The Deep Purple lockdown was a ‘dress rehearsal for retirement’
Roger Glover describes Deep Purple’s coronavirus lockdown experience as a retired trial, but says they’re not ready to end things just yet.
They recently released the cover album Turning to crime, which was a way of doing business when Deep Purple couldn’t tour or record together in the same studio. Glover says he felt “privileged” to be part of a group that still had momentum.
“I think we still have another ‘clean’ Purple album inside of us, but it was a big nostalgic dive for us,” he said. Classic rock. “In some ways, the COVID lockdown was like a dress rehearsal for our retirement. And while we all loved the opportunity to have all that extra time with our families, it’s clear that none of us are yet ready for a life without music and artistic expression. We have so much fun making this group.
They are well aware, Glover added, that Deep Purple “can’t last forever, but the idea of quitting isn’t a good idea – and at the moment, it’s not a consideration.” It’s hard to explain exactly why we’re still here 50 years later, but with this new record being a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do, it’s a question we can keep answered another day. .
Drummer Ian Paice said Classic rock that the process of choosing tracks for Turning to crime, then recording them separately with producer Bob Ezrin, reminded him of his early days.
“This album is supposed to be fun,” he argued. “It’s a tribute… not always to the songs themselves, but to the spirit of the songs, which, when we were children, made us want to play rock’n’roll, to do it too. When I was a kid I remember buying a few Yardbirds singles, and boy, they were exciting. As if they were on stage, not in the studio. No one was careful or safe; it was as if someone had placed a few microphones in front of them and captured it. This rawness really manifested itself.
He noted: “And I tell you what, we also made a great record. When you put it on hard, it doesn’t half kick your ass! “
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