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[Introduction | The Band | References]

Part 1: 1968 to 1976 | Part 2: 1984 to 1999 | Part 3: 2000-04


This is a year-by-year listing of the songs played live by Deep Purple. Track order is not always exactly accurate as songs have been known to be moved from show-opener to encore from one night to the next!

Some songs were played almost every night whereas others were only played occasionally. This list should, however, give you some idea of which songs have always been popular and which appealed only to certain incarnations of the Purple machine.

A tilde sign "~" before a song title indicates that a "snippet" or extract from this piece was included in the track above it. I got this idea from Ingo's bootlist; much easier than using "interpolating..." or "including excerpt from...", e.g.:

The Mule
~Drum solo


Space Truckin'
~Woman From Tokyo
~Paint It Black

Easy, hey?

Some bootlegs (and even official releases) list these "snippets", but most are not listed anywhere and have been identified by myself with help from Michael Richard's excellent Live Cassette Analysis book and Janell Duxbury's The Classical Quotes. Benjamin Weaver, Heikki Heino and Martin Ashberry have also added some valuable information. Not every snippet was included at every performance though.

Deep Purple covered a number of other artists' songs either as full versions or snippets. In these cases I have mentioned the artist (or group) usually associated with this song and not necessarily the composer. For ease of reading I've only mentioned the artist concerned the first time the song was performed.

See Songs Covered By Deep Purple page for more info.

The Band

Mark Dates Vocals Keyboards Guitars Bass Drums
Mk I Mar 68 to Jun 69 Rod Evans Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Nicky Simper Ian Paice
Mk II Jun 69 to Jun 73 Ian Gillan Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Roger Glover Ian Paice
Mk III Jul 73 to Apr 75 David Coverdale Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Glenn Hughes Ian Paice
Mk IV Aug 75 to Mar 76 David Coverdale Jon Lord Tommy Bolin Glenn Hughes Ian Paice
Mk IIb Apr 84 to Oct 88 Ian Gillan Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Roger Glover Ian Paice
Mk V Oct 90 to Aug 92 Joe Lynn Turner Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Roger Glover Ian Paice
Mk IIc Aug 92 to Nov 93 Ian Gillan Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Roger Glover Ian Paice
Mk VI Dec 93 to Aug 94 Ian Gillan Jon Lord Joe Satriani Roger Glover Ian Paice
Mk VII Dec 94 to Feb 2002 Ian Gillan Jon Lord Steve Morse Roger Glover Ian Paice
Mk VIII Mar 2002 onwards Ian Gillan Don Airey Steve Morse Roger Glover Ian Paice

Some sources refer to the different versions of Mark 2 as new incarnations each time, and therefore number the versions sequentially ie. Mk 2 in 1984 then becomes Mk 5 and so on. You work it out! I still prefer the other method.

Don Airey played keyboards during the European Tour in August & September 2001, due to Jon Lord having had a knee operation. Jon announced his retirement in March 2002 and Don Airey was confirmed as his permanent replacement.


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