Naming a rock band "Deep Purple" is one of the most impressive and artistically bold moves in the history of modern music. It conjures up an image that combines two of the most powerful colors in the human spectrum, synthesizing them into a single concept that the band out of England represented to perfection. They laid down everything from heavy metal to psychedelic rock throughout the final years of the 1960s and most of the 1970s.
The first Deep Purple tour came in 1968, immediately after the release of their first studio album. They began to gain enough traction in the United States and the United Kingdom to keep them inspired and continuing to develop their sound. As is the case with most high-profile bands, members on various instruments came and went, as did a few managers and record contracts.
Deep Purple was finally able to clear their heads of distractions and create the best possible music they could around 1970. They released Fireball in 1971, which turned heads for a variety of reasons.
It set the stage for the group to release a handful of albums in the middle of the decade often remembered as a colorful, memorable and psychedelic run for everyone truly tuned into rock 'n roll.
The group took a gigantic hiatus between 1976 and 1984, but they have steadily been touring and cranking out hits ever since. They now stand on the doorstep of a gigantic tour in which they will combine with the great Alice Cooper.
Millions of fans of rock 'n roll can re-create the baseline for their incredibly popular hit "Smoke On the Water." Hundreds of thousands of other fans have seen them perform it live. The group through their hat into the fray as one of the many bands that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the 1960s in hopes of experiencing ultimate global success via North America.
Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath tend to get a bit more ink and historic recognition than Deep Purple. But the three groups are actually considered the official “Un-Holy Trinity” of British rock bands who dared to risk it all, only to come up golden with rock fans while redefining the genre during a special place in time.
Additionally, Guinness Book of World Records has awarded Deep Purple the unofficial title of “Loudest Live Band," a distinction that they are likely very proud of. Their hundreds of live concerts performed at full-throat may have led to some degree of hearing loss among the band members and fans in attendance, but who cares. Everyone rocked their asses off.
They toured for the vast majority of the early 1970s, and came through with a handful of world tours throughout the 1990s. Their 2016 world tour featured 32 shows throughout North America, Asia and Europe. A 2017 World Tour that will allow them to play alongside Alice Cooper, a fellow living legend of rock 'n roll, is set to kickoff in early-summer.