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Tempest in a teapot, part 2

A statement from the band (signed by Ian Gillan), undoubtedly in response to Blackmore camp, has appeared on the official site:

With respect to all:

We were faced with a hard decision when we heard about the Hall of Fame inductions. It was shocking to us that Steve Morse and Don Airey – who have been with us for 22 years and 14 years respectively – had been excluded, according to HoF ‘rules’.

Ian G. Ian P. and Roger G. – decided upon the offer of a compromise which has been agreed with the HoF and enables us to turn up on the night.

DP Inductees will accept the awards and then the living breathing Deep Purple will perform. Inevitably, this will mean excluding Ritchie, David and Glen from the live performance, but, given the circumstances, there is no other acceptable option.

It should be stressed that there is no slight intended nor any desire to upset anyone regarding this decision; it is purely a mark of respect to Steve and Don.

I spoke with David Coverdale last week and he expressed complete understanding of the way it was being handled; thanks David you’re a Gent.

Outside of this event there are no circumstances under which a ‘reunion’ could or would take place and so it is unconscionable that our guitarist and keyboard player should be pushed aside after all those years (on the road and six studio albums) of total personal commitment and musical contribution to the band, just to satisfy pressure that has been, in the past, easily resisted.

So, let’s all get up there, shake hands, smile for the cameras and get it done with dignity and respect for all the existing and past members of a very special family.


We are sorry for being too optimistic about dirty laundry for today.

Update (Feb 21): there seems to be different revisions of Gillan’s statement floating around on the ‘net, with one on deeppurple.com dropping the whole “excluding Ritchie, David and Glen from the live performance” sentence, and one on Caramba extending an open invitation to all past members of the band to join for a jam:

In fact, we would love to perform with Ritchie, David, Glen et al on Smoke on the Water in the encore jam.

Why do these revisions differ? — We don’t know. It could be anything. It could be as simple as an oversight of the respective webmasters. Or it could also be that what is published on deeppurple.com reflects consensus within the band, while what is published on Caramba reflects only IG’s personal view of the matter. Or it could be something else entirely. We. Just. Don’t. Know.

99 Comments to “Tempest in a teapot, part 2”:

  1. 1
    Gyula Sasvári says:

    Agreed ?

  2. 2
    Steve Clowes says:

    Boring now. R&RHOF is a pointless exercise

  3. 3
    Bob Cagey says:

    If it weren’t for Ritchie, then they wouldn’t be there at all. He, along with Jon Lord made Deep Purple. You think if Jon were alive that he would be excluded as a non current member? Please.

  4. 4
    Graham Hurst says:

    What Gillan and the current members of the band masquerading as Deep Purple would really do well to remember is the REAL reason they are being given the opportunity to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is that the VAST majority of songs that have gained them their status were written by Blackmore, Glover, Lord, Paice and Gillan and NOT by “other additions” to the bands so common sense shows quite clearly WHO should be included !! How many classic, ledgendary songs have been penned with Morse and Airey in the fold ???? I think we all know the answer to that for those of us who hold the TRUE Deep Purple close to our hearts and not for the current line up that trades heavily on past music !!!! Come on Gillan, time to grow up and put past matters to bed ……… you never know when it may be too late for all to say “sorry”

  5. 5
    Peter Weckerle says:

    A bit harsh, Blackmore decided to leave, Lord retired……current members are equally proud of their achievements I’m sure….

  6. 6
    Nick Martinez says:

    Ritchie kept going with rainbow,the others didn’t do much.when it comes down to it,better give the fans what the want.

  7. 7
    Geoff Davies says:

    Why don’t they just all grow up & think of the fans that have followed them all for decades & spent hundreds if not thousands of £s on vinyls tapes cd’s dvd’s concert tickets T shirts etc. The current ‘touring band’ are not the band being inducted. Im surely not the only one who wants to see RB GH & DC up there smashing out Burn & Stormbringer. Have a rethink guys, its not all about you.

  8. 8
    Tuija Kinnunen-Härmälä says:

    A simple solution: Induct ALL past and present members of the band. All of them have brought something new and personal to Deep Purple.

