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Tempest in a teapot, part 3

In the third side of the story that has blown up today, we have the Hall of Fame position as voiced by their president and CEO Joel Peresman. Turns out, he was trying to engineer a reunion of sorts and reached out to both Bruce Payne and Carole Stevens:

Deep Purple’s manager Bruce Payne told me they were unwilling to perform with Ritchie. We’ve had many situations like this in the past and many times these things get worked out for one night, and then they go back to their neutral corners the next day.

He realyed the band’s position to Carole:

I said to her, ‘Maybe you can take the high road and reach out to them and see if something can be worked out as far as the performance goes’.

At which point the statement from Blackmore’s camp appeared in public, which started said tempest.

Peresman also emphasized that definitely nobody has banned Blackmore from attending the ceremony:

[…] There is no way he is banned from the ceremony. That notion we would ever do that is patently untrue. We’ve never banned any inductee. He is invited to come enjoy the evening and accept the award.

And elaborated on their decision to let the current lineup perform:

There are three inductees that have kept on as Deep Purple, including some of the early original members still in the band. It’s just fair that there’s three of them and one of Ritch. We want to have [a performance] that represented Deep Purple’s music.

Surely, ain’t no such thing as bad publicity!

Thanks to Rolling Stone for the info.

143 Comments to “Tempest in a teapot, part 3”:

  1. 1
    Scoot says:

    Not my monkey.
    Not my problem

    Grow up boys…death is around the corner and an opportunity is being squandered.

  2. 2
    al says:

    I know it is an emotional reaction,but I am very mad and angry with Gillan and their management with all this non sense masquerade that they are pulling.Instead of burying the hatchet and shake hands and accept their awards,they decide to not wanna play with Ritchie!!! I am sure Ritchie was ready to pull out of this non sense,but they really didnt work this out and totally fucked it up!! As much as I love Gillan,he is totally a jack ass and as much to blame as Blackmore back then and it looks to me this is Gillans band more and more than Deep Purple.Every inductee should have been there,Hughes and Coverdale and do it as much for their fans and followers,that been listening and buying their music for decades and sticking with the band for good or bad! I am disgusted.Very fucking cool and mature guys.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    There is no way Blackmore would attend if he cannot partake in a jam of sorts! Pathetic & immature attitude from current, or I should say past members of this version of Purple! Blackmore & Gillan have both allegedly said in the past, that they couldn’t give a toss about this ‘Hall’ thing! Blackmore has obviously thought about it & why shouldn’t he? It sounds like Gillan has thought about it from a resentment point of view! I will turn up with this version of the band, but in no way is Blackmore playing? The others may be with him on this also, who can tell! I suppose no other ex members would have been welcomed on stage as well & yes, you cannot have everyone up there jamming away! Blackmore is the key here, without him those other guys wouldn’t even be there. Wasn’t it Blackmore who sussed out Gillan all those years ago from Episode Six & as we know Glover came with him?
    Talk about lack of respect & it is only for a one off performance! It is all about ego crap here, fucking ego rubbish! Jon Lord would be appalled I would imagine!
    I would have thought Steve Morse would have enjoyed a duo thing with Blackers! But as we surmise, it isn’t Morse pulling the strings, is it! As I said & others have also, if Gillan & co really strongly believed in the post Blackmore era band, wouldn’t they support & perform much more recent material, than rely on the MK2 songs so much! Why not, that is a positive thing to do & moves the band forward more than constantly looking at the past! Cheers.

  4. 4
    pascal says:

    Ian, please..

    I’m sure all DP fans around the world (there are still millions) want to see THAT event, with ALL “living and breathing” members/ex-members, including Rod and Nicky…

    And Blackmore banned from that event? Come on Ian,..We fans will feel that something big is missing and will be left frustrated. Don’t spoil the day.

  5. 5
    Scott says:

    Why can’t Blackmore and Morse play together on stage at the show. That would be incredible.

    Here’s the problem with this whole thing. The RNRHOF fame wants to induct a certain period of Purple when they should be inducting everyone from 1968 to the Present. Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice, Coverdale, Hughes, Bolin, Evans, Simper, Satriani, Morse & Airey. Everyone of these members has had a hand in shaping Deep Purple and all should be honored. No one should be left out.

    As far as performing. Have the current line-up and anyone else from purples history that wants to be there.

  6. 6
    Martin O\\\'Brien says:

    The great Jon Lord wold be so sad at this childish behaviour. You have entertained for nearly fifty years and have a loyal and loving following, such a shame you all can’t forget the politics and bitching and give the fans the treat of seeing ALL band members on stage for a one off performance of smoke.
    I’m sure you guys want the world to come to it’s sences and stop all the shit that’s going down at the moment yet you can’t find it in our hearts to bury the hatchet and play a song . Life’s too short!!!

  7. 7
    Nikolai says:

    It is disappointing! First, Gillan said he’d not go to a “wedding” with his ex, since his current “spouse” is not invited…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….

  8. 8
    DeeperPurps says:

    I hate to take sides on a matter such as this. Deep Purple in all its forms has been my favourite band for well over 40 years. And among the players, I admit that I have my favourites too. I am very sorry to say that the way some of my “favourites” are behaving right now, does greatly DISAPPOINT me.

    In this latest incident, having read the press release, I really now must take issue with Deep Purple and its management (simply executing the wishes of the band perhaps), and the position they have taken on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame matter.

    Yes, I believe in INCLUSIVENESS. And for that reason, yes Steve Morse and Don Airey should not only be playing on induction night, but should also be inducted. But as induction does not seem to be in the cards for those 2 men; at a minimum I believe they should be present and playing with the band at the ceremony. They are full members of the band, not sidemen, and they deserve to be up there seen and heard on that night.

    The issue I now have with Deep Purple (the band and management), and it does truly pain me to say this…..(**RG, I hope you are reading this stream and that you will convey mine and others’ similar thoughts to your colleagues), is that to EXCLUDE important past members from playing at the ceremony, is absolutely the WRONG approach!

    Gentlemen, if we are talking about compromise approaches and the concepts of FAIRNESS and INCLUSIVENESS, then I hope all ye Purple members and alumni with the wisdom and sagacity of 70 or so years each here on Terra Firma, could come to a simple agreement, thus:

    1) All members past & present on stage for the induction.

    2) Current living breathing band Deep Purple perform SOTW.

    3) At solo time, past members join to jam and close the song.

    With respect to point 3 above, WHY can “Deep Purple the current” NOT take this approach?? I was at London O2 two months ago and I saw “Deep Purple the current” invite Scott Holiday of Rival Sons to come up and jam on SOTW.

    So WHY “Deep Purple the current”, why would you NOT invite the man who wrote “The Riff”, a Deep Purple family member, to come on stage near the solo spots and jam with the band for that song?? And why not allow the others who performed that song as band members 40+ years ago, to come up for the jam too??

    Would that not be the sensible “compromise” position to take in a matter such as this?

    Would that not be the classy position to take in a matter such as this?

    I hope the band and management of “Deep Purple the current”, reconsider their unfortunate approach in this matter, and correct it.

    I hope that all members past and present, could show some class and shake hands publicly for the ceremony. And I hope that they all play together for that last 2 or 3 minutes of the band’s signature song.

    Would that not be the right thing to do? Would that not be the professional thing to do?

    Would not Jon Lord be proud of you for doing it in such a way?

    So to All you Deep Purple gentlemen, I ask of you this: please do yourselves proud, please do all us fans proud, please do the right thing. Play well together for 3 minutes.

    Thank you.

  9. 9
    Joe A Favinger says:

    Ok…Suppose Jon Lord was still alive (we wish 🙂 ? But had retired, and Don Airey was the “living” Purple keyboard player..I really don’t think that ANYONE would deny Jon the chance to play with the band…another founder. So-this whole argument does not hold water..

