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.”

Round Hill Music Acquire David Coverdale’s Catalog

Round Hill Music have acquired the rights to David Coverdale’s catalog. The deal includes solo material, as well as music from Whitesnake and Deep Purple.

Blabbermouth shared more details on the deal:

“Round Hill Music has acquired the music publishing, master rights and master rights royalties for, and entered into a long-term administration agreement for the neighboring rights income from the catalog of David Coverdale, legendary WHITESNAKE frontman and DEEP PURPLE lead singer from 1973 to 1976.

Key acquisition highlights:

* The catalog includes recordings from Coverdale’s career as a solo artist and as the frontman of WHITESNAKE.

* The catalog includes master royalty participation from recordings during Coverdale’s tenure as the lead singer of DEEP PURPLE.

* The catalogue includes Coverdale’s music publishing assets and long-term administration rights for Coverdale’s neighboring rights income.

* The catalog provides attractive exposure to WHITESNAKE’s 1987 self-titled multi-platinum album which sold over eight million copies in the U.S. alone.

* WHITESNAKE hits in the agreement include “Here I Go Again”, “Is This Love”, “Crying In The Rain”, “Still Of The Night” and “Fool For Your Loving”.

* DEEP PURPLE master royalty tracks included in the catalog include “Burn” and “Stormbringer”.

* Also included in the catalog is “The Last Note Of Freedom”, from the “Days Of Thunder” film soundtrack, co-written with Hans Zimmer and Billy Idol.”

Trevor Bowen, chair of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund, said the following:

“The Board is pleased to provide RHM shareholders with access to David Coverdale’s own legendary catalog of hits as the frontman from one of best known rock bands of all time, who helped to define an era of music. We are delighted to be deploying capital into such high-quality acquisitions while continuing to evaluate further attractive opportunities.”

Josh Gruss, chairman and CEO of Round Hill, added:

“David Coverdale is a true rock icon. As the frontman for two of the world’s greatest bands, WHITESNAKE and DEEP PURPLE, he has blazed a trail since the early ’70s, and his legacy and influence on the generations of artists that followed him cannot be understated. To have been entrusted with David’s work is a proud day for Round Hill.”

Coverdale also commented:

“I am thrilled beyond words to joyfully announce that my existing catalog of works, both songs and master recordings, which I have been involved in creating for over 50 years, is now in exceptionally safe hands with the fine people at Round Hill. I look forward immensely to working together with Josh Gruss and all at Round Hill to ensure the legacy of my existing works for future generations to enjoy.”

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.'”

Watch Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Etc. Members Perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra”

Singer Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), bassist Roger Glover (Deep Purple), guitarist Kaitner Z Doka (Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Don Airey), and drummer Bernhard Welz (Jon Lord, Don Airey) recently joined forces to perform Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” during a special show in Győr, Hungary. Fan-filmed footage from the event, which also featured the Győr Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paul Mann, can be seen below. Notably, Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski was also in attendance and he shared some photos and footage as well.

[via Blabbermouth]

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.”

Deep Purple Premiere Music Video For Cover Of Love’s “7 And 7 Is”

Deep Purple have premiered a new video for their cover of Love’s “7 And 7 Is.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “Turning To Crime,” which will be released on November 26.

Deep Purple Stream Cover Of Love’s “7 And 7 Is”

Deep Purple have shared their cover of Love’s “7 And 7 Is.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “Turning To Crime,” which will be released on November 26.

“Turning To Crime” Track Listing:

01. “7 And 7 Is” (Love cover)
02. “Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu” (Huey “Piano” Smith cover)
03. “Oh Well” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
04. “Jenny Take A Ride!” (Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels cover)
05. “Watching The River Flow” (Bob Dylan cover)
06. “Let The Good Times Roll” (Ray Charles & Quincy Jones cover)
07. “Dixie Chicken” (Little Feat cover)
08. “Shapes Of Things” (The Yardbirds cover)
09. “The Battle Of New Orleans” (Lonnie Donegan/Johnny Horton cover)
10. “Lucifer” (Bob Seger System cover)
11. “White Room” (Cream cover)
12. “Caught In The Act” (Medley: “Going Down” / “Green Onions” / “Hot ‘Lanta” / “Dazed And Confused” / “Gimme Some Lovin’”)