Friday, March 10, 2017
Deep Purple's Ian Paice: "We're Still a Young Band at Heart"
They say that age is just a number; that you are only as old as you let yourself feel. Such is the philosophy the guys in Deep Purple seem to be taking on as they reach further and further into their golden years according to drummer, co-founder, and only remaining original member of the band.
In a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Paice talks about how Deep Purple despite the fact that they are old now still feel young at heart and that this definitely reflects in their music both in the studio and on the stage, saying:
“It’s hard to accept that this thing you helped to create and grew up with will be no more. When we can no longer cut the mustard on stage, then we’ll think about hanging the boots up. Go and listen to 1972 live album Made In Japan and glory in the fact that there were a bunch of kids who could back then capture all that craziness and still have a measure of control. Now listen to what we’re doing all these years later, and inside we’re still a bunch of kids. You don’t have to lose your love for making music.”
I can kind of see what Paice is talking about. Deep Purple definitely still has some strong energy and presence, even in old age. It's not wild, unbound, and dangerous like it was in the 70's, but it's still there. Maybe just a bit more refined and controlled. I'm definitely looking forward to them putting out inFinite, their 20th studio album on April 7th. I'm sure it's going to be chocked full of their mastery of rock n' roll in its most creative yet accessible form while still showing that they have some life left in them yet.