Photo by Christophe Ochal

Photo by Christophe Ochal

Deep Purple remain one of the more inspiring veteran hard rock forces that are still out on the touring scene. Every performance likely remains a shocking experience for at least one audience member who frankly didn’t realize that Deep Purple were not only still playing dates but continue to release new music.

Despite their criminally underrated status, Deep Purple are back with a pair of new concert efforts that are heading to the shelves on September 18. ‘From the Setting Sun (In Wacken)’ and ‘To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)’ are both being prepared for a fall release, and now intrigued fans can listen to a preview of the former.

Both upcoming efforts show the members of Deep Purple performing a collection of songs from their 2013 studio album ‘Now What?!‘ and a reservoir of vintage anthems. The newly released video preview offers a glimpse into the latter as Deep Purple tears into the standalone single “Black Night” from the band’s ‘In Rock’ days.

“One band, two crowds, two countries — a tale of two cities indeed,” says Purple bassist Roger Glover. “From Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world — and a city unto itself — to Japan and the stately Nippon Budokan, the most revered venue in Tokyo. Each with its own distinct personality.

“Wacken is a success story beyond par, starting out humbly by two friends in a field in rural Germany and becoming one of the best organized and attended metal festivals ever. We were most impressed by the facilities, security, backstage, camping… in fact the whole production was superb.

“As was the crowd, an awesome sight from the stage, generating a palpable sense of occasion. In the sunset, we were treated to a great welcome from the sea of tattoos and black leather facing us.”

Deep Purple are currently working on their 20th studio album which is anticipated for release later this year.