Deep Purple have announced the worldwide release of their new album inFinite on April 7 via earMUSIC. The first track, “Time for Bedlam,” is available today, and you can hear it right now on Spotify. Also, this summer, the band kicks off a 19-city tour alongside Alice Cooper. Called the Long Goodbye Tour, the first show is set for August 12 in Las Vegas. All of the tour dates can be found on the band’s website.
In addition to the new album, fans can preorder the limited-edition Time for Bedlam EP at Amazon and other physical retailers. This EP, which will be released February 24, includes “Time for Bedlam,” “Paradise Bar” (a new B-Side not on the album), “Uncommon Man (Instrumental Version),” and “Hip Boots (Rehearsal Version, Ian Paice Recording).” Other limited-edition packages will be announced shortly — and, of course, we’ll keep you up to date on the hi-res audio options for all of these releases as we get confirmation on them.
inFinite is the fifth studio album from this Mach of Deep Purple, which includes Ian Gillan (vocals), Ian Paice (drums), Roger Glover (bass), Steve Morse (guitar), and Don Airey (keyboards). Produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), inFinite offers 10 new tracks.
Gillan describes the meaning of the title of both inFinite and and the ensuing Long Goodbye Tour in the following multi-paragraph statement (read closely): “If you take it literally you may, quite reasonably, think the ‘Finite’ part of the word describes the life of Deep Purple, with a clear beginning and a nebulous end; but what of the ‘in’ bit? The word infinite is a three-dimensional double-edged sword. It describes something that goes on forever in all directions; not unlike its temporal equivalent ‘Eternal’ What’s that all about?
“Stephen Hawking declared (in A Brief History of Time) that, before The Big Bang, there was nothing. That would put the kybosh on the idea of our universe being Infinite, as he provides a starting point, which is not acceptable to the concept. So, Hawking’s universe is in ‘Finite’; by definition; whether he agrees or not.
“Ironically, he is quite wrong (scientists always are eventually); therefore, the Universe is infinite, which means it will never end, and also means that it never started, and the corollary to that of course is that we don’t exist.
“There is a metaphysical solution to all this, but it will have to wait until the tour is over because (thank heavens), there are only 24 hours in a day (for the time being) or 10 hours in a metric day.
More on that later…”
Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
inFinite Track Listing:
- Time for Bedlam
- Hip Boots
- All I Got Is You
- One Night in Vegas
- Get Me Outta Here
- The Surprising
- Johnny’s Band
- On Top of the World
- Birds of Prey
- Roadhouse Blues