Legendary band Deep Purple are currently in line for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at least one person though isn’t that bothered.
Former Deep Purple lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has said he couldn’t care less and wouldn’t attend the awards even if inducted. Speaking to Billboard the British guitar legend stated he wasn’t a fan of these award ceremonies and didn’t think much of many acts already in the Hall of Fame.
Despite his disinterest, Blackmore pointed out that the recognition was somewhat overdue. Ritchie believes the Deep Purple fans are far more excited about the nomination than himself. Deep Purple who were formed in 1968 and still have a line up going today have featured lead singers such as Ian Gillan and David Coverdale.
Ritchie Blackmore finally left Deep Purple in 1993 after being a member of the band over three separate stints. During this period he also formed his own band Rainbow which over time featured lead singers such as Ronnie James Dio and Joe Lynn Turner, Turner also sang with Deep Purple on their 1990 album, Slaves and Masters.
Rainbow also have not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which may add to Ritchie’s desire to shun the awards.
Should Deep Purple succeed in getting inducted it is currently unclear if any other band members past or present will attend the ceremony.