Ian Paice

Deep Purple, live in the USA 1968

with thanks to John Barnes


"Ian's self-description consists of two adjectives: miniature and weak. DEEP PURPLE's youngest member was born in Nottingham on June 29, 1948. His somewhat angelic appearance belies the explosive energy that is set free when he takes up a pair of sticks. He began in music at age 12 when he became interested in the violin. Less than half a year later, he made the switch to percussions, improved steadily through diligent practice, and now supplies DEEP PURPLE with the drive that is an indispensable part of the group's sound. " Flip, 1969