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Style: Hard Rock
Year of birth: 1968
Country: Great Britain
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Biography of Band

The Montreux Jazz Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Melbourne Entertainment Centre, a Blizzard somewhere in the Alps, Tokyo, Rio, Moscow's Olympic Hall, Cape Town, Bangalore, La Paz, Toronto and Kansas City.

What do they have in common? They are just a few of the places where you could have seen a Deep Purple show over the last couple of years. Simply reading the itineraries gives you an idea of how this band operates on a truly international level.

Deep Purple is not a conformist group. There never was, nor ever will be, any fawning to trends. What you do get from them are cutting edge performances based on a sound philosophy: "the music comes first". That music comes from within the core spirit of the band, nowhere else. They won't be bagged. Why?

In the sixties and early seventies they were described (by others) as "Progressive" or "Underground", when they made a conscious decision to depart from the "Hush" era in order to record the seminal album "Deep Purple in Rock".
"Fireball", "Machine Head", "Made in Japan" and "Who Do We Think We Are" quickly followed, and they were then tagged (along with Zeppelin and Sabbath) as leaders of the "Hard Rock" explosion. At this point began the gradual disintegration of the famous MK 2 line-up, (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) and some long overdue individual R&R.

The eighties re-union as "Perfect Strangers" shook the world (again) with a fresh look at the music but with a bold detachment that stated "this is Deep Purple". The era was to end in disharmony, however (again), with first Gillan leaving, then Blackmore and then Gillan returning; confusing? Not really.

After the divorce, and seeing this as a genuine opportunity to get back to the music, the guys invited Joe Satriani join as locum, and he spent the best part of a year on the road with the newly revitalised band before returning to his own commitments. The scene was now set for the most important line-up change since "69.

Steve Morse was the only name on the list, and the question he asked, (after a couple of out of town gigs had confirmed the chemistry) "Is there a dress code?" paved the way for a return to the humourous disdain the band have for what they used to call "poseurs".

They never set out to be "Rock Stars". Call them "Classic" and they will laugh and patiently explain that nostalgia is not a creative word. Sure they've been through the mill a few times. However each time they've emerged stronger, and now you see a band that is hard and professional; displaying texture, dynamics and a humanity that can only come from those rare artists who are masters of their craft.

Deep Purple's music has evolved organically into an expressive maturity, and the sell-out shows at the cities mentioned above are testament enough to the massive fan commitment. There's a lot of affection out there for what many say is the greatest of them all.Over 100 million albums sold.

Members of Deep Purple

Current Members:
Ian Gillan (Guest). Role: Vocals , Tambourine , Harmonica
Don Airey (Guest). Role: Keyboards
Roger Glover (Guest). Role: Bass , Backing Vocals
Steve Morse (Guest). Role: Guitar , Backing Vocals
Ian Paice (Founder). Role: Drums
Joe Satriani (Guest). Period: 1993 - 1994. Role: Guitars
Past Members:
Ritchie Blackmore (Founder). Period: 1968 - 1975. Role: Guitar
Rod Evans (Founder). Period: 1968 - 1969. Role: Vocals
Nick Simper (Founder). Period: 1968 - 1969. Role: Bass
David Coverdale (Guest). Period: 1973 - 1976. Role: Vocals
Tommy Bolin (R.I.P.) (Guest). Period: 1975 - 1976. Role: Guitars
Glenn Hughes (Guest). Period: 1973 - 1976. Role: Bass
Joe Lynn Turner (Guest). Period: 1989 - 1992. Role: Vocals
Jon Lord (Founder). Period: 1968 - 2002. Role: Keyboards

Discography

CD: Shades Of Deep Purple (1968) Studio: Parlophone. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards, backing vocals) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Nick Simper(bass, backing vocals) , Rod Evans (vocals).
CD: The Book Of Taliesyn (1968) Studio: HEC Enterprises Ltd. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards, backing vocals) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Nick Simper (bass,vocals) , Rod Evans (vocals).
CD: Deep Purple (1969) Studio: 1969 HEC Enterprises Ltd. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards, backing vocals) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Nick Simper (bass,vocals) , Rod Evans (vocals).
CD: Deep Purple In Rock (1970) Studio: HEC Enterprises Ltd. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals)
CD: Fireball (1971) Studio: HEC Enterprises Ltd. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals).
CD: Machine Head (1972) Studio: Purple Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals).
CD: Who Do We Think We Are (1973) Studio: Purple Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals).
CD: Burn (1974) Studio: Purple Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) , David Coverdale (vocals).
CD: Stormbringer (1974) Studio: Purple Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) , David Coverdale (vocals).
CD: Come Taste The Band (1975) Studio: Purple Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Tommy Bolin (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) , David Coverdale (vocals).
CD: Perfect Strangers (1984) Studio: Polydor. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals).
CD: The House Of Blue Light (1987) Studio: Polydor. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals)
CD: Slaves & Masters (1990) Studio: BMG/RCA Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Joe Lynn Turner (vocals).
CD: The Battle Rages On... (1993) Studio: RCA Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Ritchie Blackmore (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals)
CD: Purpendicular (1996) Studio: BMG / RCA Records. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Steve Morse (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals).
CD: Abandon (1998) Studio: EMI Switzerland. Tracklist.
Lineup: Jon Lord (keyboards) , Steve Morse (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals).
CD: Bananas (2003) Studio: EMI Switzerland. Tracklist.
Lineup: Don Airey (keyboards) , Steve Morse (guitar) , Ian Paice (drums) , Roger Glover (bass) , Ian Gillan (vocals).


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