Founding Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice suffered a “mini stroke” in Stockholm on Tuesday before his band was scheduled to play a show in the Swedish city. The 67-year-old musician’s health scare forced Deep Purple to cancel that concert, as well as shows Tuesday in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Friday in Horsens, Denmark.
In a message posted on Deep Purple’s official website, Paice explains, “On the morning of the 14th of June I woke up to find that the right side of my body was feeling numb and I could not control my right hand and fingers… So I had myself admitted to hospital where I was diagnosed with having suffered a ‘mini stroke,’ or TIA. The hospital staff in Stockholm were amazing and started my treatment straight away.”
Ian also reports that he underwent CT and MRI scans, which found “no serious or permanent damage.” He adds, “As of this moment all I am suffering is a slightly numb right side of the face and a tingling sensation in my right hand. My dexterity in the hand is coming back quickly and I fully expect to recommence touring next month.”
Paice says he now has to take medication daily “to ensure it doesn’t happen again!”
Ian, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Deep Purple in April, is the only musician to play with all of the band’s lineups since its 1968 inception. He says this week’s canceled shows are the first Deep Purple gigs he’s ever missed.
The veteran rockers’ next concert is scheduled for July 5 in Antalya, Turkey.