Simon McBride announced as Deep Purple's new permanent guitarist

Ian Gillan (left, background) and Simon McBride perform onstage with Deep Purple at the Tons of Rock festival on June 25, 2022 in Oslo, Norway
(Image credit: Per Ole Hagen/Redferns)

Deep Purple have announced that Simon McBride – who the band hired in March as a stand-in electric guitar player to replace Steve Morse, who took leave from the classic rock titans for family reasons – has fully joined the band as their permanent guitarist.

In a statement published on their website, the band said that they were "thrilled" that McBride – a veteran blues-rock guitarist – had agreed to join on a permanent basis.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.