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  • DEEP PURPLE Members Discuss Making Of 'Whoosh!' Album (Video)
    on August 8, 2020 at 13:08

    A 10-minute video in which legendary rockers DEEP PURPLE discuss the making of their new album, "Whoosh!", can be seen below. "Whoosh!" was released on August 7 via earMUSIC. The LP was once again helmed by Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, ALICE COOPER), who also worked on the band's last two studio LPs, 2017's "Infinite" and 2013's "Now What?!" Together they created the most versatile album in their collaboration. DEEP PURPLE "stretched out in all directions" without any limitation, letting their creativity go. "Whoosh!" is available as limited CD+DVD mediabook (including the one-hour feature "Roger Glover And Bob Ezrin In Conversation" and, for the first time, the full live performance at Hellfest 2017 as video), 2LP+DVD edition, limited box set and digital. Singer Ian Gillan told Fox News about what it feels like to be releasing a new album at this point in PURPLE's career: "It's nice, to be honest. I feel like we're back in the '70s. There's this energy that’s quite fascinating to me. How does it feel? It feels good because we had a lot of fun making this record. We spent five or six days in Germany earlier this year. Then we went to Nashville for two and a half weeks where we did the writing and arrangements. It was remarkably quick. Then I rented a cottage on the banks of the Cumberland River, overlooking the Grand Ole Opry. So I can hear the music floating from across the river until the early hours of the morning. And then I would sit up all through the night and write in this magical atmosphere. How do I feel? Pretty good. It's nice when you finish a project and you're happy with the result." Asked what is was about Nashville that became a place of inspiration for him, Gillan said: "I have to be quite honest with you, but I just think the circumstances were good. Our producer, who's Canadian, lives in Nashville. And he has a place in Nashville where you have everything you need. It was a fantastic, relaxing environment to make a record. It was more from a practical point of view than an inspirational one." Track listing: 01. Throw My Bones 02. Drop The Weapon 03. We're All The Same In The Dark 04. Nothing At All 05. No Need To Shout 06. Step By Step 07. What The What 08. The Long Way Round 09. The Power Of The Moon 10. Remission Possible 11. Man Alive 12. And The Address 13. Dancing In My Sleep

  • DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Doesn't Want Fans To Get 'Wrong Idea' That MIKE PORTNOY Is Rejoining Band
    on August 8, 2020 at 12:37

    DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on August 28 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" features guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The effort marks the first time Petrucci and Portnoy recorded together in over a decade, as well as their first time playing together since Portnoy departed DREAM THEATER. In a new interview with Spain's Metal Hammer, Petrucci said that he is fully aware that his renewed working relationship with Portnoy will lead to speculation among DREAM THEATER fans that it's only a matter of time before Portnoy returns to the band. "I understand where people are coming from with that," John said (see video below). "One of the concerns I had, a little bit, not musically at all, but about Mike [playing on my solo record] is I didn't want people to get the wrong idea. "Mike Mangini has been in DREAM THEATER for 10 years now. How many albums did we do together already? Three? [And] two live albums. A lot of music and touring, and he's the drummer in DREAM THEATER, so I didn't want there to be any weirdness or misconception that, 'Oh, this means that Mike's [Portnoy] gonna come back.' It's just not the case. "I think that, for me, in a selfish way, I get the best of both worlds, 'cause I get to play with two of the greatest drummers in the world, in DREAM THEATER and with my solo stuff," he explained. "And it's great for me as a guitar player — it's wonderful. "I think it's really important for everybody's sake — for fans to understand this. I think it's important, out of respect for both drummers — for Mike Mangini and Mike Portnoy — that there's no misconstrued thing: 'Oh, this means something else.' This is [Portnoy] playing on my solo album, which is a really happy moment for me. "For me, I knew that that would kind of be part of the story — I accept that — so the best I can do is try to be as clear as I can," Petrucci added. "I don't want people to get the wrong idea. I don't wanna create any drama or weirdness, because it's all positive. I made a solo album — finally, after 15 years — and I got my friend to play drums on it, who I haven't played with in 10 years. So that's the vibe." Portnoy, who co-founded DREAM THEATER more than 30 years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). In a 2017 interview with Rockhok, Portnoy insisted that had "no longing to reunite" with DREAM THEATER but said that he would return to his former band "for the fans." He explained: "The ball's in their court, to be honest. I have no longing to reunite with them; it's not something I necessarily am looking to do or want to do. I'm very content with all the eighty-seven bands I currently have going, so it's something I need. But I would do it for the fans, because I'm a very sentimental person and I have a lot of great, fond memories of those guys and the times. I'm a sentimental guy, so I would never close the door on it. So, really, the ball's in their court, honestly. [But] if you're asking me the odds [of a reunion happening], I would say, don't bet on it, because I know their personalities as well and I don't think they're the type that are looking backwards." A couple of years ago, Portnoy told Loud that he left DREAM THEATER because he wanted to expand his musical horizons. "[I didn't] want to go to my grave and just be the drummer from DREAM THEATER," he said. "I knew there was way more to what I had to offer." Since the 2010 departure of Portnoy, Petrucci, along with keyboardist Jordan Rudess, has taken on much of the songwriting load for DREAM THEATER, including 2016's controversial double concept album, "The Astonishing", and last year's "Distance Over Time". View this post on Instagram John Petrucci habla con nosotros sobre su nuevo disco “Terminal Velocity”, que se edita el próximo 28 de agosto en todo el mundo. A post shared by Metal Hammer España (@metalhammeresp) on Aug 6, 2020 at 10:22am PDT

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