Bob Ezrin To Produce Next Deep Purple Album?
Legendary producer Bob Ezrin – who has worked with Pink Floyd, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel and others – is apparently in the frame to produce the next Deep Purple album.
The Purple fan-site Darker Than Blue picked up on an interview guitarist Steve Morse did with French mag Rock Hard.
“Well, I think it’s now confirmed, it’s Bob Ezrin who will produce the new Deep Purple album,” Morse is quoted as saying.
Recording is set to commence in June or July.
Choosing Ezin as producer for their first studio offering since 2005′s Rapture Of The Deep would be quite a departure for the modern-day Purple.
Rapture… was produced by the relatively low-profile Michael Bradford, as was Bananas (2003). Abandon (1998) was produced by Deep Purple/Roger Glover and Purpendicular (1996) was credited to Deep Purple.
The Purps have worked with Martin Birch in the distant past (although he was mostly credited as the engineer on their albums, only getting co-production credits with the band on Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band) and Derek Lawrence even further back in time (he produced the first three albums). But in general have been happy to self-produce throughout their long career.