METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has offered his services to members of the DEEP PURPLE Mk III lineup should they decide to go ahead with a proposed reunion tour.In separate interviews for February edition of Classic Rock magazine (issue No.128), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) and Jon Lord (keyboards) have all intimated they would be up for playing together again, and all parties have recently been in contact with Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). In fact, the only block to the band reforming could be Ian Paice, who, as a member of the current PURPLE, would probably find it difficult and uncomfortable to get involved. Enter Lars Ulrich, a hardcore PURPLE fan who was fortunate enough to see PURPLE Mk III at the band's first show, at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen in 1973. "I know there's talk about the fact that if they got Coverdale, Hughes, Lord and Blackmore together, they would have four members who aren't in the current DEEP PURPLE — then they just need a drummer. I'll volunteer myself for that," Lars laughed. "If they need a drummer, David Coverdale has my number." The February edition of Classic Rock goes on sale on Wednesday, January 7. For more information, visit the Classic Rock web site. Fan-filmed video footage of Lars Ulrich performing the DEEP PURPLE classic "Smoke on the Water" with Ian Gillan during the PURPLE frontman's solo gig on September 11, 2006 at Slim's in San Francisco can be viewed below.
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