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Deep Purple [ˌDiːpˈpɜːpl̩] is an English rock band founded in April 1968. With her style, which is characterized by the sound of the Hammond organ, distinctive guitar riffs, improvisation, driving rhythm work and distinctive singing, she is one of the first and most influential representatives of hard rock and burgeoning heavy metal. The Guinness Book of Records recorded Deep Purple in 1975 as the “Loudest Pop Group in the world” thanks to their 10,000 watt Marshall PA system, which reached up to 117 dB. With over 130 million albums sold - some estimates are 150 million - Deep Purple is one of the world's most commercially successful rock bands.

In the course of the band's history, which was characterized by numerous line-up changes, musical realignments also took place. The band's early work includes hard rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock and blues rock (Hush) next to approaches between rock music and classical music (Concerto for Group and Orchestra, April). The style-defining influence, however, was mainly due to the classic Mark II line-up of the 1970s, whose work created style-defining albums such as Deep Purple in Rock, Machine Head and Made in Japan and succinct hard rock songs with catchy riffs like Black Night, Smoke on the Water and Highway Star includes, but is also characterized by a special joy in improvisation. This manifests itself on the one hand in titles with an unusually long playing time such as Child in Time, on the other hand with the live performances of the songs, such as Space Truckin ', which have been significantly extended in length compared to the studio versions. Deep Purple apply through songs like Fireball as a pioneer of the Speed ​​Metal genre and through the influences of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore on songs like Burn as the founder of neoclassical metal. The musical range includes other influences from jazz, funk and soul as well as ballads such as Soldier of Fortune. Right from the start, the band was one of the most famous and most touring live acts in rock history.

Deep Purple broke up in 1976 after numerous quarrels. The members formed successor bands such as Rainbow, Whitesnake and Gillan, in which their music found a musical legacy. The line-ups since the reunification in 1984 are musically based on this most successful phase of the band, albeit increasingly with the addition of pop and jazzy elements since the early 1990s.

In 2016 Deep Purple became with the first three band line-ups - Mark I., Mark II as Mark III - inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Band history

The band's history has been characterized by frequent staff changes, so that in the almost fifty active years it has mostly only consisted of the same members for a few years. The various line-ups are often numbered consecutively with the prefix “Mark” (Mk).


Deep Purple was born when London businessmen Tony Edwards and John Coletta decided to invest in a rock band in 1967 and hired Jon Lord to start a rock group. From the band "Roundabout", which was then made up of Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord from the Flowerpot Men, the ex-Searchers- Drummer and singer Chris Curtis (vocals), Dave Curtiss (bass) and Bobby Woodman (drums) composed, formed in April 1968 after Curtis, Woodman and Curtiss left Deep Purple. The line-up was previously by Rod Evans (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) (both ex-The Maze) and Nick Simper (bass) have been completed. The band decided on their new name after a short tour through Scandinavia; it refers to the jazz standard, according to Blackmore Deep Purple by Peter DeRose. In an interview with the New Musical Express in 1973, Lord expressed that the band Deep Purple for him from the beginning "was not a vehicle for social rebellion, but for musical perfection".

First successes

Deep Purple played in the so-called Mark I cast three albums one.

The debut album Shades of Deep Purple from 1968 showed a mixture of different musical approaches that still shows little relationship with the typical Deep Purple music of the 1970s. The album itself was recorded in just three days. The sound, which was still based on the Beatles' pop music, was sometimes unusual in its hardness for the time. It is therefore seen by critics as the basis for the development of hard rock and later heavy metal. The album contains own songs like Mandrake Root, which was the basis for the band's sprawling live duels for a long time, including some cover versions, among others Help! by the Beatles, the song made famous by Jimi Hendrix Hey joe and that written by Joe South Hush. With the latter, the band had their breakthrough in the USA and Canada, where the single place 4 resp. Reached number 2 on the charts. On July 6, the band appeared in the opening act for the Byrds for the first time on British soil.

