Simon McBride joins Deep Purple full-time, band say he's "up there with the greats"

Deep Purple onstage
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Deep Purple have announced that guitarist Simon McBride, who stepped into Steve Morse's shoes when he announced his departure from the band in July, will be joining them on a permanent basis.   

Morse originally announced he was going on hiatus from Deep Purple in April, to look after his wife Janine, who is battling cancer.

“We are thrilled that Simon has agreed to join," say the band in a statement. "Simon’s playing is up there with the greats. Of course, Steve can’t be replaced, the same as Ritchie, and Steve has a long legacy with Deep Purple. In Simon we have not found a replacement, but an extraordinarily talented and exciting guitarist in his own right.  

"The reception from audiences over the Summer has already been great and we are looking forward to the forthcoming dates in the UK and Europe across the rest of the year. It is clear that Simon also holds great respect for those before him.  We are all excited for what the years to come hold for the band."

“I'm very happy to be asked to join the band," says McBride. "At the start of the pandemic if someone would have said to me that I was going to be the new guitarist in 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 honoured to be asked to be part of that. They are all amazing musicians and more importantly, I have become very good friends with the guys so I can't wait to continue touring and even perhaps some writing and recording."

Deep Purple's European tour kicks off on October 1 in Trondheim, Norway. Full dates below. Tickets are on sale now

Deep Purple European Tour 2022

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

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.