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Never say never

Don Airey was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History at the ceremony held on January 18 in Anaheim, California. Here is his well thought out and pretty rousing acceptance speech and bits of rather interesting backstage interview:

Thanks to Vintage Rock for the video and to Nigel Young for bringing it to your attention.

14 Comments to “Never say never”:

  1. 1
    Kim Peters says:

    Great man, great musician. Well deserved.
    Congratulations, Don.

  2. 2
    Gary Baker says:

    Congratulations Don!!

  3. 3
    Adel says:

    He is without a shadow of a doubt is the current shinning star in deep purple now. I remember the days when Steve Morse was the driving force in the band but I think he handed the touch to Don now. Our Beloved Jon Lord is looking down with great pride to what Don has achieved with DP
    On a more lighter note. He just mentioned that Infinite is heavier than Now What and the recording would surprise lots of people.
    Can’t you just release the bloody Album I can’t wait any longer.

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Nice speech from Don Airey, always modest & thankful & great to hear him praise so many superb musicians from the past. So many of them not physically with us anymore! John Wetton departing this earth 3 days ago, a brilliant musician from the golden era & what a plethora of artists that he recorded & played with over 5 decades. Geoff Nicholls, Sabbaths keyboard player also gone last week, never forgotten! Cheers.

  5. 5
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    As long as you’re happy with it Don, then I suppose that’s all that matters. Smiles to ya.

  6. 6
    Steve Hunt says:

    Wonderful acceptance speech Don.You are a class act sir.Congrats.

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    Scott says:

    Well Deserved. Don is incredible player and musician. He’s been a huge asset to Purple the last what 14 years.

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    purpoz says:

    WOW! What a guy, and I mean that most sincere! I think Don has captured the true essence of humility here and he has a lot to say that is worth the hearing.

    The role of keyboards in ‘metal’ is a difficult one to quantify – in my understanding of the broad genre, there are substantial parts of it where keyboards and keyboardists remain completely unemployed. But Don has created an outstanding profile for the instrument elsewhere within that genre and fully deserves this recognition.

    It helps that he is a delight to listen to and has what appears to be a permanent smile.

    Long live Don Airey… long live Deep Purple!

  9. 9
    PAT GESUALDO says:

    Thank you to Don Airey. It was an honor to Induct you into the Hall of Heavy Metal History. Thank you to the Highway Star for posting. That is a great honor as well.

    Pat Gesualdo
    The Hall of Heavy Metal History

  10. 10
    Kenn says:

    … and the Award for the best Award goes too.

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    al says:

    great class act and a nice humble man! He erased all the doubts and has become more and more the driving force for this band! I love the fact that album sound is heavier and more progg then the excellent Now What?! I cannot wait to hear the album and see them in the Toronto in September!

    Good Bless You Mr Airey!

  12. 12
    Steve says:

    This is so like him, very modest, but so talented, we are proud to have Don as one of our own, but very happy to share him with everybody. Congratulations Don, well deserved award.

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    Dpfender says:

    So great. Among everything else, I’d love to see a live release of his solo band. Looking forward to the album and tour!

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    RB says:

    Well deserved, great that he’s finally been recognised. Good news that ‘Infinite’ is going to be heavier, but not so keen on more Prog.

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