  10. 10
    Steve Hawker says:

    Sorry kids, I’m on Ian Gillan’s side.

    Imagine you had spent the best part of ten years working with a bully who treated you with contempt. Why on earth would you want to go through that again?

    Wahhh, wahhh, the fans, wail, wail, the legacy, blah blah blah. BS. Wanna see Deep Purple play? I hear they tour fairly often. Buy a ticket and forget about the hall of commercial interest. Wanna see Blackmore? He hasn’t retired either.

    You’re also forgetting that Gillan has mentioned a Blackmore transgression that Gillan has vowed never to divulge. Good for him – now tell me again why he should be forced to go through that purely for your benefit.

    Me, I’d LOVE to see my #1 influence John Deacon play live with May and Taylor. But I 100% respect his decision to retire from “the business”.

    Stop the freaking whining already.

  11. 11
    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….

  12. 12
    Brian says:

    I have to agree that this is about Gillan’s ego. He first said he wasn’t going to the event and now he is going but he is the only singer to perform and no Blackmore. The induction is about the music created in the past not today. Total nonsense.

  13. 13
    DeeperPurps says:

    All, further to my long message above. I sent a copy of it directly to the contacts page at the Deep Purple Official site. Let’s see if that elicits some reaction.

  14. 14
    Errol Arias says:

    One more time I am convinced that Gillan is a truly ridiculous man. Great Singer in the past. Mediocre singer and ridiculous man in the present. A shame for the name of Deep Purple

  15. 15
    Javier Avila says:

    Ladies and Gentleman…..This is …. Spinal Tap..!

  16. 16
    Eric Eisenstein says:

    Random thoughts after digesting all sides all day.
    Blackmore , Hughes, Coverdale, Paicy and guest keyboardist should play “Burn”.
    Thames Talent are ignorant assholes. This should be a shining night for the entire Deep Purple brand.
    The HOF did fuck up by not including all members, but Steve and Don should be respectfully decline as they were not included.
    Could Gillan be afraid of being shown up by Glenn Hughes, who’s voice has handled aging much better to say the least
    Any member inducted has every right to be up there performing.
    Loyal fans are the ones getting screwed over all this bullshit

  17. 17
    Michael Keating says:

    That’s always been the beauty of Deep Purple. The volatility within the band, it self, created a musical enigma that is polarizing their fans irrationally. to the point that their missing the point, in general, it’s the band, Deep Purple, that is being recognized. Musically, all Marks will be honoured.

  18. 18
    Ljubisa Raimovic says:

    hope something will be changed and Blackmore will attend and play…

  19. 19
    klausVonScribe says:

    Once again, Deep Purple – the living breathing blah, blahs…show how much they appreciate their fans. What the fans have done for this band – their loyalty – for all the years…and the living breathing blockheads from the most successful line-up of the band cannot even give their fans, the loyal people who made them wealthy many times over…what…30 minutes at most???

    The last three North American tours they came to Boston, and I went. This past summer they played a mile from where I live, and I went. But it has been a sloooowwww decline each time. And I can honestly say, after this fiasco, I’m done with them. I’ve also seen Blackmore 3 times within the last 10 years or so…and he too is coming again in August…I’ll pass there as well.

    Deep Purple was a great ride for most of my adult life, but enough is enough. Perfect Strangers was the last recording I ever purchased from the band, and I have heard maybe 3 or 4 songs in total from any album, post.

    Steve Morse is no Ritchie Blackmore, Don Airey is no Jon Lord…just like Glenn Hughes is no Roger Glover and David Coverdale is no Ian Gillan. (We’ll just leave Tommy Bolin out of this)…read into that what you will.

    I gave the band loyalty and money, just like millions and millions of others. And once again the collection of them all will give NOTHING back beyond what will make them more money.

    Thankfully, “THE FANS” will no longer get messages to petition the Rock and Roll Hall of Fraud to induct Deep Purple. It has happened, and that is where they shall live on.

    To the “Living Breathing Deep Purple” who were in the band at the height of its success, I can only offer this…for your well being you are in the twilight of your career. You are all tremendous musicians and have earned your success.

    However, you’ve given no where near enough back to your FANS for what your FANS have given to you. With that, you suck as people and when the curtain closes for the last time, maybe you’ll remember those words and realize at some point just how much you will still owe the FANS for all the years.

  20. 20
    LRT says:

    I’m not going to the gig, I will be in NYC at the end of April though. Oh well, why should anyone care who’s not attending? Pretty dam ridiculous. Can they pee without you tripping?!

  21. 21
    LRT says:

    MacGregor, no it wasn’t Blackmore who sussed Ian out. Mick Underwood recommended they come see him, Ritchie walked out. The others approached Ian. The rest you say is not worth addressing. What is your opinion of this going to do, give you a stroke or something. Blimey.

  22. 22
    LRT says:

    Further more it sounds to me like they promote an album and after tours extend they mix it up. You aren’t on LSD by any chance, are you?

  23. 23
    joe says:

    Gillan@ the fans will slowly loose their respect to you
    excluding RB something big is clearly missing!

    you should think more about what the fan’s wishes,…and not your personal ego

    people will buy a ticket of HOF to see RB playing, not Steve Morse!

  24. 24
    Andreas Schwartmann says:

    I guess it also depends on the songs they plan to play. If they play SOTW, which makes sense, because that’s what they get inducted for in the first place, it would be wrong to exclude RB from the performance. Imagine them playing Highway Star too with RB standing aside. How absurd this would be. In my humble opinion nobody should be kept off stage when DP performs.

  25. 25
    Arthur says:

    Quite a serious error of judgement going on here by Gillan and Co. Ritchie is the reason they are there, it wouldn’t have done any harm to reach out positively and include him in the performance.

  26. 26
    Ian Gillans Pants says:

    HoF want to induct DP.
    Present DP say no to a performance with RB.
    RB states he won’t be going as current band (IG) won’t perform with RB.
    HoF say current line up can all play at the ceremony.
    Present band turn up and play Smoke.
    Not so subtle irony.

  27. 27
    Mr T says:

    How come Deep Purple always make bad desicions? Never knew what was best for them. If they just had put an end of it all after Made In Japan they would have been in the hall already in the nineties. Before LZ and BS. Grown with dignity. Now they’re just a bunch of pathetic has beens.

  28. 28
    frank says:

    Another Aspect to the current purple: not only copying themselves these days but now also Blondie’s appearance at rrhof!!! shame on the anyhow Voice-dead Gillan. Payne in Addition is only a bitter old man trying to punch ritchie a last time fort Revenue of 93…NO More Minute nor Penny i Waste on them form today on…see you ritchie 3 Times in June ans 3 Times in july!!!!

  29. 29
    Tilmann Susato says:

    they should only play teir outstanding new songs – i mean all the million-sellers!!! not the old shitty, overrated and unsuccesful stuff that ritchie wrote…bruce payne will then also proof why he is such a great manager: he will get them a great accident insurance as a halestorm of tomatoes and other stuff is expected on stage…thumbs up for the “living and breathing” deep purple!

  30. 30
    Eileen McDaniel Sykes says:

    Can’t they play one old song with Ritchie, David and Glenn and one new song with the current lineup??

  31. 31
    Phil says:

    I have been a Purple fan since 72, I saw them as a 15 year old in 74 on the Burn Tour. I love every lineup and every musician who has been part of this unique musical family. I also love the Steve Morse albums, especially ‘Now What’ which to me is up there with the best of them. However, this is very silly and egos have got in the way of the fans. All they had to do was 1. Play a song from the current line up. 2. let Coverdale, Hughes and Blackmore play a Mk3 song. 3.Everyone jam on Smoke on The Water. I am sure Morse would happily trade licks with Blackmore. Then everyone go home and watch the increased sales from their respective back catalogs. Surely Jon Lord would have also wanted this….

