Update 10.4.12: Deep Purple have been nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I am begging you to vote in the fan poll to ensure their induction! It's our chance to right a serious wrong in Rock history!!
Today I am kicking off my Heavy Metal Nails series with Deep Purple. When I am asked for my favorite bands, I always put Deep Purple and Black Sabbath at number one. Both bands are deeply influential to heavy metal and hard rock music. I cherish and treasure the music both have created over the years and my iPod is NEVER without any of their music.
Deep Purple was formed in 1968 in Hertford, England. The band began as a hybrid of classical and blues influenced rock. Over the course of their history became heavier and added elements of funk and soul. They have a long history with a lot of members. Enough so, that each lineup is referred to as a "Mark." Mark 1 is the original lineup. Mark 2 is the most successful commercially and in influence. To date, there are eight "Marks." Rather than go through each mark, I prefer to focus on my favorite lineups.
Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud,
Milani Rad Purple, Orly Purple Velvet and Layla Hologram Effect Ultra Violet
Nail art was achieved with Sally Hansen Nail art pen in silver
and Kiss Nail Artist pen in Black
Back row from left to right:
Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Ian Paice
Front from left to right:
Ian Gillan, Jon Lord
P.S. Here are some other notable branches to spring from this fertile tree: