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Formed: 1968
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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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Deep Purple To Release New DVD, "Phoenix Rising"

On June 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Deep Purple’s "Phoenix Rising" – a two-hour-plus revelatory documentary including 30 minutes of never-before-seen (not even on bootleg) onstage footage from Japan. "Phoenix Rising" will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, & in a special two-disc DVD/CD package.

The release is cause for celebration amongst Purple fans due to the rarity of material. Extensive interviews with keyboardist Jon Lord and bassist Glenn Hughes tell the tale of a band caught by circumstance into one of its most controversial, extreme and exciting eras of its long career. Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were gone. A young unknown singer by the name of David Coverdale was recruited as was bassist Hughes. The results were the albums "Burn" and "Stormbringer" (both released in 1974). But then Ritchie Blackmore left the band. Against all odds, they rocked on, recruiting Tommy Bolin (from Zephyr and The James Gang). The album "Come Taste The Band" (1975) documents the short-lived Bolin era, an era that all came crashing down when the band announced in July of 1976 that it was breaking up. By December, Bolin would be dead due to a heroin overdose. Nine years of silence would ensue.

The never-before-seen 30 minutes, “Rises Over Japan,” has the Coverdale/Lord/Bolin/Hughes/Paice lineup delivering the goods in 1976 on eight songs: “Burn,” “Getting Tighter,” “Love Child,” “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Homeward Strut,” “You Keep On Moving” and “Stormbringer.” (The double-disc package contains these eight songs on CD.) This segment is some of the only video footage that showcases Tommy Bolin performing in Deep Purple.

The 90-minute documentary portion, “Getting Tighter,” recounts the trials and tribulations of a band in turmoil, riding the rock’n’roll roller coaster to total excess. With its live images, backstage footage, never-before-told stories and original video material carefully culled from years of research, it’s a veritable bonanza for Purple fans and fans of Rock History.

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Deep Purple Keyboardist To Release Solo Album

Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey has revealed the details behind his forthcoming solo album. The new full length, titled "All Out," is set to be released on August 22 through Provogue Records. The tracklisting for the effort can be viewed below.

1. The Way I Feel Inside
2. Estancia
3. People In Your Head
4. B'cos
5. Running From The Shadows
6. Right Arm Overture
7. Fire
8. Lon Road
9. Wrath Of Thor
10. Tobruk

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Whocares Posts New Music Video

Whocares, the collaboration between Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, has posted its first music video online taken from its debut EP. The EP, which features two tracks in "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water," will see its North American release on June 27, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. You can view the music video for the track "Out of my Mind" below.

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Whocares Posts New EP Trailer Online

Whocares, the collaboration between Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, has posted a new teaser online for its debut EP. The EP, which features two tracks in "Out of My Mind" and "Holy Water," will see its North American release on June 27, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. A digital release will arrive on May 6, 2011. You can view the teaser trailer below.

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Deep Purple Announces U.K. Tour Dates

British hard rock legends Deep purple has announced that they will be performing a short headlining tour of their native United Kingdom, as part of their "The Songs That Built Rock" tour, which sees the band performing with a 38 piece orchestra.

The British tour dates are as follows:

November 26th - Glasgow SECC
November 27th - Birmingham LG Arena
November 29th - Manchester MEN Arena
Novemeber 30th - London O2 Arena

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Black Sabbath To Release "Born Again" Deluxe Set

Sanctuary Records has anoounced that they will be releasing a 2-disc deluxe-edition reissue of Black Sabbath's "Born Again" on May 30, 2011. You can view the reissue's tracklisting below.

"Born Again" was the only album by Black Sabbath featuring Ian Gillan, who was at the time a solo artist and former singer for Deep Purple, on vocals.

Disc 1:
1. Trashed
2. Stonehenge
3. Disturbing The Priest
4. The Dark
5. Zero The Hero
6. Digital Bitch
7. Born Again
8. Hot Line
9. Keep It Warm

Disc 2:
1. The Fallen
2. Stonehenge
3. Hot Line
4. War Pigs
5. Black Sabbath
6. The Dark
7. Zero The Hero
8. Digital Bitch
9. Iron Man
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Paranoid

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Deep Purple Announces North American Tour

British hard rock legends Deep Purple has announced that they will be embarking on their first tour of North America in over four years this June. The tour is being dubbed Deep Purple: The Songs That Built Rock and will feature a symphony prchestra accompanying the band in each city, with the exception of San Francisco.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Lineup Announced For Sinatra Covers Album

What would timeless songs like “New York, New York,” “Lady Is A Tramp,” and “Fly Me To The Moon” sound like cranked out of Marshall stacks, crooned by members of Cheap Trick, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple, Anthrax, Mr. Big, or Queensrÿche? This can now be experienced on "SIN-Atra," a brand new album to be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on March 29th, 2011.

