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Below is our complete Deep Purple news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Judas Priest & Deep Purple Summer Tour Announced

Deep Purple and Judas Priest announce a North American summer co-headlining tour which will see them out across the United States and Canada kickking off in August. Dates for that trek include:

08/21 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/22 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/24 Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
08/25 Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
08/27 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
08/29 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
08/30 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
09/01 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/02 Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/05 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
09/06 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/08 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
09/09 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
09/11 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/12 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
09/14 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
09/16 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
09/18 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
09/20 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Casino
09/21 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs
09/23 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09/26 San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
09/27 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/29 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/30 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

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Deep Purple Issues New Video Clip "The Surprising"

Deep Purple is setting sail into new waters with their first-ever animated video. The official video for "The Surprising," one of the fan favorite tracks from the internationally successful album "inFinite," takes the viewer on a journey through the magical 50-year history of the band. With high attention to detail, the animated masterpiece follows the five heroes of our story – Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey, and Steve Morse – through a stormy ship cruise full of allusions and sees them riding off into the sunset.

Watch the video, which premiered via Ultimate Classic Rock, either at this location), or in the player below.

The video was directed and illustrated by Matt Rooke, alongside director Peter Rogers, who also produced the video together with Craig Hooper and Collin Games, known from the Deep Purple movie documentary "From Here to inFinite."

Deep Purple and earMUSIC also announce the release of the 97-minute documentary "From Here to inFinite," which is due out in November 2017. It shows the history and origin of "inFinite" and provides a deep insight into the workings of the band for the first time on Blu-ray!

The Blu-ray further includes two hours of bonus material, including music videos such as "The Surprising," three previously unreleased live videos ("Time for Bedlam," "Birds of Prey," and "Smoke on the Water"), all filmed and recorded at Hellfest 2017, as well as in-depth behind the scenes footage, movie documentary outtakes, interviews, and an audio commentary by Deep Purple themselves — all previously unreleased.

In conjunction with the release of the Blu-ray, Deep Purple and earMUSIC are also releasing "The infinite Live Recorings, Pt. 1" on a special 3-disc vinyl LP, produced by Bob Ezrin. This was recorded at Hellfest 2017, the biggest metal festival in France and contains a brand new previously unreleased 80min live performance.

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2017: Day Two

After one hell of an opening day and a second night of camping, those attending this year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival had by now settled into the routine and were ready for another day. Once again, the day promised a mix of legendary names, young blood and cult favourites (or perhaps in the case of one Norwegian act, that should be "kvlt" favourites.)

Following a delay and miscomunication, I was unfortunately unable to catch Axel Rudi Pell and so my second full day at Graspop opened with a trip to Main Stage 2, which was being graced by Devildriver. Though they're not the biggest metal band of recent memory, performing at ten past one in the afternoon was something of a surprise. This did not deter the group from playing with full force and intensity and getting so many rockers' Saturday off to a great start. Frontman Dez Fafara was able to interact very well with the crowd and the high energy the group displayed at the very least impressed those in the audience who are not fans of Devildriver and delighted those who came to see them intentionally. More...

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Deep Purple Releases New Single "Time For Bedlam"

Deep Purple revealed the title, release date and first song from the new album “inFinite," the highly anticipated follow up to their most recent worldwide chart topping album "NOW What?!."

“inFinite” will be released on April 7th by earMUSIC. A lyric video for the first single "Time For Bedlam," an up-tempo classic Deep Purple song, is available in the player below.

"Time For Bedlam" will be available as instant grat as part of the digital album preorder as well as on all streaming platforms today. A limited edition EP for “Time For Bedlam," with non-album bonus tracks and unreleased recordings will hit the shops on February 3rd.

A documentary movie, witnessing the songwriting process and the recording of the album with producer Bob Ezrin, has been produced, allowing for the first time for the fans to be part of the private band member interactions in the studio. The movie will be included in some editions of the album and it will be presented before release in various fan events worldwide. More...

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Deep Purple Teases New Album "Infinite"

Legendary rock band Deep Purple posed a teaser clip announcing the new album "Infinite." The album is expected in 2017 via earMusic.

More information is expected very soon. Check out the clip here:

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Deep Purple Announces Summer Tour

Deep Purple has announced the first batch of dates for a 2015 North America Summer tour (with more to be revealed soon).

Be sure to check out our look back at the band's history in the Sunday Old School column, and catch the long running outfit live on these dates:

7/14/15 Lewiston, NJ
7/22/15 Englewood, NJ
7/24/15 Lynn, MA
7/25/15 Port Chester, NY
7/30/15 Mashantucket, CT
8/2/15 Nashville, TN
8/4/15 Sterling Heights, MI
8/5/15 Columbus, OH
8/7/15 Sioux City, IA
8/12/15 Costa Mesa, CA
8/14/15 Laughlin, NV
8/15/15 Indio, CA

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Whitesnake Posts "The Purple Album" Trailer

Iconic rock outfit Whitesnake returns with "The Purple Album," the group's first new studio album in four years, due out on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. Check out a nine minute trailer below.