The second album was released in the same year The Book of Taliesyn published, which partly also shows characteristics of progressive rock as well as the classical quotations often used later (here in a short version of Beethoven's second movement of his seventh symphony in Exposure). An example of the use of classical instruments and shapes is the middle part of Anthem, in which a four-part fugato from a string quartet can be heard. In addition to own compositions, the album includes cover versions of classics such as We Can Work It Out (The Beatles) and Kentucky Woman (Neil Diamond). Critics like the magazine Disc & Music Echo Although they missed the real 'kick' on the “slightly disappointing album”, they praised the band's “sense of dynamism and the combination of instrumental passages with familiar themes”. After the release, Deep Purple toured the US as the opening act for Cream and then on their own.

The third, simple Deep Purple titled album was released in 1969. Some songs, like the twelve-minute one April, which is divided into three parts (band - orchestra - band) refer again to classic models and aesthetics. The title was one of the first of the rock suites of progressive rock bands such as The Nice, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Genesis, which were soon popular. In addition, the hard rock, through which the band achieved worldwide fame, is shown for the first time on this album. For example in Bird Has Flown or The painter. With Lalena there is only one cover version of Donovan.

Change to the classic Mark II cast and growing popularity

In mid-1969 Evans and Simper were replaced at Blackmore's instigation by singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. The two had previously played together in the band "Episode Six" for several years. With the engagement of these musicians, the classic Mk-II-Occupation.

At first, Jon Lord and his musical performances were in the spotlight for the new line-up. The classically trained musician had written a work for rock band and orchestra, Concerto for Group and Orchestra, which premiered with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of Malcolm Arnold. It was one of the first attempts to combine classical and rock music, and the first performance by a rock band with a full orchestra. Although the project was received favorably by the audience and parts of the critics, some band members, especially Blackmore, were not satisfied with it. Among other things, due to the fear of a loss of image of the band, it was decided to take a new, musically harder path.

Worldwide success of the Mark II cast

Deep purple in rock

The album released in 1970 Deep purple in rock can be seen as a turning point in the history of the band as well as in the history of rock music. The first album, which was also successful in Europe, marked the band's global breakthrough and focused international attention, as evidenced by numerous gold records and top chart placements. In Great Britain it reached the fourth position in the chart and even spent twelve weeks at number one in Germany. The work combines the musical characteristics typical for the following period: striking heavy metal and hard rock riffs Blackmore, Lord's classical cadences and figures, Gillan's ecstatic singing as well as those in titles such as Speed ​​King, Child in Time and other songs, especially live, open competition between Lord's organ and Blackmore's guitar. This competition is, however, often in the form of a call and response (as in the note example for Speed ​​King), musically quite fruitful. Child in Time is a protest song against the Vietnam War and is one of the most famous and important songs in rock music. Werner Faulstich poses in his book The culture of the seventies the song Speed ​​King as a prime example of hard rock: “The piece begins with an instrumental introduction in which two opponents are introduced: a wild rock guitar and a gentle organ. Two basic lines and their contrast thus indicate that all rock music of the seventies was shaped by: hard versus soft. ”The hard rock riffs of Blackmore have now definitely prevailed. The classical elements are increasingly appearing as an ingredient of primarily hard rock-oriented music that can be dispensed with if necessary. On the secure basis of Paice and Glover, the style developed into a very rhythmic, straightforward music. The song produced after the album Black Night has been the band's most successful single since Hush. Black Night reached number 2 in the British charts and as the only song by Deep Purple to date to number 1 in the European singles charts (in Switzerland for four weeks in autumn 1970).


In 1971 the musicians founded their own record label Purple Records. Compared to its predecessor, the more experimental, progressive 1971 album Fireball with the classics Fireball and The Mule increased the band's musical reputation and popularity. It was the first Deep Purple album to reach number one on the UK album charts and the first of the band's ten number one studio albums to date. Appeared parallel to the LP Strange Kind of Woman as a single. Fireball received gold status in some countries and was mainly to be found on the 1st place or on the following ranks of the international album charts. The single Fireball had a fast, driving pace that was virtually unknown when it was released in 1971. Due to this style and the pattern of Ian Paice's drums, Fireball is nevertheless considered a forerunner of speed metal and a role model for heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest, Motörhead and Metallica.