The track listing is as follows:

1. New York, New York - Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad)
2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
3. Summerwind - Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)
4. It Was A Very Good Year - Dee Snider (Twisted Sister)
5. Witchcraft - Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth)
6. Fly Me To The Moon - Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
7. Lady Is A Tramp - Eric Martin (Mr. Big)
8. Strangers In The Night - Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
9. High Hopes - Franky Perez (Scars on Broadway)
10. I’ve Got The World On A String - dUg Pinnick (King’s X)
11. Love And Marriage - Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
12. That’s Life - Jani Lane (Warrant)

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Mike Portnoy Forms New Project

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has announced that he has begun recording a new project along with Spock's Beard and Transatlantic member Neal Morse, Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse, Dixie Dregs bass player Dave LaRue and singer Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev and Endochine fame.

Speaking on the project, Portnoy stated: "It's a new year and time for new beginnings... (today) I start 2011 Project #1 (of many more to come): MP, Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson... the musical potential is off the charts! Very exciting indeed..."

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Deep Purple's Steve Morse Interviewed

More-Metal.com conducted an interview with Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse on November 19, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. In the interview, Morse talks about how the band is scheduled to get together to work on new studio material, his distaste for live albums and YouTube (live footage on it), assures that their upcoming tour is not a farewell tour, and much more. You can now watch the interview below.

Deep Purple released a 2-CD live album last year called "Space Truckin' Round the World Live 68-76," featuring recordings from concerts all over the world, including gigs in Tokyo, Paris and San Diego. Deep Purple's 18th studio album, "Rapture of the Deep," was released in November 2005.

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Sabbath/Deep Purple/Maiden Supergroup To Record

Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan will be recording together again along with Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain and Deep Purple's Jon Lord to benefit an Armenian music school. Recording under the moniker WHOCARES, the first charity single will be titled "Out of my Mind."

In 1989 Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan were involved in the recording of the Deep Purple track "Smoke on The Water." This song was re-recorded to raise money for those affected by the Leninakan earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988.

In October of last year both Tony and Ian travelled to Armenia to see how the funds raised had helped the local community. On their trip they visited a music school only to find it being run out of temporary accommodation, it was only location not to have been rebuilt 20 years after the earthquake had struck.

Tony and Ian will be heading back into the studio, joined by Jon Lord (ex Deep Purple / Whitesnake) and Nicko McBrain (drummer of Iron Maiden) to record a new track to raise money to rebuild the Armenian music school.

More recently bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica, Flotsam & Jetsam, Voivod, etc.) and guitarist Mikko "Linde" Lindström (H.I.M.), have added their parts to the track "Out Of My Mind" from the all-star charity project.

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Complete Track Listing Announced For Rock Band 3

Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:

Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...

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Glenn Hughes Announces New Book And EP

Iconic singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) will release his autobiography, "The Life, Near Death, And Rebirth Of A Rock Star: Deep Purple And Beyond", later this year via Foruli Publications. The book, co-written with Joel McIver and featuring an introduction by METALLICA's Lars Ulrich, will appear in a luxury first edition complete with rare photos and an exclusive 10" vinyl EP, "The Life Of A Rock Star", featuring the following all-new recordings:

1. What Is A Woman's Role? (TRAPEZE, written by Hughes)
2. Holy Man (DEEP PURPLE, written by Hughes, David Coverdale, Jon Lord)
3. Dying To Live (brand new acoustic solo track)

The EP was produced by Glenn Hughes and recorded by Jono Brown at Word of Mouth Recording in California in June 2010. Hughes performed all vocals, acoustic guitars. Jono Brown takes care of percussion on "What Is A Woman’s Role?"

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Deep Purple Denies Rumors Of Final Tour

Deep Purple has issued the following statement denying rumors that the band's upcoming tour dates will be the final Deep Purple stops in Europe:

"Deep Purple and their management have confirmed that the rumor, from an unknown source, that this year's tour of Europe will be the band's last, is untrue. Deep Purple is currently on tour in Europe, making stops in Italy, Germany, France and more. This will NOT be the last time Deep Purple's European fans will be able to experience the band and their music live!"

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Glenn Hughes Announces U.K. Fall Tour

Iconic vocalist and bass guitarist, GLENN HUGHES, known to millions of hard rock fans as the undisputed “Voice of Rock” will embark on a 15-date UK tour in September. Formerly the lead singer and bassist of Trapeze, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and the forthcoming rock supergroup Black Country Communion, Hughes' nearly two hour live performances will consist of an unforgettable career retrospective.