  9. 9
    Graham Hurst says:

    Not really harsh Peter, all I’m saying is the truth when we all sit and think about it, the classic hits that have made the band what they are were written by those 5 members. Not attempting do “do down” what Morse and Airey may have done, but lets all be honest, there are no classics from this current band incarnation that would enable them entry into the Hall of Fame. 🙂

  10. 10
    Duncan Leask says:

    The relationship with Jon and the band was very different..

  11. 11
    Tom Criscuola Sr says:

    I’m proud too and I’ve written as many hits as the current lineup.

  12. 12
    Tom Criscuola Sr says:

    Maybe Hughes and Coverdale will be the only ones showing up.

  13. 13
    Tom Criscuola Sr says:

    Plus I don’t think that purple’s management can ban him from attending.

  14. 14
    Randy Haugen says:

    Sorry but Blackmore wrote many of the best songs that Deep Purple ever played in the studio and Live,Not to say Morse is a great Guitar player but the HOF is a sham..No Blackmore No deal!

  15. 15
    Sue Burton says:

    I think Ig has put matters to bed, Ritchies statement that he was banned is obviously not true on reading this letter.

  16. 16
    Jan-Erik Nilsen says:

    Sute it was. Then they should do something with Blackmore, Coverdale and Hughes to honour Jon Lord. I’m sure Paice and Airey would be happy to.

  17. 17
    Mark Zimmerman says:

    No Blackmore, No Purple

  18. 18
    Bill White says:

    There is a significant difference between not performing with the current band (understandable, their rules) and not being allowed to attend. There is usually a big jam session. Blackmore, Coverdale and Hughes could easily tear that up!

  19. 19
    Chris A. Masters says:

    This has become ridiculous. Ideally, everyone that has ever been in DP should have been included — Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Joe Lynn Turner, and even Joe Satriani. There should also be special tributes to the late Jon Lord and Tommy Bolin.
    All of this not wanting to share the stage BS, I’m guessing, is mainly coming from Gillan, and his dislike of Blackmore.
    Don’t RNRHoF bands usually perform three songs?
    Then how about this:
    1. Highway Star — MK2 lineup with Airey on KB.
    2. Burn — MK3 lineup with Airey.
    3. Smoke on the Water — All living members, current and previous, and maybe a few guests onstage having a big jam. Imagine Blackmore, Morse and Satriani swapping licks! That would be worth the price admission alone.
    Guys, just put the egos aside for one night.

  20. 20
    Rick Fritzinger says:

    All members past and present should be included. Ritchie was a cancer to the band. Steve has been with Purple 20 yrs, need I say more !!!!

  21. 21
    Bruce Pedersen says:

    Can’t speak for everyone but as a Clevelander,you know WHERE THE FUCKING R.N’ R HALL OF FAME IS, I know I would show up at the Hall,to hear Ritchie,David,and Glenn perform live. I am sure between the three of them, they could find a keyboardist and drummer!
    Every year the ceremonies take place in N.Y. where Jann Wenner lives. Who cares about him. Has anyone actually listened to how badly Morse has butchered Smoke on the Water? Personally,I quit on Purple after Ritchie left the first time.

  22. 22
    Michael Field says:

    This whole thing is nonsense. As a fan since 1973, I considered going but worried it would be a giant mess. My sense of things was, unfortunately, proven correct. Steve and Don deserve credit for keeping it alive and thriving and they’ve done some good stuff but no whole lp is particularly memorable. They have nothing to do with why DP merited being in the HOF. Excluding them was entirely appropriate. Nick Simper is another story. I don’t get that.

  23. 23
    Rick Fritzinger says:

    If Ritchie wouldn’t have been such an asshole over the years, things would be better !!!

  24. 24
    Nigel Bear Davies says:

    So the Blackmore who wrote all the memorable riffs etc, that are still being played by the current ‘breathing ‘ line up is not welcome. One word, Arse! Payne and co are not worthy of the others ….. Come on June shows!

  25. 25
    Yvonne says:

    A very special family indeed. And like in all families, dirty laundry turns up now and then.

