In 1993, because of the constant disagreements, 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. The band hired Joe Satriani as a temporary replacement for Blackmore, to play the remaining gigs in Japan and Europe. After the tour, Satriani continued his solo career and the band asked Steve Morse to join. As the band were unsure of how audiences would react to the new permanent replacement, a "secret warm-up" tour of 3 shows were played. Audiences responded positively to Morse.