DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has confirmed plans for former keyboardist Jon Lord to join the group for the upcoming UK tour. "I have it on good authority, i.e. from Jon Lord, that he will be joining us for the UK dates in September," stated Gillan. "Given the circumstances then and now, we've all decided that it would be excellent if Jon joined us for a few numbers (yet to be decided), and happily he's up for it. My illness, and the postponement of the UK dates, put a damper on what was going to be Jon's swansong with PURPLE."
In related news, DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice will issue a DVD entitled Not For The Pros on July 15th. Approximately 120 minutes long, it will be released in both PAL and NTSC and will include:
A Drummers Guide - A 50-minute Ian Paice documentary with Ian personally taking the viewer through his drum kit manufacturing plants around the world, and a fist full of drumming tips that'll save prospective drummers "plenty of angst!", plus never-before-seen footage of Ian Paice & his mates live on stage.
The DVD features live material never before seen, including two tracks (6 mixes in all!) from his Abbey Road Studio sessions:
(Studio vision mix, Roadieview' Jam and alternative retro mix)
'Roadieview' - Live features full length tracks from DP's 2001 USA Tour:
- "Ted The Mechanic"
- "Knockin' At Your Back Door"
- "Highway Star"
As well as a host of shorter segments giving the viewer that "roadie bird's eye" view:
- Monitor Problems
- Fools (Drum Solo)
- Pictures of Home (Intro)
- Speed King (Drum Solo)
- Dropped Drumstick
The Drum clinic "Ian Paice Style" - Features a TV-style presentation of a drum clinic, featuring footage, interviews and a slice of DEEP PURPLE's sensational guitarist Steve Morse.