Deep Purple Officially Welcome Guitarist Simon McBride To The Band

Deep Purple have officially welcomed Simon McBride to the band as their new guitarist. He will be replacing Steve Morse, who exited the group to care for his wife, who is sadly battling cancer.

The band commented:

“We are thrilled that Simon has agreed to join. Simon’s playing is up there with the greats. Of course, Steve can’t be replaced, the same as Ritchie, and Steve has a long legacy with Deep Purple. In Simon we have not found a replacement, but an extraordinarily talented and exciting guitarist in his own right. The reception from audiences over the Summer has already been great and we are looking forward to the forthcoming dates in the UK and Europe across the rest of the year. It is clear that Simon also holds great respect for those before him. We are all excited for what the years to come hold for the band.”

McBride added:

“I’m very happy to be asked to join the band, at the start of the pandemic if someone would have said to me that I was going to be the new guitarist in Deep Purple I would have just laughed, but here we are and it’s happening. Deep Purple has a history of great guitarists so I’m very honoured to be asked to be part of that. They are all amazing musicians and more importantly, I have become very good friends with the guys so I can’t wait to continue touring and even perhaps some writing and recording.”

Deep Purple Digitally Release “Extras: The Now What?! B-Sides And Bonus Songs” Compilation

Deep Purple have released a new compilation album titled “Extras: The Now What?! B-Sides And Bonus Songs.” The effort is currently available in digital outlets and can be found on the service of your choice HERE.

earMUSIC shared more info on the set:

“The idea of this compilation started after sharing previously released ‘rare tracks’ on a private playlist. We believe it is a very interesting listen for all the fans that like to go deeper into the bands production process.

“NOW What?!” was a very important album for the band, bringing them back to No.1 (in Germany and many other countries). It is packed full of songs that have become modern hits and highlights in their history. It is an album that brings back many special memories of joy and well-deserved success.

Here is a short description of what you can find on the compilation:

1. “Hell To Pay (Radio Edit)”:

This edit was the first single released before the album came out. It was available as CD-Single and 7”, together with ‘All The Time in The World’. A great rock song, played live nearly every night during the NOW What?! and infinite tours.

2. “It´ll Be Me”:

This cover version of a Jerry Lee Lewis classic was added as bonus track on many editions of the NOW What?! CD. Compared to other songs on this compilation it will be an easy one to find on physical formats.

3. “All The Time in the World (Radio Mix Edit)”:

This version was a mix that became ready before the full album was finished. It is a little shorter than the album version and it features extra percussions and less guitar. The song obtained some radio airplay in various countries, paving the way for the album’s success. Listening back to it, we still believe that it is a Purple classic, and was played live occasionally during the NOW What?! tour. This version was released as B-Side on the “Hell To Pay” CD single and 7” vinyl.

4. “First Sign Of Madness”:

This studio song did not make it to the final album but it is a fantastic rock track; previously included on the Gold Edition of NOW What?! as well as the ‘Vincent Price’ single on CD-Maxi and 7”.

5+6. “Uncommon Man” & “Above and Beyond” – instrumentals:

These two songs were inspired by the late, great Jon Lord, who sadly passed away during the recording of the album. While the lyrics are a very important part of both songs, these instrumental versions show the beauty and the finesse of the instrumental parts.

7+8. “Après Vous” and “Hell To Pay” – instrumentals:

Previously released only as digital downloads and B-Side of the “Out of Hand” 10” Vinyl single. The vinyl 10” is not an easy one to find and the songs are available to stream for the first time.

9. “Green Onions / Hush (Live in Gaevle)”:

This great live version was mixed specifically to be released as B-Side of the “Above and Beyond” CD-single (also available as purple 7” vinyl, with a different B-Side). It shows the joy and energy that the band brought to the NOW What?! tour and gives a taste of the atmosphere on-stage and in the audience.

We hope you enjoy this playlist / compilation. Long live Deep Purple!”

Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan To Perform With Prague Philharmonic Orchestra During Spanish Tour

Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan has revealed that he will be performing some of the band’s songs during a Spanish tour with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Notably, the orchestra are also planning to perform songs by Queen, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, and Metallica.

