Deep Purple in new issue of Classic Rock

This month Classic rock celebrates a brand new album from Deep Purple and comes with a limited edition CD.

A taste of crime is an exclusive and official EP of 4 tracks from Deep Purple with their cover of Love’s 7 And & East (the first single from the new Turning to crime album), Step by step (extract from their 2020 album Phew!) and the two exclusive live tracks, House Pictures and Bloodsucker.

In 2017 when Deep Purple came out Infinite, rumors abounded that this could be their last. Fortunately, said rumors were obviously very exaggerated, because since then they have not only published the huge Phew! album in 2020, and now their very first cover album.

We sat down with the five members of Deep Purple to find out what drives them in 2021 and what drove them to create something new so early.

New issue of Classic Rock is on sale now.



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People often think that a cover album is a sign of running out of ideas, having a contract to fulfill, or maybe both. Deep Purple’s new cover album Turning to crime is neither. Rather, he sees the band reinvigorated by revisiting songs that inspired them to play rock ‘n’ roll in the first place.

To rush
Their 1978 album Hemispheres was one of the group’s hardest records to make, but its mind-blowing 36 minutes is a clear indication of the trio’s chemistry. Geddy Lee remembers the creation of the album and questions its legacy.

Alan lancaster
We take a look back at the life, music and times of the late Status Quo bassist / singer, who co-founded a British hard rock band that went on to become one of the biggest, with a wide appeal that made them a name well known.

Jerry cantrell
Alice In Chains guitarist’s first solo album for nearly 20 years highlights its acoustic side. A lockdown project, he says, it turned into “a pretty cool record.”

Van halen
In our exclusive book from Eruption: the story of Eddie Van Halen, we venture into the early 80s, to Fair warning and Down diver, when the group was almost at the breaking point.

Dooms Children
After sinking into a dark hole of depression, Alexisonfire guitarist / Gallows frontman Wade MacNeil has found light with his new Grateful Dead-inspired psychedelic project Dooms Children.

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The regulars

Q&A: John Petrucci
Dream Theater’s guitar magician on egos, delicate time signatures, worrying about rough, his own brand bourbon and beard.

Six things you should know about… Florence Black
Nine years, an album and over a million streams. The bets of the Welsh rock’n’roll trio are now paying off.

The Gospel According to … Justin Hawkins
Lowestoft and Glasgow are special places. Clothes make the rock star. You must have life goals. Success has its drawbacks. These are among the things that shape the dark man’s worldview.

The Soundtrack of My Life: Bobby Gillespie
The leader of Primal Scream on records, artists and concerts of lasting significance to him.

Back to live
With gigs back on the agenda, we get a look at the tours of The Cadillac Three, Fozzy and Fish. Plus full concert listings – find out who’s playing where and when.

New albums from Deep Purple, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Darkness, Steve Perry, Gov’t Mule, Rod Stewart, Black Label Society, Eagles Of Death Metal, Mostly Autumn, Florence Black, Enuff Z’Nuff… Nirvana reissues, Kiss, Motörhead, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, Mötley Crüe, Pretenders, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Radiohead, Frank Zappa, Funeral For A Friend… DVDs, films and books on Queen, Brad Whitford, Bobby Gillespie, Jay Jay French, The Beatles , John Illsley… Live reviews of Genesis, Skindred, Hawklords, Bruce Dickinson, Patti Smith, Steve Hackett, Caravan, Blaze Bayley…


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