"The Purple Album" is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for Deep Purples "Mark 3" and "Mark 4" studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations at this location.

"Its a tribute. A homage. Its a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," states Coverdale. "As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldnt have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We cant wait to play these songs in concert!" More...

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Sunday Old School: Deep Purple

It’s a widely accepted fact that it’s important to know your history and generally agreed upon that one should also be aware of their roots. With that in mind, it seemed an appropriate to finally devote a Sunday Old School column to one of the most important bands in the history of heavy metal, though they may not strictly fit the tag by the modern definition. Most people, when discussing the first metal bands will point to three groups, all formed in England; Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, both from the Midlands are two and the other was born in the country’s capital. The other is named, Deep Purple.

Deep Purple was initially conceived as a supergroup called Roundabout, named so because the idea was for musicians to join and leave the band whenever they wanted. It was the brainchild of drummer Chris Curtis, who began assembling the band with the help of manager Tony Edwards, beginning with organist, Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Curtis was soon fired from the group owing to his behaviour and was eventually replaced by Ian Paice, who was brought along by singer Rod Evans during his own successful audition for the band, who by that time had also brought in a bassist by the name of Nick Simper. After performing a few shows in Sweden and Denmark, Blackmore suggested they change their moniker to Deep Purple, reportedly in honour of his grandmother’s favourite song. The suggestion was accepted and they began life as the outfit we all know today. More...

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2014 RNR Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The 2014 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced and among them are Deep Purple, KISS, Nirvana and Yes.

Voting is now open to the general public here. The public has the opportunity to vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees, who will be announced soon.

The full list of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees is as follows:

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Deep Purple
Peter Gabriel
Hall and Oates
LL Cool J
The Meters
The Replacements
Linda Ronstadt
Cat Stevens
Link Wray
The Zombies

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Just For Fun

The Harp Twins Cover Deep Purple

After previously covering Iron Maiden and the Scorpions, the Harp Twins have posted a new video clip online featuring their rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water."

Check out Camille and Kennerly's version of the track below.

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Wacken Open Air 2013 Live Stream Details Revealed

The 2013 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival kicks off today, but you don't have to be there to catch some of the action over the course of the weekend. Select bands from the festival will be shown via live stream at this location. There is no guarantee that the broadcast will be available in every country.

According to the schedule, highlights of the Wacken Metal Battle with Annihilator will be shown today at 18:30 (CET), 12:30pm (EST), 9:30am (PST). In addition, for Friday and Saturday, bands broadcast will be:

Friday, 2 August 2013 - Start: 18.30 CET (12:30pm EST)

Agnostic Front @ Black Stage
Ugly Kid Joe @ Party Stage
Corvus Corax @ Party Stage
Pretty Maids @ True Metal Stage
Amorphis @ Party Stage

Saturday, 3 August 2013 - Start: 16.45 CET (10:45am EST)

Black Messiah @ Headbangers Stage
Legion Of The Damned @ Headbangers Stage
Ihsahn @ Black Stage
Candlemass @ Party Stage
Sonata Arctica @ Party Stage
DevilDriver @ Party Stage
Lingua Mortis feat. Rage @ Black Stage

In addition, on August 3, 2013 beginning at 8pm CET (2:00pm EST), Wacken will be broadcast live at this location. At this point, the following artists will be streamed live:

Alice Cooper
Deep Purple
Doro More...

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Civil War Added To Getaway Rock Festival

Sweden's Civil War, who just issued the debut full length LP "The Killer Angels" (see review at this location), have been added to the lineup for the Getaway Rock Festival, to be held on August 8-10, 2013 in Gasklockorna, Gavle Sweden. The festival includes appearances from over 60 bands, including System of a Down, In Flames, Deep Purple and Lamb Of God.

The band made the announcement: "We are very happy to announce that we will do a show in Gävle and Getaway Rock Festival on August 10. This year’s line-up includes System Of A Down, Deep Purple, In Flames, Testament, Gojira among others. Furthermore, we want to send out a huge thank you to all of you who supported us with getting our album. We are overwhelmed with the reception you’ve given it, we salute YOU!"

For more information, check out the festival's website over at this location. A preview for the festival can be found here: More...

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Deep Purple Posts "Vincent Price" Video

Legendary act Deep Purple posted a new music video for the track "Vincent Price." The song is taken from the band's new LP "NOW What?," which is available now via earMusic. The video is the first for Deep Purple in over 20 years.

The single will be released on June 7th as download, CD single and 7" transparent vinyl. "Vincent Price" will become a Purple collector's item, due to the inclusion of the bonus track song "First Sign Of Madness," which was recorded during the NOW What?! sessions, but not included in the final selection.

