By: Beau Daniels
The long awaited Deep Purple induction in the Hall of Fame is now disappointing some fans, because popular former guitarist Richie Blackmore is being banned from the appearance. Blackmore’s feud with band members is well known, but he was invited to appear, until the bands manager said “no.”
The band is not taking credit for the Blackmore ban according to the quotes from Rolling Stone in the Ulitmate Classic Rock story, “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.”
When you think of Deep Purple, David Coverdale comes to mind along with Glenn Hughes, both will be there not performing. This from Hall of Fame CEO Joel Peresman, “We can’t wrestle people to the ground and hold them down and make them perform together. If they want to and they can sort it out, terrific. If they can’t, we can’t make them.” Tough position for Pressman dealing with generations of fans and ego’s, but it’s only Rock n’ Roll and we like it.