Published on November 7th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Deep Purple’s Ian Paice On The New “Turning To Crime” Album, Playing With Paul McCartney, Future Plans, Television & More
With strong tailwind from last year’s chart-leading album Whoosh!, Deep Purple surprises with new album Turning To Crime — to be released via earMUSIC on November 26, 2021 — as produced by Bob Ezrin. Turning To Crime arrives only 15 months after Whoosh!, Deep Purple’s 21st studio album, which was the group’s third consecutive #1 in Germany, beyond hitting the #4 chart spot in the U.K. and topping the US Independent Album and Hard Music Albums charts. It also happens to be Deep Purple’s first album of tracks that were not written by the band, a proper covers album.
Being a Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer with Deep Purple is far from the only notable accolade for drummer Ian Paice. Beyoond appearing on all studio albums recorded by Deep Purple, Paice was part of Whitesnake for a few years, in The Gary Moore Band, and a contributor to albums by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Velvet Underground and Jim Capaldi. In other words, Paice is not only regarded as one of the all-time great rock drummers — just listen to live versions of the Deep Purple classics “Highway Star” or “Burn,” for starters — yet also has an untouchable, quality-oriented discography. And sure, Paice has been a go-to collaborator for some unique artistic collaborations over the years, including interesting one-off studio projects in recent years for William Shatner and DMX.
On November 2, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ian Paice via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Turning To Crime, we spoke about plenty more, including Deep Purple’s long-term success, his band’s long-term collaboration with Bob Ezrin, working with Paul McCartney, life during COVID-19, and future plans. More on Paice and Turning To Crime can be found online by clicking here, here and here.