Deep Purple Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

7th April 2016

Fact: Deep Purple's induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday (08Apr16) will fall on the 41st anniversary of guitar great Ritchie Blackmore's departure from the band. Blackmore, who has announced he won't be joining his former bandmates at the induction ceremony in New York, played his last gig with Deep Purple on 7 April, 1975.

22nd September 2014

Fact: Former Rainbow and Deep Purple frontman Joe Lynn Turner has recruited drummer Carmen Appice and bass player Tony Franklin to his new supergroup, Rated X. The band, also featuring Karl Cochran on guitar, has recorded an eponymous debut album, which will be released in November (14).

3rd September 2014

Fact: Deep Purple star Ian Gillan will lead an attempt to break a record on the beach at Lyme Regis, England on Saturday (06Sep14) when he performs the band's classic track Smoke On The Water backed by thousands of guitarists.

30th April 2013

Fact: Deep Purple have dedicated their new album Now What to late bandmate Jon Lord, who died from a pulmonary embolism in July (12) after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A tribute on the album cover reads: "This album is dedicated to Jon Lord. Souls, having touched, are forever entwined."

12th April 2011

Fact: British rockers Deep Purple will hit the road later this year (11) with a symphony orchestra to put a classical spin on their greatest hits. The tour will kick off in the U.K. in November (11).

24th March 2011

Fact: Heavy rockers Deep Purple met Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev for tea on Wednesday (23Mar11). The President is a lifelong fan of the band. The meeting took place at the President's official residence outside Moscow.

20th December 2009

Fact: Classic rockers Deep Purple, WISHBONE ASH and Uriah Heep are teaming up to tour South Africa next summer (10). The three acts will make up the Masters Of Rock tour with three shows confirmed and more planned for next May and June. Dates include the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg and the ICC Arena in Durban.

24th December 2008

Quote: "It sounds like a mix between the POSTMAN PAT theme tune and Deep Purple's SMOKE ON THE WATER." FRANCIS ROSSI on Status Quo's first ever festive single, IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME.

11th July 2008

Fact: Rockers Deep Purple are to play 12 stadium shows in Russia this autumn (08). The SMOKE ON THE WATER hitmakers are among the biggest-selling acts in the former Soviet Union.

21st December 2007

Quote: "Hello and welcome to the Led Zeppelin reunion." Deep Purple rocker Ian Gillan jokes with fans at a private concert in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday (18Dec07).

6th November 2007

Fact: Deep Purple star Ian Gillan has donated a sketch to the Dorset Wildlife Trust in England. The charity's bosses plan to auction off the drawing on website to raise funds. The auction ends on 11 November (07).

26th June 2007

Fact: Guitarists in Germany set a new world record on Saturday (23Jun07) by performing a mass rendition of Deep Purple's rock anthem SMOKE ON THE WATER. Some 1,800 musicians gathered for the attempt to beat a previous record set by 1,683 guitarists in Kansas City, Kansas on 3 June (07).

8th November 2006

Quote: "I've got to keep it long as I've got such huge ears." Deep Purple singer DAVID COVERDALE on his shaggy rock hairstyle.

23rd August 2006

Fact: Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan is spending free time on his Smoke This! solo tour writing a novel.

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