Tour Dates:

11/11 Zaragoza, SPA – Principe Felipe Arena
11/12 Barcelona, SPA – Pabellón Olímpico de Badalona
11/18 Vigo, SPA – Instituto ferial de Vigo: IFEVI
11/19 Vitoria-Gasteitz, SPA – Fernando Buesa Arena
11/25 Granada, SPA – Palacio delos Deportes
11/26 Madrid, SPA – Pabellón Multisos Madrid Arena

Gillan commented:

“Hello everybody,

I’m pleased to announce my Spanish tour in November with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Friedemann Riehle.

There will be some great singers with the orchestra who will be performing songs by Queen, Pink Floyd, AC/DC and Metallica and I’ll be closing the show with my Purple choices, which will include Highway Star, Hush, Perfect Strangers, Smoke on the Water, Nothing at All, When a Blind Man Cries and Black Night.

Tickets are on sale now, so I hope to see you all in November at the following concerts; here are the dates, more info online.

Along with Steve at Caramba and Monika at IGOS I am devising some fiendish questions for a competition. The winners will receive pairs of tickets and backstage passes for shows of their choice on this tour. Watch this space.

Cheers for now, ig”

Guitarist Steve Morse Officially Exits Deep Purple

Deep Purple’s Steve Morse has officially announced his departure from the band. The guitarist is exiting the group to care for his wife, who is sadly battling cancer.

The band issued the following statement:

“Deep Purple announces that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, having been its guitarist for more than a quarter of a century.

Steve’s personal circumstances have made it impossible for him to commit to the band’s schedule throughout 2022 and beyond. A few months ago, Steve openly shared with the band´s fans the sad fact that his wife, Janine, is battling cancer and, in his own words, ‘I simply must be there with her.’

Since joining the band in 1994, Steve has written and recorded eight studio albums with the band:

‘Rapture of the Deep’
‘Now What?!’
‘Turning to Crime’

In addition, Steve has also recorded many live records with Deep Purple over the years.

Steve will be greatly missed by band, crew, management, record label and all those that had the pleasure of working with him over the years.

Steve has always been hugely grateful for the support and love of Deep Purple fans across the globe.

A true master…

In the words of Steve Morse:

‘Last Autumn, I suddenly left the Purple writing session in Germany because my wife was having a real medical crisis. Almost a year later, we are learning to accept stage 4 aggressive cancer and chemo treatment for the rest of her life. We both miss being at shows, but I simply couldn’t commit to long, or far away tours, since things can change quickly at home. I suggested lining up a substitute guitarist last Autumn, hoping we could see the miraculous cancer cure all of us have heard about. As time went by, I could see the way things were heading though, after 28 years of being in the band.

I’ve already played my last show with Purple back in Florida on the Rock Legends Cruise. I wish to thank the listeners who so strongly supported live music and turned every show from a dress rehearsal to a thundering, exciting experience. I’ll miss everybody in the band and crew but being Janine’s helper and advocate has made a real difference at many key points.

As Janine adjusts to her limitations, she is able to do many things on her own, so we will try to play some shorter nearby concert tours with friends to, hopefully, get both of us out of the house!

I know Simon has the gig nailed already, but I’m now handing over the keys to the vault which holds the secret of how Ritchie’s “Smoke on the Water” intro was recorded. I guess you have to jiggle the key just right because I never got it open.’

In the words of Ian Gillan:

‘In circumstances like these it is normally difficult to find the right words, but not in the case of Steve Morse; I know what I want to say.

He came from a different background to the rest of us in Deep Purple and yet his musical genius has been somehow compatible and played a big part in the fresh direction adopted by the group when he joined and made his first album with us in 1996, and then onwards, for over a quarter of a century, enjoying the longest incumbency of any DP guitarist and contributing to the longest unchanging line-up, which started when Don Airey replaced Jon Lord – who retired in 2002 – until the present day.

