Deep Purple Drops New Single "Lazy Sod" Ahead of Upcoming Album '=1'

Published 2 weeks ago on July 3, 2024

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Deep Purple Drops New Single "Lazy Sod" Ahead of Upcoming Album '=1'

Rock legends Deep Purple have just dropped a fresh track, “Lazy Sod,” from their hotly anticipated new album '=1' — slated for release on July 19th via earMUSIC. Frontman Ian Gillan shared the story behind the song’s inspiration in an interview with ROCKS magazine:

"Recently, a young journalist asked me how many songs I had written in my life. I replied that the last time my assistant counted, twenty years ago, it was over 500. I felt quite accomplished until she pointed out Dolly Parton's 5,000 songs, calling me a lazy sod. I couldn't help but agree and wrote down the exchange in my notebook."

Guitarist Simon McBride also chimed in about the creative process: "Working on this album felt like a journey back to our roots but with a fresh perspective. 'Lazy Sod' perfectly encapsulates the fun and spontaneity we had in the studio."

Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, '=1' is set to deliver the pure, classic Deep Purple sound we all love, but with a fresh twist. The album, hitting the shelves on July 19th, is already creating a buzz. Critics are calling it a Deep Purple classic, with ROCKS magazine giving it a perfect 10/10, Fireworks magazine in the UK describing it as "highly recommended," and Classic Rock UK declaring it "their finest moment this century."

Their recent string of No. 1 albums—‘Now WHAT?!’ (2013), ‘inFinite’ (2017), and ‘Whoosh!’ (2020)—has sold over a million copies worldwide, cementing Deep Purple as one of the top rock bands on the planet. “Whoosh!” alone topped charts in seven countries and cracked the top 10 in another twelve.

Available in just about every format (CD+DVD (Digipak), CD (Jewelcase), 2LP Gatefold (black, 180g), Ltd. Purple 2LP Gatefold (180g), Ltd. Crystal Clear 2LP (180g), or the ultimate Ltd. Box Set) you can imagine, all LPs include a lush 12-page LP-sized booklet exclusively in the first print run. With the bonus DVD featuring the 60-minute documentary ‘Access All Areas,’ giving you a backstage pass to life on tour with Deep Purple.

For more exclusive items, head to the official album store where you can snag a Ltd. 2LP Picture Disc, Ltd. Cassette, and even a limited canvas signed by all band members—only 150 available!

Track Listing for '=1'

Side A:

  1. Show Me
  2. A Bit On The Side
  3. Sharp Shooter
  4. Portable Door

Side B: 5. Old-Fangled Thing 6. If I Were You 7. Pictures Of You 8. I’m Saying Nothin’

Side C: 9. Lazy Sod 10. Now You’re Talkin’ 11. No Money To Burn

Side D: 12. I’ll Catch You 13. Bleeding Obvious


  • Disc 1: Audio Tracks 1–13
  • Disc 2: Documentary ‘Access All Areas’ on DVD (Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French)


To celebrate the new album, Deep Purple is hitting the road with their '=1MORE TIME' tour, promising over 60 electrifying concerts worldwide this year. Known for their relentless energy and unforgettable live performances, Deep Purple is ready to rock your world once again.

'=1MORE TIME' Tour Dates

  • Monday, November 4th – Birmingham Resorts World Arena
  • Wednesday, November 6th – The O2 London
  • Thursday, November 7th – Leeds First Direct Arena
  • Saturday, November 9th – Manchester AO Arena
  • Sunday, November 10th – Glasgow OVO Arena

Tickets are available at

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