Deep Purple Confirm Working on New Album

According to lead singer Ian Gillan, the band is currently recording in Portugal.

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Only a year after the release of 2013's "Now What?!," Deep Purple are already back to work. According to lead singer Ian Gillan, the band is currently in Portugal laying down tracks for their next album, reports UltimateClassicRock.

"We have a studio in the Algarve where we're working on new songs," said Gillan. "In the evening we take a sip of good red wine and enjoy the tranquility. I'm woken up at dawn by a rooster in the neighborhood and I get up when it gets light. When it gets dark in the evening, I go to bed. It's a no-frills life; but it's a good life down here."

In terms of musical direction, Gillan didn't speculate on what the group's next album might hold for fans but reiterated that the band will be embarking on another tour in support of the album.

"I can't imagine not being on stage," he continued. "The interaction with the audience, and even more important for me, with the musicians — that's pure magic. With a Deep Purple concert you never know exactly what will happen. I don't want to miss those feelings."

A couple of weeks ago, Gillan responded rather bluntly to those who dared suggest the group is past their prime or too old to rock. "We have been called old rockers, rock pensioners and dinosaurs," he said. "I mean, I have a thick skin I understand that, of course, if the young ones say: 'Step aside, Grandpa! Die at last!' I think to myself then stop: 'F--k you.'"

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    Hell yeah. Now What?! is a very good one, they have enough potential to make at least one more. And it all works well with their recent live performances.
    A band that truly is in it for the music. Total respect for them.
    Nice! It hasn't been that long since the last one, surprised they're doing a new one already.
    I'm a long time Purple fan and I'm so glad I won't have to wait another 8 years for new stuff. I mean, between 2005 and 2013 they released like 20 live albums wtf Anyway, looking forward to this. Loved "Now What?!" and I hope in the next one they do something more like "Purpendicular", which is in my personal top 5.
    I haven't had the priveledge to appreciate Deep Purple's post-80's catalogue yet, but they are incredible. Kudos to them for continuing making music. Blackmore was great, but that era is over. I will certainly give their new material a listen.
    Steve Morse is equally talented, but with a different style. I know what Gillan is saying about tranquility. I did some work over in the Tuscan area of Italy, and stayed at a villa. Very surreal.
    "With a Deep Purple concert you never know exactly what will happen." ^ This is such a cliche lol
    Well, they had an album called 'Bananas'. Maybe this next one could be called 'Mangos'??
    Sleaze Disease
    I agree with his point about not being too old, but I'll never be able to enjoy Deep Purple without Ritchie. Also, his *******-ishness is what made him so much cooler than just being a kick-ass guitar player.
    Sewage Rat
    Get over it. He was a great guitarist but also a true jerk.
    Listening to Live in Japan I always got the impression that Gillian was the jerk.
    Is there anyone from the original band still active in the band cause even tho Gillian has been the singer for most of the years the band has been in existence ....he is not an original member.....
    Enjoyed "Now What?!" it felt prog like which was good. If they do a slightly more rocky one it would be awesome!
    Saw them on Rapture tour, masters of their craft. Ian did the whole concert on a broken ankle!