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Ian Paice

Today is the turn of legendary drummer Ian Paice.


He was born in Nottingham, England on June 29, 1948, as Ian Anderson Paice.

Paice is the only original member of the "Deep Purple" to have played in all of its various lineups.

He got his first drum kit when he was 15 years old.

He learned to play them alone, audibly. It was not an easy task since Paice is left-handed, so in parallel with learning the instrument itself, he also had to teach himself techniques that would allow him to play on a kit of right-handed drummers.

By the way, Paice is not the only left-handed drummer. There are other such celebrities, including Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and Stuart Copeland.

His first band was called "Georgie & the Rave-Ons". By the time he was 17 he had already released his first Single with them.

In 1966 he joined the band "MI5" which later changed its name to "the Maze", which also included singer Rod Evans.

In 1968 the two formed the first lineup of "Deep Purple" which also included Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore and Nick Simper.

After the dissolution of "Deep Purple" in 1975, Paice formed the band "Paice Ashton Lord" in 1976, with whom he released the album "Malice in Wonderland", in 1977.

In 1979, at the request of David Coverdale, he joined "Whitesnake". During his time in the band, the masterful albums "Ready An' Willing", "Come an' Get It", "Saints & Sinners" and the amazing live album "Live... in the Heart of the City", were released.

In 1982, Paice joined the band of guitarist Gary Moore and recorded the album "Corridors of Power". The two later formed the band "Gary Moore Band" and released the album "Victims of the Future" and two live albums, "Rockin 'Every Night - Live in Japan" and "We Want Moore!".

In 1984 with the unification of "Deep Purple" MKII lineup, Paice joined the band and has been a member of it ever since.

As the only regular member of "Deep Purple", Paice has released 22 studio albums and 45 live albums.

(Photo: Fin Costello)

Paice has also collaborated with quite a few artists and played on others' albums, such as "the Velvet Underground" on the album "Squeeze", Paul McCartney on the album "Run Devil Run", George Harrison, and more.

Despite the (usually) minimalist look of Ian Paice's drum set, his playing style is very powerful and dynamic.

Paice has also wrote quite a few songs as a composer. His unique and amazing playing abilities can be found in many of Deep Purple's songs, the most notable of which are the 9-minute drum solos during the song "The Mule" on the album "Made In Japan" and the songs "Child In Time" and "Flight of the Rat" ".

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