  32. 32
    Matt McKenzie says:

    Utter nonsense.

  33. 33
    nupsi59 says:

    “Sometimes – on a good day – I sit and think.”

    “Sometimes I just sit…”

    (from “All the Time in the World”)

    The last album title really matches the absurd situation: now what?!

    Have a nice Day!

  34. 34
    Boswell's Johnson says:

    Regardless, I’m just happy Glenn won’t be performing.

  35. 35
    Tilmann Susato says:

    You don’t get irony…

  36. 36
    nupsi59 says:

    There’s another album title going through my head:

    “Who do we think we are”

    Again, have a nice Day!

  37. 37
    Nicholai Pramolovskaya says:

    Easy, Smoke on the Water
    Everyone can play it

  38. 38
    kraatzy says:

    … for me …
    … I understand the current Purple management, that they are unwilling to play with Ritchie
    … I unterstand Ritchie, that he have to honored for his Deep Purple-work because he is the main part of the master-albums of DP …

    But !!!!!

    In fact … they all have had told us months and years ago, that they are all not interested be honored by the RnRHoF or anything like that … because of that, I am very amuse that they will get it NOW …
    So I say

    NOW WHAT ??? !!!



  39. 39
    João Fernandes says:

    I don’t see why Ian Gillan or Ritchie Blackmore should pretend everything changes and is fine just because of a stupid award. They don’t get along and probably never will again so why bother and criticise this person or that person ? There are some people i just wouldn’t want to work with or be in the same room with … i totally understand them. Just enjoy the music and ignore the RRHOF … in my opinion they should have just ignored it … it has zero credibility, bands like Deep Purple are a part of something much larger than that sorry excuse of a institution.

  40. 40
    KC1961 says:

    Would prefer if they all said, “thanks, but no thanks” to the HOF that has ignored/rejected them for so long.

  41. 41
    Eric says:

    It could have been so wonderful: the current band playing a couple of songs, then (if available) have Rod and Nick (guest) on stage for Hush, then later on have Ritchie, David and Glenn join in on two mk3 songs…
    And then gather everyone and do the Smoke thing.
    But I got it: it scares the hell out of certain people in band and management, that the presence and performance of certain former members might just be too fantastic. And might get in the way for the current lineup.
    Nobody has any problem with Airey, since he replaces someone who is no longer with us.
    And who can blame Morse… He is a great guy. Surely he would be delighted to share stage with Ritchie, or even give him the lead spot.
    No, the problem lies elsewhere. Not with Ritchie, but we all know where…

    Oh, there was this one little wish Jon had: let mk3 play again, even only for fun. Well, on his tribute Glenn played with Paice and Airey. And David almost reunited with Ritchie. And the fact it won’t happen, lies with… You know.

  42. 42
    stoffer says:

    Its Rock n Roll baby…………….its a couple months before the actual ceremony lets wait and see shall we before everyone takes a side (Gillan vs Blackmore) or (Payne vs Stevens) things will probably change at least once,,,,everyone is so quick to throw Gillan under the bus Why?? because he is the spokesman I think, at least he puts his name on things not going thru management or press released statements,,,DEEP PURPLE are going in (HOF) who shows up to accept and who plays seems to have been worked out for now anyway! Lets just sit back and enjoy the ride 🙂

  43. 43
    Starchaser says:

    Not only is this a slight on Blackmore, but Coverdale and Hughes have been dragged through this shocker. Talk about disrespect at least Coverdale, has been respectful to the legacy and very gracious and courteous. Glenn equally so with his balanced, accounts of his career in Purple which is one he has with lots of pride. This is a subtle but careful, engineering of events to suit ‘Mr Universe’ again, maybe from this mess Coverdale and Hughes could contact Blackers and do something would be nice.
    Okay Blackers wasn’t officially banned by HOF, but on the face of it. I would say that yes this is a ban, most definitely. The comments from the manager were as far as I know, demonstrate this fact. To the effect that he didn’t Blackmore to perform, they might as well tell Blackmore to fuck off. I suspect this was the feeling that Ritchie experienced. Paice and Glover obviously have no back bone, they should have said no. Unreal.

  44. 44
    Nikolay 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!

  45. 45
    ROFL says:

    LOL I bet Blackmore’s management is reading this forum and laughing their arse off. Ritchie was never going to show but his PR decided to lie and spin this in his favor. Poor Ritchie can’t play football with the kids because bad Ian is not letting him boo hoo. Meanwhile please come to Blackmore’s Night next concert to protest this outrage. And make sure to buy their next album with cover versions of famous picnic songs. That will show Evil Ian!

  46. 46
    Nick says:

    I’d have thought that the members of Deep Purple, past and present, would have found a way to handle this historic moment with dignity and class. Sadly, no. It’s turning into a painful embarassment.

  47. 47
    dirtydog says:

    To Pascal: don#t be shure. I’m Deep Purple-fan since 1972 and I agree in all Points with Ian Gillan and the current band. I would have prefered that they even don´t appear there without Don Airey and Steve Morse. This is Deep Purple today.

  48. 48
    Tim Jaworski says:

    No Ritchie Blackmore .Is like asking for a peanut butter & Jelly sandwich without the peanut butter . I’m done ever supporting The name Deep Purple. Enough said.

  49. 49
    Anthony says:

    I just think it would look and feel very ‘cringe worthy’ if Ritchie did play..I really don’t see this scenario ( though not happening ) as benefiting any parties involved other than the fans of the band who want to see Mark2 lineup playing Smoke On The Water together but in all honesty I don’t want to be viewing a repeat of Birmingham ’93 in Brooklyn with added awkwardness ha..not good.

  50. 50
    Keith Pyron says:

    Nobody has mentioned Rod Evans and Nick Simper yet or did I miss something?

  51. 51
    Jim says:

    What has it got to do with Bruce Payne. If it wasn’t for Ritchie he wouldn’t be where he is now! Ritchie, Gillan and the rest are the ARTISTS they come up with the product, Payne is a servant to them do as you’re told! Managers can be replaced. If I was Ritchie I would go and hold my head high. Surely they can rise above whatever the problem is, shake hands and say hey we had a helluva time and it was good and that should include Morse, Airey, Hughes, Coverdale, Turner, Evans and Simper too. It’s got nothing to do with the HOF. It’s the fans we put them there! And it’s who WE want to see not HOF or Bruce Payne

  52. 52
    rene says:

    Nobody is banned by ian. Read the last line off part 2. The current line up will play and the rest is welcom iff they come.

  53. 53
    cmartin34 says:

    Absurd to think that Steve Morse would play “Smoke” while Ritchie sits in the audience…

  54. 54
    Jeogger Matthews says:

    What a circus for us fans…! At this point, I sugest Ian Paice should receive the award by himself representing all of Deep Purple.

  55. 55
    Jeogger Matthews says:

    What a circus for us fans…! At this point, I suggest Ian Paice should receive the award by himself representing all of Deep Purple.

  56. 56
    mitch says:

    if the present deep purple respected themselves they’d want everyone to join in and play. Its not out of respect to steve and don, as gillan states, its the fact that we all know, Gillan included, that without Ritchie, there would be no present purple. JMO. I would of been happier if no one showed up as it originally seemed, but with the chance of a one off reunion not happening because of gillan;s insecurity that is soooo frustrating. I expected more out of Ian. And I mean no disrespect to any of the musicians involved. I can go on but I really cannot take this BS.

