29 June 1948 (age 70)
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Ian Anderson Paice (born June 29, 1948; Nottingham, England) made his name as drummer with seminal heavy rock band Deep Purple. As of Jon Lord's departure in 2002, he is the only founding member of the band still performing with the group.
Heavily influenced by Buddy Rich, Ian is one of the few hard rock drummers who uses swing and jazz inflections in his powerhouse style. He is also left-handed, being one of the few who play on a totally left-handed drum setup (another example is Phil Collins). Many left-handers either learn to play right-handed (e.g. Ringo Starr) or adapt their technique to suit a right-handed kit.
He brought forward from a previous generation of rock drummers the tight, precise playing and crisp, clean sound of the best of his predecessors but added power, formidable speed and technique to create a unique style and sound giving the best of both worlds.
Ian is also one of the few rock drummers who has mastered the one handed roll
Born in Nottingham, England his family moved to Bicester in Oxfordshire. He was the drummer in a local Bicester group called "Georgie and the Rave ons". The group later changed their name to "The Shindigs". Ian left the "shindigs" to join a group called "MI5" later renamed "The Maze". He played alongside Rod Evans in The Maze. After this, at 19, he helped create Deep Purple in 1968, one of the heaviest rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. He participated in the 80s 'Super Drumming' event. He is the only one who has been in every Deep Purple lineup until the present. He has also played with Paice, Ashton & Lord, Whitesnake and Gary Moore.
A devotee of Ludwig kits during the seventies, he switched to Pearl in the 1980's, which he still plays. He also prefers a single bass drum set-up, both live and in the studio. One of the few exceptions is on the Paice tour-de-force and Purple charting single 'Fireball', probably the finest example of Ian's virtuoso technique. Recommended albums that best display Paice's talents are Deep Purple's 'Made in Japan' (most notably "The Mule" - a 9 minute solo), 'Deep Purple in Rock' (most notably "Child In Time" and "Flight of the Rat") and 'Machine Head'.
A recent highlight was guesting on Paul McCartney's (former Beatles) Run Devil Run (1999) rock'n'roll album. Steve Morse says about Ian Paice: "He's like a real heavy Ringo. He's just so good on the drums, but doesn't want to make a big deal about it."
Ian has also just released a new solo DVD which is aimed at drummers and music fans alike.
While still a capable drummer, his playing style both in the studio and live has been of a more relaxed nature for around the last ten years. Drum solos in Deep Purple's live shows are now rarer and the drumming on some songs has been thinned out, one example being Space Truckin'.
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