Ritchie Blackmore has been banned from attending Deep Purple’s 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame' induction
Blackmore says that he has been prevented from attending Deep Purple's 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame' induction by the band's manager.
In a statement, the co-founder of the legendary Deep Purple, reports that the band’s long-time manager Bruce Payne has refused permission for him to take part in the ceremony that will be held on the 8 of April at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“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 himfortheir support”.
The Deep Purple members that are being inducted are: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
Blackmore is currently preparing for his first rock shows since 1997, when he’ll perform Rainbow material with a new lineup. Deep Purple are recording what will be their 20th studio album.