Roger Glover is the bassist for Deep Purple, one of the top 3 Rock bands of world in 1970s, and to this day continuing on with world tours nearly annual new album releases. Their latest release, Now What? is the 19th studio album by English rock band Deep Purple. It was released on 26 April 2013 and produced by Bob Ezrin. A dedicated official web site was also created by the band to post updates about the album. It is the band’s first studio album in over seven years; Deep Purple’s previous studio album, Rapture of the Deep, was released in late 2005.
Deep Purple has had some membership changes throughout the years since 1984, Roger Glover has held this important post as the band navigates yearly around the globe to bring it’s legendary blend of heavy blues classic rock, inspired with elements of classical riffs, progressive runs, and a sly sense of humor all with high impact and instrumental finesse.
Roger Glover started playing guitar from as early as the age of 13. The first bass player whom he heard and was totally different from everyone else was Jack Bruce. Other influences included John Entwistle and Tim Bogert. But they were all virtuoso players and the bassist who had the most impact on him was Paul McCartney. Glover joined Deep Purple at the age of 25, together with Ian Gillan, his old band member from his first popular band, Episode Six.
The first years of Glover’s tenure with the band saw huge success with releases like “in Rock” and “Machine Head”. Glover’s in-your-face, snarling bass on Purple’s 1972 classic “Machine Head” was a record that set the tone for decades of ensuing music and his contribution to the canon of rock bass became clear with that. It was just after this period that Glover left with Gillan on one of the most successful tours, a second one of Japan, in the summer of 1973. Eventually, along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple formed the holy trinity of the idiom that would ultimately spawn heavy metal.
Glover released his first solo album, “Butterfly Ball”, in 1974 and his second one, “Elements”, in 1978. But not only in solo, the master bassist showed his class when he went on to produce acts such as Judas Priest, Nazareth, Elf, the Ian Gillan Band, and David Coverdale. In a partnership lasting for more than 5 years (1979 – 1984), Glover acted as the bassist, lyricist and producer for Ritchie Blackmore’s solo band, Rainbow, working on four of the group’s studio albums.
Just a year after the release of his third solo album, “Mask”, Glover returned to Deep Purple during the reunion of the Mark II member lineup in 1984. From there, massive world tours ensured. Later, his side project in 1988 with longtime friend Ian Gillan, “Accidentally on Purpose”, was a great hit worldwide.
Glover’s fourth solo album was titled “Snapshot” and was released in 2002 under the name Roger Glover and Guilty Party. In 2011, Glover released his fifth solo album, “If Life Was Easy”, which featured guest appearances by Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty and Pete Agnew as well as Walther Gallay and Daniel “Sahaj” Ticotin.
When it came to selection of bass guitars, Glover has never been fond of brands and endorsements. At the moment he is using one Steinberger, but he often preferred cheap guitars over expensive ones, if he was more comfortable with it. According to him, the bass and gears he uses have to “make him happy” and it’s from this happiness that great performance and success emanates.
Glover has quite a collection of basses but repents swapping his first Fender with an amp. He however owns a hardy Fender Mustang which forms a part of his prized collection and also has been an active user of the Rickenbacker 4001 throughout his illustrious career. He says that Fender precision guitars and the Rickenbacker 4001 are suited for on stage performances due to their sound volume as well as size.
During the ’60s, Glover’s stage shows with Purple saw extensive use of the Rickenbacker 4001, popularly called “Ricky”. The American audience seemed to love the “clank, clan, distort, distort” sound during that period and this bass sound, though not always entirely underneath the band sound like it should be, brought the group great success and appreciation.
Deep Purple latest CD that came out in 2013 is called “Now What?!” and is a mix of vintage ’70s Purple with modern mindset and production. From riff-rockers to big hooks colored with brushstrokes of pop, R&B, and jazz to full-blown prog-metal epics, the record has it all. The amps used for it, with Glover’s traditional Vigier basses, were Twin rigs, each with a TC Electronic Blacksmith head and two RS410 cabinets (only one head is used to power all four cabinets, the other is a backup). Effects included TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive and an EBS MultiDrive Universal Overdrive Pedal.
Roger Glover as of 2014 uses the Daring Audio Laser Cannon HD, in part for its great ability to blend clean with distortion, and focus certain frequency ranges for distortion or overdrive – without muddying the entire signal. And Roger knows how to master stage level volume for bass. Deep Purple held the record and were recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the “globe’s loudest band” when in a concert at the London Rainbow Theatre their sound reached 117 dB. Three of their audience members were rendered unconscious.