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Deep Purple

Deep Purple in 2004. From left to right: Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Don Airey and Steve Morse.
Background information
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, blues-rock
Years active 1968–1976
1984–present
Members
Ian Gillan
Steve Morse
Roger Glover
Ian Paice
Don Airey
Former members
Ritchie Blackmore
Jon Lord
David Coverdale
Glenn Hughes
Rod Evans
Nick Simper
Tommy Bolin
Joe Lynn Turner
Joe Satriani

Deep Purple are an English hard rock band which currently consists of vocalist Ian Gillan, guitarist Steve Morse, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Don Airey. The band formed in Hertford in 1968 and originally comprised vocalist Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, drummer Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord.[1] Deep Purple is notable for their history of lineups, each one of which is often referred to by its own "Mark" number, ranging from the inaugural, I, to the current, VIII.

The original Mk. I released three albums, before vocalist Evans and bassist Simper were fired and replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover respectively to create Mk. II. The second lineup remained until 1973, when Gillan (followed by Glover) left the band. David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes joined to create Deep Purple Mk III, though co-founding member and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left in 1975 to be replaced by Tommy Bolin. Mk. IV lasted only a year and disbanded in 1976. While on hiatus, members concentrated on other projects, including Rainbow (Blackmore and Glover), Whitesnake (Coverdale, Lord and Paice), Black Sabbath and Gillan (both Gillan).

Deep Purple reunited in 1984 with the Mk. II lineup of Gillan, Blackmore, Glover, Paice and Lord. Gillan and Blackmore had a disagreement and the vocalist was fired from the band and replaced by Blackmore's former bandmate in Rainbow, Joe Lynn Turner. Turner remained until 1992, when the Mk. II lineup came together for the third time. Due to continuing conflicting interests between Gillan and Blackmore, the guitarist left the band for good in the middle of 1993s The Battle Rages On tour. He was replaced with Joe Satriani for the remainder of the shows but could not join the band permanently due to contractual issues.

Steve Morse was chosen to be Blackmore's full-time replacement in 1994, and he remains the guitarist to this day. In 2002 the most recent lineup change took place when Jon Lord, who had been in every incarnation of the band until then, left the band to pursue personal interests. He was replaced by Don Airey, formerly of Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne's band, to create the current Mk. VIII lineup. Drummer Ian Paice is now the only member left who has been present in every lineup of Deep Purple since the band's formation in 1968.

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Current members

Ian Gillan
Active: 1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present
Instruments: vocals, harmonica, percussion
Release contributions: Deep Purple in Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972), Who Do We Think We Are (1973), Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), The Battle Rages On (1993), Purpendicular (1996), Abandon (1998), Bananas (2003), Rapture of the Deep (2005)
Steve Morse
Active: 1994–present
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Purpendicular (1996), Abandon (1998), Bananas (2003), Rapture of the Deep (2005)
Roger Glover
Active: 1969–1973, 1984–present
Instruments: bass, synthesizers
Release contributions: In Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972), Who Do We Think We Are (1973), Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), Slaves and Masters (1990), The Battle Rages On (1993), Purpendicular (1996), Abandon (1998), Bananas (2003), Rapture of the Deep (2005)
Ian Paice
Active: 1968–1976, 1984–present
Instruments: drums, percussion
Release contributions: all Deep Purple releases
Don Airey
Active: 2002–present
Instruments: keyboards
Release contributions: Bananas (2003), Rapture of the Deep (2005)

Former members

Ritchie Blackmore
Active: 1968–1975, 1984–1993
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: Shades of Deep Purple (1968), The Book of Taliesyn (1968), Deep Purple (1969), Deep Purple in Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972), Who Do We Think We Are (1973), Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974), Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), Slaves and Masters (1990), The Battle Rages On (1993)
Jon Lord
Active: 1968–1976, 1984–2002
Instruments: keyboards, backing vocals
Release contributions: Shades of Deep Purple (1968), The Book of Taliesyn (1968), Deep Purple (1969), Deep Purple in Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972), Who Do We Think We Are (1973), Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974), Come Taste the Band (1974), Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), Slaves and Masters (1990), The Battle Rages On (1993), Purpendicular (1996), Abandon (1998)
David Coverdale
Active: 1973–1976
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974), Come Taste the Band (1975)
Glenn Hughes
Active: 1973–1976
Instruments: bass, vocals
Release contributions: Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974), Come Taste the Band (1975)
Rod Evans
Active: 1968–1969
Instruments: lead vocals
Release contributions: Shades of Deep Purple (1968), The Book of Taliesyn (1968), Deep Purple (1969)
Nick Simper
Active: 1968–1969
Instruments: bass, backing vocals
Release contributions: Shades of Deep Purple (1968), The Book of Taliesyn (1968), Deep Purple (1969)
Tommy Bolin
Active: 1975–1976
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals, bass, piano
Release contributions: Come Taste the Band (1975)
Joe Lynn Turner
Active: 1990–1992
Instruments: vocals
Release contributions: Slaves and Masters (1990)
Joe Satriani
Active: 1993–1994
Instruments: guitar
Release contributions: none

Band lineups

Personnel Studio albums Notable singles
Mark I (April 1968–July 1969)
Mark IIa (July 1969–June 1973)
  • Ian Gillan – vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
Mark III (June 1973–May 1975)
  • David Coverdale – lead vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • "Might Just Take Your Life", February 1974
Mark IV (May 1975–March 1976)
  • David Coverdale – lead vocals
  • Tommy Bolin – guitar, backing vocals
  • Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
Group disbanded (March 1976–April 1984)
Mark IIb (April 1984–April 1989)
  • Ian Gillan – vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
Mark V (January 1990–August 1992)
  • Joe Lynn Turner – vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • "King of Dreams", October 1990
  • "Love Conquers All", February 1991
Mark IIc (August 1992–November 1993)
  • Ian Gillan – vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • "Anya", July 1993
  • "Time to Kill", July 1993
Mark VI (November 1993–September 1994)
  • Ian Gillan – vocals
  • Joe Satriani – guitar
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
Mark VII (November 1994–March 2002)
  • Ian Gillan – vocals
  • Steve Morse – guitar
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • "The Turtle Island Shuffle", 1996
Mark VIII (March 2002–present)
  • Ian Gillan – vocals
  • Steve Morse – guitar
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Don Airey – keyboards

Timeline

References

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