Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Deep Purple have announced the release of their 21st studio album. Whoosh is slated to hit shelves on June 20.
“After the suspense and speculations among the fan community created by cryptic messages and interviews by singer Ian Gillan during last December,” starts a statement on deeppurple-whoosh.com. “The band finally confirms the release of their 21st studio album on June 12th, 2020 on earMUSIC.”
The statement continues:
“For the third time, Deep Purple join forces with producer Bob Ezrin, who invited the band to Nashville to write and record new songs. Together they created the most versatile album in their collaboration. Deep Purple “stretched out in all directions” without any limitation, letting their creativity go. “Deep Purple is putting the Deep back into Purple” was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on their path to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current situation of the world and addressing all generations.”
According to a post on Facebook, the album will be available as a limited edition CD+DVD Mediabook, a 2xLP+DVD, a limited edition box set and digital download.
The band has been hinting at new music for a while. In an interview with the Chicago-Sun Times last fall, Roger Glover said:
“We’ve been working a bit. There’s a few things around, we don’t know yet what’s, where, or when, but we’ve not stopped yet.”
Deep Purple released their last album, Infinite, in 2017. The band will be spending much of 2020 in Europe, first on a string of summer festival dates throughout June and July and then on a fall tour in September and October.