  57. 57
    Arco Iris says:

    I’ve read all the “teapot” comments and I have to say what a bunch of fuckin’ idiots is it that is discussing this “problem” about who is going to be on stage and who not in such an agressive and unrespectful way as You do!

    First it’s a shame that none of You mentioned the fact that not the complete mark 1 is inducted to the ridiculous institution…

    Second. Yes it may be true that the pantyhosed banjoplayer did create ALL the well known riffs of the 70s, but what would be for example SOTW without bass, organ, drums and lyrics/voice? NUTS. No one would remember nor play it as often, as it is played.

    Third. It was the pantyhosed banjoplayer who decided several times to quit the band. And it’s not so long ago that his management tried to rub his pictures from the covers of the old LPs, right?
    So what does he expect from the other (current) members of DP?

    Fourth. I admired the banoplayer a long time ago, but in my opinion he ruined his reputation as one of the best rock-guitarists with his pantyhose kindergarden (especially when they play purple songs with his damsel singing…). That’s not only horrible that’s real grit.

    Fifth. Reading the comments of all these “fans” discussing the behaviour and achievement of other people without having done anything similar, it’s absolutely sickening.
    If the actual personal of Deep Purple is as bad as many “fans” write, who the heck is going to their concerts and buying the CDs (Now What made it to No. 1 in serveral countries)?
    Those people who want to see Mr. Blackmore playing the old songs should go to his Rainbow concerts. But I think here we have the same problem: The singer who made the songs uncomparably won’t be there: RJD will be absent for having other commitments.

    If the guys that today stay for Deep Purple would not have kept the spirit of the band for such a long time without the old banjoplayer, there would be no Deep Purple today.

    So face it: Deep Purple IS Airey, Gillan, Glover, Morse, Paice!!! And there is no place for Blackmore in this band anymore!

    By the way, I can’t hardly remember songs of the actual Rolling Stones. Their best Songs in my opninion were those of the 60s and early seventies. But I think none is blaming the actual Stones for playing the old songs.

  58. 58
    Hugo says:

    Ian, soy fanático desde muy chico de Deep Purple y dor muy fanático de Mark 2, pero yo conocí a Deep Purple en la formación Mark 3, pasaron lo años y con mucha alegría festejé cuando se juntaron nuevamente con la formación Mark 2 que fue siempre la que más me gustó y que cada vez que tocaron en Argentina yo fui a verlos. Hoy tengo 58 años y sería un hecho histórico que todos los miembros actuales y ex miembros puedan estar tocando en vivo todos juntos. Ian no prives a tus fans de ese gran momento

  59. 59
    Tommy says:

    Blackmore never intended to go to the ceremony in the first place, yet he mischievously comes off looking like the victim because of Gillan’s silly and self-serving public grudge. Sadly, the whole band is looking like a bunch of petulant nits. The really unfortunate thing is that Morse and Airey (the ones whose honor Gillan is supposedly defending) are the two least egocentric gentlemen in rock and roll. My guess is that they don’t feel slighted in the least by not being inducted, and would happily play with Blackmore and any and all former members to honor the band and the fans. In the end, Deep Purple lost the public relations battle, lost respect, and lost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to honor their fans. Too sad.

  60. 60
    Markus says:

    Have Two Deep Purples play at the induction ceremony: Ian Gillan’s current cabaret act; and a second line-up of Deep Purple, featuring Ritchie Blackmore, Glenn Hughes, and David Coverdale, either with Paice and Airey, or if Gallons wouldn’t like that, then get Rondinelli & Rosenthal to play drums and keyboards for Ritchie Glenn & David


  61. 61
    Ivica says:

    Only womens know secret…
    Candice and Bron helps

  62. 62
    Bob Moon says:

    And Lord would have said NO to the others now stabbing Blackmore in the back.

  63. 63
    Joe A Favinger says:

    Bob Moon …You are DAMN right !

  64. 64
    Rock Voorne says:

    I think Ritchie’s mother should collect the award

  65. 65
    Kåre B says:

    To Ritchie Blackmore, RIP John Lord, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, RIP Tommy Bolin, and the rest of the gang who took part in the legendary releases. Thanks!
    For you who do not agree to be introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without certain conditions. I also wish you a good life. You’ve all been my idols since the release of Machine Head. It’s just sad to see that some of the heroes of my not behave like heroes anymore.Anyway– wish you all good luck!

  66. 66
    Tommy H. says:

    After quite a few years of experience I can tell you that it should be well thought over to write down a comment, no matter who you are. As soon as it is out in the public available for everyone interested enough to read it, it is out there. Like a tatoo, withdrawing statements afterwards is painful.

    Please, on behalf of our beloved musicians, present and past members of Deep Purple, hold your horses and don’t post your thoughts right away. The RRHOF made the induction difficult in the first place – I can only assume how difficult it must be to make right decisions here. Of course everyone of us has an opinion but we are not in this situation.

    There’s one thing though I’m certain of: The induction is an uncomfortable thing, although it shouldn’t be. The Ritchie-factor: Is it really that big of a deal?!

  67. 67
    Errol Arias says:

    As Tommy ( @59 ) said : “Deep Purple lost the public relations battle, lost respect, and lost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to honor their fans. Too sad.” … It is one of the best phrases i have read in this post about this ridiculous situation.. I am dissapointed. I feel Sad.I won’t buy the next DP album (if any), I rather download the torrent and listening the material on my PC… Deep Purple.. what a great name destroyed by the childish behaviour of that ridiculous mind. I have no words to express my disapointment and my deception…. All this situation show me that after so many years, IG has shown is not a better person but just a embittered grumpy old man!

  68. 68
    nupsi59 says:

    wow, 59 comments at now 2:11 on 21 February…

    Remember, what Jon Lord said in the Video “Come Hell or High Water”:

    “If it is possible to be angry and sad in the same moment, that’s what I was…”

    Let’s see what happens…

    Have a nice Day!!!

  69. 69
    nupsi59 says:

    Hi, just one more thought, before I go asleep.

    I live in Germany and we have a word in my country, I thinks it’s know also in the UK and the US: KINDERGARTEN.

    Have a nice Night!

  70. 70
    MacGregor says:

    LRT @ 21 & 22 – I don’t do acid these days, many decades ago i experimented, as many did! I know what set lists are, not hallucinating at all there. The low percentage of Morse era songs is a known fact, others talk about it also!
    Splitting hairs regarding the Underwood / Gillan introduction! Blackmore wanted a hard rock vocalist, they were looking & they did find!
    Not sure what your other comments are about??? Your implying I am stressed or too passionate maybe. The having a ‘stroke’ comment you made! Strange indeed!
    Lets face it, Blackmore would have ‘stolen’ the spotlight if he did play with them. It would naturally happen, we all know why! Many are disappointed he won’t be playing it seems, many feel it could have been a ‘feel good’ thing to do! Gillan is sticking to his guns from what he said back in 2014, no playing with Blackmore! So be it, we move on!
    It would have been extra publicity for his Rainbow gigs in a few months no doubt! Bring on Rainbow in the mid year! Cheers.

  71. 71
    Sebastian Seeling says:

    Come on man, let´s the f.. out. It´s DEEP PURPLE in The Hall Of Fame, long ago you must be There.

  72. 72
    Mario says:

    Richie may have been difficult throughout his career, but Gillan turned out to be the real dick at the end…
    OK, so so if Ritchie is not worthy to perform HoF, then the current lingering and gasping mark of Deep Purple should not play any of the Ritchie’s songs… Period!

    In fact, Mr. Gillan, try not to play any of the Ritchies songs during your regular live shows…and see how many people will eventually attend your concerts. Maybe then you will realize that your entire career is actually revolving around riffs that were written by none else but Ritchiez!

