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03 January 2022

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Shares Drum Practice Video

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Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has shared some of his personal practice footage and talks about how he gets ready for recording albums in a 17-minute YouTube video which you can watch below.

Some consider Paice to be the forefather of today’s rock drumming. Such hits as Space Truckin’, Hush, Fireball and Smoke On The Water prove that Ian was helping create a genre that would last many years to come. In fact, throughout Deep Purple’s long career, which has seen numerous changes among the other personnel, he is the only drummer the band has ever had. When the group dissolved in 1976, Paice joined vocalist David Coverdale to form Whitesnake. After a short hiatus, Deep Purple reunited in 1984 for the Perfect Strangers release and has not stopped performing since.

In 2020,  Ian Paice was asked during a question-and-answer session with fans if he has ever felt the need to play double-bass drums. He responded: “Well, not really. The only time I ever really did it was on Fireball because it added something to the track. The way the riff rolled along, it needed that power of two kicks.

“When I was growing up, the only guy who actually used two bass drums that I knew about was the wonderful Louie Bellson,” he continued. “And even he had not really what you’d call mastered it. There are some wonderful young drummers around these days who’ve got the two-bass-drum thing down to an incredibly fine art. But I’ve always preferred to have to think in patterns.

“Sometimes with the bass drums, it’s not where you put the note, it’s where you don’t put the note, and that makes it work,” he explained.

Deep Purple’s latest studio effort, an album of covers titled Turning To Crime, came out on November 26 via earMUSIC. The LP contains the band’s versions of great rock classics and musical jewels — including songs originally recorded by Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Cream and The Yardbirds — carefully chosen by each member of the band.

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