Simon McBride

 (born Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 9, 1979)

When the band’s longest-serving guitarist Steve Morse announced he had to bow out from the legendary band due to personal reasons, Belfast native Simon McBride was an already known and respected guitarist within the Deep Purple camp. Having played with keyboardist Don Airey and singer Ian Gillan on various projects in recent years Simon got his initial warm-up playing with DP during the 2022 summer tour, to rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

His guitar skills (“Among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” — GUITARIST) made him previously a go-to guitarist on the blues rock scene, admired among professionals and endorsed by one of the biggest brands, PRS Guitars.

Former Young Guitarist of The Year and a fully-fledged blues-rock virtuoso, he has toured with guitar legends Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and Grammy nominee Derek Trucks.

This seasoned pro has already added a new energy to the Deep Purple camp, with his effortless adherence to the accomplishment of those before him, together with his own unique and recognisable style.

His journey with Deep Purple is a most welcome addition.