Deep Purple have completed a new album, their first since 2017's inFinite, that's produced by Bob Ezrin.

Singer Ian Gillan disclosed the news on Facebook. He jokingly recalled that he was renting a quaint Airbnb in Nashville back in March when he happened upon his bandmates, who "were staying in more urbane accommodations. This was a shock, as we are famous for our lack of planning, and we all wondered what had drawn us together in this place and time.

"An even greater surprise was to follow," he continued. "Each member (arms and legs I’m talking about) arrived at a rehearsal studio and then a recording studio at roughly the same time on roughly the same day with roughly no idea of what we were doing. It was a total coincidence, the like of which has probably never been witnessed since – unbelievably – exactly the same thing happened a few years earlier when we spawned some In-Finite ideas."

Then Ezrin arrived and invited them out to dinner. "Tuesday, we made another album, and Wednesday we went to the pub," Gillan recalled. "Something like that anyway (it was all a blur)."

A tour is likely to follow, the singer said. "I sense the grinding of campaign wheels, the oiling of creaky roadies, rumors of itineraries and ripples of creativity in Hamburg," he noted. "Quite plainly something is in the air, but I have no idea what it could be."

Full details will arrive in the spring, he added.

Deep Purple have been on what they've called the Long Goodbye tour since 2017, but they've been hesitant to call it a farewell. Gillan explained last year that there's a reason it's open-ended.

"A couple of years ago, everyone in the band was unwell, we all had health problems, which have been well documented, and I think somebody – and I can't remember who said it, probably somebody from the office – said, ‘Do you guys wanna call it a day? Because you all have got health problems here,’" he said. "Getting a decision from Deep Purple is always very tricky. So I guess there were a few nods and 'hmmmm,' 'well,' 'yeah,' 'maybe,' 'I don't know … .’ So we [said], 'Let's call it 'The Long Goodbye,'' and that way we can make our decision later.”

 

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