Machine head

In 1972 Deep Purple's best-selling studio album was released Machine head, that with Fireball and Deep purple in rock one of the most important Deep Purple albums, as well as Led Zeppelins Led Zeppelin IV and Black Sabbaths Paranoid known as the “Holy Trinity” of hard rock. Machine head contains the tracks still played live today Highway Star, Smoke on the Water, Lazy, Space Truckin 'who were increasingly influenced by Blackmore's guitar playing. The song When a Blind Man Cries initially appeared as a single B-side and only became part of the album for the remastered version. The album reached gold, platinum and double platinum status in numerous countries and number one in the charts in nine countries. Highway Star is one of the first and most important pioneers of Heavy Metal and Speed ​​Metal, while the world hit Smoke on the water is considered the most famous of all songs written by Deep Purple. With over 12 million records sold, the single is the best-selling in the band's history and is one of the most famous rock songs of all. Smoke on the water was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is the most famous song after their national anthem according to a US poll.

On June 30, 1972, Deep Purple played as part of their Machine Head Tour at the Rainbow Theater in London, where the band set a volume record of 117 dB, which earned them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records in 1975 as "the loudest pop group in the world".

Made in Japan

On the short time after Machine head released double live album Made in Japan the band impressively demonstrated the joy of playing, instrumental frenzy and improvisation skills in versions that are sometimes twice as long as the studio titles. The album is considered by many fans and critics as the best album of the band and as a milestone in the history of hard rock and heavy metal and is considered to be one of the most popular and best-selling live albums in music history. Made in Japan achieved platinum or double platinum status in numerous countries.

Most successful band in the world, conflicts and the end of the classical line-up

Since the band was on tour around the world very often, tensions and conflicts arose between the musicians. To the recordings of Who Do We Think We Are in 1973 the band members went to the studio separately. At first it was said that they wanted to break up the band completely, later only Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were replaced, probably mainly because of the differences with Ritchie Blackmore. The last in the classic Mark II line-up recorded album, which was generally "bluesier" than its predecessor, had despite the hit Woman from Tokyo and worldwide top positions in the album charts for the first time declining sales figures and was rated less positively by critics than the previous albums. Even so, Deep Purple became the same year thanks to the albums Machine head, Made in Japan and Who Do We Think We Are the best-selling musical act in the United States. In addition, the band was able to close the year 1973 with the most record sales worldwide.

The Coverdale era

After the Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers failed, the band signed the then unknown David Coverdale. Glenn Hughes, who was previously active in the band Trapeze, joined in as bassist and supported Coverdale with vocals, especially in the high vocal ranges. This occupation was Mark III called.

Burn and California Jam

The following shot for Burn was, with the exception of the "metallic title song" Burn, who is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Speed ​​Metal and Power Metal genre, more blues-oriented than their predecessors. Another highlight besides the title song is the often covered blues rock piece Mistreated. To drive sales of the album, was Burn in relation to the music magazine Billboard from the record label as that Top Album Artists of the Year in the U.S.A. Applied. Just over a month after its release, the band received the gold record for 500,000 albums sold in the US. After the album was released, the usual promotional tour followed, with the band receiving 29 gold records in the spring of 1974 before a concert in Birmingham. Her appearance at California Jam on April 6 of the same year, the largest Deep Purple concert with around 200,000 tickets sold (and a total of around 400,000 visitors), at which the band headlined together with Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Black Sabbath, among others. At the end of the show, during the performance of Space Truckin ' Ritchie Blackmore destroyed several of his guitars, demolished a television camera and burned his monitor boxes with gasoline.

