Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse says they’ll soon gather to start work with producer Bob Ezrin on their 19th studio record, and because the end of the road will be sighted in time, he believes it’s “really important” to get the project right.
Morse has stated to Glide Magazine: “In a couple of weeks Deep Purple has a writing session, and we’re producing an album with Bob, who’s done KISS, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper – and he also worked on the last Kansas album, when I was with Kansas.
It’s probably going to be more of an extravaganza. Everybody realizes we’re not going to do this forever, so to me it feels like this is a really important album to do well.”
Morse is also working on his Flying Colours project with ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and G3 with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. But despite his busy past and future, he feels he owes a lot to Deep Purple, the band he joined 18 years ago as Ritchie Blackmore’s replacement.
He says: “Because of Purple I’ve gotten to meet lots of people. I got to talk to Robert Plant in our dressing room when he came to one of our shows. I really enjoyed that part of being in a band that seems to know everybody. I get to meet people not because of who I am, but because of who the band is.
I’ve enjoyed getting to hang out with George Harrison before he died, being at an airport with Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck, the guys in AC/DC hanging out in the dressing room. It’s really cool and I’m still sort of like a music fan.”