Legendary British hard rockers DEEP PURPLE entered a Nashville, Tennesse studio on January 28 to begin work on their follow-up to 2013's "Now What?!" album. The CD is once again being helmed by Bob Ezrin, who has previously worked with KISS, PINK FLOYD, PETER GABRIEL, ALICE COOPER and KANSAS, among others.
DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover writes on the band's Facebook page: "Thirteen days of pre-production and thirteen days recording in the studio. Lucky thirteen, because we have thirteen tracks all but finished except for vocals. Coincidence or what? How many will end up on he album is hard to tell yet… maybe all of them, maybe not.
"I won't even begin to describe the music — an impossible job in any case. Suffice to say I've been listening to the rough mixes and there's a smile on my face. Bob Ezrin and the team did their usual superb job.
"The next stage will be [singer Ian Gillan] and I spending a week together, honing up on the lyrics before recording vocals in Toronto in April."
Glover recently talked about PURPLE writing process, telling Ultimate Classic Rock: "We jam and jam and jam, and if we find something that we like to play or that works well or inspires us, then we'll try to knock it into some kind of arrangement. Then, once we've got that, Ian [Gillan, vocals] and I will figure out what the song's really all about, and write the lyrics and all of that stuff."
DEEP PURPLE's first new album in eight years, "Now What?!", topped charts in Germany, Norway and Austria and peaked at No. 19 in Britain.
"Now What?!" sold 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 115 on The Billboard 200 chart. The album was released in North America in April 2013 via earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group.
DEEP PURPLE — which has been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades now — will finally enter the Rock Hall as part of the class of 2016. The band's first three lineups are being inducted, including drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, late keyboardist Jon Lord, and various singers and bassists — Rod Evans; Ian Gillan and Roger Glover; and David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.