DEEP PURPLE To Perform Entire 'Machine Head' Album On North American Tour

BBC Radio 2 (U.K.) will broadcast a one-hour DEEP PURPLE special on New Year's Day (January 1) at 21.00 - 22.00 (local time). The program, dubbed "Masters Of Rock", will be hosted by Bruce Dickinson (IRON MAIDEN) and can be heard online at this location.

In other news, DEEP PURPLE fan site The Highway Star recently spoke to the band's bassist Roger Glover about the reports that the group are planning on performing the complete "Machine Head" album during their upcoming North American tour.

"In the States we are categorized, certainly by the media, as a 'classic rock' band," Glover explained when asked why the band have decided to pull the "Machine Head" songs out of storage again. "This is very frustrating when there is new material to promote — all they seem to play is the old stuff. That is why our audiences in the States are generally older than those in Europe or elsewhere. Attendances at concerts are also markedly lower as the economy staggers on. On the last couple of summer 'sheds' tours in America, we had a shortened set list and felt duty-bound to make it a greatest hits type thing, like everyone else was doing (it's tough out there!), thereby incurring the criticism of our die-hard fans.

"Performing 'Machine Head' in its entirety seems like a good way to use the situation to our advantage, both as a selling point and as a means of getting across our new album, 'Bananas'. The band wasn't entirely convinced but in the end we voted to do it, simply because it is important to us that 'Bananas' gets as much exposure as we can give it. I can't say what songs we will play apart from 'Bananas' songs and 'Machine Head'. We haven't discussed it yet." Read more here.

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