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Don’t worry, we won’t get in

Don Airey in Kingston, Canada, February 9, 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Don Airey spoke to AsiaOne before the Singapore gig earlier this month and when the topic of conversation turned to the Rock’n’Roll HoF, shared this:

Newman’s fantastic but he’s not really a rock act, is he? Neither is Donna Summer, although she made one of the greatest records I’ve ever heard. If you’re going to have a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, let’s have some rock and rollers in there.

There was a kind of ripple of excitement, like ‘Oh, we’ve been nominated!’. Then Ian [Gillan] said, ‘Don’t worry, we won’t get in’.

He also revealed that Uncommon Man from NowWhat?! will be a tribute to Jon Lord:

The awful news came through that Jon had passed away and we went in and recorded an improvised introduction to this number. It was really about Jon and it is quite moving, I must say.

He was always friendly to me, especially when I joined the band. He was a lovely man, Jon, and he’s greatly missed by everyone.

7 Comments to “Don’t worry, we won’t get in”:

  1. 1
    Buttockss says:

    Nice words by don about jon, can’t wait to hear the tribute song, im sure it will be touching .

  2. 2
    al says:

    they will sing what they feel not what we feel,that’s what big Ian said once in his website ,no matter what the song will sound like about Jon,it will be a heartfelt tribute !

  3. 3
    Les Hedger says:

    Don is a class act and one of the best keyboard players of all time.

  4. 4
    Black Sheep says:

    Not with that attitude you won’t! 😉

  5. 5
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Listening to this it reminded me of the teaser we first were exposed to

  6. 6
    Bernhard says:

    Nobody can ever replace Jon Lord – nevertheless the best “replacement” is Don Airey

  7. 7
    Australis says:

    @6 – exactly!

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