  73. 73
    Frank says:

    @59: perfectly right! This the fact…ig once called rb an “intellectual dwarf” (nough said about the person ig!) but this pr trap into which dp stepped is hilarious!!!! Who’s the the intellectual dwarf…?? Ig&payne – it’s maybe ritchie’s best ever practical joke – he laughs his arse off over this as he would have never ever gone nor would he have played with gillan!

  74. 74
    Mon says:

    Adored Gillan in a nearly fanatic way since a little, but with the years comes healthy distance, thank god. This is shameless behaviour. Is he begging for losing his respect among fans? I agree with Mr T – if they had split after Made in Japan they would have matured like the finest wine.

  75. 75
    Deep Diography says:

    Deep Purple is one of my all-time favorite bands and I am very happy that the band is still existing, intensively touring and – even better – recording new albums.

    It might have been the “Roots and Branches” compilation, that made me look for all the other projects of the band members at a time before the “easy-access-to-any-kind-of-information” internet became publicly available. Now it is soooo much easier to travel through the different branches.

    And I must admit, it is a fascinating musical journey! Just think of: Rainbow, Blackmore’s Night; Jon Lord, Paice Ashton Lord, Ashton & Lord; Gillan, Ian Gillan Band, Garth Rocket, Black Sabbath; Gillan and Glover, Roger Glover, Gov’t Mule; Fandango, Warhorse; Captain Beyond; Glenn Hughes, Black Country Communion; Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse, Steve Morse Band; Living Loud; Don Airey; Whitesnake, David Coverdale.
    What a vast variety of good music! Music for every situation, every mood, every situation in my lifetime.

    And the above mentioned names are only a part of all the projects in which at least one Deep Purple member was directly involved. But the journey goes farther: Dio; Hardin & York; Jethro Tull; Ian Anderson; Miller Anderson; …

    What I want to say is: I am thankful for all the different lineups, musical influences and directions; I appreciate every new album and I attend to concerts whenever possible. This whole “Hall of Fame” issue does not really matter to me. To me, all of the above mentioned are great musicians that deserve honor. But apart from that, I hope that they stay in good health and continue to make music – regardless of band name or musicial direction. I will give each song its chance and when I may not like it at first, then probably the time will come when it perfectly fits my mood and I can see it shine. It happened before and will happen again!

  76. 76
    Karl-Heinz says:


    Ian talks more on HIS hompage:

    Quote 1:
    …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. …

    Quote 2:

    * Regarding the HoF so-called ‘rules’: As far as I know Nick Simper satisfies them all.

    So he WOULD perform with Ritchie.
    And THANK Ian to point the Simper thing out! One of the Ian’s should invite Nick for the Jam – he deserves it very much!

  77. 77
    Danny N says:

    It would seem the view from the Purple camp has changed slightly. Now it would appear that IG would like to ‘jam’ SOTW with the non touring members….. ” 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. In fact, we would love to perform with Ritchie, David, Glen et al on Smoke on the Water in the encore jam.” (statement is on Ian Gillan’s official facebook page)

  78. 78
    Eric says:

    Isn’t there a concert venue at walking distance, where Whitesnake could do a secret gig, which just happens to include at least two guests? For the whole show, that is… Starting just when they all received awards.
    Just a funny thought.
    That would be fun. I would cross the street.

  79. 79
    Wiktor says:

    Personally, I think Deep Purple should have called it a day in 1973-06-29……………………

  80. 80
    Markus Davidios says:

    @ Arco Iris

    Sixth – now that you’ve proven Deep Purple IS Airey & Morse, I can expect only songs from the Airey/Morse era at all future Deep Purple concerts

    Shovel me another load of manure there Mr. Genius

  81. 81
    Javier Avila says:

    I love all deep purple eras, they all should see themselves as part of a big Rock Institution, I always see deep purple like “the band who doesn´t need any publicity to conquer new fans, it´s all about great music and great musicians” and they always deliver. But in this case there are just some members the ones selected and that should be respected (i mean, if you wanna play by THEIR rules – RRHOF-)

    I´m sure Steve and Don will be like “go ahead and do it man!”…

  82. 82
    Steve says:

    A better solution would have been to induct the “The Music of Deep Purple” rather than just Deep Purple. That way, Rainbow and Whitesnake could also be inducted with a judicial, yet somewhat lenient, selection of “influential” band members from each band.

  83. 83
    Boswell's Johnson says:

    I think this has more to do with Blackmore’s mother in law than anything else. The FB comment was barely literate. In fact, every time I read PR from Blackmore’s Night, I can’t help but think somebody in that camp has a sprinkling of Down’s.

  84. 84
    Javier Avila says:

    I think the RRHOF didn´t manage too well the situation, They should have been more reserved with the negotiations with all the involved… but It´s more publicity for them …unfortunately bad plublicity for the band…

  85. 85
    Gerry says:

    Deep Purple would be nothing without Ritchie Blackmore. He deserves to be there and accept the award more than any of them.

  86. 86
    Svante Axbacke says:

    There is no such thing as bad publicity. 🙂 Sadly, often on the contrary…

  87. 87
    Jeff says:

    I am just looking forward to whatever Blackmore does with this short rock tour this summer. This is going to upset people but Blackmore was the ignition in Purple. The current Deep Purple lost me ten years ago. They just are not as exciting anymore. Honestly I’d rather see Ritchie and Glenn Hughes play or Ritchie and Simper. That would be far better than a lame version of Black Night or Smoke.

    On another note..Glenn Hughes is still tremendous and I hope someday he gets to do something w/Blackmore again.

  88. 88
    Errol Arias says:

    Can someone please explain me why Nick Simper is out of the induction?

  89. 89
    Marco says:

    Without Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan would have remained a nobody… If you don’t believe it, just listen to some of Episode Six songs.
    Not allowing Ritchie to perform at the Hall of Fame is a true scandal.
    Steve Morse and Don have contributed absolute zero to the overall Deep Purple success. Their role is only to provide life support to a dying horse…

  90. 90
    Russ Z says:

    I love how Ian is making all the decisions and statements on the behalf of Purple. In reality with M 1-3 being inducted, he was only part of be picture. Ritchie and Ian Paice were there for all 3. I’m sure Glover and Paice don’t have issues playing 3 songs for a one time event. Neither side would object to Airey (once part of Rainbow), since Jon has passed. Just play one song from each era with the relevant parties. You can even play a song from the last 20+ years with Morse or have him play as a second guitarist during the other songs.

  91. 91
    Joe B. says:

    This whole thing is beyond embarrasing, beyond disgusting and beyond disrespectful to fans that have waited decades for this recognition. How Ian Gillan and management of the current touring band have any say in this is beyond ridiculous. Although I give Gillan credit for doing the seemingly impossible….making Ritchie Blackmore a sympathetic figure!

