Simon McBride joins Deep Purple full-time, band say they’re ‘up there with the greats’

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Deep Purple have announced that guitarist Simon McBride, who took over from Steve Morse when he announced his departure from the band in July, will join them permanently.

Morse originally announced he would be taking a break from Deep Purple in April to care for his wife Janine, who is battling cancer.

“We are delighted that Simon has agreed to join us,” the band said in a statement. “Simon’s playing is among the greatest. Of course, Steve cannot be replaced, just like Ritchie, and Steve has a long heritage with Deep Purple. In Simon, we have not found a replacement, but a guitarist extraordinarily talented and thrilling in his own right.

“The reception from the public over the summer has already been tremendous and we look forward to future dates in the UK and Europe throughout the year. It is clear that Simon also has great respect for those who came before it. We are all excited for what the coming years hold for the band.”

“I’m very happy that I was asked to join the band,” says McBride. “At the start of the pandemic, if someone had told me that I was going to be the new guitarist for Deep Purple, I would have just laughed, but here we are and it’s happening.

“Deep Purple has a history of great guitarists so I’m very honored to have been asked to be a part of them. They’re all amazing musicians and most importantly I’ve become really good friends with the guys so I I can’t wait to continue touring and maybe even some writing and recording.”

Deep Purple’s European tour kicks off October 1 in Trondheim, Norway. Full dates below. Tickets are on sale now (opens in a new tab).

Deep Purple European Tour 2022

October 01: Trondheim Spektrum, Norway
October 02: Alesund Sbm Arena, Norway
October 04: Gothenburg Partille Arena, Sweden
October 6: Stockholm Hovet Ice Hall, Sweden
October 07: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
October 09: Luxembourg Rokhal, Luxembourg
October 10: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Netherlands
October 12: Lodz Atlas Arena, Poland
October 14: Stuttgart @Schleyer-Halle, Germany
October 15: Zurich Hallenstadion, Switzerland
October 17: Milan The Mediolanum Forum, Italy
October 20: London O2, UK
October 22: Glasgow Hydro, Glasgow, UK
October 23: Leeds FD Arena, UK
October 25: Birmingham Utilita Arena, UK
October 26: Manchester Arena, UK
October 28: Zenith of Lille, France
October 29: Dijon Zenith, France
October 31: Berlin Max Schmellinghalle, Germany
November 02: Oberhausen Rudolf Weber Arena, Germany
November 04: Clermont Zenith D’auvergne, France
November 06: Lisbon Campo Pequeno, Portugal

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