Some news from the Deep Purple world:
* Though many of the dates have been public for weeks, the group officially announced its North American tour, a 19-date trek kicking off August 4 in Scottsdale, Ariz., and wrapping up August 21 in Hollywood, Fla.
Deep Purple is still promoting its 2013 album "Now What?!," though it's already started work on a new album it hopes to have out in 2013. The group rarely performs on this side of the pond due to greater demand overseas. The full tour itinerary can be found at www.deeppurple.com.
* The April 4 concert honoring Deep Purple's late keyboardist Jon Lord will be released in September on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray.
"Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall" will feature performances by a full symphony orchestra as well as Yes alumnus Rick Wakeman, former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson and others.
The current incarnation of Deep Purple closed the show with a seven-song set that included "Uncommon Man" -- a song about Lord from "Now What?!" -- as well as "Lazy," "Perfect Strangers," "Black Night" and "Hush."
Lord passed away in 2012 from cancer, and frontman Ian Gillan tells us he'll always be considered part of Deep Purple:
"Jon is still in the band and he's still with us in spirit...It was almost like when my dad died. He kind of physically disappeared, but then his spirit just filled the room. He's been traveling with me ever since. I think that just happened with Jon...his spirit was there, very much so."