Stormbringer and Blackmore's first exit

The album, released in late 1974 Stormbringer is, with the exception of some riff-heavy rock songs like the opener Stormbringer and Lady Double Dealer, even more soul-, blues- and fun-oriented than Burn and also contains the ballad Soldier of Fortune. In the spring of 1975 Ritchie Blackmore left after disputes over the musical direction Deep Purple to found Rainbow.

Come Taste the Band, Crisis and Dissolution

The rest of the group struggled to find a suitable replacement for Blackmore, as he, as a founding member, had decisively shaped the band style. Finally, an agreement was reached on the American fusion guitarist Tommy Bolin proposed by Coverdale. Thus the fourth line-up of the band, Mark IV, justified. Bolin had previously worked on the James Gang and on Billy Cobham's album, among others Spectrum participated. His renewal efforts were not crowned with success: The 1975 album, which relied heavily on soul and funk elements, especially in Hughes ’bass playing and Bolin's rhythm guitar Come taste the band In terms of sales of previous albums, it turned out to be a commercial flop. It struck despite a cross-section of hard and melodic rock pieces, funk and soul, as well as the rock ballad You keep on moving to broad rejection. A reviewer of the magazine Sounds described the album as a "bad offcut".

In 1975 Deep Purple toured the Pacific, initially in Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. Concerts in Japan and Hong Kong formed the end. In between, the group was the first western rock band to appear in Indonesia, but Deep Purple's concerts in Jakarta turned into a fiasco. Security forces set dogs on the crowd and a Deep Purple bodyguard was killed in unclear circumstances.

In the booklet of the 1995 newly released album Malice in Wonderland Paice Ashton Lord quoted Ian Paice ’statement on the occupation with Bolin, in which he praised the collaboration with him, but also referred to his addiction to heroin. Hughes and Bolin's serious drug problems, but also different musical ideas of the members destroyed the cohesion of the band. Coverdale, Lord and Paice therefore broke up the band after a last concert on March 15, 1976 in Liverpool. Despite all of its internal problems, Deep Purple was on a commercial par with industry leaders Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin until they were dissolved.

The years after Deep Purple

Guitarist Tommy Bolin came to a tragic end. Just a few months after the dissolution, he died after a fit of weakness on December 4, 1976 at the age of 25. The evening before, he had given a concert in the opening act for Jeff Beck. An overdose of heroin in combination with alcohol was given as the cause of death.

In the following years the artists devoted themselves particularly to solo projects. Ritchie Blackmore was able to achieve great success with his band Rainbow. Roger Glover worked as a producer, among others for well-known bands such as Judas Priest, Nazareth, Spencer Davis Group, Rory Gallagher, Status Quo and David Coverdale. He later released two solo albums before joining Rainbow in 1978 as a producer and bass player. Lord and Paice were in demand live and studio musicians (Gary Moore, Whitesnake, Cozy Powell, Pete York). David Coverdale founded Whitesnake, where Jon Lord and shortly thereafter Ian Paice also met in 1978. In 2015 the band released the tribute album The Purple Album, which contains 15 songs from his Deep Purple time. Ian Gillan first built (1975 to 1978) the Ian Gillan Band, which was based on jazz rock. In 1978 he broke up this band and founded a new formation, simply called Gillan, and stylistically classified into the areas of hard rock, heavy metal and NWOBHM. As early as 1981/82 there were serious attempts by the MK II to achieve a reunification, which is why Ian Gillan also brought the band Gillan to an end. However, Blackmore had other engagements with Rainbow, so Gillan joined Black Sabbath for a short time in 1983.

Bogus Purple

In 1980, the former singer Rod Evans tried with some unknown musicians under the name Deep Purple to continue the band. The project came under the name Bogus Purple in the band history. Because Evans did not have the naming rights, managers John Coletta and Tony Edwards obtained an injunction through Warner Bros. prohibiting him from using the name Deep Purple to operate. Then he named the band New Deep Purple. Now Coletta and Edwards placed an ad in the Los Angeles Times: "Tomorrow's Deep Purple performance at Long Beach Arena will not be: Blackmore, Coverdale, Gillan, Glover, Hughes, Lord and Paice." The project broke up after a few concerts in the USA, Canada and Mexico, as it met with harsh criticism and widespread rejection from fans.

