As Deep Purple is touring the U.S. on what might be considered a classic rock tour, the band’s Ian Gillan does not seem to be too crazy about the popularity of classic rock here.
Gillan says that the popularity of classic rock here in the U.S. has minimized any interest in new material that classic rock bands are coming up with. He mentions an interview with his fellow Deep Purple band member Roger Glover that was conducted by a radio DJ in Buffalo, NY, in which the DJ reportedly ignored Glover’s attempt to engage her in discussion about the band’s 2003 album called Bananas in favor of talk about the band’s material from the seventies.
I don’t know about other classic rock fans, but I am very interested in new material that is released by my favorite classic rock groups. For example, Rush, a long-time favorite of mine, released a new album not long ago that seemed to attract plenty of media attention and the band is currently on tour in support of the new album. A new album that I happen to think is quite good, by the way.
The popularity that is still enjoyed by classic rock band like Rush, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and others strongly suggests that some of them have managed to retain their popularity through the years and continue to sell new albums despite the fascination we seem to have with more classic “classic rock” here in the U.S.
I think that Ian Gillan may just be looking for a good reason to explain album sales that may not be as robust as they were about three decades ago. He really should look beyond a single interview to prove his theory that our love of classic rock is responsible for the cool reception that some new albums by some older groups have been receiving in recent years. Maybe those new albums just aren’t that great.