  26. 26
    Graham Hurst says:

    Dont forget Rick Fritzinger ….. it takes two to tango …. Gillan has been and still is an arsehole too 🙂

  27. 27
    Rick Fritzinger says:

    HUH ????

  28. 28
    Frank Marriott says:

    While you’re entitled to your opinion, I say it’s bullshit. Deep Purple would never have any success without Blackmore. The line ups without him have sold squat… My final point – while Steve plays lots of songs that Ritchie wrote, you’ll never hear Ritchie play a Dixie Dregs song…

  29. 29
    Frank Marriott says:

    If Ian would have taken care of his voice instead of smoking and drinking then croaking like a frog on stage, Ritchie wouldn’t have had to be an asshole… He’s a professional musician and demands that others be also!

  30. 30
    Rick Fritzinger says:

    Agreed, but the band would never have survived had Ritchie stayed with them.

  31. 31
    Rick Fritzinger says:

    Ian still sounds great. Ritchie found his niche with Candice. Glad that he finally found his calling. Love Blackmore’s Night !!!

  32. 32
    Richard Meyers says:

    A complete joke, a slap at the original band and the fans who voted for DP’s induction. I personally believe if they don’t include Blackmore, the Induction should be rescinded.

  33. 33
    Barfly says:

    Fuck this shit induct mark III and get it ower with who fuckin cares about the late 6 no good albums. With
    acturly not one song that would fit in my top 50 list of Purple songs . I dont know about you thats just my opinion.

  34. 34
    Rock Voorne says:

    I thought that both Gillan and Blackmore did not care

  35. 35
    Mats Karlsson says:

    Being (even if in small Sweden) the guy filling in as guitarist for a once huge band over here (I’ve been there since 1992 and the band was big 1978-1982) I do have lots of more years in the band than the original guitarist, but he was very involved in the songwriting. I would never feel comfortable going to a thing like this taking credit for Classic songs I didn’t help writing..Steve and Don need to reconsider and go there, collect their prize and enjoy mk II and possibly mk I perform (Ok, I know Jon’s not around, Don knows it.?)

  36. 36
    Harry says:

    A Note from a Fan to all members of Purple, past and present.

    I have been a fan of this band for 40 plus years.
    I have appreciated and enjoyed, all of the various incarnations
    And members who have passed through over the years.
    Like anyone, I have my favorites.

    But I want to hear Steve and Don play
    And Ritchie and Rodger and Nick and Joe
    I want to hear David and Glen and Ian and Rod
    And Joe sing.
    I dream of hearing Jon play again.

    Most fans are fans of the band, not one person or “mark”
    It is indeed foolish of the Hall to only induct certain members,
    Or to decide who contributed and who didn’t.
    But the hall is not who we have followed with our ears and out hearts
    And our words and our money.
    We followed a band. And apparently this band is making the decision
    to exclude certain members from playing. Not the Hall
    Ian, this may be a compromise with the Hall, but it is not a compromise
    With your fans. It is a disappointment that is avoidable.

    Various members have stated that this is more important to the fans.
    The members of this band have the opportunity to do something for their fans.
    Fans of almost 50 years. Do not let this opportunity pass.
    I know it will take an enormous amount of effort to pull this off.
    But you can show your fans that they are valued.

    Play separately
    Play together
    Just play

    Thank you for listening.


  37. 37
    Barfly says:

    Okey hard words there. 6 No good albums of course they are good albums but none in the class of the albums of what Ritchie appered on and that are absolutly these albums they get inducted on. thats just totaly the case none of the last six will get rememberd by anyone exccept purpheads.

  38. 38
    MacGregor says:

    What is wrong with all having a blast??????? Gillan has a turnaround similar to Blackmore in regards to turning up? Such a farce that this charade is turning out this way! Blackmore & Morse could easily play together on stage for a song or two! Simple really, but not for some, who still have issues with the past it seems!
    A chip (more like Uluru or Ayers Rock) on their shoulder! Current version of Purple plays so much of MK2 continually & even Hush can get a run here & there! Blackmore, Lord & Paice started it all, Blackmore named the band! Gillan obviously has an issue with Blackmore turning it up on stage & showing them up perhaps? Worried about the attention turning to the Maestro? Not that that would be his intention if he did play live with them! Pathetic indeed!

