Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968.[1] Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although some band members have avoided categorising themselves as any one genre.  The band also incorporated classical music, blues-rock, pop and progressive rock elements. They were once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s loudest band, and have sold over 200 million albums worldwide. Deep Purple were ranked #22 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme.
The band has gone through many line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–84). The 1968–76 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973 and was revived from 1984 to 1989 and again in 1993, before the rift between Blackmore and other members became unbridgeable. The current line-up (including guitarist Steve Morse) has been much more stable, although Lord’s retirement in 2002 has left Paice as the only original member never to have left the band.

Current members:

  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
  • Steve Morse – guitar (1994–present)
  • Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1969–1973, 1984–present)
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
  • Don Airey – keyboards, organ (2001–present)

Former members:

  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1968–1975, 1984–1993)
  • Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1968–1976, 1984–2001)
  • Rod Evans – lead vocals (1968–1969)
  • Nick Simper – bass (1968–1969)
  • David Coverdale – lead vocals (1973–1976)
  • Glenn Hughes – bass, backing vocals (1973–1976)
  • Tommy Bolin – guitar, backing vocals (1975–1976)
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals (1989–1992)
  • Joe Satriani – guitar (1993–1994)

In 2004, from left to right, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Don Airey and Steve Morse.


  • 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 (1975) 
  • Perfect Strangers (1984) 
  • The House of Blue Light (1987) 
  • Slaves & Masters (1990) 
  • The Battle Rages On (1993)
  • Purpendicular (1996)
  • Abandon (1998) 
  • Bananas (2003) 
  • Rapture of the Deep (2005)

World tours:

Deep Purple are considered to be one of the hardest touring bands in the world. From 1968 until today (with the exception of their 1976–1983 split) they continue to tour around the world. In 2007 they received special award for selling more than 150,000 tickets in France with 40 dates in the country in 2007 alone. In 2007, Deep Purple’s Rapture of the Deep Tour was voted #6 concert tour of the year (in all music genres) by Planet Rock listeners.[  Rolling Stones’s A Bigger Bang Tour was voted #5 and beat Purple’s tour with only 1%. Deep Purple released a new live compilation DVD box, Around the World Live, in May 2008. In February 2008, the band made their first ever appearance in Moscow Kremlin at the personal request of Dmitry Medvedev who at the time was considered a shoo-in for the seat of the Presidency of Russia. The band was part of the entertainment for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic.

  • Deep Purple Debut Tour, 1968
  • Shades of Deep Purple Tour, 1968
  • The Book of Taliesyn Tour, 1968
  • Deep Purple European Tour, (pre-tour for In Rock) 1969–1970
  • In Rock World Tour – 1970–1971
  • Fireball World Tour, 1971–1972
  • Machine Head World Tour, 1972–1973
  • Deep Purple European Tour 1974
  • Burn World Tour, 1974
  • Stormbringer World Tour, 1974–1975
  • Come Taste The Band World Tour, 1975–1976
  • Perfect Strangers World Tour, aka Reunion Tour 1984–1985
  • The House of Blue Light World Tour, 1987–1988
  • Slaves and Masters World Tour, 1991
  • Deep Purple 25 Years Anniversary World Tour, aka The Battle Rages on Tour, 1993
  • Deep Purple and Joe Satriani Tour, 1993–1994
  • Deep Purple Secret Mexican Tour (short warm-up tour with Steve Morse)
  • Deep Purple Secret USA Tour 1994–1995
  • Deep Purple Asian & African Tour 1995 Purpendicular World Tour, 1996–1997
  • A Band on World Tour, 1998–1999
  • Concerto World Tour, 2000–2001
  • Deep Purple World Tour, 2001–2003
  • Bananas World Tour, 2003–2005
  • Rapture of the Deep World Tour, 2006–2009
  • Upcoming World Tour, 2010

Deep Purple during the Deep Purple 40 Years Anniversary Tour, in Tel Aviv, Israel at Hangar 11, September 2008.

\”Smoke on the water\”



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