    Remember folks, like it or not, this recognition from the RRHoF covers 1968-1975….Mk. 1,2 and 3. Anything that has happened since 1975 is IRRELEVANT. And make no mistake, the founders, primary songwriters and creative force that made Purple so astounding during that period were Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord. No Blackmore and Lord, no Hush, no In Rock, no Fireball, no Highway Star, no Burn, no Stormbringer and most importantly no Smoke on the Water. Not to mention, no one buying tickets to see Deep Purple in 2016 and most certainly no RRHoF induction. While Ian Gillan deserves some credit for being the singer on some of their most famous songs, in reality he sang on only 4 of the 9 studio albums during the period being honored! With Jon Lord being deceased, this honor should be largely about the one living man most responsible for the magic made from 1968-75…….Ritchie Blackmore. How you can have a ceremony and have anyone but Blackmore come up on stage and play the most famous riff in rock history is just embarrassing. How is the singer who sang on less than half of the albums released during the period being honored telling the group founder and creative force that he isn’t welcome to play riffs he wrote and made famous??? This should be about Ritchie playing his riffs (the music being honored) and picking who he wants to play with. Heck, Blackmore should say “F.U. I’ll take Coverdale and Hughes and we’ll do Burn and Stormbringer” or how about Blackmore backed by Foo Fighters or Metallica playing Highway and Smoke. Let Gillan and the current lineup play one of the “hits” from their latest album, see how that goes over. I sincerely hope that there is enough of a backlash from all of us fans being disrespected that sends Ian Gillan and his tired, bitter voice into retirement for good. I personally won’t watch Steve Morse (no disrespect to him personally) play any of Ritchie Blackmore’s riffs at this pathetic event and I will never spend a dollar of my money on any “living breathing Deep Purple”. tickets or CD’s. Thanks Ian Gillan for ruining something that I and fans everywhere have waited decades for…..you selfish, bitter POS.

  92. 92
    Joe B. says:

    And here’s an idea Mr Gillan…..if you are so bitter toward Mr. Blackmore to perform with him for one night on stage to make your fans happy, why have you made a living playing his songs in concert for the last 20+ years? Just play the songs that you and the current membership have written! See how many people pay to hear that setlist!

  93. 93
    Héctor de San Martín says:

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

  94. 94
    purrfect strangers says:

    Ritchie Blackmore was the most important member of Deep Purple. Easily one of if not the most important rock musician EVER. In fact in the Deep Purple Heavy Metal Pioneers Video it is Jon Lord who says Ritchie almost always was responsible for most of the ideas that eventually became songs. This thing with Ritchie and Ian Gillan bickering will never end. Not even the United Nations could make this thing work right. Ian Gillan is probably one of the top three hard rock vocalists ever, NOT NOW but most definitely between 71 and Born Again no one even came close to his GREATNESS. So when you have two incredible talents in the same room with Bad Attitudes there is very little chance of them agreeing on anything. Just be thankful that they got along long enough to give us what they did. All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A Chance. No way The Battle Rages On. Goodnight brothers and sisters.

  95. 95
    Wiz says:

    What’s in it for the current line up? Ex banjo played rolls up, plays the same old out of tune, too fast inconsequential rubbish he played with the band since 1984, then departs knowing that no-one will bother going out to see these so called one hit wonders on their latest tour.

    Yes, Blackmore was great when he was great. But those days are long, long past, and the current band are quite right in not trusting him to not totally trash the legacy

  96. 96
    Mr T says:

    I really wonder whats was said between RB and IG in thats Helsinki-dressing room. That situation Gillan calls “deeply personal stuff.” Obviously unrepairable.

  97. 97
    Rascal says:

    Blackmore screwed over the band in the nineties – lest you forget. If it wasn’t for the hard work of remaining members and the fortunate recruitment and hard work of Steve Morse then DP would have finished shortly after RBs departure.

    So what does the current DP owe Blackmore – F*ck All

    Of course the naysayers will whine on about RB being responsible for the music – well b*llocks to that – without the combine contribution of all members the outcome wouldn’t be what it was.

    Stick to your guns IG. If you have to do the ‘rock n roll hall’ thing then do it with current members

  98. 98
    Alejandro RC says:

    Living Breathing Deep Purple? I thing I’m starting to hate this… if they go to stage they should play their hits. Don’t get me wrong, I love Rapture of the Deep, Contract Lost, Loosen my Strigs, and so on, but the music that I really love is from Hush to The Battle Rages On.

  99. 99
    Paolo says:

    I’ve read the reports / comments and I’ve thought about the RRHoF induction night, and I’m surprised to find that I really don’t care either way if they are inducted or not, or, who turns a up and plays. They will be in the RRHoF. Ho hum.
    We have the music, the incredible live performances, the various offshoots and the almost 50 year soap opera. That’ll do.

  100. 100
    uwe hornung says:

    Blackmore deserves to be there. No matter what a brat he has been in the past sometimes, it’s all (smoke on the) water under the bridge and the man was pivotal for DP’s and, dare I say, Ian Gillan’s career (who is not being inducted for his world-stirring work with Episode Six, but for singing over “that banjo player’s” riffs).

    I really like the current line up and sometimes squirm in my seat when I visit Blackmore Night’s concerts (as I still do – a guilty “pleasure”), but Gillan’s stance towards Blackmore has unreasonably hardened to a degree where he looks petty and childishly negating the successful joint past with his smooth dancer nemesis.

    SOTW is enough song for Gillan, Coverdale and Hughes to each take a verse and for Blackmore, Morse and Airey to endlessly exchange licks in the call-and-response fashion that Purple popularized more than anyone else in their heyday. I hope that at least that happens.

  101. 101
    Jaffa says:

    I shouldn’t laugh but I can’t help it, reference post 83.

    But back on topic, what a wasted, simple opportunity for the musicians who have operated under the Deep Purple umbrella since the late 60’s to get together for the fans. Sad.

  102. 102
    Irdon Syahli Harahal says:

    To be honest… very unfortunate when Ritchie Blackmore didn’t attend The Rockhall, because it is so large share of Blackmore (especially in the 1970s) in raising the name of Deep Purple.

  103. 103
    Jean says:

    I do so agree with IG! =)))

  104. 104
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 97, Rascal:

    “[…] without the combined contribution of all members the outcome wouldn’t be what it was.”

    Well, that’s only one part of the truth. Everyone who has some experience in songwriting will tell you that even the best band can’t turn mediocre ideas into hit material. Without inspiring ideas there are no songs worth working on. Jon stated on multiple occasions that Ritchie was the driving force behind all those songs. It doesn’t mean of course that the contribution of the other guys in the band weren’t also very important – especially the arrangement and lyrics. But often it’s only a spark that sets something on fire.

  105. 105
    Adel says:

    I support Ian Gillan big big time. If it wasn’t for Ritchie leaving the band in 93 the band would have been dead. Now he expects to walk on stage and get credit for destroying the band in the 70s and 90s.

  106. 106
    Russ Z says:

    No matter who you agree with the fans are the ones who are being let down. The RRHOF never wanted DP inducted. The only reason they are finally inducted is because of the fan outrage and constant publicity about the obvious omission. Additionally, all members of DP (current and former) have repeatedly stated that it didn’t matter to them.
    At this point the best thing would be the Van Halen move. Current members being inducted and Blackmore don’t show, Coverdale, Hughes and Evans accept their awards and have Metallica do a medley of DP songs.

    If anyone is interested in the Guns N Roses reunion, pay attention to this. Don’t buy tickets to shows too far in advance. This is how it will end

  107. 107
    Andre says:


    His songs? What are you talking about? Smoke, Highway Star, Fireball, Black Night, etc are all THEIR songs (Blackmore, Glover, Gillan, Lord, Paice)…not HIS songs. Just because your hero play guitar on them, does not mean those are his songs.

  108. 108
    CHIP says:

    If they are truly Spinal Tap now…they’ll resolve this at the 11th hour and then do a Japanese tour to promote Sex Farm Women.

