Guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore has stated on his Facebook page that he has been told by the band’s current manager that he cannot attend Deep Purple’s Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction.
The band has gone through many line up changes over their near fifty-year existence. However, the members that are being inducted are: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
Blackmore writes in the post:
“Ritchie was honored by the offer of induction to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He was discussing the possibility of attending, until we received correspondence from the president of the Hall Of Fame, who said that Bruce Payne, management for the current DEEP PURPLE touring band, had said ‘No.’ Therefore Ritchie will not be attending the ceremony. He sincerely thanks all the fans that voted for him for their support.”
Drummer Ian Paice had recently said that any decision regarding the induction ceremony and any possible performance will have to be made with the blessings of all the current members. Stating that:
“We don’t have salaried guys with Don and Steve. They are fully accredited members of the band and they share in everything, and into decisions as well. They will have to be consulted and see how they feel about anything that the three of us originals think we would or wouldn’t like to do.”
This year’s ceremony will take place on a soon-to-be-announced date in late April.