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40 Years Ago: Ian Gillan Quits Deep Purple

By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.

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Lars Ulrich: Deep Purple Should Be in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The guys in Deep Purple are celebrating their 45th anniversary with another album and the latest round of tour dates. But if Metallica's Lars Ulrich had anything to say about it, they'd also have a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Deep Purple Steve’s Morse Opens Up About ‘NOW What?!’

Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse recently chatted with Something Else with respect to  the group's new album 'NOW What?!' as well as his place in Deep Purple's history.

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Deep Purple, ‘NOW What?!’ – Album Review

Classic rock stalwarts Deep Purple released their new album, titled 'NOW What?!,' last Tuesday (April 30). By the standards which we might reasonably expect to measure new work from an older band, it's very good -- or at least, the parts of it that are any good are very good.

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Deep Purple Keyboardist on Rock Hall Snub: ‘I Don’t Think the Band Really Care’

It's been an up-and-down year between Deep Purple fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- the band was finally nominated for induction into the Hall, but didn't make it in. Keyboard player Don Airey seems to be taking it all in stride, though; as he put it during a recent interview, "I don't think the band really care, actually."

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Deep Purple Reveal Cover Art and Track Listing for Upcoming Album ‘NOW What?!’

Prototypical British heavy rockers Deep Purple are set to release a new album titled 'NOW What?!' on April 30, and now the group have revealed the track listing and cover art for the hotly-anticipated disc.

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Deep Purple, ‘Hell to Pay’ – Song Review

After a long absence from the recording studio, Deep Purple are set to release a new album titled 'NOW What?!' on April 30 -- and from the sound of the single 'Hell to Pay,' they might have come pretty close to their stated goal of returning to the classic Deep Purple sound.

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Deep Purple Reveal New Album Title, Single Release Date

They might not be making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just yet, but that's not stopping Deep Purple from moving forward with new music. The legendary British rockers will release a new album titled 'NOW What?!' on April 30 in North America via earMUSIC. Fans will get their first taste of the new music from a double A-side single released on March 29.

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Deep Purple Release Video Preview of Upcoming Album

Once again, Deep Purple fans are left with more questions than answers following the release of a preview clip for the band's upcoming album, which is due this April.

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Deep Purple to Reissue ‘Slaves and Masters’

Last month, we told you that Deep Purple will be reissuing 10 albums from their catalog throughout 2013. The first of which, 'Live in Paris 1975,' is due to hit stores on Jan. 29. The second, 'Slaves and Masters,' will be released a week later, on Feb. 5.

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Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan Didn’t Smoke Pot until He Was 38

Although they're considered to be one of the definitive bands for head-exploring stoners, Deep Purple weren't really ones to partake in the sweet leaf, according to lead singer Ian Gillan. In a new interview, he reveals that his personal discovery of marijuana didn't begin until he was well into his career.

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Deep Purple Announce New Album Release Date

Though recently snubbed by the powers-that-be at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the mighty Deep Purple are rolling full speed ahead and have announced new details concerning their long awaited new album. Their 19th studio album will see the light of day on April 30, 2013. It is being released by the German based label earMUSIC. The band's last studio effort dates back to 2005's  'Rapture Of The Deep' so this is a long time coming.

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