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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.

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David Coverdale Reveals More Details About Abandoned Deep Purple Reunion Project

If you were disappointed to learn that Whitesnake's new album rose out of a botched reunion effort between former Deep Purple bandmates David Coverdale and Ritchie Blackmore, you may want to stop reading this now, because the project could have been even more tantalizing than we realized.

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March Drum Madness: Ian Paice vs. Roger Taylor

We're almost ready to name the winner of our 100 percent reader-voted March Drum Madness competition, but there are still some battles yet to be fought.

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Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Stewart Copeland vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

Stewart Copeland and Ian Paice have almost made it to the end of March Drum Madness, but only one of them will move on to the next round.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Deep Purple Announce U.S. Summer Tour

Deep Purple fans in the States will be able to get their concert fix this summer, when the band returns to the U.S. for a month-long tour.

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Listen to Whitesnake Take on Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’

Whitesnake have unveiled their version of "Burn," which originally served as the title track for a long-ago collaboration between frontman David Coverdale and Deep Purple.

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Ringo Starr vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

Ringo Starr and Deep Purple's Ian Paice battle in round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Rock Madness.

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Ian Gillan Admits He Used to Head Off to the Pub During Ritchie Blackmore’s Solos

The lead singer tends to get the lion's share of the spotlight in rock 'n' roll, but the gig does have its drawbacks, including the question of what to do with yourself onstage while your bandmates are soloing.

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Nick Mason Vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

Loyalty certainly isn't in question as Deep Purple's Ian Paice battles Pink Floyd's Nick Mason in the first round of our March Drum Madness competition.

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Whitesnake’s New Album Focuses on David Coverdale’s Deep Purple Era

David Coverdale will return to his time as lead singer for Deep Purple during their Mark III and IV eras for an upcoming album with Whitesnake.

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Deep Purple vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One

Deep Purple and Creedence Clearwater Revival have given us some of the most immediately memorable -- and enduring -- radio hits of the rock era. Now, they'll battle one another for entry into the 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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