British hard-rockers Deep Purple have finished recording of their new album, the band’s keyboardist Don Airey said in a phone interview with TASS ahead of the band’s concerts in Russia.
“As far as I know, it’s all recorded and now… it’s on the tender mercies of Bob Ezrin (Canadian producer – TASS), he’s going to mix it. I haven’t been given a release date, I know nothing about that as yet. If I knew, I’d tell you but I don’t,” Airey said.
On Thursday, June 2, the legendary band will rock the Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow. The next Russian tour dates include are: St. Petersburg on June 4, Rostov-on-Don on June 6 and Krasnodar on June 8.
“Well, we normally devote 1 hour 45 minutes but occasionally it goes to 2 hours, you know, for if we start improvising a lot. It’ll be the old hits and a lot of the new ones from “Now What?!” (the band’s most recent album released in 2013 – TASS) so it’ll be a good mix,” Airey said.
Speaking about choosing songs for the set list he added that “some songs pick themselves.”
“You know, like “Highway Star” and “Smoke” and “Space Truckin'”. But somebody wants to play something. I think we’ll be doing “Demon’s Eye” which is very much a favorite of mine, which I suggested doing. So that’s entered the set list,” he said.
The musician said that the band won’t play any songs from the coming album.
“We won’t play anything from the new album until the album is released,” he said.
In his conversation with TASS the musician revealed he has a connection with Russia. When asked about his favorite place in the Russian capital Mr Airey mentioned the Moscow conservatory:
“I always visit there because my piano teacher, when I was in college, he’d been taught there by Heinrich Neuhaus. So it’s always a nice little visit for me to go there. I’ll just go inside and have a quick look, it’s nice to be there, it’s such an amazing place with an amazing atmosphere. My piano teacher was taught there, the guy who taught me when I was in Manchester, he’d studied there. He told me in Manchester, he ended up in the Manchester school of music, but he studied in Moscow under Neuhaus and his friends were Richter and Gilels. He was called Ryszard Bakst, he was a wonderful musician,” Airey said.
In April, the band’s long anticipated induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place. However only three members of the current line-up – vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice were put on the honorable list together with the members of the band’s previous “incarnations.” Don Airey was not among the nominees but this fact did not upset him, he said. Speaking about the ceremony the musician joked:
“I wasn’t an inductee, I was an abductee, I was taken there by force. They made me play. It was a wonderful evening. You know, it doesn’t bother me at all, I was just pleased for Roger and the two Ians. You know, they really deserve it. And it was a wonderful evening, for all concerned.”
Oddly enough, Deep Purple’s keyboardist was once involved in the Eurovision song contest. In 1997, he arranged the song “Love Shine a Light” for Katrina and the Waves, a band that represented the UK and won the contest. When asked about the recent Eurovision contest Don Airey said he still follows the competition but now without pleasure:
“Well, it was always a great favorite of mine watching Eurovision. And it was the most unlikely thing to be the musical director for the winning entry. It was just great. We still watch it but I miss the fact that they don’t have the live orchestra anymore. The trouble is that nobody is actually playing anymore, it’s all manufactured – backing tracks. I don’t think anybody is actually singing, I think it’s all pre-recorded,” he said.