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Deep Purple Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide

Perhaps more than any other rock band, Deep Purple proved that a group of musicians could undergo consistent and even traumatic turnover, yet still achieve remarkable success over a long span of time. We’ve brought all of their incarnations together in this gallery of Deep Purple Lineup Changes.

Since the release of their 1968 debut, Shades of Deep Purple, the band have weathered eight different lineups — which they have dubbed “Marks” — and a couple of reunions of the Mark II quintet responsible for their most celebrated work. Drummer Ian Paice has been the lone constant member.

Along the way, they shepherded the career of David Coverdale, who would later find platinum success fronting Whitesnake and discovered a brilliant, but troubled, guitarist in Tommy Bolin. But they haven’t been only about finding new talent as replacement members. They also had a short spell with former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner and Steve Morse (Kansas, Dixie Dregs) has been in the group since 1994. Joe Satriani even filled in as lead guitarist for a very brief stretch.

Since Morse’s arrival, the group has seen no small degree of stability, with the only change taking place in 2002, when hard rock veteran Don Airey replaced the retiring founding keyboardist Jon Lord. Deep Purple’s legend has in many ways transcended any talk of who’s who. Still, who was who? Click above for a primer…

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