  39. 39
    Nicholas Pawloff says:

    I am afraid I fully disagree with this statement and action plan. That DP Viii is a superb line up and the very true spirit of DP is indisputable! But performing a couple of songs that have been sung by all lines up would be quite an exceptional event, in fact the musical link for at least two, if not three generations. What a pity! There is always a recovery period. Go ahead with a new ststement!

  40. 40
    Ian Grant says:

    What a load of old shit! “Deep Purple” is every band member who has ever played with the band and for IG, IP & RG to decide that DC & GH should not be allowed to perform is insulting to them and the fans. This would have been an ideal opportunity for the band to treat the fans to an anthology of DP music from ’68 to ’76 which, let’s face it, is the period that has gained them the induction into the R&RHOF, but instead individual egos are denying the fans what they want to see.

  41. 41
    The Highway Star says:

    All people who suggest IG is evil, did you miss the final paragraph of his statement? Didn’t reda that far, eh? “So, let’s _all_ get up there, shake hands, smile for the cameras and get it done with dignity and respect for all the existing and past members of a very special family.”

  42. 42
    Anders Hjemdahl says:

    I’m a Bolin fan, but agree on the rest of what you’re saying.

  43. 43
    Palle Hichmann says:

    Ritchie never wanted this. It’s not him. So it’s a gift for him that DP doesn’t want to perform with him at the Hall of Fame. Couldn’t suit him better….

  44. 44
    Ian Grant says:

    Fine, all get up there, shake hands etc., but to deny DC & GH the opportunity to get up and do their thing is just plain disrespectful and egotistical on someone’s part. If the band hadn’t continued with DC, GH and Bolin, who’s to say the band would ever have reformed and still be going today?

  45. 45
    Tom Criscuola Sr says:

    It doesn’t sound right to me either.

  46. 46
    Alket Kellici says:

    I agree…as much as I enjoy all the line ups this is totally bullshit.Blackmore was the driving force and this is Gillan s band not deep purple. They should have all been there,but Alas it was not meant to be.

  47. 47
    Nicholas Pawloff says:

    Again you are missing the very point of the issue. There is no real childish talk over evil or good, but the doctor that this should be, in a way or another, a momentum for DP!! All members of DP included!

  48. 48
    conrad passas says:

    So there it is. As always, it’s all about IG. Folks, look at the name – THE R’N R HALL OF FAME . . . Repeat: HALL OF FAME!!!
    What better mark of respect could there be affirmed to honour lordy.

    “Living breathing deep purple” Mr GIllan ? . . Who is the catalyst to all you enjoy and have enjoyed for the past 20 years? . . Sorry . . Your ego aside, it is Lord Blackmore Paice Edwards Colletta . . You forgot didnt you? Please tell me that was a momentary lapse of higher consciensness . . C’mon rog . . Back me up here.

    Ian . . I love you but you are such a f**king princess sometimes 🙁

    Time for a cup of tea methinks

  49. 49
    Mark says:

    This is rapidly turning into a war of words between the Blackmore camp and the current Deep Purple lineup. It reminds me of the fiasco when Kiss were inducted. Time for everyone to reach an agreement so that all members including Rod Evans & Nick Simper can take part and maybe even have some sort of mega jam.

  50. 50
    Svante Axbacke says:

    I’ve asked this before and I will continue to ask until I’m blue in the face:
    Say RB shows up on stage with DP and play, well, should we guess SOTW? What exactly do you think would happen? Will you become 17 again? Will the clock turn back to 1971? If it turned out to sound like donkey balls, how many would dare to admit that? That performance will add nothing to your life, or the guys who play. It will probably just be uncomfortable, and how fun is that to watch and listen to?

