Pioneers of heavy metal music-Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple were known as The Unholy Trinity of Hard Rock. Where Zeppelin represented the genre’s mystical kingship and Sabbath the gothic banality, Deep Purple never exactly fit into standard heavy metal pattern, especially with their simple lyrics that were neither too ambitious nor too incomprehensible; but usually up to the point and rarely silly. As a progressive band, never afraid of experimenting with music, they were able to transport their listeners to plateaus that other forms of rock music were incapable of reaching. Deep Purple was formed in 1967 by classically trained organist Jon Lord, respected guitarist Richie Blackmore and Ian Paice on drums. Jon Lord composed classical/rock fusion album called: “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” which was recorded live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold. Jon Lord passed away in July 2012(RIP) and Don Airey (a maestro in his own right!) took his spot and Blackmore was replaced by an amazing guitarist Steve Morse. 2018-19 was their last concert to be performed as they decided to retire after fifty plus years of entertaining. Their musical experiences teach us about change and resilience as much as improvisation and discipline in our everyday lives. Deep Purple’s breakthrough album was “Machine Head”. Some of their hit songs were “Highway Star”, “Space Trucking”, “Flight of Rat”, “Child in Time”, “Black Night’, and “Lazy”. But their best-known anthem song is called: “Smoke on the Water”! In the mood for some classic rock? Deep Purple and many other classic rock groups are available to you in Hoopla Digital , part of our eLibrary Collection.