Figureheads of the hard rock movement alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple have left their mark on several generations.
Deep Purple are rock legends – they have stayed the course and they occupy an overwhelming place in the annals of classic rock. Famous for the track ‘Smoke on the water’, they inspire undeniable respect and are often cited as the THE benchmark for the genre. Leaving aside the many disputes between the band members who left and returned, Deep Purple have always boasted virtuoso musicians, whose talent is given its fullest expression during their explosive live shows. Deep Purple was formed in 1968 with a line-up of Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Within a single year, Deep Purple recorded no fewer than three albums: Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn and the eponymous Deep Purple. After the success of ‘Hush’, the band’s line-up was overhauled, with Rod Evans being replaced by Ian Gillan and Nick Simper by Roger Glover, respectively the singer and the bassist of the band Episode Six. In 1972, Deep Purple signaled their move into hard rock with the cult tracks ‘Smoke on the water’ and ‘Highway star’. Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, they are back with the album Rapture of the deep to send their fans wild once again.
The Deep Purple line-up now consists of Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Ian Paice and Don Airey