    DP with RB was a fantastic band. A fantastic band in an era that’s completely different from today. That was then, this is now. The R’n’RHoF is a museum in Cleveland. Not a magic castle which turns everyone into eternal youths.

  51. 51
    Brian Miller says:

    R&RHOF is a joke because it took them this long to induct Purple in the first place. I love Blackmore, but there is no denying Rainbow died because he got into a musical rut for the last few albums. He also QUIT Purple, twice. Yes, the songs of Mk2 are the iconic ones everyone remembers, but for those who care to listen, the new stuff is excellent but different because it has evolved. Like living things should. They should ALL get an award! But only the active members should get to play. Besides, if you want to be picky, it’s actually all Paicey’s band anyway.

  52. 52
    Graham Hurst says:

    Hmmmm Highway Star …… IG’s statement only suggested they “smile, shake hands etc” with the current line up ! …….. ONE THING IG should remember is that this year alone we have lost a large number of Rock musicians who really meant the most to very many of us ….. is it not about time he stopped being so childish and churlish, not to mention bitter about past fall outs (he had his part in this dispute too, (couldnt sing, couldnt remeber lyrics etc) and let bygones be bygones before its too late and others pass to the Pearly Gates ??? you never get a second chance when someones gone …… he at least owes that to the many fans of the true, prolific, classic Purple line up and deep down, if he admitted it, he owes it to himself ……… 🙂

  53. 53
    al says:

    @18 totally agree with ya and lots of the guys here.Bad,immature and prima dona attitude,especially from Gillans or the current Deep Purple camp and I am not saying BLACKMORE is an angel but it should have been a genuine attempt to reach out and make amends,accept the friggin awards for the fans and followers and move on with life.But this got fucked up before it even started.Gillan has no right to decide who is going to play or not.Every inductee should have been up there and play.No Blackmore there,no fucking interest and appeal to me at all.Could have been a nice tribute to the living ones and the dead ones,(Lord,Bolin) fuck this !! I mean no matter how bad blood and feelings we might have ,it is only one fucking night a couple of songs or a mix!! gimme a fucking break.

  54. 54
    Tom Criscuola Sr says:

    No one who will be watching wants to hear the current lineup. They want to hear the songs that got them there. They want to hear Ritchie, and some of the Mark 3 songs as well. They won’t be playing anything from the current lineup. It is wrong. Everyone should play. Even have the current band backing them up.

  55. 55
    André Pagé says:

    rock and roll hall of shame, i think every member past and present should be inducted .

  56. 56
    MacGregor says:

    Svante @ 20- I think a one off song or two doesn’t have to sound like 1972 or thereabouts.
    It would be about respect & attitude to each other, the fans & all. I am sure that they would play good enough for a one off brief interlude! Respect & old times, have a laugh or two, enjoy it for what it is & it would be a positive thing to do! Instead, we seem to have resentment, bitterness & other negative aspects still prevailing! Not good energy! Cheers.

  57. 57
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Did everyone miss the part where IG writes that he wants to see _all_ get up and shake hands?

  58. 58
    Kevin Davis says:

    the best line up was mk2 Ian. had a voice that would never to be bettered

  59. 59
    Umberto Urock says:

    no blackmore … no deep purple ….
    what people remember the most …? the smoke on the water riff

  60. 60
    Rick Winter says:

    I assume the songs performed will be those written by the “breathing” version of Purple and not any of the old stuff. I mean, how disrespectful to Steve if they perform stuff he’s not responsible for. They trade on mark ll and don’t even acknowledge mark lll or lV . As a tribute band they suck.

  61. 61
    rik_uk says:

    I thought they didn’t care? Now they are turning up and playing?!?!?


  62. 62
    conrad passas says:

    Certainly did svante but what gives gillan the right to stage rights. Gillan – you loved lord – respect his wishes . . What a brilliant opportunity to do so . . And on a global stage . . Not the gillan stage. . . Bummed – more tea dimitri!

  63. 63
    conrad passas says:

    ….and lets not forget that what EVERY DP member has said in the past . . DP Is greater than the sum of its parts . . So boys put your principles where your mouth is . .

