Watch Deep Purple perform with stand-in guitarist Simon McBride for the first time

Simon McBride performing live with Deep Purple
(Image credit: ובל אראל'/YouTube)

Earlier this year, Deep Purple announced resident electric guitar hero Steve Morse would be taking a temporary hiatus from the band, and that blues-rock ace Simon McBride would be stepping in to fill his spot.

Now, fan-filmed footage has emerged online of the legendary rock group performing with McBride for the first time, as they kicked off their tour on Sunday (May 22).

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.