Singer Ian Gillan discussed the ups and downs of Deep Purple throughout the years, explaining to Kaaos TV during a recent interview ”
“Deep Purple has had its ups and downs throughout the history of the band – with personalities and personnel and difficulties. There have been times when the band has felt uneasy with itself, and I think that’s reflected in the music.
“I was only talking the other day about an album called ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ [live album released in 1988], and I thought, ‘This epitomizes everything that’s not right about Deep Purple.’
“You hear some other songs, like the Mark II stuff and [1984’s] ‘Perfect Strangers’ perhaps, and the more recent material. And you think, ‘Yeah, the band was hot then.’
“Your first question was, ‘Is Deep Purple on top of the game now?’ I think those are the times it shows. And the reasons for that are same as when anyone’s at top of the game. See an athlete performing well, you know they’re relaxed. Because if they’re tense, they don’t do so good.
“You never deliver such good stuff when you’re tense and uneasy. But when you’re relaxed and fluid and there’s a common thinking – you’ve got a mutual idea of what you’re after – it works very well.”