English legend of modern hard rock and pioneers of heavy metal. In their music, they successfully combine classical music with blues-rock, or even elements of pop and progressive rock. They currently play in the line-up – Ian Gillan (vocals, harmonica, conga), Steve Morse (guitar), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (percussion) and Don Airey (keyboards).
In the beginning there was the band, or rather the Roundabout supergroup. It included Chris Curtis (drums), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). Curtis quickly left the formation. Meanwhile, Nick Simper was accepted on the vacant place for the bass player by Lord’s order. the formation was also joined by – Rod Evans (vocals) and Ian Paice (drums). In the spring of 1968, Blackmore suggested changing the name to Deep Purple.