comments on the band's upcoming "Machine Head" DVD and the progress of the songwriting/recording sessions for their next studio album, due sometime in 2003.
On "Machine Head": "I have seen the DVD and it is wonderful, a lot of extra material. The most exciting part is video footage of us in the 70s, at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, playing 'Smoke On The Water' - as far as I know, the ONLY (72-73) film/video of us playing that song. Great stuff. Dick Clark owns it. Martin Smith, who put the documentary together, negotiated but was allowed only a minute or so of the footage. Dick Clark won't sell it, apparently."
On the new DEEP PURPLE album: "The proposed November writing session was delayed because Michael Bradford, our producer, was unable to make it, so we are all gathering in Los Angeles in December. Rest assured that whatever may be going through your imaginations as to what will come out of it is also going through ours, and more_ the anticipation level is high. A first on many counts, writing with Don, working with Michael, being in LA. After the Christmas break we will, if all goes well, be in the studio recording what we worked on in December. As the first few months of the New Year go by we should have made huge inroads into the album."