  109. 109
    MacGregor says:

    Joe B @ 91- An interesting posting indeed. In regards to the primary songwriters of the 68- 75 era of Purple, it varies a little I would think. Blackmore had a hand in some of the original MK1 songs, Jon Lord, Rod Evans & maybe Nick Simper a little also! However with MK2 I would think Blackmore, Gillan & Glover would have been the main songwriters, Lord would have had a few ideas here & there, but I don’t think Lord was that into songwriting, from what I have read over the years. I may be wrong on that though. Ian Paice would have come up with some rhythmic ideas, but the primary writers would have been the 3 I mentioned! With MK3, Blackmore, Coverdale & Hughes would have been the main 3, Lord contributed a few ideas as Paice did also. By the time the reunion happened, the songwriting was being credited to the people participating in it! Back in the early 70’s, the 5 band members were always listed from memory. Sabbath did the same thing back then also, but from history, Iommi & Butler were the main contributors. Usually the lead vocalist has a fair input into songs, especially the melody lines & sometimes the lyrics also. Ozzy may have contributed a little also no doubt. Unless another band member can sing half decently, enough to have the melody down & then the band copies it etc! But in Purples case with MK’S 2 & 3, Blackmore with the vocalist & bass player. my take on it anyway. Cheers.

  110. 110
    Anthony says:

    @95 You obviously haven’t been listening to anything Ritchie has done since “those days”. “too fast” “out of tune”..are you on another planet? Ritchie’s playing and compositional skills are still astounding ‘these days’ . Geez I am away to put the kettle on for a cuppa tea ha

  111. 111
    Rascal says:

    @104 Tommy H

    The truth is that Blackmore was one fifth of the band. Dress it up how you like and regardless of whether he was a driving force or not – without the remaining four fifths of DP would not be what it was.

  112. 112
    IKEN says:

    Please,read this!!!!

  113. 113
    Javier Avila says:

    Is Rod Evans going to attend?

  114. 114
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 111, Rascal:

    The point is that in a five piece band there are not five composers of a particular song. Very often there is one composer, one lyricist and at least three or four arrangers. If you release an original record with a band yourself you have to report everyone’s contribution. You simply can’t give everyone the same credit everywhere. That has nothing to do with ego or anything else, it’s just the plain truth. Of course every song reflects the uniqueness of the particular line-up. But not every musician plays the same role during a writing process. Let’s take the Rolling Stones for example: Why do you think there are so many songs where only Jagger and Richards were listed under credits as songwriters?

  115. 115
    Scott W says:

    @ # 29 LOL!!!!

  116. 116
    Scott W says:

    @ 113 Yes, I pick him up at 5:00 and then we will head over for the run thru before he appears for the encore featuring all DP members, past and present..He he…

  117. 117
    Scott W says:

    @ 33 More like “Clearly Quite Absurd”.

  118. 118
    Adel says:

    IKEN @ 112
    That link content is just complete fabrication and the statement is not true.
    Ian Gillan will never perform with Ritchie. I support Ian Gillan big big time. Ritchie destroyed DP and we as fan will never forgive him. They could have easly overtaken Black sabbath and led Zepplin if Ritchie was a decent honest team player in a band. He can easly come up with riffs but he can’t write any songs on his own. Ronnie James Dio was the creative power behind Rainbow and Ritchie Blackmore knights sucks and rubbish. I respect him as a great guitar player but this as far as it goes with Ritchie.

  119. 119
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    Just a couple of quick late thoughts-wishes since I was away from the web for the past 10 days….

    It would be nice to have what has been more or less suggested a couple of times and let Don play Keys on all. Open with the current lineup and one of their songs then MK-I does Hush, MK-2 does anything but Smoke (plenty to choose from), MK-3 does Burn and all come together to finish up with Smoke. Yes, Steve does get left out a little but on Smoke maybe you have Ritchie start the riff since he wrote it and then let Steve have a go and then back and forth once or twice and then they both get a lead in lieu of a Keyboard solo (or maybe slip a MK-IV lick in their somewhere as a tip o’ the hat to Tommy since it would be everyone on stage). ALL pertinent living members (sorry Dos Joe’s but I still consider Joe S a hired gun and not really a member as important as he was and feel the same about JLT even though he was on an album) get to perform and so are represented even if they are not part of the induction.

    As to the suggestion that Ritchie, Dave and Glenn only come on to do Smoke I would hope not. Ritchie would make sense (if he would even agree to it) but the other 2 on a song that they had nothing to do with and (IMO) did not sound all that good doing it on their live albums……Why?

    I hope that they figure it out and give the Living Breathing Deep Purple FANS what they want to see and hear, a more or less full reunion of one of the greatest bands in history. It could -scratch that- WILL never happen again.

  120. 120
    josh says:

    @111 Rascal

    Well spoken.

    … someone could offer a lot of money / honor to me, I ‘ll never join up my ex-wife in a church again 🙂

  121. 121
    Rock Voorne says:

    I like this post :

    Tommy says:

    “Blackmore never intended to go to the ceremony in the first place, yet he mischievously comes off looking like the victim because of Gillan’s silly and self-serving public grudge.

    Sadly, the whole band is looking like a bunch of petulant nits.

    The really unfortunate thing is that Morse and Airey (the ones whose honor Gillan is supposedly defending) are the two least egocentric gentlemen in rock and roll.
    My guess is that they don’t feel slighted in the least by not being inducted, and would happily play with Blackmore and any and all former members to honor the band and the fans. In the end, Deep Purple lost the public relations battle, lost respect, and lost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to honor their fans. Too sad.”
    February 20th, 2016 at 21:03

    The damage is done.
    I do have enough ideas to repair it but I m afraid someone or something will get in the way.

  122. 122
    Fender123 says:

    My Oh My. If ever there was a case of “fans” making complete fools of themselves, then this is it. Time to stop this nonsense and let them get on with it – IG this, RB that, blah blah. what a load of horseshit! Whatever happens, it’s down to them. Grow up and live with it.

  123. 123
    Scoot says:

    I’m curious to see if Rod attends this event. He helped start the band, got bushwhacked out of the band, then bushwhacked again by an unscrupulous manager/promoter and lost it all. This “honor” (and it does have to be in quotations) should heal the stings of what happened to him. He is being acknowledged for influencing music. Now if someone can call the dumbasses at the R&RHOF and ask why they have a problem with Nick Simper? Does he owe them money or something?

  124. 124
    rik_uk says:

    A case of being careful what you wish for? Finally DP(some of them) get inducted after years of being ignored and the result seems to be a train wreck!!

    The one party i point the finger of blame at is the RRHOF.

    I’d prefer it if no-one turned up.

  125. 125
    frank says:

    I would be Interested to See Who Sold how many Albums, was on how many Magazine Covers and bootleg Covers….i would say these are strong indications in regards to the perception of importance within this band! I have a clear bet on the outcome that by FAR ritchie is the one ….

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    chris s says:

    Have been a big fan of DP for years including even now. Reality is DP was Blackmore’s band in the 70’s. The songs and riffs are mostly Blackmore. The MK 2 lineup is the DP lineup everyone remembers and in reality that line up gets all the airplay on the radio. If you ask most people who write did smoke on water, highway star, woman from tokyo, space trucking they will say DP. If you ask them who played any of the new songs from current DP lineup no one would be able to name them. That’s the reality. Everyone who has played in the band from the beginning, middle and current should be included in the RRHOF BUT the main attraction that night should be the remaining the 4 members of the MK 2 lineup on stage doing the classics and the remaining band members should come out for the encore song of Smoke on the Water. That’s the only thing that makes sense to the fans

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  128. 128
    Wiz says:


    Anthony. You mean plating faux medieval tunes in a cabaret act somehow proves his willingness not to play guitar badly?

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    Mikkie says:

    Can Ritchie perform with David and Glenn?

  130. 130
    MacGregor says:

    Adel @ 118 – your ‘comedy’ is improving a little! Blackmore destroyed the band???????
    Classic indeed! And don’t say ‘we’ as fans, when quite simply you mean, ‘you’, yourself! In regards to the songwriting ballyhoo, he usually writes with the vocalist, most do! Who do you think the other guys ‘write’ with! Keep it coming, well, maybe not! Cheers.

