Deep Purple are set to embark on a North American tour in June. The trek, dubbed Deep Purple: The Songs That Built Rock, will feature the band being backed by a symphony orchestra at each stop. It launches June 3 in Orillia, Ontario, and wraps June 25 in Mountain View, Calif.

The band's lineup is comprised of three of its classic members -- singer Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice -- along with longtime guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey. It's going to be interesting to see what a full-blown orchestra can do with 'Smoke on the Water,' which has one of the simplest but most powerful guitar riffs of all time, as well as other classic Purple hits like 'Hush' and 'Highway Star.'

According to a recent press release, the band is looking to drop a new album in 2012. "We're gonna get together and have a writing session quite soon," Gillan told reporters at a February news conference in Mexico City. Deep Purple's last studio disc was 2005's 'Rapture of the Deep.'

Meanwhile, Gillan has joined forces with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and other musicians to form a new supergroup called WhoCares. The outfit will release a charity single in May.

Deep Purple's North American Tour Dates:

6/3 -- Orillia, Ontario
6/4 -- Quebec City, Quebec
6/6 -- Montreal, Quebec
6/7 -- Boston. Mass.
6/8 -- Hartford, Conn.
6/10 -- Holmdel, N.J.
6/11 -- Atlantic City, N.J.
6/12 -- Bethel, N.Y.
6/14 -- New York, N.Y.
6/15 -- New York, N.Y.
6/17 -- Detroit, Mich.
6/18 -- Chicago, Ill.
6/19 -- Minneapolis, Minn.
6/24 -- Los Angeles. Calif.
6/25 -- Mountain View, Calif.

Check out Deep Purple discussing plans for a new album here:

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