ianGillan Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan is planning to take a cue from KISS should Deep Purple ever get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – because he refuses to play with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons pulled out of a Hall of Fame set in April (14) after they were informed that current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would not be honored alongside former colleagues Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, and singer Gillan insists he’ll follow their example if Blackmore’s replacement, Steve Morse, isn’t included in what many fans think is a long overdue induction.

Gillan says, “It would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in. I don’t have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone. I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem. We’re too old for that and everything’s in the past, but no. That would be out of the question. This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band.”

Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1993 and Morse has been the band’s guitarist ever since.

source: WENN via Contactmusic

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  • Kirk Sims on

    Never heard of Deep Purple….wow just wow

    • elliot on

      I think that was a bad attempt at humor.

  • Jerry on

    Would love to see “all” of Deep Purple inducted to the hall! would also love to see Johnny Winter(RIP)inducted! nobody deserves to be there more than Johnny! and yes Jimmy Page should do something! that would be cool!

  • schocoman on

    Paul is such a hypocrite: he keeps bashing the RRHOF because they did not play by HIS rules and still uses the induction on their current tour in his stage banter (just watch Kiss at Chula Vista, e.g.) to emphasize the band’s legacy and make the crowd applaud the band, what a joke!

  • Anthony on

    I’m a Deep Purple fan and when I see Purple Live I expect to hear Purple not just Gillan. I’m sick to death of his massive ego. Time and time again I’d see Purple live and never hear Burn, Stormbringer, Mistreated or You Fool No one. So I stopped going. The only Purple line ups that were fair to the fans were III, IV & V (with JLT). Gillan only wants to sing Gillan. And on that note WTF is Sabbath doing playing SOTW aside from feeding Gillan’s ego. WTF is Purple doing playing JCSS?

    Some Purple fans want to hear Purple, which includes songs he didn’t write, but is expected to perform. Purple hasn’t played any of the III, IV or V songs live since JLT graced the stage.

    Purple has a huge audience and I feel that they’ve lost a bigger audience because of Gillan’s massive ego. Paice and Lord were part of those songs and have a right to play them for the fans!

    !%$^! You Gillan!!!

    If Purple is inducted I hope you’re forced to sing Burn alongside Coverdale you POS!

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