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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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Rick Diamond / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Deep Purple and Alice Cooper Kick Off Co-Headlining Tour in Vegas: Set List + Videos

Both acts delivered classics and new songs at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

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Steve Morse and Ritchie Blackmore
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Steve Morse Says Ritchie Blackmore’s Return to Deep Purple Would Be ‘Nice’

Current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse said it would be “nice” if his predecessor Ritchie Blackmore could return to the band for a guest appearance.

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Steve Thorne, Getty Images

Ritchie Blackmore Says He Would Play a ‘Single Show’ With Deep Purple

Ritchie Blackmore said he’d be prepared to play a “single show” with his former colleagues in Deep Purple, mainly for nostalgia reasons.

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Steve Thorne, Getty Images

Ritchie Blackmore Says He Would Play With Deep Purple Again

Ritchie Blackmore has gotten over his bad feelings about Deep Purple, and he’d play with them again if he was invited, he said.

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Ian Gillan Slams Royalty Payments: ‘How Many Albums Have Deep Purple Sold? About 11 or 12’

Ian Gillan recently said that his royalty payments suggest Deep Purple have sold “11 or 12” albums throughout their career.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Says There’s ‘No Logic to Anything That Goes on in Our Business': Exclusive Interview

Ian Paice reflects on Deep Purple's new album, legacy and the record business.

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Tommy Denander with Deep Purple
Tommy Denander

Session Man Tommy Denander’s Spinal Tap Moment: Playing One Chord on Deep Purple’s New Album

Renowned session guitarist Tommy Denander is delighted to have played on Deep Purple’s upcoming album Infinite – even though he contributed only one single chord to the whole LP.

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Roger Glover
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Roger Glover Doesn’t Know Why Ritchie Blackmore Resurrected Rainbow

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover remains a fan of ex-bandmate Ritchie Blackmore, but he wonders why the guitarist resurrected the Rainbow name for his recent return to rock shows.

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45 Years Ago: Deep Purple Emerges From the Flames on ‘Machine Head’

Deep Purple watched their recording venue burn, then persevered to tell the tale in 'Smoke on the Water' and make 'Machine Head,' released in March 1972.

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Ear Music

Deep Purple Debut New ‘All I Got Is You’ Song and Video

Deep Purple have released a new video for "All I Got Is You," the second single from their upcoming album Infinite.

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