Deep Purple has rolled out their upcoming North American “The Long Goodbye” tour dates. The band kicks off the 33-date trek on September 3rd at Riverside, California's Fox Performing Arts Center, with the dates stretching through October 19th, when the tour wraps in Minneapolis, Minnesota at The Armory. Deep Purple is still touring behind its latest release, 2017's inFinite, which was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin.
Deep Purple is comprised of vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Steve Morse, and keyboardist Don Airey.
Frontman Ian Gillan told us that at this point it's a band of brothers on the road — rather than just bandmates working together: “If you could be a fly on the wall in the dressing room or on the tour bus or in the hotel bar you'd see a bunch of people that don't even talk about music when we're offstage or out of the studio. There's a lot of banter that goes on and I think that creates a good atmosphere. It's good for the soul.”
During Deep Purple's 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drummer Ian Paice spoke candidly about life within the band: “I'm the guy who's been there from the beginning. And when I say I've seen it all, I mean it: The good, the bad, the crazy. You can work together and you can create wonderful things and then you find that you can't deal with each other. And you look back and you wonder how you can be so stupid. Bands are strange creatures, they have a weird soul, a life of their own and they're beyond understanding. But when it works — it's pretty damn good.”