Deep Purple are teasing what could be the band’s next studio album

A countdown timer for “Turning To Crime” has launched.

Deep Purple have launched a microsite for what may be their 22nd studio album, suggesting it will be named Turning To Crime.

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The microsite has a countdown timer set for 6 October and shows the band’s five members – Ian Paice, Steve Morse, Ian Gillan, Donald Airey and Roger Glover – in police-style mugshots.

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A new studio album would coincide with bassist Roger Glover’s comments at a fan-led interview. He revealed that the band, off the road due to COVID-19, had decided to start work on a new record.

He said at the time: “All this COVID situation has meant that we can’t tour. We’re twiddling our thumbs, really, for over a year, and the idea was to possibly go back in and do another album. And so we’re just working towards that.”

“It’s so quick after we’d done the last album – maybe that will spoil things, but we’re gonna try and do another album at some point next year. We’re experimenting with stuff.”

Deep Purple’s latest studio album Woosh! came out in June 2020. In our review of the release, we said: “Fans will welcome an unexpected new chapter from a truly legendary band for the undoubted quality of the musicianship and the renewed reservoirs of energy they’ve tapped in the twilight of their career.”

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