DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover has posted a lengthy year-end message on his web site. A couple of excerpts follow:
"This has been a busy year, to say the least. It’s also been a fantastic year. The 'Rapture Tour' threaded its way around this blue planet and everywhere we visited we received the moving welcomes that we are almost in danger of taking for granted. But be assured that they are never taken for granted; every night for us is a special night. I would like to thank everybody that has supported and encouraged us along the way. I must also thank my fellow musicians, all of whom are heroes of mine. I am decidedly in good company.
"Of all the tours we completed this year, the reception we received in France was exceptional. In Paris, Gérard, our promoter, presented each of us with a 'Gold Ticket' — a great looking plaque commemorating our box office achievement – we sold more tickets than any other band this year. I sincerely thank him and his staff. I’ve never seen anything like it before but it seems symptomatic of the way the business, at least our business, has changed. Live music rules!
"I had fun in between tours as well. My daughter Gillian released her first album, 'Red Handed', in which I was happy to play a small part. She received so many compliments; I can’t count how many people told me how proud I should be of her. I know, I am extremely proud of her. Now she is starting work on her next album as well as writing and performing with the band BEAT:ROOT."
Read the entire message at this location.