Today, Ian Paice, the English musician, best known as the drummer for Deep Purple and Whitesnake turns 72. Ian is the only member of Deep Purple to appear on every album the band has released. In 1979, Paice was asked by David Coverdale to join Whitesnake on the Japanese Tour for the Lovehunter album. He stayed with the band for almost three years. Following musical differences with David Coverdale, Paice left Whitesnake in January 1982. On 20 October 1992 in New York, Paice played at the John Bonham Tribute alongside Jason Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Denny Carmassi, and Frankie Banali among others. Paice performed "The Rover" off the Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti. On 14 June 2016, he suffered a mini stroke. This led to Deep Purple cancelling two concerts planned in Sweden that week. He said after the incident that there was "no serious or permanent damage" and expected to return to performing in July. He added that the cancelled concerts were the first Deep Purple performances of which he had forced the cancellation since his co-founding of the band in 1968.
In honor of his birthday, YOU get to pick the Deep Purple song I lay today at 4:15pm with Classic Rock on Demand. VOTE HERE. (voting gets underway around 3:50pm)
In the meantime, check out this classic performance of "Highway Star" drum cam view, as well as a drum solo below.