In 1993, because of the constant disagreement, musical differences, fights and tensions between vocalist Ian Gillan and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Blackmore left the band during a show in Helsinki, Finland on 17 November, just days before the Japanese leg of the tour was set to start. Deep Purple hired Joe Satriani as the temporal replacement for Ritchie, to play the remaining gigs in Japan and Europe. After the tour, Joe continued his solo career and Deep Purple asked Steve Morse to join the band. As Ritchie was their founding member and very popular in fans, other members didn't know how will new guitarist work for the audience. So they decided to held a small secret warm-up tour, in order to see the audience reactions during the live. Steve fit the band quite well and audience responded. Thus, they asked Steve to stay in the band.