  64. 64
    Raj Tiwari says:

    It’s for the band to decide who plays and does not. Deep Purple is a band and that’s that…What the reasons and decisions are based on we can never know….It looks childish from one angle but it’s equally childish from another….RB site insinuates that RB has been asked not to come for the event and that is so grossly incorrect as well. I for one agree without RB I would have never found Deep Purple but now I like all the albums and Come Taste The Band is one of the best…so Tommy’s missing as well…I do say it’s complicated.

  65. 65
    Steve Hawker says:

    Thank you Svante. Hope you’re doing well, old chum.

    I’m still holding out hope that they get up there and decline the award as that would really be the best way to honour Jon Lord. The freaking farce that is the misnamed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had nearly 20 years to get Lord in there while he was alive. They don’t deserve to have Deep Purple.

  66. 66
    Nickolai Borisov says:

    My dear favorite band, today I am disappointed! First, Gillan said he’d not go to a “wedding” with his ex, since his current “spouse” is not invited. What a great statement that was!…Well, I guess now, they are going…Why??! The Hall of Shame totally disrespected the current DP members – Don and Steve – as not worthy of the so-called “award”, but they would still perform?! Wow! Why are you selling yourselves out, guys? Why didn’t you stick to your guns and just say “F you all!”??
    Then, OK, you changed your mind, decided to show up. Why not accept the fact that Ritchie is a part of DP’s great legacy? Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if they all went on stage? Wouldn’t that show that MUSIC is above every “big” personality ever to be a part of the band!!! You did not handle this well!!! I am sorry for you….I really hope they play a new song, not a Ritchie-era one! That would be a farce and ridiculous considering the circumstances!

  67. 67
    DeeperPurps says:

    Sorry Ian G., with the greatest of respect and admiration for you, I nevertheless think your approach is not the correct one to take.

    Ritchie should be allowed to come jam at the solo spot of SOTW, just as Scott Holiday of Rival sons was invited to do at the London O2 show this past December.

  68. 68
    al says:

    @23 yea and so what ?!

  69. 69
    scottbuster2000 says:

    ‘Inevitably, this will mean excluding Ritchie, David and Glen from the live performance, but, given the circumstances, there is no other acceptable option.’

    What the Bleep Highwaystar?! This is not even in the Deep Purple official statement. Tempest in a teapot indeed.

  70. 70
    Ed King says:

    The ” living , breathing Deep Purple ” would be nothing without Ritchie Blackmore ….. As Jon Lord said himself “The prime mover behind Deep Purple ” I.G. and the rest still make a living off his creative genius …..

  71. 71
    Ed King says:

    Gillan is full of shit …. He did as much as anyone to soil the name of Deep Purple , with the possible exception of Tommy Bolin’s heroin use !

  72. 72
    Eric Eisenstein says:

    “Dignity and respect” to fans = all member who are inductees perform

  73. 73
    John Maravegias says:

    The Magic is and will always be Blackmore. This man is unrivaled

  74. 74
    Graham Macdonald says:

    Without Ritchie ….there would have been no Deep Purple as a group or even name! Ritchie is and always will be Deep Purple and the others grudgingly know this! This has more to run…

  75. 75
    Zand says:

    C’mon Ian! Reuniting for one night only doesn’t take anything away from the living-breathing Deep Purple. Show more rock’n’roll attitude about this.

  76. 76
    Ron says:

    To all the judgemental people, none of you know the real back story of what happened in 72/73, 88 or 93. We have an idea but I’m confident it’s uglier than we know. Gillan and Blackmore will never play together.

    I was attracted to Purple originally because of Ritchie. But I understand Gillan’s point. It’s not just Gillan, search YouTube on Dio’s perspective. There is a lot there.

    I was hoping we’d see a MKII reunion and even see MK III and the current line up play. I gave that a low probability and I’m glad they put Hughes in a box. If Gillan did not take such a strong approach Hughes would have sucked the air out of the room. Can you imagine if Purple boycotted and Hughes was left unchecked – freak show.

