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1968 to 1976
November 30, -0001 in Hertford
Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
English rock band
Formed in Hertford, England in 1968, the band Deep Purple survived what one journalist described as "a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution…" The list of artists who performed in the band is immense and includes Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Ian Gillian, Tommy Bolin, and many more. The founders were Blackmore, Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Their sound evolved over time. Their debut album was a smash hit in the U.S., but not the UK, and it was with their third, self-title album, that they attained worldwide recognition. Reformed in 1984, the band is technically still performing.
8 months ago
It came out during the Cold War when there was a sense of foreboding about the imminence of nuclear war - could "the shield" refer to the limited degree of solace offered by the NATO missile defence and the probable reluctance of both sides to slide into mutually assured destruction?
2 years ago
Instead of commenting the lyrics of the track, I would like to leave a (not so fun) fact here. There is a live version of this song, in which you can hear a clash at some point, you can hardly tell what that might be...What it is in reality, is a gunshot. Someone decided to end his life in the middle of this specific song. Talking about how epic this song is.