I first became aware of Steve through the Dixie Dregs, particularly the track ‘Take it off the Top’ which was the theme tune for Tommy Vance’s BBC rock show and impressed me mightily. I didn’t realise at the time that one day I would be lucky enough to stand on stage with Steve and enjoy his consummate skills up close and dangerous.

I got to know him as a very kind man, full of ideas and the patience to see them developed. He would say, ‘You never know until you try it’. We sure had some fun debating that approach, but mostly in good humour and he always gave as good as he got.

Steve has a legacy with Deep Purple that can never be forgotten, and that smile will be missed. It would be wrong to comment on his personal circumstances, suffice to say he’s in a bad place right now but dealing with it bravely and as best he can; we all admire his devotion; he’s been a strong family man all his life.

All this has come at a terrible time for everybody, including the other musicians in Deep Purple. After two years off the road because of quarantines everywhere, we had to get back to what we do, and that is perform live around the world and make music in the way we have always done, since 1968. As we get older, we realise that we’re much closer to the end, and that triggers an urgency that won’t be tamed. From Steve’s perspective, I can only imagine that there is no possible ‘nice’ way of continuing with a new man, but it is either that or call it a day, because the lack of momentum was gradually becoming something more significant; it felt terminal.

The best way I can describe this is by using Steve’s own words; when I sent him a love letter a few weeks ago, he replied that it was weird being at home whilst we guys were out there, but ‘reality intervenes’… and that’s what has happened.

I can only put out love and respect, and positive vibes at the memories of good times together.’

In the words of Ian Paice:

‘From the moment Steve joined us in Purple, it was obvious he could open up new musical possibilities for us. Like most great creative musicians, he has the ability to come up with musical ideas that no one else has thought of.

I think the easiest way to say it is he’s always “thinking outside the box”. Not many of us can do that!

We learnt he is also an incredibly nice man, who put up with our lack of knowledge of US sports teams and stars, and our continual talk of UK football, (soccer to our US friends!), with great patience. But there is one important truth here and that is ‘family comes first.’

Steve is adhering to that truth with his wife Janine’s health situation. We will miss him.’

In the words of Roger Glover:

‘In the early 80’s, on tour with Rainbow in Germany, I heard ‘Go for Baroque’ by the Dixie Dregs on a car radio. I was captivated and immediately bought Unsung Heroes. Then I bought Steve’s first solo album. What a guitar player. Never could I have dreamed that twelve years later we would be in a band together.

Deep Purple was at a pivotal point in the mid-90’s and needed to refresh itself. Steve was an inspired choice and brought his talent and limitless imagination to us – evidenced by ‘Purpendicular’, a favourite album of mine – enabling the band to start an amazing journey for the next twenty-eight years… no mean feat. He’s a teacher, he inspired us, me in particular, with his energy, encouragement and wisdom, and his contribution and legacy in this band is beyond words. He will be missed but our friendship will remain.

Sadly, life has intervened, and different challenges are upon us. Janine needs him now, and my best wishes and thoughts go out to them.’

In the words of Don Airey:

‘Thanks Steve for being such a shining light both musically and personally to me over the last few (20 !!) years. All I can do is wish you and Janine the best for the future, in the new course that life has taken you. I know it would take a lot more than this to extinguish your talent and your music, so hopefully we’ll see you down the road a-piece. Cheers DA’

There will be no further comment from the band. We kindly ask that Steve and Janine’s privacy is respected and to keep them in your thoughts at this time.”

Deep Purple’s Steve Morse To Take “Temporary Hiatus” From The Band’s Live Shows

Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse has announced that he will be “taking a temporary hiatus” from the band’s live shows to be home with his wife, who is sadly battling cancer. During his absence, Simon McBride will fill in.

Morse commented:

“Hello, everybody. I’ve just done a few gigs with the band, after years (!?) of not playing live. It’s a bittersweet, wonderful time to get together.

However, my dear wife Janine is currently battling cancer. At this point, there are so many possible complications and unknowns, that whatever time we have left in our lives, I simply must be there with her.

I am not leaving the band – I hope that after she gets a clean bill of health, I can re-join the tour. However, I am not seeing any likely situation which would allow me to do overseas touring in the immediate future. I continue to be privileged to be a part of the Purple family tree, and also to get to feel the amazing support of so many loyal fans and the rest of the band.

