Deep Purple have started teasing something on their social media accounts.
Shortly before lunchtime today (Wednesday 26th February), the rock legends shared a cryptic pixelated image to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Scant on information, Deep Purple captioned the posts: “Soon…. #deeppurple2020.”
Although there’s no official word from Deep Purple, it’s extremely likely the post is teasing the band’s as-yet-untitled 21st studio album.
In a poetically written post on the band's official website last December, frontman Ian Gillan confirmed they had hit the studio with the acclaimed Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper), who also helmed Deep Purple’s last two studio albums; 2017’s ‘Infinite’ and 2013’s ‘Now What?!’
“It was springtime, and – along with the woodchucks – I was emerging from hibernation,” Gillan wrote.
“Across town, other members of Deep Purple were staying in more urbane accommodation. This was a shock, as we are famous for our lack of planning and we all wondered what had drawn us together in this place and time.
“An even greater surprise was to follow; each member (arms and legs I’m talking about) arrived at a rehearsal studio and then a recording studio at roughly the same time on roughly the same day with roughly no idea of what we were doing.”
He continued: “Then – blow me down – Bob Ezrin turned up and said ‘Let’s have dinner on Monday’. Someone enquired ‘What’s the big occasion?’ Bob replied ‘To celebrate the fact that we are all still alive…’
“‘In which case’ continued the world-weary muso, ‘We’d better make it Sunday’
“But we survived the weekend and had dinner on Monday. Tuesday, we made another album and Wednesday we went to the pub….”
Deep Purple head out on a five-date UK tour in October 2020 with very special guests Blue Öyster Cult. Tickets are on sale from Planet Rock Tickets now.
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice said of the arena tour: “As always playing in your home country is special and exciting and touring with the “Cult” ensures it’s going to be a great run of gigs.”
See Deep Purple and Blue Öyster Cult at the following shows:
Manchester Arena – Fri 2nd
London The O2 – Sat 3rd
Glasgow The SSE Hydro – Mon 5th
Leeds First Direct Arena – Tue 6th
Arena Birmingham – Thu 8th