By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.
Every time we talk classic rock we manage to always mention groups like The Rolling Stones, The Moody Blues, Styx, John Fogerty, Deep Purple, Rod Stewart, and Judas Priest before it's all said and done.
Once in awhile I have to feature a more modern band on "Metal After Midnight" just because there's some great stuff still coming out. "Spiritual Beggars" aren't what I consider true "Metal" by definition anymore, but it was 1971 they'd be one of the heaviest bands out there.
I have often considered them to be a more modern version o
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