Reunion of the Mark II cast and building on old successes

In 1984, eight years after the dissolution of the Mark IV cast, undertook the British record company Polygram Considerable efforts to get Deep Purple in the classic Mk-II- To bring cast back to life. Rumor has it that each musician was offered two million dollars. As the success of Rainbow waned, Lord and Paice could no longer cope with the direction of Whitesnake and Gillan "had to take his hat" at Black Sabbath, Deep Purple reunited in April 1984.

Perfect Strangers

The one published in October 1984 Perfect Strangers turned into a surprisingly fresh album. It contained with concise riffs (Perfect Strangers and Knocking at your back door ) as well as fast instrumental duels by Blackmore and Lord (A Gypsy’s Kiss) the tried and tested "Deep Purple ingredients" in a slightly modernized sound and was able to place itself on the highest chart positions worldwide (# 1 in Switzerland, # 2 in Germany, # 5 in Great Britain, # 6 in the USA). The album achieved platinum status in the US and Canada and gold status in the UK and Germany. The pieces released as a single Knocking at your back door and Perfect Strangers came in 7th place, respectively. 12 of the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks.

In 2007, Rock Hard magazine published a list of the best of 500 rock and metal albums and placed Perfect Strangers at number 231. Matthias Breusch came to the following conclusion in the same magazine: “Deep Purple have always been one step ahead of the competition. After the futile hope for a reunion of the Beatles, which came to an abrupt end with John Lennon's assassination in December 1980, the reunion of Purple in the Mark II line-up is the first and, in terms of media coverage, the biggest 'resurrection' in rock history to date ". The following tour, on which the band also played in front of about 80,000 fans in Knebworth, England, together with the Scorpions, Meat Loaf and UFO, was also a great success. In the United States, Deep Purple's tour was the most successful of the year after Bruce Springsteen. The Music Express stated that the band "is also musically building on old feats", and the The New Zurich Times praised the “high-profile stage show” during the star rather saw a "lukewarm old men" at work.

The House of Blue Light

After the end of the tour for the album Perfect Strangers, the album was released in 1986 The House of Blue Light recorded, on which the band is musically willing to take risks again (e.g. on Strange ways) wanted to be. Blackmore uses guitar synthesizers for the first time and Paice uses electronic drums (The Unwritten Law) a. The House of Blue Light achieved inter alia 1st place in Germany and Sweden, as well as the golden record in Canada. The live album was released the following year Nobody’s perfect and for the 20th anniversary a newly recorded version of the first hit Hush.

Gillan's dismissal, entry of Turners and Slaves and Masters

In 1989 Ian Gillan was fired again because he had gotten into an argument with Blackmore over the musical direction. After his second separation from the band, he declared himself that he did not want to play again in Deep Purple in the future:

“I can only think of Deep Purple like an ex. We married in 69 and divorced in 73. We married again in 84 and divorced in 89. I'm not going to do that again. "

For him, on the initiative of Blackmore, the former Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen singer Joe Lynn Turner was hired. With that the band passed - Mark-V called - mostly (Glover, Blackmore, Turner) from the last permanent Rainbow line-up. The 91 album was created Slaves and Masters, from which clear parallels to the late Rainbow can be drawn. The album flopped due to its unusually poppy style and was able to reach its highest chart position (# 5) in Switzerland, where it also received gold status. Only the single that was released King of Dreams was able to get in 6th place of the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks place. However, Turner was not accepted by the fans, which was one of the reasons he had to leave the band after just one album and one tour.