The track list for the 7":

Side A "Vincent Price"
Side B "First Sign Of Madness"

CD single and download:

1. Vincent Price
2. First Sign Of Madness
3. The Well Dressed Guitar (from the now deleted Rapture Of the Deep" limited CD)
4. Wrong Man (Live) (from the now deleted "Rapture Of the Deep" limited CD)
5. Vincent Price (Music Video)

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Monument Streaming Deep Purple Cover "Black Night"

U.K. traditional metal band Monument is streaming the band's cover of the Deep Purple classic "Black Night." The cover features a guest appearance by Firewind keyboardist Bob Katsionis. The single is available for purchase through iTunes at this location with all proceeds going to The Sunflower Jam charity, for which the late Jon Lord (Ex-Deep Purple) was a big part of.

Check out "Black Night" here:

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Deep Purple Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Deep Purple posted a lyric video for the new track "All the Time in the World." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "NOW What?" The release is scheduled top drop on April 26th, 2013 (G/S/A, Finland, Spain), April 29th, 2013 (UK, France, BENELUX, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway Denmark), April 30th, 2013 (USA, Italy) and May 1st, 2013 (Sweden) via earOne Music.

Check out "All the Time in the World" here:

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Deep Purple Reveals New Album Title "NOW What?"

Deep Purple has revealed the name of the band's new album as "NOW What?" The release has been teased over the last couple of months, including the latest one seen below.

"NOW What?" is scheduled for release on April 26th, 2013 (G/S/A, Finland, Spain), April 29th, 2013 (UK, France, BENELUX, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway Denmark), April 30th, 2013 (USA, Italy) and May 1st, 2013 (Sweden) via earOne Music.

It marks the first studio release for the band since the 2005 album "Rapture of the Deep." Other information about the album was posted in the latest press release:

"NOW What ?! has been produced by Bob Ezrin, one of the most important rock producers of all time (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss and many others) NOW What ?! features 11 new songs. NOW What ?! was recorded with no musical rules… and it shows a modern and fresh production… to the point that Deep ?urp!e have never sounded so close to the spirit of the 70s in the last 20 years as they do NOW.

"NOW What ?! has the excellence and elegance of 'Perfect Strangers' and the wild freedom of Made in Japan. NOW What ?! will also be released as a limited edition with a bonus DVD featuring Deep Purple discussing the new album and one bonus studio cover version. More...

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Deep Purple To Release New LP In April

Legendary rock band Deep Purple posted a teaser for the band's new album, scheduled for release on April 26, 2013 via earOne Music. The yet untitled new album will mark the first studio release for the band since the 2005 album "Rapture of the Deep."

After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville with producer Bob Ezrin. The album is rumoured to be the perfect match from the original spirit of 70s Purple, and a fresh and modern production. Ian Gillan has recently revealed a few working titles of songs, that might appear on the album: "Out Of Hands", "Uncommon Man" and "Hell to Pay".

Singer Ian Gillan commented: "The title of our new album is still a question mark to all of us... We have recorded a new album, and it's a fantastic collection of songs. At the moment that's the only affirmative point we can offer..."

Deep Purple's record company earMUSIC will reveal details about the new album in real time as soon as they will become available on a dedicated website where all band members will also be able to post and interact with the fans: www.deeppurple2013.com

Back in July of 2012, the band's former keyboardist Jon Lord passed away from a pulmonary embolism.

Check out the teaser for the album here: More...

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Black Sabbath Bassist Pays Tribute To Jon Lord

Black Sabbath bass player Terry "Geezer" Butler has posted a message online paying tribute to founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who passed away earlier today after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Butlers message reads as follows:

"Very sad to hear of Jon’s death, following his battle with the demon cancer. One of the great musicians of my generation. (Black Sabbath guitarist) Tony Iommi recently worked with Jon, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times, but never got to work with him. Blessings."

Lord was diagnosed with the illness last year and most recently had been working with Iommi and Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan amongst others on the WhoCares supergroup.

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Former Deep Purple Keyboardist Passes Away

Former Deep Purple keyboardist, Jon Lord, who was with the band from 1968 until 2002, has passed away at the age of 71, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. A message from his official website reads as follows:

"It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday, July 16th at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

"Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including 'Smoke On The Water' and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

"Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto For Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

"Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

"Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

"Jon Lord - June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012." More...

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Ex-Deep Purple Keyboardist Diagnosed With Cancer

Former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord, one of the group's founding members who left in 2002, has announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer. A message from Lord reads as follows:

"I would like all my friends, followers, fans and fellow travelers to know that I am fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure. I shall of course be continuing to write music – in my world it just has to be part of the therapy – and I fully expect to be back in good shape next year.

"God bless and see you soon, Jon."

Lord's webmaster added: "May we also, at Jon’s request, ask if everyone could please respect his need for privacy so that he can spend time with his family (and his music). Thank you."

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