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Who owns the name and who has the power in Deep Purple?


Greetings all. First time poster but long time reader and fan of the band.

Not sure if this has been covered before, but I wondered who officially owns the right to the name of the band these days? As the only remaining original member I would have thought it was Ian Paice, but not sure if the others have a stake as well.

Who in the band these days ultimately has the power and deciding vote on what happens though? Gillan and Glover?

I was wondering this as with the 50th anniversary being this year I would have loved there to be a special concert celebrating the different eras and with some guests (i.e. Nick Simper for Hush, Coverdale and Hughes for some Mark 3 songs, maybe even Richie but we know how complicated that is). I know Gillan probably has the most power in the band these days but does he actually have a share in the name to give him veto rights?

Yes are a similarly complex band, with many fallings out and comings and goings but have brought in a few ex-members for guest spots on their current tour and I thought Deep Purple could do something similar but I guess it depends who has the decision making power.

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Gillan has the power.

About the right of the name I don't know. Perhaps the management, perhaps the band members (or some of them), perhaps both.
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Gillan has the power.





fact or opinion?

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Gillan has the power.





fact or opinion?



Assumption. I'm convinced that Gillan has the power and the others are glad that they have somone who is content to take the power. Gillan's behaviour towards the HOF fuzz is a good example for his role in the band and his understanding about it.

Airey and Morse don't have the power for obvious reasons, Glover is too diplomatic to take it and Paice doesn't care anyway. He said in an interview that as long he is sitting on the drum stool, he wouldn't care about who's in the band. He may not have meant that completely seriously, but Gillan never would say something like that.
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Gillan has the power.





fact or opinion?




I would have thought a fairly obvious observation rather than fact or opinion.

As for the name, wasn't it stated in a legal document that three of MK II have to be in the band to call it Deep Purple after the debacle of 1980?
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interesting debate actually

at the end of the day, I too think Gillan calls the shots.
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I am just surprised that Paice doesn't have more clout - it's really his band and I don't see why he couldn't bring in Coverdale and Hughes as guests for example. As Gillan has come and gone on two/three occasions I don't see why he has the final say, unless the rights to the name were re-established on his return and post Blackmore circa 1994.
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In my view there are no legal grounds to support IG's power, but he is the only one who cares about his own opinion, is vocal about it and will fight for it. Roger and IP are less stubborn and will not cause much trouble if you decide in a way they don't like, but IG will probably make your life not exactly easy if you fight him, and probably no-one is willing to fight him for Hughes, Coverdale, or - god forbid - Blackmore.
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In my view there are no legal grounds to support IG's power, but he is the only one who cares about his own opinion, is vocal about it and will fight for it. Roger and IP are less stubborn and will not cause much trouble if you decide in a way they don't like, but IG will probably make your life not exactly easy if you fight him, and probably no-one is willing to fight him for Hughes, Coverdale, or - god forbid - Blackmore.




This is just speculation. No one of you knows the real deal. And that's a fact.
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In my view there are no legal grounds to support IG's power, but he is the only one who cares about his own opinion, is vocal about it and will fight for it. Roger and IP are less stubborn and will not cause much trouble if you decide in a way they don't like, but IG will probably make your life not exactly easy if you fight him, and probably no-one is willing to fight him for Hughes, Coverdale, or - god forbid - Blackmore.



Nothing legal has ever stated that one person has the name, in a situation like Chris Squire owned the Yes name. The only legal ruling from a judge that has ever tried to explain who DP is was the one that stated that three of Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord or Paice must be in the band to call it Deep Purple. This was after the Rod Evans debacle in 1980 I believe.
However it is clear who rules the band as far as decisions on albums/touring etc. No band can ever be a democracy, someone has to be steering the ship and IG has this power in DP. Lets be honest, neither RG nor IP could be the leader of a band, it had to be IG.
Whether you like the direction the band has taken is another matter.
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