Paice (born June 29, 1948; Nottingham, England) is the only founding member of DEEP PURPLE still performing with the group.
Heavily influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and other jazz drummers, Ian is one of the few hard rock drummers who uses swing and jazz inflections in his powerhouse style. He is also left-handed.
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 uses Pearl drumkits as his main performing drums, incorporating Paiste cymbals and Promark sticks. He switched to Pearl drums from Ludwig around 1984.
Watch fan-filmed video footage of an Ian Paice drum solo — recorded on February 25, 2007 in Graz, Austria:
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