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A bit of fun on stage

Ian Paice spoke to the Classic Rock History on the occasion of upcoming new Deep Purple album =1. The meaning behind the album title, Steve Morse’s departure from the band, how Simon McBride fits in, the setlist, touring logistics, and life in general.

Random observation: Paicey might want to get a better microphone 😉

6 Comments to “A bit of fun on stage”:

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    Gregster says:


    This is a really good open & honest, down-to-earth interview, well worth watching all the way through, I’m glad I downloaded it, so I can watch it a few more times. Really good Q & A .

    Thanks Mr. Paice, enjoy the tour !

    Peace !

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    Kidpurple says:

    Thoughtful and entertaining- glad to hear what went on with Steve (as figured & confirmed ) going to see them in September & hope there will be that many new songs played !

    Ian takes about things happening live – saw them 2019?- they lost power on Steve’s side of the stage – Roger & Paicey improvised a little jam – very cool !
    Deep Purple keeps rocking!

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Yup, Kidpurple, very much like I thought too, Steve had to permanently get off the train for Janine, as the others didn’t want to stop it for even just a while for fear of not getting the steam engine running again (at their age a perfectly reasonable and realisitc concern).

    And you can also detect in Ian words a little the realization that Steve’s more cerebral approach to guitar playing and songwriting had run its course within the confines of the Purple sound. And that’s not a knock: Had Simon recorded eight albums with DP, then Steve would have sounded fresh too as indeed he did on Purpendicular, an album bristling with new ideas and rediscovered joy in making music. Plus Steve went out on a high with Whoosh! in my opinion (I’m not counting Turning To Crime as his last major contribution – not because I think it is a bad album for what it is, but because it was chiefly the result of pandemic circumstance as opposed to free artistic choice).

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    Leon Mark Rodziewicz says:

    Wonderful interview, thanks for posting.

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    MacGregor says:

    Another wonderful interview with Ian Paice & thank you for posting. Nice to hear him mention his fondness for the analogue recording days. Something along those lines. A good interviewer also, nice & relaxed & respectful. Cheers.

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    Fla76 says:

    a truly beautiful interview…
    Ian made us understand that their moving forward immediately without Steve was not an act of selfishness, but that if they stopped they would never leave again due to their age.

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