Deep Purple push back release of new album Whoosh!

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Deep Purple unveil promo for their new single Throw My Bones – the first taste of material from their upcoming album Whoosh!

“Distribution lines – the physical sales of CDs, vinyl, cassettes etc – and retail outlets are closed until The Dreaded Lurgy gets indigestion.

“Therefore, as there are still so many of us who love to hold a new record in our hands, and following advice from our magnificent label, we have decided to delay the release of Whoosh! until August.”

Frontman Ian Gillan says: “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction… well, not exactly in this case – more cause and effect, where the latter is often greater than the former.

On working with Bob for a third time, guitarist Steve Morse said: “We’ve included everything that made the whole band smile, including Bob Ezrin. The band’s 21st studio LP was once again produced by Bob Ezrin. “Together they created the most versatile album in their collaboration,” a statement from label earMusic explained.

“We’ve always enjoyed making music and having the incredible luxury of a loyal audience.”

Deep Purple: Whoosh!
1. Throw My Bones
2. Drop The Weapon
3. We’re All The Same In The Dark
4. Nothing At All
5. No Need To Shout
6. Step By Step
7. What The What
8. The Long Way Round
9. The Power Of The Moon
10. Remission Possible
11. Man Alive
12. And The Address
13. Dancing In My Sleep

Ian Gillan and co joked during their studio sessions with the producer that their motto was: “Deep Purple is putting the Deep back into Purple.”

As per a press release, the ‘Smoke on the Water’ group let rip about the current state of the world and aim to address “all generations” on their new collection of songs.

Deep Purple – who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 – have also announced an extensive European tour, which kicks off at Moscow’s Megasport Ice Palace in Russia on May 31, and wraps at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome in The Netherlands on October 28.

The UK leg sees the group stop off at The O2 arena in London on October 3, with dates also set for Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, and Glasgow.

‘Whoosh!’ is released on June 12.

Deep Purple’s ‘Whoosh!’ track-listing is:
1. ‘Throw My Bones’
2. ‘Drop the Weapon’
3. ‘We’re All the Same in the Dark’
4. ‘Nothing at All’
5. ‘No Need to Shout’
6. ‘Step by Step’
7. ‘What the What’
8. ‘The Long Way Round’
9. ‘The Power of the Moon’
10. ‘Remission Possible’
11. ‘Man Alive’
12. ‘And the Address’
13. ‘Dancing in My Sleep’

Gillan explains how the band found themselves in Nashville, writing, “Bob Ezrin turned up and said ‘Let’s have dinner on Monday’. Someone enquired ‘What’s the big occasion?’ Bob replied ‘To celebrate the fact that we are all still alive…’ ‘In which case’ continued the world-weary muso, ‘We’d better make it Sunday’.

He continues: “But we survived the weekend and had dinner on Monday. Tuesday, we made another album and Wednesday we went to the pub….”

Upon Gillan’s return in late 1992 they produced the appropriately named The Battle Rages On… album and then planned to embark on a world tour.Deep Purple MKII will always be revered as the classic Deep Purple line-up.

Singer Ian Gillan said they called the tour the Long Goodbye because it doesn’t tie Deep Purple to a fixed retirement date. “A couple of years ago, everyone in the band was unwell,” he explained. “We all had health problems, which have been well documented, and I think somebody – and I can’t remember who said it, probably somebody from the office – said, ‘Do you guys wanna call it a day? Because you all have got health problems here.’ … So we [said], ‘Let’s call it ‘the Long Goodbye,’ and that way we can make our decision later.”

Deep Purple 2020 Tour
May 31 – Moscow – Megasport Ice Palace (RU)
Jun. 03 – Istanbul – Lifepark (TR)
Jun. 06 – Athens – Rockwave Festival (Terravibe Park) (GR)
Jun. 20 – Clisson – HellFest (FR)
Jun. 21 – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting (BE)
Jun. 24 – Hamburg – Stadtpark Freilichtbühne (DE)
Jun. 25 – Aalborg – Skovdalen (Open Air) (DK)
Jun. 27 – Oslo – Tons of Rock Ekeberg (NO)
Jun. 30 – Paris (Boulogne Billancourt) – La Seine Musicale (FR)
Jul. 01 – Nimes – Festival De Nimes Les Arenes (FR)
Jul. 03 – Klam – Clam Rock (AT)
Jul. 04 – Eisenstadt – Lovely Days (AT)
Jul. 06 – Bologna – Bologna Sonic Park (IT)
Jul. 08 – Sion – Sion sous Sion sous les étoiles (CH)
Jul. 10 – Bonn – Kunst Rasen Granau (DE)
Jul. 11 – Rosenheim – Rosenheim Sommerfestival (DE)
Jul. 14 – Halle (Saale) – Freilichtbühne Peißnitz (DE)
Jul. 15 – Mainz – Open Air Volkspark Mainz (DE)
Jul. 17 – St Julien en Genevois – Guitare en Scene Festival (FR)
Jul. 18 – Brombach – Lieder Am See (DE)
Jul. 20 – Carcassone – Festival De Carcassone Theatre Jean Deschamps (FR)
Jul. 22 – Lörrach – Stimmen Festival (DE)
Jul. 24 – Colmar – Festival De La Foire Aux Vins de Colmar Parc Des expositions (FR)
Jul. 26 – Stockholm – Hovet Ice Hall (SE)
Jul. 27 – Gothenburg – Partille Arena (SE)
Jul. 29 – Copenhagen – Royal Arena (DK)
Oct. 2 – Manchester – Manchester Arena (GB)
Oct. 3 – London – O2 (London) (GB)
Oct. 5 – Glasgow – Hydro (GB)
Oct. 6 – Leeds – FD Arena (GB)
Oct. 8 – Birmingham – Arena (Birmingham) (GB)
Oct. 10 – Luxembourg – Rockhal (LU)
Oct. 13 – Berlin – Max Schmeling Halle (DE)
Oct. 14 – Lodz – Atlas Arena (PL)
Oct. 16 – Stuttgart – Schleyer-Halle (DE)
Oct. 17 – Oberhausen – KP Arena (DE)
Oct. 19 – Milan – Forum (IT)
Oct. 20 – Zurich – Hallenstadion (CH)
Oct. 22 – Lille – Zenith (FR)
Oct. 24 – Dijon – Zenith (FR)
Oct. 26 – Clermont Ferrand – Zenith D’Auvergne (FR)
Oct. 28 – Amsterdam – Ziggo Dome (NL)

 

Deep Purple and limited edition collection of reissues of classic albums from 1972 – 77.

With all eyes on the 25th anniversary of the band’s inception, there was huge pressure both from within and outside of the band for Gillan to return to the fold so that the occasion could be celebrated in style. The critics said it wouldn’t work — it did. And they said it wouldn’t last… well they were certainly right about that!

 

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