Deep Purple have released a video for Johnny’s Band, one of the highlights of the band’s recent InFinite album.

The song tells the story of the typical highs and lows of an imaginary band.

“I was thinking about VH1’s Behind The Music, and that every band’s story is the same,” Roger Glover told Classic Rock in April. “They start with nothing, then they get some success, then they get huge success, then drink and drugs and women destroy them, then they end up suing each other, then 20 years later they get back together again because they realise it was the best time they ever had. Johnny’s Band is the story of every band. It’s a universal story. But it’s not about Purple, there’s a reference to Louie Louie in the guitar solo that places it firmly in the 60s.”

“Johnny’s Band was almost a pop song”, he continues. “Steve came up with the idea, and not all the band liked it at first: Ian Paice thought it was a bit flippant, but Ian Gillan loved it, and eventually we decided to do it. We knew what the meter of the song was going to be, and realised it needed something really strong over the chorus to make it work.”

Deep Purple are currently on the inFinite – The Long Goodbye tour. See full dates below.

Deep Purple inFinite Tour (US dates with Alice Cooper)


1: Zenith, Lille, FR
2: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NL
3: Accorhotels Arena, Paris, FR
6: Lanxess Arena, Cologne, DE
7: Westfalenhalle 1, Dortmund, DE
9: Leipzig Arena, DE
10: Festhalle, Frankfurt, DE
13: Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin, DE
14: Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, DE
16: Hellfest , Nantes, FR
17: Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, BE
22: Palalottomatica , Rome, IT
24: Rock The Ring, Hinwil, CH
26: Unipol Arena, Bologna, IT
27: Mediolanum Forum, Milan, IT
28: Sporting Summer Festival, Sporting Club, Monte Carlo, MC
30: Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Bilbao, ES


1: Rock Festival Can Zam, Barcelona, ES
3: Barclaycard Arena, Madrid, ES
4: Meo Arena, Lisbon, PO


12: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, US
13: Greek Theatre Los Angeles, CA, US
15: Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ, US
16: Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM, US
18: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX, US
19: Starplex Pavilion, Dallas, TX, US
21: Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA, US
23: Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA, US
24: BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ, US
26: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY, US
27: Xfinity Center Mansfield, MA, US
28: PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ, US
30: Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, IN, US


1: KeyBank Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA, US
2: Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON, CA
3: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI, United State
6: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Chicago, IL, US
8: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO, US
9: Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, US
10: Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH, US


6: Annexe, Stockholm, SE
8: Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim, NO
9: Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, NO
11: Finland Ice Hall, Helsinki, FI
13: Valby Hallen, Copenhagen, DK
17: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK
18: Arena, Manchester, UK
20: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
22: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
23: O2, London, UK


6: Hipodromo Palermo, Buenos Aires, AR
8: Movistar Arena, Santigo, CL
12: Pedreira Paulo Leminsky, Curitiba, BR
13: Allianz Park, Sao Paulo, BR
15: Jeunesse Arena, Rio De Janeiro, BR

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