There’s a certified world class guitarist ready to take over for the live shows whom everybody will surely be happy to hear.

I appreciate all your sincere prayers for Janine and thank you all.

Steve Morse”

The band continued:

“All of our thoughts are with Janine during her fight against cancer and also with Steve while he supports his wife at a very difficult time.

We hope that Steve will be able to join us back on the road later this year.

Ian, Roger, Ian and Don”

McBride added:

“I’m deeply honoured to be asked to stand-in for Steve and play for such an iconic rock band like Deep Purple. They are amazing musicians and amazing people… I’m very excited to get out and play all those iconic songs and rock the stage with such legends. My thoughts are with Steve and Janine and their family.

There will be no further comment and we kindly ask to respect the family’s privacy and keep them in your prayers at this time.”

Deep Purple Share Video For “7 And 7 Is (German TV Rehearsal Take 1)”

Deep Purple have shared a video for a “German TV rehearsal take” of their cover of Love’s “7 And 7 Is.” The group commented:

“This is a previously unreleased version, recorded in November 2021 during a promotional and press tour of Germany for the latest album – ‘Turning To Crime’. It was during this same trip that the video for Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ was filmed. The recording is a testimony of the first auspicious meeting after almost two years apart, with the band finally playing live again in the same room.”

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice And Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake Get Fossils Named After Them

Scientists recently honored Deep Purple’s Ian Paice and Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake by naming some ancient fossils after them. The two specimens, Ophiopetagno Paicei and Muldaster Haakei, are extinct brittle stars that were taken from 428-million-year-old rocks located on the Swedish island of Gotland.

Dr. Ben Thuy from the Natural History Museum Luxembourg commented:

“Analyzing fossils the size of a dust grain and delving deeply into complex evolutionary patterns can be mind-wrecking. The music of Deep Purple and Meshuggah really helped us blow off steam, renew inspiration and calm our minds.”

“During the time our study was compiled, I recorded the drums for the upcoming album of Luxembourg-based metal band Sleepers’ Guilt, so it was an obvious choice to honor two of my idols.”

Prof. Mats E. Eriksson of Lund University continued:

“Ian Paice of Deep Purple and Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake are two of the most prolific and influential drummers of all time.”

Eriksson went on to say that they also chose to honor metal artwork legend Joe Petagno as well:

“Joe has a history of including zoological objects in his paintings and has provided artwork for some of my previous fossil discoveries. Naming a fossil in his honor was long overdue.”

Petagno added:

“In my wildest fantasies (and I have a lot of them) I never thought I would have a fossil named after me, and a stunning brittle star over 400 million years old. Far out — way out there. I am truly honored.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Deep Purple Share “Turning To Crime” Album Sampler

Deep Purple have shared a sampler featuring previews of all the tracks on their new covers album “Turning To Crime.” That effort will be released on November 26 and it will feature the band’s takes on songs by Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Cream, The Yardbirds, and more.

Deep Purple Premiere Video For Their Cover Of Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu”

Deep Purple have premiered a new video for their cover of Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “Turning To Crime,” which will be released on November 26. Keyboardist Don Airey commented:

“I’m supposed to say it’s a song I always wanted to do since I was a child, but at the same time it was quite new to me. I didn’t know the original very well, but I knew Professor Longhair’s version, which is the one that inspired my arrangement. I just love the whole thing, that style of piano playing… Very, very hard to replicate. It was a bit of a challenge. And when it came back from the other members of the band with all this other music on it, I just thought: ‘Wow, that worked out. What an insane arrangement.'”

Deep Purple Premiere Video For Their Cover Of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”

Deep Purple have premiered a new video for their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “Turning To Crime,” which will be released on November 26. Roger Glover commented:

“Everyone knows ‘Oh Well’ is a great song. Steve [Morse] did the demo for that one. You never quite know where it’s gonna go with Steve because he is very inventive. Right up until the point, with a couple of verses in, it was pretty much the same as the original. And then, all of a sudden, it took off like a rocket… in some other space.”