Whenever Deep Purple gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and really, it’s long overdue), don’t count on a reunion performance with Ritchie Blackmore.
“It would be unconscionable to think about bringing Richie in,” said Ian Gillan. “I don’t have an issue with Ritchie nor does anyone else. I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem…how insulting would that be to [current guitarist] Steve Morse, for example?”
Sounds like Gillan is taking the KISS approach to the potential of a Rock Hall induction, but unlike certain members of KISS, he also takes some blame for the parting of Blackmore and Deep Purple.
“I was just as much of an a****** as Ritchie was, but Ritchie carried it on for a little longer,” said Gillan. “Had Ritchie stayed with the band, it would have been all over. It would have just ended…So the day he walked out was the day we had to rebuild…within a couple of years we started playing arenas again and it’s been fantastic ever since.”
Well, it looks like Ian is trying to take the high road with these two topics, good for him.
The current Deep Purple lineup will be touring until the end of August, and according to a recently interview Ian gave to German newspaper Zeitung, the band is working on a follow up album to “Now What?” in the cozy confines of their Portugal studio.
For all the latest on the band, go to DeepPurple.com.