DEEP PURPLE‘s first North American tour in four years — which is scheduled to kick off in early June — will feature
classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion) along with
Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards).
The trek, dubbed “A Night With Deep Purple And The Songs That Built Rock”, will see the band performing in each city while backed by a 30-piece symphony orchestra.
For a list of currently confirmed dates, visit Deep-Purple.net.
When asked during a February 22, 2011 press conference in Mexico City if there are any plans for DEEP PURPLE to record a new studio album soon, the band’s vocalist, Ian Gillan, replied, “I guess it’s about time, isn’t it?!
So we’re gonna get together and have a writing session quite soon. And if we get excited, then we’ll probably have another [album finished and ready for release] shortly after that. We’ll see how it goes. But there’s no plans. But I think we’re getting poked by various connections who would like to see another DEEP PURPLE record. So I think it’s about time.”
DEEP PURPLE released a live album last year called “Space Truckin’ Round the World Live 68-76″. The two-disc set features rare live recordings from various concerts all over the world, including gigs in Tokyo, Paris and San Diego. The
compilation, which features multiple band lineups, also features a detailed history of the group, individual concert details and photos. It was released as part of the 10th anniversary of Purple Records — the label that handles the band’s music.
DEEP PURPLE‘s 18th studio album, “Rapture of the Deep”, was released in November 2005. It is the fourth studio CD from DEEP PURPLE since guitarist Steve Morse joined the band in 1994. It was also the second album to feature veteran keyboardist Don Airey.“Rapture of the Deep” was produced by Mike Bradford, who also worked on the band’s previous release, 2003’s “Bananas”.
KISS‘ official web site, KissOnline.com, has uploaded video footage of the band performing the song “Modern
Day Delilah”
on March 17, 2011 at Hard Rock Live at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Check out the clip below.
KISS is scheduled to enter the studio in April to begin recording the follow-up to 2009’s Sonic Boom for a late 2011 release. In a March 10, 2011 interview with DJ JC Green of Alfa Rock 105.7 FM and Metal Messiah Radio‘s “Heavy Metal Thunder” program, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons stated about the forthcoming CD, “The new record, which we already started working on, is gonna be the next step to ‘Sonic Boom’. Very similar — straight rock songs, no ballads, no keyboards, no nothing, just rock. . . A lot of the songs [have been] written by the whole band together, so no outside writers,
just the band doing what it did on the first three records — writing the songs ourselves.” He added, “We have almost all the songs written. In fact, we have too many songs; we have about 20 to 25 things that look and sound good.”
KISS has been rocking out arenas for the last four decades and has become one of the most renowned rock bands in the
history of music, with popular songs like “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Calling Dr. Love”. They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide and have continued their incredible success with the release of their latest album, “Sonic Boom”, in
2009.
“Sonic Boom” sold 108,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marked the band’s highest-charting LP ever. KISS has notched eight Top 10 albums, according to Billboard.com. Its previous highest-charting set was 1998’s “Psycho Circus”, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 110,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group’s other high-charting sets include 1975’s “Alive!” (No. 9), 1977’s “Love Gun” (No. 4) and 1992’s “Revenge” (No. 6).
“Sonic Boom” was released in Europe on October 5, 2009 via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. The CD was made available in the U.S. and Canada on October 6, 2009 exclusively via Wal-Mart, Walmart.com and Sam’s Club retail locations.
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor told Caller.com‘s “Weekly Chatter” that he is still struggling with the loss of the band’s bassist, Paul Gray, and isn’t guaranteeing anything about the group’s future.
“There’s a part of me that’s ready [to carry on with the band] and there’s a part of me that’s not,” Taylor said. “Honestly, I have a lot of trepidation about it. I don’t know how to feel.
I know a lot of the guys in the band are trying not to show that side, and I can’t.”
SLIPKNOT will make a number festival appearances this summer, including the U.K.’s Sonisphere, Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting and Brazil’s Rock In Rio. Joining the group on bass will be Donnie Steele, who was the original guitar player in SLIPKNOT and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years.
Taylor admitted that he is still unsure going back out and performing live without Gray is the right thing to do.
“He’s irreplaceable,” Taylor said. “Without Paul Gray, there would have been no SLIPKNOT, and I mean that sincerely. So to me, it’s strange for me to think about the future of SLIPKNOT without him.
“This tour coming up is definitely going to be like baby steps,” he said. “So it’s going to be a long time before I feel OK about it. I’m not saying that I’m not open to it. I’m just saying that I’m not there yet, and I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get there. So we’re just going to have to see what happens. Only time will tell.”
Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb last May at the age of 38 from an overdose of morphine.

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