Deep Purple is a band that needs no introduction. But the group’s The Long Goodbye Tour 2017 does need an introduction. The band’s tour marks the introduction of their 20th studio album, called Infinite.
The tour included four legs and 65 shows.
The “Long Goodbye Tour” started on May 13, 2017 and will come to a conclusion on December 15, 2017.
The tour might be the band’s last, making it a must-see for fans. The Long Goodbye Tour was announced just a month before Ian Paice suffered a stroke. The drummer’s minor stroke led to the band cancelling some shows for the first time since 1968.
His right hand was greatly impacted from the stroke along with a lot of his dexterity in his fingers.
Paice stated that it may be the band’s last big tour, but he is not sure. He did say that the band hasn’t made any plans to stop touring, but he notes that the band cannot continue to tour the same way they did when they were 21.
Infinite, released on 7 April 2017 will be the feature during the tour.
The tour’s legs will include a European leg of the tour starting in May and ending in July. The second leg of the tour is in North America, with shows spanning from August through September. The band will then return to Europe for the third leg of their tour.
The third leg of the tour will begin in November and span through the end of the month. The last leg of the tour will take place in South America and end on 15 December 2017.
Deep Purple’s set list has changed slightly since the first leg of the tour. During the first leg the band included three encore songs and fourteen songs. The second leg had the set list cut to ten songs and two encore songs.
The band, known for their hard rock and heavy metal, has been active since 1968. Deep Purple has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is considered part of the “unholy trinity.” Their lineup changed a lot when they went on a hiatus between 1976 and 1984, but the group now remains constant with members Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Rodger Glover, Don Airey and Steve Morse.
The band is consistently ranked among the top hard rock bands of all time. They’re also considered one of the top ten most influential bands of their time. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.