Steve Morse announces temporary hiatus from Deep Purple due to personal reasons

Steve Morse
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Deep Purple electric guitar player Steve Morse has announced he will be taking a temporary break from the band this year to support his ill wife, who is currently battling cancer.

It's also been confirmed that Morse will be replaced by blues-rock guitar player Simon McBride, who has been drafted into the lineup for Deep Purple’s upcoming shows this May, June and July.

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Matt Owen
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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.