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Guitarist Steve Morse departs Deep Purple for personal reasons

The legendary group made the official announcement of Morse's departure on their social media sites
Goldmine's Feb/March 2022 issue. Steve Morse at bottom right

Goldmine's Feb/March 2022 issue. Steve Morse at bottom right

The group Deep Purple have announced the departure of guitarist Steve Morse due to personal reasons.

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On social media, Deep Purple posted the following: 

"Deep Purple announces that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, having been its guitarist for more than a quarter of a century. 

"Steve's personal circumstances have made it impossible for him to commit to the band's schedule throughout 2022 and beyond. A few months ago, Steve openly shared with the band's fans the sad fact that his wife, Janine, is battling cancer and, in his own words, 'I simply must be there with her.'

Steve Morse Deep Purple publicity photo

"There will always be that small, and sometimes very vocal, percentage of fans that are just always going to hate me. It is certainly not the majority. People can see when we play live that we enjoy each other's company on stage, and we enjoy the music. In fact, Ritchie (Blackmore) helped us, as he didn't say anything bad," Steve Morse once told Goldmine about replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.

"Since joining the band in 1994, Steve has written and recorded eight studio albums with the band: Purpendicular, Abandon, Bananas, Rapture of the Deep, Now What?!, Infinite, Whoosh!, Turning To Crime. In addition, Steve has also recorded many live records with Deep Purple over the years.

"Steve will be greatly missed by band, crew, management, record label and all those that had the pleasure of working with him over the years.

"Steve has always been hugely grateful for the support and love of Deep Purple fans across the globe.

"A true master…"

Goldmine wishes Steve Morse all the best to him and his family.