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.
Whitesnake's 'Purple Album' Reissue Has Coverdale Audition Demo
Two-CD/Blu-ray set also features 'Stormbringer' demos, alternate track mixes, song-by-song commentary and more.
How Steve Morse Got Back Onstage After Quitting Deep Purple
Guitarist arranges trio shows around his duties with cancer-battling wife.
David Coverdale Is Planning a Special Deep Purple Celebration
"It's such a game-changing, life-changing thing," he reflects on his 1973 debut with legendary band.
How Deep Purple Took on Hard Times With 'Woman From Tokyo'
"We had burned out," keyboardist Jon Lord admitted, but the band pressed on.
Ritchie Blackmore Couldn't Get Inspired by Deep Purple at the End
Guitarist reflects on his departure from rock music in the '90s, admitting he's a "musical snob."
Joe Lynn Turner Recalls His One Album With Deep Purple
Singer "knew what was happening" when he was released so Ian Gillan could return in 1992.
Simon McBride Will Bring 'Harder Edge' to New Deep Purple Music
He says there’s "no talk of stopping" after "life-changing" appointment as new guitarist.