Gillan's re-entry and Blackmore's second exit

At the end of 1992 Ian Gillan, against Blackmore's resistance, was brought back into the band at the instigation of Lord, Paice and Glover, although he had previously spoken out against it. This made it possible for the next '93 album The Battle Rages On again in Mk-II-Cast cast. The album shows a wide musical spectrum of the band; from the riff-heavy opener The Battle Rages On as well as the power rock ballad Anya, which is also influenced by medieval music, about the progressive-psychedelic rock piece Solitaire up to A twist in the tale, a piece similar to Speedmetal. The album was more successful than its predecessor and reached various top 10 placements worldwide. In Japan the album was awarded a gold record. The Battle Rages On was Deep Purple's last studio album for 20 years, until with Now What ?! another such was awarded the gold record. The differences within the band persisted, however: Following a European tour for the album, Blackmore left the band on November 17, 1993 after his last appearance in Helsinki at his own request because he was not satisfied with Gillan's vocal performance. In a later interview, Roger Glover explained:

"[...] we should still be playing in Japan, but Ritchie suddenly didn't want that. We then tried to talk to him, I called him and said: 'Please - please play these gigs with us.' He just replied: 'No!' Nothing else. He didn't let anyone talk to him "

Since the band wanted to avoid a legal dispute with the organizer, they started looking for a replacement at short notice. After only three days of rehearsal, Joe Satriani helped out as guitarist for the tour and also jumped in on another tour through Europe in the first half of 1994. He was asked to replace Blackmore permanently, but couldn't stay with the band because of his record deal. This formation went on to be short-lived Mark VI cast into the history of the band.

The entry of Steve Morse

Although it turned out to be a difficult undertaking to convince the fan base of a new Deep Purple line-up without Ritchie Blackmore, a veritable successor was found in the so-called guitar virtuoso Steve Morse (including Kansas, Dixie Dregs) Mark VII cast keep playing. Morse's new interpretations of the existing Blackmore material created a unique sound and aroused mixed feelings among Blackmore fans. With his entry, however, numerous less well-known songs from the 1970s found their way into the live set, which, due to Blackmore's refusal, had never or only rarely been played live - heard on the albums as an example Live at the Olympia '96 and Live at Montreux.

With this line-up, Deep Purple played the somewhat calmer sounding, partly musically new album in 1996 Purpendicular one about which the magazine Audio judged: “The British hard rock warriors have succeeded in creating a fine, surprisingly melodic late work for a long time. Purpendicular finally opens new horizons after rather unimaginative Schema F albums. ”In 1998, the harder studio work followed again with the same line-up Abandon. Regardless, the success of the first two albums with the new line-up was moderate. While the album Purpendicular reached 3rd place in Sweden as the best placement, was achieved by its successor Abandon 6th place in Norway.

Departure of Jon Lord and younger development

In 2001, Deep Purple founding member Jon Lord fell ill while on tour, so the band briefly hired Don Airey for him, who had already played with Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Gary Moore and Rainbow. In March of the following year, Lord decided to leave Deep Purple in order to devote himself to a solo career. After the positive experiences on the previous tour, Airey was hired as a permanent keyboard player. In this Mark VIII The album was named line-up in 2003 Bananas (reached # 3 in Germany and among others the top 10 album charts in Argentina and Finland). The inclusion of Airey was seen as an enrichment from many sides, the "breath of fresh air" that he brought into the band and into the songwriting was received very benevolently. It offers titles like the one reminiscent of Dire Straits Walk on or the Latin-American one Doing It Tonight not just the familiar “purple sound”. The hi-fi magazine Stereo play rated it as "a refreshing and uncomplicated, slag-free rock album with strong riffs and vocals that are still unparalleled in the scene."

Deep Purple performed as part of the worldwide Live 8-Barrie concerts on July 2nd, 2005. The studio album was released in October 2005 Rapture of the Deep (# 10 in Germany, # 81 in Great Britain). A world tour followed in early 2006 (in Germany together with Alice Cooper). The 4-CD box was also released in early 2006 Live Across Europe 1993who have favourited two complete concerts (Stuttgart and Birmingham, England) of the last Deep Purple tour in the Mk-II- Cast includes. In 2007 the band received an award for more than 100,000 tickets sold in France that same year. In the same year her Rapture of the Deep Tour on Planet Rock the sixth highest position of all concert tours worldwide. In 2009 Deep Purple opened the Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic.

