Deep Purple Mark 3 David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes Reunited
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator
I have been waiting over 30 years to see a Deep Purple Mark 3 reunion. With the passing of Jon Lord, the possibility disappeared. The closest any of us will get to seeing a reunion of Deep Purple Mark 3 occurred onstage recently during a stop on the Whitesnake “Purple Album” tour. David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were on stage together sharing vocal duties on a classic slice of Mark 3 Deep Purple entitled “You Keep on Movin” from the Deep Purple Mark 4 album “Come Tasted The Band”.
When Ian Gillan and Roger Glover left Deep Purple in 1973, Ritchie Blackmore went out and found a couple of worthy successors. David Coverdale was an unknown singer with a blues rock voice and a swaggering Robert Plant style stage presence. To replace Roger Glover on bass guitar, Ritchie raided one of the very best up and coming British rock bands of the day Trapeze. Glenn Hughes brought a different style of rock god vocals to the table as well as wicked skills on the bass guitar. One of the highlights of Deep Purple Mark 3 studio albums Burn and Stormbringer were the amazing vocal interplay between David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. They took the established Deep Purple sound and modified it for the times. The tunes were more funky than anything Mark 2 Deep Purple ever attempted. This incarnation of Deep Purple did not last long and after one album with Tommy Bolin replacing Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Deep Purple called it a day…until the Mark 2 Reunion in 1984.
Watch and enjoy. After the video of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes reunited, I embedded the California Jam for you to enjoy as well. The California Jam in 1974 was televised by ABC television and was the United States introduction to Deep Purple Mark 3. It is an excellent show and a real piece of classic rock and roll history. This is Mark 3 Deep Purple: Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes in 1974. Enjoy and rock on into the night.
And From The Old Days!