What Money Means To Deep Purple Members
While many think money can’t buy happiness, some believe money is the instrument that can help us get closer to living a happy life. Who doesn’t want to live a luxurious life like a rock star, though? Imagine having a four-bedroom beachfront villa with an Aston Martin parked in the garage and maids cleaning your house. Eating what you desire as dinner, traveling everywhere you want, and having the money to purchase everything that crosses your mind. These are things that would make almost everyone happy.
It’s a dream for many, but rock icons live their life this way. With millions of albums sold worldwide and tour tickets sold overnight, almost all are millionaires. Deep Purple members aren’t different; they have been making music for over five decades and now reaping the benefits. However, it turns out that Deep Purple members have different opinions on money, and they value making music and their fans more.
Tensions between band members and creative differences mainly result in lineup changes in bands. This was also the case with Deep Purple, as they underwent several lineup changes throughout the years. However, welcoming a new member to the band has some consequences: a change in their sound and fans’ criticism.
When Blackmore fired Ian Gillan, Joe Lynn Turner showed up to record the album ‘Slaves And Masters.’ However, some fans responded with criticism, and the record achieved moderate success. Turner was eventually forced out, as fans and the band members wanted Gillan back. During a 1993 tour, Blackmore decided to leave while Steve Morse joined the band.
Deep Purple toured amicably until Jon Lord decided to retire from the band. Their first album in five years, ‘Bananas,’ was not commercially successful, so EMI Records refused a contract extension with the band. While their record sales were declining, Ian Gillan revealed the value he puts on money in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, “I don’t think happiness comes with money.”
During this period, Deep Purple wasn’t happy with album sales — but they continued touring worldwide. After a while, the band members discussed whether it was time to make a new album, as they were worried it wouldn’t make money. However, Roger Glover argued they should come up with a new album even if it didn’t bring them money.
So, it seems Deep Purple believes that performing in front of hundreds of fans and singing their hits along with them is worth everything. So, they don’t fear whether their albums sell, as being musically satisfied is more important to them, and they don’t think happiness doesn’t come with money.