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One of the longest running and most prolific of hard rock/ proto-heavy-metal bands, Deep Purple appeared in the wake of the psychedelic era, sporting a harder sound than anything that had come before. The classic '70s lineup (featuring virtuoso guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, wailing tenor Ian Gillan, and classically influenced keyboardist Jon Lord) established the template for countless metal bands that followed in their wake. They went through numerous lineup changes over the years, with singers David Coverdale and Joe Lynn Turner and guitarists Tommy Bolin and Steve Morse all passing through the ranks. Sporadic reunions saw the key members returning to the fold, from the '80s onward.

Once ordained the world's loudest rock band by the Guinness Book of World Records, Deep Purple started off humbly enough. Their '68 debut Shades of Deep Purple featured mostly covers and contained little to set the band above a raft of Acid Rock novelty acts that included Iron Butterfly, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Electric Prunes. Atrociously produced, even by '60s standards, the album's one saving grace is "Hush," a song that pits Ritchie Blackmore's wrecking-ball guitar against Jon Lord's sermonizing organs, auguring great things to come. Deep Purple in Rock (1970) and Fireball (1971) document the band's evolution from generic Psychedelic rockers to Heavy Metal pioneers. The band's power peaked the following year with Machine Head, a record that split the difference between Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath. "Smoke on the Water" quickly became their theme song, but deeper cuts like "Highway Star" and "Space Truckin'" are equally impressive. These songs make you want to double the speed limit and run from the law just for the hell of it, which is what any good rock song should do. The remaining years of the decade marked a turbulent, and frankly uninteresting period for the band, but things picked up again for Deep Purple when the classic Ian Gillan/ Ritchie Blackmore/Jon Lord/Roger Glover lineup reconvened to release the radio-complaisant Perfect Strangers in 1984. Foregoing the head banging intensity of their '70s material for a polished, more Progressive Rock sound, the record (at least) had the distinction of directing a new generation of listeners back to the band's early classics.
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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 to join as locum, and he spent the best part of a year on the road with the newly revitalized band before returning to his own commitments. The scene was 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 humorous 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.
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