Deep Purple to is taking some holiday time off to relax and savor -- as it were -- its upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. But the group plans to be back at work early in the new year, making the follow-up to its 2014 album So What?!
Drummer Ian Paice gave us an update on progress for the project, which the group started writing during the past year:
"We all come over to your huge country after the Christmas break. We start around the end of January. We'll go back into the studio in Nashville with Bob Ezrin; We had such a great time making the last record that we just want to try to duplicate that the next time around. There's plenty of material, probably more than we need, but there is a weeding process that happens when you start listening back in clarity. So, you know, the runts of the litter will be discarded and the best 10 or 11 tracks will be worked on."
So What?! was Deep Purple's first new album in eight years and topped charts in Germany, Norway and Austria while peaking at No. 19 in the group's homeland of Britain.
The group will be inducted into the Rock Hall on April 8 in Brooklyn and has two festival dates booked for July in Germany, with more shows expected to be announced in the near future.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.