    IF you look at it holistically, Purple will show up and play which is great news. Too bad Ritchie and David Coverdale won’t play but this is an acceptable compromise. BTW, I’ve never heard Coverdale say anything negative about Gillan or MKII.

    Everyone in the Purple and Blackmore camp knows who did what to whom. For a band as big as Purple it’s suprising they’ve kept a lid on all the gory details. But the animosity is real. To make Gillan the villian is wrong. To forget the huge impact he had is unbelievable. His performance on In Rock, Machine Head and Made in Japan rival any vocalist from the genre. I’ve never heard better. Although not the driving issue, but to give Hughes a pass for his many back handed comments while at the same time playing MKII songs to this day in his live shows as if he wrote them is unfair. To me that is the other story, Hughes is not performing which I can imagine he was planning to ham it up. To Ritchie, the greatest rock guitarist ever, he obviously burned all bridges in 93 when he left and time has not healed the wounds.

  77. 77
    Ian Gillans Pants says:

    So, let me get this right; Gillan wants everybody onstage to be nice, accept the award and then the ‘living, breathing Deep Purple’ would play ‘Smoke’ (what else?) while the others, including the guy who came up with the tune and the name of the band, are shuffled off to one side? Ha ha, good luck with that.

  78. 78
    Garrett O Donovan says:

    The deep purple that we have today is a pale shadow of the the band that the world knew. Please don’t play Ritchies music at the awards. My blood is boiling.

  79. 79
    Rob Hitchcock says:

    Can’t understand why the RARHOF left anyone out. It should have been all members past and present. Tommy and Jon should have got a special mention and maybe should do 3 songs, one with current line up, one with Mk 3 plus Don and one with any one who wants to play as a Jam. But come on let’s get some reality here Ritchie was never going to go, it not his thing. So let’s stop the dreaming it was never going to happen. The real issue for me is the insult for not honouring all members and if Bruce Payne sent a letter saying RB can’t attend. If that is true then shame on him.

  80. 80
    Tilmann Susato says:

    exactly right!!!!! bottomline is again that gillan is doing whatever it needs to make some addtl airing out of that … several weeka ago he said he won’t go – he is so ridiculous!!!

  81. 81
    Tilmann Susato says:

    that is very good one, rick!!!! they have none that anyone would like hear :-))

  82. 82
    heycisco says:

    I agree with Gillan. The blame is purely on RRHOF ignorance. The way they treated the current lineup is a disgrace. Same with Nick Simper. Why Rod Evans deserves the nomination but Nick doesn’t is beyond me. They inducted Josh Klilnghoffer with RHCP and Robert Trujillo with Metallica when they released one album of no significance with their bands! If they had inducted everybody there would heave been a chance for a jam. I am sure that a jam with DC and Glenn Hughes could be arranged. And with Richie, you never know. He could do it just because everybody expects him not to. And seeing Richie and Steve on stage together would be fantastic. I am sure Steve would not mind and Richie always expressed his respect for Steve’s skills.

  83. 83
    Joe Blough says:

    No Blackmore, no Simper, no Evans no Deep Purple. Grow up current DP!!!

  84. 84
    Bob Cagey says:

    Duncan Leask My point about Jon is that their excuse about only current members would fall apart if he were alive and not a current member. Other than the old bad blood, I think the real reason is Gillan’s being pissy about the non-inclusion of Steve Morse and Don Airey, While both are great musicians, they did not help create Deep Purple like Ritchie did. (along with the other Mark II and III members)

  85. 85
    Mike says:

    Absolutely disgraceful behavior displayed by DP Manager Bruce Payne in this matter. He should be dismissed immediately. This situation is either being drummed up for publicity or incompetence.Anyone that would say the RB is banned from this is an idiot. Grow up and act your ages.

    DP and RB Management, here is your solution, no charge.

    Play a medley of songs with Ritchie playing on 1/2 and Morse on the other. Don Airey should be no problem, he worked for RB for a time. Ian Gillian will be required to check his ego for about 8 minutes if possible. I haven’t heard Coverdale or Hughes complain about playing so it should not be a problem.

    It’s not about any individuals, be adults and make something happen for the fans. Without them, there is no DP.