The Rapture of the Deep Tour ended after more than 300 concerts in spring 2011.

In addition to their rocky live concerts, the band has always remained loyal to itself as a mediator between rock and classical music, for example they performed the Concerto for group, written by Jon Lord and first performed in 1969, on a tour in 1999/2000 and at 2 concerts in London's Royal Albert Hall and orchestra on. In 2011 the band went on an extensive concert tour through North America and Europe with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt and the conductor Stephen Bentley-Klein, on which the band did not present the Concerto for group and orchestra, but the most famous songs of the band with orchestral accompaniment.

On July 16, 2012, longtime keyboardist and band founder Jon Lord died of complications from cancer.

Another success with Now What ?!

In 2013 the 19th studio album was released by the German record company earMUSIC Now What ?!dedicated to the late Jon Lord. For this purpose, the band recorded new material with producer Bob Ezrin in his studio in Nashville. It was the first album since the 1987 studio album The House of Blue Light, which reached chart position 1 (in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Norway). Now What ?! was also the first studio album since the 1993 album The Battle Rages On, which made its way into the US charts (# 110). The album reached number 11 in the World Albums Charts (Global Chart). The album received gold record awards in Germany, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2014, the album was released by the US music magazine Revolver with the Golden Gods Awards 2014 - Comeback of the Year excellent. The German magazine Rocks wrote that producer Bob Ezrin "understood" exactly what the band was about. Now What ?! sounds "better than any Deep Purple record of the past decades." In the course of the world tour, which began in early 2013 and ended in July 2016, the band made their first guest appearance at Wacken Open Air in 2013, which was on the live album ... From the Setting Sun ... In Wacken is documented. Another concert on the tour, a performance at Budokan in Tokyo in April 2014, in which part of the important live album Made in Japan was recorded as early as 1972, was performed together with ...From the setting sun ... In Wacken as ... To the rising sun ... In Tokyo released. Towards the end of the tour, in June 2016, Ian Paice suffered a transient ischemic attack, as a result of which three concerts had to be canceled. However, Paice recovered quickly and so the tour was able to continue as planned in July.

inFinite, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Long Goodbye Tour

In 2016, Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In terms of personnel, this affects the first three lineups of the band, Mark I. with Lord, Blackmore, Paice and Evans (but without Nick Simper), Mark II with Gillan and Glover (rather than Evans and Simper) as well Mark III with Coverdale and Hughes (instead of Gillan and Glover). The group was introduced and presented by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who is considered a passionate fan of the group. The group played the songs here Highway Star, Hush, Green onions (Cover) and Smoke on the water.

In April 2017 the band released their 20th studio album "inFinite". The album was again produced by Bob Ezrin and reached top positions in various countries, including number one in Germany and Switzerland. Following the release of the album, the "inFinite - The Long Goodbye Tour ", which is supposed to herald the long farewell to Deep Purple. Further performances took place in Europe and North America, Great Britain and South America. If she "inFinite - The Long Goodbye Tour"This is actually the band's last concert tour, but the band members gave different and sometimes contradicting answers.


In the spring of 2019, Deep Purple recorded their album Whoosh! in Nashville. Bob Ezrin was the producer for the third year in a row. The release of the album was postponed to August 7, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. With this album, the band managed to reach the top of the German album charts for the ninth time and for the third time in a row. The album held the top position in five other countries, including Austria and Switzerland.

A tour planned for 2020 also had to be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Membership overview

Deep Purple's band history, which has been shaped by numerous changes, is shown below based on the line-up.

With the table and the following discography, it should be noted that there is some disagreement about the method of counting. The guest appearance of Joe Satrianis, who was only available for two live tours and did not participate in any studio recordings, is viewed by some sources as a full-fledged cast Mk VI. Incorrectly, the reunions of the Mk-II line-up are sometimes referred to as Mk V and VII, so there is a potential for confusion here.

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