This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April will now have two of it’s honorees missing.
Joining Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera’s absence from the star studded night will be Deep Purple founding member and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
A message was posted on his official Facebook page announcing that he also won’t be taking
part in the event. “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 Rock 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.”
Blackmore was a huge presence and highly influential as one of Deep Purple’s creative forces from the band’s inception until his departure in 1993.
There have been many reincarnations of the band and since Blackmore left there has been bad blood off and on between him and some of the band’s other members.
When Deep Purple’s induction into the Rock Hall was announced back in December, DP’s drummer, Ian Paice who is the only member to stay with the band for its entire career, talked to Rolling Stone about whether his bandmates would be open to performing with Blackmore at the ceremony. Paice had said: “…Some of us would think about it. Some of us probably wouldn’t. It depends how it’s presented and what everybody’s individual feelings are. But precedence must now go to the guys that are still working the name and keeping it alive. Their choice is final.”
Several of the musicians who have played with Deep Purple at one time or another have been recognized by the Hall Of Fame. They are: founding members Blackmore, Paice, singer Rod Evans, and late keyboardist Jon Lord; singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover who joined the band in 1969 and are part of the current lineup; and from Mk III, singer David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes, who played with the group from 1973 to 1976. Notably, original bassist Nick Simper was not included nor were current members Steve Morse and Don Airey.
This year’s 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.