Deep Purple Announce Steve Morse’s Replacement During His Temporary Hiatus From Live Shows
Deep Purple recently shared a statement to reveal their longtime guitarist Steve Morse‘s decision to give a break to the live tours for a while on their official Facebook account. The band also named the guitarist that will replace Morse during the band’s upcoming concert dates.
Steve Morse has been the band’s guitarist since 1994 to replace Joe Satriani, who joined the band for a short time following Ritchie Blackmore’s departure. His first record with the band was their fifteenth studio album entitled ‘Purpendicular,’ released on February 17, 1996. Then, he took place in every album and proved his talent as a guitarist, but now, he had to step away from his duties as a musician for live acts.
Deep Purple announced that Morse would be on a temporary hiatus because of a family matter in a recent statement. The guitarist shared the details, saying that his wife Janine is fighting cancer which is a long and uncertain process. Morse highlighted that he is not leaving the band and needs to support his wife while she is going through hard times. His bandmates stated that their hearts would be with them all the time.
They also asked for some privacy about Morse’s family, so they will not release further statements. Moreover, Simon McBride, who previously worked with Ian Gillan and Don Airey, will be their new guitarist temporarily for their gigs in May, June, and July 2022. The new guitar player reflected his feelings and thoughts and said he’s honored to play with Deep Purple. He stated that his thoughts are with Morse and Janine.
Deep Purple’s statement read:
“Today, Deep Purple announce that, due to a family matter, Steve Morse will be taking a temporary hiatus from Deep Purple live shows but remains a full member of the band. Steve’s replacement for the upcoming live shows in May, June, and July 2022 will be guitarist Simon McBride, who has previously toured with Ian Gillan and Don Airey, amongst others. There will be no further comment, and we kindly ask you to respect the family’s privacy and keep them in your prayers.”
Here’s what Morse said:
“Hello, everybody. I’ve just done a few gigs with the band after years of not playing live. It’s a bittersweet, wonderful time to get together. However, my dear wife Janine is currently battling cancer. At this point, there are so many possible complications and unknowns that whatever time we have left in our lives, I must be there with her.
I am not leaving the band. I hope that after she gets a clean bill of health, I can re-join the tour. However, I am not seeing any likely situation which would allow me to do overseas touring in the immediate future. I continue to be privileged to be a part of the Purple family tree and also to get to feel the amazing support of so many loyal fans and the rest of the band.
There’s a certified, world-class guitarist ready to take over for the live shows whom everybody will surely be happy to hear.
I appreciate all your sincere prayers for Janine, and thank you all.
The band members added:
“All of our thoughts are with Janine during her fight against cancer and with Steve while he supports his wife at a very difficult time.
We hope that Steve will be able to join us back on the road later this year.
Ian, Roger, Ian, and Don.”
McBride shared his ideas, saying:
“I’m deeply honored to be asked to stand-in for Steve and play for such an iconic rock band like Deep Purple. They are amazing musicians and amazing people. I’m very excited to get out and play all those iconic songs and rock the stage with such legends. My thoughts are with Steve and Janine and their family.”