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Like many British rock bands that came of age in the late ‘60s, Deep Purple has had a long and turbulent history. The quintet lost its original singer by the end of the decade and before the band started selling tons of records. New singer Ian Gillan helped anchor the new lineup through some of its most successful albums, including ‘Fireball’ and ‘Machine Head,’ which spawned the classic song ‘Smoke on the Water’ in 1972. By the end of the decade, Deep Purple would lose guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, and Gillan was replaced by David Coverdale. Turnarounds since the ’70s have been plentiful, with members leaving and joining and forming bands like Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake. But at its peak, the band drove hard-rock muscle straight into the pop charts, becoming one of the era’s most beloved groups.

Deep Purple, ‘Live In Verona’ – DVD Review

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Daniel Liebl, Getty Images

We review Deep Purple's new live DVD, recorded in a historic spot with an orchestra.

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‘Highway Star’ vs. ‘Heading Out to the Highway’ – Clash of the Titans

Deep Purple Vs. Judas Priest

There are so many rock songs about highways that you could spend years trying to listen to them all, but this edition of Clash of the Titans narrows our focus down to two of the greatest.

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Watch Deep Purple Perform ‘Uncommon Man’ From Jon Lord Tribute

Deep Purple
YouTube

Friends, fans and colleagues of former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord congregated to celebrate his legacy earlier this year, and now the result -- the deluxe recording of an all-star concert titled 'Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall' -- is in stores.

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Deep Purple – ‘Graz 1975′ Album Review

Deep Purple Graz
Eagle Rock

'Graz 1975' captures the Mark III Deep Purple lineup in one of its very last performances. However, this is hardly the sound of a band in its final hours.

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Former Members of Deep Purple and Vanilla Fudge Form Rated X

Rated X
Frontiers

Put together former members of Deep Purple, Vanilla Fudge and Whitesnake, and the results are Rated X.

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30 Years Ago: Deep Purple Makes an Improbable Return with ‘Perfect Strangers’

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The celebrated Mark II lineup of Deep Purple had long refused to get back together simply to cash checks on a reunion tour.

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Watch Bruce Dickinson and Glenn Hughes Perform Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’

Bruce Dickinson
YouTube

We're still weeks away from the Sept. 26 release of the live film and CD 'Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall,' but you can catch an early glimpse of the concert's contents right now.

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Deep Purple Announce New Concert Film With Orchestra

Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Deep Purple's forthcoming 'Live in Verona' DVD finds the group working with strings again.

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Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan Leads Thousands of Guitarists Through ‘Smoke on the Water’

Ian Gillan
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

In 2013, the inaugural Guitars on the Beach event collected the biggest single gathering of guitarists playing simultaneously in the history of Britain.

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Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Says He’s Sad That He and Ritchie Blackmore Are No Longer Friends

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earMusic/Frontiers Records

It seems that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore didn't break up with just Deep Purple two decades ago.

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