By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.
Every time we talk classic rock we manage to always mention groups like The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Styx, John Fogerty, Deep Purple, Rod Stewart, and Judas Priest before it's all said and done.
There's a starting point for everything in life and for Deep Purple it all got under way in 1968. Ever wonder what can we do next (?) well with Deep Purple the new album is appropriately titled, 'Now What?!'
It's been an up-and-down year between Deep Purple fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- the band was finally nominated for induction into the Hall, but didn't make it in. Keyboard player Don Airey seems to be taking it all in stride, though; as he put it during a recent interview, "I don't think the band really care, actually."
Deep Purple are set to release their new album, ‘NOW What?!’ on April 30. The first tracks, a double A-sided single of 'All the Time in the World' and 'Hell to Pay,' will be available March 29. However, samples of both songs, and two live cuts, are currently streaming online.
They might not be making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just yet, but that's not stopping Deep Purple from moving forward with new music. The legendary British rockers will release a new album titled 'NOW What?!' on April 30 in North America via earMUSIC. Fans will get their first taste of the new music from a double A-side single released on March 29.
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