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New Deep Purple Single Pays Tribute to Jon Lord
Hard rock pioneers Deep Purple will soon be releasing the third single from their nineteenth studio album, Now What?!. The track, “Above and Beyond,” pays tribute to the late Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who passed away last July. The single will be released on October 25 as a limited edition 7” vinyl single and as a CD single with three bonus tracks.
According to Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan, “Above and Beyond” came together after the band heard the news of Lord’s passing:
"When we were in Nashville recording our new album Now What?!, Ian Paice brought along the news of Jon's death,” Gillan explained in a recent interview. “We had been expecting it, but nevertheless it was a terrible shock...we all went quiet for a little while and then a few little anecdotes started coming out and we started to reminisce about the good times with Jon and what he meant to us. It was wonderful.”
As Gillan tells it, the commiseration over Lord’s death eventually led him to the lyric that would complete “Above and Beyond.”
"So I scribbled down some lines: 'Souls having touched are forever entwined', which I read at his funeral, and I also stuck them in as the last line in a song “Above & Beyond,” which was finished apart from that one line and I knew it was about separation, whether it was lovers parting or someone going on a long journey, but I hadn't quite pinned it down. As soon as I stuck that line in, it was Jon Lord singing to the rest of us. It was bloody marvellous, amazing."
Deep Purple will embark on a brief European tour in October. The three-week jaunt will find the heavy metal trailblazers playing dates in England, Holland, France and Germany. Check out the full itinerary below.
10.12.13 -Manchester, UK
10.13.13 - Glasgow, UK
10.15.13 - Brimingham, UK
10.16.13 - London, UK
10.17.13 - London, UK
10.19.13 - Zwolle, Holland
10.20.13 - Paris, France
10.22.13 - Dresden< Germany
10.24.13 - Erfurt, Germany
10.25.13 - Regensburg, Germany
10.26.13 - Berlin, Germany
10.29.13 - Dusseldorf, Germany
10.31.13 - Stuttgart, Germany
11.01.13 - Dortmund, Germany
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