Deep Purple won't retire 'any time soon'
Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover has promised fans “one or two more albums” before retirement.
“We’re not planning on ending any time soon,” Glover said, as the group prepares for the release of its 20th studio album Infinite.
The record, out next month, will be followed by a world tour titled The Long Goodbye Tour.
But Glover says not to worry, the tour’s name should not be taken at face value.
“I personally think there’s another album or two in there,” he said.
“Health, age, are the only concerns really as far as motivation is concerned none of us want it to end,” he added.
The British band will mark half a century of existence in 2018, and Glover “can’t imagine what life would be like without Purple”.
“It’s been a huge part of my life, bigger than huge, so the hole after it would be even bigger, but it’s going to happen,” he said.
“But we’re also aware that we’re closer to the end than we are at the beginning. We don’t want to specify when because none of us emotionally can actually face it.”
The band, formed in Hertford in 1968, is made up of Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Airey.
All well into their 60s, the five men will tour the UK in November, including dates at London’s O2 and Glasgow’s SSE.
“We’ve had such a good time in the studio,” Glover said.
“We seem to have hit another seam of creativity that’s very much like Deep Purple but nothing like Deep Purple, nothing like our past.”
Infinite is out in the UK 7 April.