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    Wolfgang Rehm says:

    The whole things ongoing are proving why all this is not a good idea and Purple should refuse to be inducted nor take part in any ceremony. Now lots of bad emotions are stirred up. Official reactions – and the threads here appear to prove that.

  132. 132
    Adel says:

    Macgrogor @130
    When you base an opinion on facts then you will get people to agree with.
    The Ritchie Blackmore story DVD which came out last year should make you laugh big time. Ritchie admit playing secret sessions with Paice and Philip (thin Lizzy) in 71 even before the birth of machine head in 1973 Ritchie wanted to break up DP.
    He never praised Ian Gillan or Jon Lord and rated Roger very low in the DVD.
    Check the history and the comment of all the musicians who worked with Ritchie and you will know he never was a team player in band. Even Ian paice said recently that he not friends with Ritchie anymore. He left the DP tour in 93 and kept all the tour money he was paid.
    The fans in their millions who followed DP shows since 94 are not going their to laugh at the failure of the current DP line up!!!!
    Ritchie is a great guitar player but he is a loner and a bully and arrogant and that’s not my opinion but it’s documented!!!!

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    Javier Avila says:

    If Blackmore assist to the Ceremony, maybe we could see something like this….


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    MacGregor says:

    Adel @132- I don’t care at all whether people agree with me. The facts are history told from certain peoples perspectives, we read & listen & whether those ‘facts’ are totally true to the point, is open to speculation. But that is all we ‘fans’ have to go on. Then we all have our personal ‘opinions’ about certain things! You stated ‘Blackmore destroyed Purple’. That is your opinion, not a fact. It is my opinion that he didn’t! Two different opinions on something we know very little about in reality! So what if he was looking at working with other musicians back then, that is what they do, create music, perform music live in concert & record it at times!
    From a ‘fans’ perspective of what ‘we like or dislike’, other band members could have ‘destroyed’ Purple over the years! Did Gillan destroy Purple when he left in 1973? I certainly don’t think so, it obviously put an end to MK2 for a decade though. As Jon Lord says in certain interviews, if only we had stepped back from the intensity of it all, we may have survived longer’ In hindsight of course! Did Blackmore destroy Purple in 1975 when he left? The other guys though better at that time to keeping it going. Hindsight again. Did Gillan destroy Purple in 1989 when he left? Again in hindsight, maybe he did to some fans! Deep Rainbow as that lineup was jokingly referred to by some, would never have existed! For certain ‘fans’, myself included, that would have been a good thing! Did Blackmore destroy Purple leaving in 1993? From what we hear from band members, it was the best thing he did for the future of the band. From some fans perspective it was or it wasn’t etc! Were do we begin & were do we end?
    In regards to Ian Paice ‘not being friends anymore with Blackmore’, well yes, in some ways according to that interview, he isn’t. But he said he would still like to be & it was a shame Blackmore ceased any communication with him since 1993. I would imagine Paice & Glover would still communicate with Blackmore, if he wanted to talk to them. I think Glover has said similar over the years. Anything could still happen. although this latest Rock Hall thing may put a different perspective on that possibly occurring, hopefully not though!Cheers.

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    Mondrian says:

    They (IG, RB) should of course go up on that stage and and point a big finger at the roll and roll hall of shame by rocking their asses off with a Motörhead-cover, and then just leave without a word. Could be the finest and most memorable tribute-performance of the year. If they only had some self-distance.

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    Adel says:

    Megregor @134
    Very valid points and I agree a lot with you. When Gillan left in 89 Ritchie had his way with the band and he brought in Mr Turner who had a pop back ground as I refer to Ritchie comment in his DVD about his love of pop music and AbbA and referring to Street of dreams as his favourite Rainbow song. He took DP to the lowest point and touring with Turner was a complete flop and the pressure of the record company brought and forced Gillan back to DP to the annoyance of Ritchie.
    Back to the RARHOF business. They are inducted so they can’t take it back so from the current shrewd DP management side it makes no sense having a one off with Ritchie playing. The band touring left right and centre and filling seats so why open a can of worms and divide the fans.
    If Ritchie turns up uninvited on stage he will get a bowel of pasta with ketchup from Gillan straight in his face. Sad but true like Metallica sang. Gillan is running the show and he is the big boss and the rest are puppets. He is the master of puppets!!!! Having said that I hope I damn wrong and I hope to see how Ritchie on stage will show Morse his class of playing the guitar. Cheers Magregor

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    Rascal says:

    The Sex Pistols had the right idea concerning the ‘rock n roll hall’ – send a letter telling them to ‘f*ck off’.

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    Mr.d58 says:

    Though I consider blackmore to be one of the spiritual necessities of deep purple, the fact is that steve morse is the guitarist with the longest tenure as deep purple’studio guitaristMartin 23 years to blackmore’s 17 (spread over 2 separatetenures

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    russ z says:

    If by some miracle they all show up, I certainly hope they aren’t serving spaghetti at the ceremony

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    That Guy in Portland says:

    Unfortunately, this is going to be the norm from here on out as there are attempt to induct artists with some contentious history.

    Guns N Roses – Axl didn’t show, essentially refused the nomination
    Creedence Clearwater Revival – John Fogerty refused to play with his former bandmates.
    Van Halen – Eddie, Alex and Dave did not attend. The two guys NOT in the band (Michael Anthony & Sammy Hagar) arrived to accept the induction.
    Metallica – Dave Mustaine was not inducted and politely declined invitation to attend.
    Kiss – Did not play, but inducted members did appear together for induction. Spent weeks before and after arguing in public.
    Fleetwood Mac – Peter Green was inducted and did attend. Was not invited to play with band. We did however get that great jam with Santana on “Black Magic Woman”.
    Pink Floyd – Roger Waters did not attend. Syd Barrett did not either for well documented reasons.
    Beach Boys – Not really in this category, but Mike Love was a real jerk!

    All things considered, the whole issue with Deep Purple is not as bad as some. It is unfortunate that Ritchie will not attend and accept his induction. Would be a nice little bit of publicity for his upcoming tour. Real shame that Nick Simper gets the shaft and Rod Evans is inducted despite no real chance he would attend. Especially odd he is inducted, since he legally surrendered his royalties due to a settlement in the bogus Deep Purple band he led.

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    Boo says:

    So now we see who is really pulling the strings in DP. A certain Mr Gillan and his cohort Bruce Payne. The bitterness they share towards Ritchie shows no sign of abating. Now Ritchie is no saint, and been a total asshole at times over the years no doubt. But he has been a lot more dignified in his public statements than Gillan who has taken every opportunity to have a sly dig at Ritchie. It was Ritchie who engineered this so called peace between the two of them when he said in an interview that despite all their differences he still regarded Ian as one of THE great rock vocalists of all time. So just when you think everybody has finally let bygones be bygones the Gillan/Payne camp throw a spanner in the works. Ok, Ian has since said he has no problem with anyone joining the “living breathing” DP for the Smoke encore but the damage is done. Ritchie knows he’s not welcome. The chances of him turning up were remote in the first place but are none existent now. Just hope Gillan/Payne are proud of themselves. Two very sad, bitter men.

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    Razi says:

    a bit of irony….the name of the band itself came from Ritchie and his granny, so without Ritchie Blackmore, there would be no Deep Purple, in more ways than one.

    and they want to keep the man off the stage and not allow him to perform? very shallow thinkers they are.

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    Russ Z says:

    Just Curious
    Since Gillian feels so intent on honoring Morse and Airey, how are they rewarded financially. Are they “true” members of “the living breathing” DP who share equally in royalties for use of the name, merch, etc.? I bet that they get paid for performing and recording sessions and Ian G, Ian P and Roger G all get higher percentages.

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