Glover admits they can’t decide whether recording is worth the effort – and reveals they won’t rehearse for orchestra tour

Roger Glover

Reel concerns: Roger Glover

Deep Purple can’t decide whether to make another album – but bassist Roger Glover believes they must, even if there’s no money in it.

The band are poised to tour with a 28-piece orchestra on their Songs That Built Rock production, and despite the challenges associated they don’t plan to rehearse before hitting the stage in Canada tomorrow night.

Glover tells the Toronto Sun: “Rehearse? I don’t even remember that word. We haven’t rehearsed for years. We all know what we’re doing – we’re good musicians. So, like most Purple things, it’ll be done by the shirt-tails and it’ll somehow fall together. Besides, if something goes wrong, people love it.”

He admits the idea came about partly because the band needed a new way of getting attention in the USA: “America is a little tough these days. Our profile has dipped a bit, I suppose. So this is a way to generate a bit of interest again.

“And it’s a different kind of challenge. It’s about time to try something a little different.”

Drummer Ian Paice is Purple’s only remaining original member, and Glover says he’s grown into the position. “Since Jon Lord left Iain has almost unconsciously become the soul of the band. He doesn’t throw his weight around or anything, but there’s something about him, a confidence that wasn’t there ten or 15 years ago. If he likes something, that’s good enough for the band.”

And although they’ve started writing material for a potential follow-up to 2005′s Rapture of the Deep, the bassist reveals there’s an amount of doubt over whether, or how, it will see the light of day.

“There’s been disagreement in the band about whether to do another album,” says Glover. “They really don’t make money any more.

“My opinion is we’re an album band and we should make them even if it costs us money, because that’s what we do. Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I believe we should stay where we are.

“We can progress with our music, but we should do it the way we’ve always done it. There’s nothing wrong with that – an album is like capturing a moment in time, and in a band with a history like ours, those moments mean a lot.”

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