Deep Purple

Deep Purple are an English hard rock band formed in Hertfordshire in 1968. Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered one of the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although the members of the band have always refused to label themselves as the former. The band has also incorporated pop and progressive rock elements. It was once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's loudest band, a record which it lost to The Rolling Stones, and it has sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

The band has gone through many line-up changes, as well as an eight-year hiatus and two reunions. The line-ups are commonly labled as 'Mark I', 'Mark II', and 'Mark III'. Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured: Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Roger Glover (bass guitar) and Ian Paice (drums).However the 'Mark II' failed in reunion. Recent lineup including Steve Morse has stability in comparison with it. Paice is the only original member still with the band.

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