Former Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes says an unnamed member of the current lineup prevented him, and David Coverdale, from being part of the group’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance.

Hughes recently told Metal Rules, saying, “I’m not going to name names, as there is a member who didn’t feel it was appropriate that we should sing. So, David and I braved it together as we were arm and arm all the way through. But, I knew by the end of the night it would not happen.”

Pointing out that the duo ended up onstage anyway thanks to an invitation from Cheap Trick, Hughes insisted there were no hard feelings. “Am I upset about not singing with Deep Purple? Not at all. Everybody knows that David and I can sing. Everybody knows that we were in the band. All that mattered to me was accepting the award on behalf of Deep Purple and the fans.”

Hughes went on to address the elephant in the room regarding Deep Purple’s induction: the absence of former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who’s long been on less than friendly terms with some of his former bandmates. Saying Blackmore never had any intention of making an appearance, Hughes added that his refusal to attend didn’t have anything to do with bad blood — he just wasn’t interested in showing up.

“Nobody stopped him, and you can’t stop an artist from getting inducted unless the chairman of the Hall of Fame bans you. The chairman of the Hall of Fame reached out to Ritchie with both hands, and Ritchie gracefully declined,” said Hughes. “He didn’t say anything bad. He just said, ‘Thank you. I’m not going to attend.’ People need to know it was gracefully done.”

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  • Harold Taint on

    As long as that hairless turd Joe Lynn Turner wasn’t inducted, I am happy.

    The RRHOF sucks.

    • shannon mehaffey on

      Mr. Taint, I actually think you’re kind of funny sometimes, I didn’t get your humor at first, but, I think, for the most part, you don’t intend anything personal with any of your “attacks”. But, but…that’s Joe’s hair, he paid for it, didn’t he? Therefore, it’s his, end of story.

  • Tyger of Pan Tang on

    No doubt in my mind it was Ian Gillan, who elsewhere has dismissed Glenn Hughes as a Stevie Wonder wannabe.

  • elliot goldberg on

    it was nick simper. he was pulling rank.

  • shannon mehaffey on

    Hughes is phenomenal, has anybody ever checked out his Sabbath gig on youtube? What kind of drug fantasy led to that endeavor? you should hear him blowing out his mind on Neon Knights….and then there’s Iommi, so jacked up on God knows what, he’s about kick the crap out of his roadies, Eric Singer, a fan…I just think that Iommi was dealing with the drugs, and also his ego and gotten proportionally both inflated, and resentful; inflated because he was looking at packed arenas for Sabbath, it was all for him, resentful, because he was looking at canceling gigs because he was the only remaining original Sab…Lita happened to marry at him at not a great ebb in his life, I’ll say that.

    But, here we are, and Ian Gillan just flat out cheats the fans, what’s his problem?

  • James K. on

    Would the unnamed person’s name rhyme with “Lian Pillian”?

    • Dana on

      That sounds like a Fergie Craig line, LOL!!!

      D 🙂

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