Deep Purple released their 20th studio album, the Bob Ezrin-produced Infinite in 2017. The hard-rock veterans supported the LP on a lengthy world tour that stretched from last May through December and they have additional standalone dates scheduled for this summer. The band’s line-up currently includes three members from the band’s classic Seventies line-up – singer Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice – along with guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey.
Judas Priest issued their 18th studio project, Firepower, in March. The record – their first featuring producer Tom Allom since 1988’s Ram It Down – debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200, marking the group’s highest U.S. chart placement to date in the U.S. The metal icons are currently touring behind the album with guitarist Andy Sneap substituting for longtime member Glenn Tipton, who recently announced his battle with Parkinson’s disease. Tipton rejoined the band last month during a New Jersey concert, playing on the three-song encore of “Metal Gods,” “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight.”