  86. 86
    Sal says:

    It will be nice to see David and Glenn together with Paicey, Roger, and Big Ian at the ceremony.

  87. 87
    Marcus Streets says:

    With Dave, Glen and RB there, all you need is a drummer and a keyboard player and you have Mk3.
    Little Ian and Don would be obvious choices – but I am sure others could stand in, didn’t Lars Ulrich volunteer in the past.

  88. 88
    Kim Peters says:

    This “event” has been a joke since it’s inception and with further proof waiting 23 years to induct this legendary/influential band.

    If the HoF had done it right to begin with, Ritchie Blackmore would still be Purple’s guitarist, Jon Lord would be alive and MKII might have taken the stage together to except their trophy or whatever memento is given out…oh well, that ship has sailed. But I’m VERY proud of the current Purple and the way they’ve handled it so far.

    Good luck with the new album in Nashville, I’m waiting with bated breath guys!

  89. 89
    Rob says:

    First I thought 14, yes, spot on. Then I read 20 and thought, yes, you’re right. Two opposing points of view and I agree with both. So if I’m such a mixed up contrary bugger, can I expect the chaps to be any better? No, think I’ll just forget about it and put on Now What. Or Rat Bat Blue? Much underrated. Or maybe Taleisyn. Oho ooh, what about Rising? Mr Universe maybe? No, it’s time to be mellow. Northwinds is going under the needle. Loving music SHOULD NOT INVOLVE TAKING SIDES. There, I’ve said it. Actually, I think I fancy a bit of Govt Mule instead. Funny.

  90. 90
    Nick Soveiko says:

    scottbuster2000 @69:

    the statement is reproduced here exactly as it appeared on deeppurple.com at the time of publication of this post (Feb 19, 2016 @ 20:28 UTC). nothing was added, deleted, or edited.

  91. 91
    Tom Ewok says:

    Glad I didn’t buy tickets. This version of Deep Purple IS good, but not the classic lineup I would want to see. That being said, the main reason I didn’t buy tickets is because the Hall itself sucks.

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    luke says:

    If you read what Gillan said on his website you will see that he said he would love Blackmore to play smoke with the band at the induction ceremony, please look at the whole story before commenting people.

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    Eric Odijk says:

    As much as I hate the fact that Blackmore, but also Coverdale and Hughes, won’t be allowed to play, I can understand why:
    If Blackmore and Coverdale and Hughes would do a certain song with a B, accompanied by Paice and Airey (replacing Lord) it would probably eeeehhh surely threaten the credibility of the current live band. The crowd would go completely nuts. I would.

  94. 94
    Martin J says:

    This line you will find in IG’s letter from Feb. 20 on Caramba: “…….In fact, we would love to perform with Ritchie, David, Glen et al on Smoke on the Water in the encore jam…” Unfortunately, this line is missing on http://www.deeppurple.com/.

    It seems like a fair solution for everyone: Current DP plays together and all join in for the encore.

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    MrPtheDPfan says:

    I don’t think Ritchie would really want to be there . As far as playing with Steve ? It would be nice .But very doubtful .

  96. 96
    IKEN says:

    Please!!!!!!!! Read this!!

  97. 97
    Rock Voorne says:

    Maybe Blackmore should say no because Glenn and DC and him are denied to play BURN 🙂

    And let mr Gillan explain everythin to the audience who are wondering what the fuck happened to Deep Purple.

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    Eugenio says:

    I’m reading some pretty strong comments against the decision of the purple, I think it’s the right decision, which would make noble people with their peers, the rest is totally inapropiado.Es more, there should be none, since it is not Lord and time they had to enter the farce that

  99. 99
    Taliesyn says:

    It seems a bit ironic that the current Purple line-up so dismissive of playing with Ritchie continues to play music he wrote. Ritchie is a primary reason (if not THE primary reason) for Purple’s existence and claim to RaRHoF.

    Whether you like him or not, Ritchie’s mastery of musicianship is unrivaled; no one in DP can touch him.

    That’s my two sense, anyway.

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