“I’m proud of my heritage, and the UK fans have always been the most supportive and receptive to me and my music,” says Hughes. “I’m thrilled to embark on what’s possibly the most extensive UK solo tour of my career. I’ve just made an album that I am extremely proud of with Black Country Communion, and until that band goes out on the road, I’m channeling all the power and energy from the BCC experience, into these dates. I’m a lean, mean rock machine.”

Fans can expect a diverse selection of classicsongs from Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes Thrall and Glenn's solo albums, with an emphasis on performing some new, interesting selections, including some that have rarely/never been played live before. A complete set list has not been determined as yet, but some songs have been decided upon.

In keeping with the tradition of the classic British hard rock vibe that he has focused on with Black Country Communion, Glenn's new solo touring band has a harder, more direct rock approach than previous incarnations.

Here are the latest GLENN HUGHES NATIONAL AUTUMN 2010 UK TOUR dates (24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0871 230 1101): More...

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Deep Purple Guitarist Checks In From The Road

Steve Morse, the guitarist of British rock legends Deep Purple, has posted a message online from the band's current tour. The posting reads as follows:

"This tour has been going amazingly well. I am consistently surprised at how many places we find young people mixed with older in the audience. If we keep going, it may be possible to meet a lot of 3rd generation fans. Actually, we already have met some. Anyway, the sheer number of countries, time zones, and hours of traveling have made this all seem like a hazy dream to me. We have done longer legs, but this really seems like a long one! More...

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Heaven & Hell Announces Dio Tribute Set

The surviving members of Heaven & Hell, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice, has announced that they will be performing a special set at England's High Voltage festival on July 24th, which will serve as a tribute to their late frontman Ronnie James Dio, who passed away as a result of stomach cancer last month. The band will be joined by former Deep Purple singer Glen Hughes as well as Masterplan vocalist Jorn Lande. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Says Geezer Butler: "It's going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know - and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we're immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you."

Tony Iommi says: "Ronnie's passing has left a huge hole, we hadn't anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that."

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Fattooth and Omega Crom Cover Deep Purple

A rare fan video has surfaced featuring Fattooth and Johnny K of Omega Crom covering Deep Purple's "Highway Star." The show took place in Vancouver, BC back in February. Check it out below.

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Deep Purple Members Remember Dio

Deep Purple members Ian Gillan (vocals) and Steve Morse (guitar) have each posted messages online paying tribute to former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away on May 16th after a bout with stomach cancer. The messages read as follows:

Ian Gillan - "My dear friend Ronnie, departed but not gone. Resting peacefully (for a while) but never forgotten. I've had a sackful of mail since your passing; a sharing of grief and sorrow. We all remember your huge voice, of course - my ears are still ringing: Your wicked humour and sense of decency: The utter professionalism and personality that inspired so much respect from your friends in music. The list goes on but the quality that stands out above all others is your enduring generosity. The one thing that we all treasure, the gift you gave us was your kindness. We all agree you were the kindest man we ever knew. Catch up later, mate."

Steve Morse - "Ronnie Dio was a real musician. He was a guy that everybody liked, and always sang loud, in tune, and strong, with that famous voice. I watched him patiently deal with fans at the stage door, and patiently deal with me when I was lucky enough to back him up on our orchestra tour. We backed him up doing a couple of his tunes, and he was tactful and precise with his constructive comments. He could tell if I played one note wrong. I recall him telling me that he used to play trumpet, which might explain his very good ears. Everybody that ever met him will miss him, as well as anybody who ever heard him sing."

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Download a Free Eagle/Armoury Records Compilation

While we're announcing free label samplers on Amazon.com, Eagle/Armoury Records has one up there as well, apparently from 2009. Here's the tracklisting of their free metal and hard rock compilation, which looks to contain a lot more vintage material than the other samplers, including Dio, Rainbow, Deep Purple and more:

1. Black Label Society "Suicide Messiah" (5:47)
2. Deep Purple "Rapture Of The Deep" (5:55)
3. Stratovarius "Deep Unknown" (4:26)
4. Alice Cooper "Detroit City" (3:57)
5. Dio "Holy Diver" (4:46)
6. Napalm Death "Breed To Breathe" [Explicit] (2:59)
7. Twisted Sister "Stay Hungry" (3:13)
8. Poison "Look What The Cat Dragged In" [Explicit] (3:15)
9. Rainbow "Kill The King" (4:39)
10. Black Label Society "Doomsday Jesus" (3:30)

You can download the free compilation here.

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