Deep Purple has announced that due to a family matter, Steve Morse will be taking a temporary hiatus from live shows but remains a full member of the band.
Morse’s replacement for the upcoming live shows in May, June and July will be guitarist Simon McBride. He has previously toured with both Ian Gillan and Don Airey amongst others.
The Deep Purple lead guitarist revealed that his wife Janine is currently battling cancer.
“At this point, there are so many possible complications and unknowns, that whatever time we have left in our lives, I simply must be there with her,” Morse said in a statement.
Morse made it clear that he is not leaving the band and hopes to re-join the tour after his wife gets a clean bill of health.
“However, I am not seeing any likely situation which would allow me to do overseas touring in the immediate future. I continue to be privileged to be a part of the Purple family tree, and also to get to feel the amazing support of so many loyal fans and the rest of the band,” he added.
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