Deep Purple officially welcomes guitarist Simon McBride as a permanent member of the band. After an abundant summer of touring, Simon McBride will join Deep Purple permanently. 

The classic rock legends stated: "We are thrilled that Simon has agreed to join. Simon's playing is up there with the greats. Of course, Steve can't be replaced, the same as Ritchie [Blackmore], 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 U.K. 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".

Simon McBride stated: "I'm very happy to be asked to join the band, 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 honored 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".