Good news and bad news time.
On the up side, legendary metal juggernaut Deep Purple will be touring with a full symphony orchestra this summer, under the apt banner of “The Songs That Built Rock.”
Now, the bummer: When they hit Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on June 25, said orchestra will not be accompanying them. Go figure. But the show should still be solid — they’ll be rocking out to catalog classics (and guitar-lesson 101-ers) “Hush,” “Highway Star” and, of course, “Smoke on the Water.”
And the lineup is a good one.
Original members Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums) will be joined by keyboardist Don Airey and the Steve Morse, the fretmaster behind the great Capricorn Records band The Dixie Dregs (and yes, he even did a stint in Kansas for a while).
And Purple fans are everywhere.
The group just visited Russia at the personal request of President Dmitry Medvedev, and played Moscow, Ekaterinburg and St. Petersburg before hitting Kiev in the Ukraine and Minsk in Belarus. They’re also planning to record a new album soon for 2012 release.
For more information, visit www.deeppurple.com.