Amazing But True: Morse Beats Blackmore’s Purple Membership
Steve Morse has become the longest-running guitarist for Deep Purple, having joined the band in 1994.
Morse’s unbroken 17-year tenure beats founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s stints with the band from 1968-1975 and 1984-1993 (we make that 16 years).
Speaking to Joe Bosso of MusicRadar.com, Morse was asked if he’s ever heard anything from Blackmore.
“I’ve had no contact with him, but he has made some comments which I thought were remarkably… restrained. He’s certainly had perfect opportunities to say whatever he wants, negative or otherwise.
“But I’m really relieved that he hasn’t said anything harsh about me. The most he ever said, and I’m paraphrasing, is something like, ‘This guy plays very well and does a lot of different things. I’m not sure if he’s right for Deep Purple…’”
Morse said he would understand if he was a target for Blackmore or Deep Purple purists.
“But you know, how can anybody replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple? You can’t,” he said. “All you can do is come in, do what you do and change the band here and there. You can’t be a clone… and you shouldn’t.”