Deep Purple’s longest-serving axeman, Steve Morse, and former frontman, Joe Lynn Turner, both have fingers in supergroup pies, and not for the first time, as Tim Jones points out
While he learned his chops with 70s fusioners Dixie Dregs and honed AOR sensibilities in 80s Kansas (notably on Power), all-American plank-spanker Steve Morse has surpassed Deep Purple talisman Ritchie Blackmore’s tenure with the hard rock legends, having played with them since 1994. As well as recording Purpendicular, Abandon, Bananas and Rapture Of The Deep, he’s moonlighted on solo and side-projects such as Angelfire, and played with supergroup Living Loud, featuring Purple colleague Don Airey, Uriah Heep’s Lee Kerslake, Aussie lung-buster Jimmy Barnes and ex-Rainbow’s Bob Daisley.
As well as that raucous avenue, Morse has recently blazed the prog/fusion highway with Flying Colors, boasting namesake Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard), erstwhile Dregs colleague, Dave LaRue, Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), and singer Casey McPherson.
And Steve is not the only Purple player to expand his supergroup CV. Joe Lynn Turner, who fronted Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow at the height of their chart-bothering 80s heyday, before an odyssey with Yngwie Malmsteen and a spell leading Deep Purple in the Slaves And Masters early 90s, has post- Purple form with Mother’s Army, featuring Rainbow man, Daisley, Night Ranger’s Jeff Watson and Vanilla Fudge’s Carmine Appice.
Turner’s latest artistic turn is with …
by Tim Jones
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