Deep Purple is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they completed the “unholy trinity” of 1970s British hard rock sound. The group will release their 21st studio album Whoosh! on June 12. The album reunites the band with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, who worked with the iconic band’s last two albums.
Whoosh! comes four years after Deep Purple’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse, and Don Airey “putting the Deep back in Purple.” They wrote and recorded Whoosh! in Nashville on an invitation from Ezrin, renowned for producing definitive albums for Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, and Tim Curry. The first album they collaborated on was So What?! (2013), which hit Number 1 in five European countries, as hit the Top 10 in over 15 countries worldwide. The second, inFinite (2017), broke chart records the band accumulated over their entire history.
Deep Purple debuted in 1968 with the album Shades Of Deep Purple. The band consisted of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian Paice, bassist Nick Simper, and vocalist Rod Evans. Ian Gillan took over as front man and Roger Glover replaced Simper on bass for the band’s 1970 album Concerto for Group and Orchestra, which they recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Everyone knows the guitar riff to the song “Smoke on the Water,” from the Machine Head album. But many don’t know it was written about the club the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, which burned down during a live Frank Zappa show. The song hit the U.S. Top Five in mid-1972.