David Coverdale, the frontman of Whitesnake, revealed an incident about the time when Deep Purple was introduced to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016 during an interview with Eonmusic. Coverdale stated that Deep Purple refused to go to the introduction if Ritchie Blackmore was going to be there.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum and hall of fame which documents the history of rock music and the artists as well as notable figures who have influenced rock & roll music and culture development.

In 2016, Deep Purple members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the current lineup of Deep Purple performed at the Barclays center and apparently, the current members did not want Ritchie Blackmore, one of the founding members and former guitarist of Deep Purple.

During a recent interview, David Coverdale opened up about the ceremony for Deep Purple’s introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and revealed the story behind the current members’ attitude towards Ritchie Blackmore. Coverdale stated that Blackmore was not welcomed for the introduction by the members.

Here is what Coverdale said:

“But what had happened in 2016, literally, once it had been announced that we were officially being inducted into it, the current Deep Purple refused to go if Ritchie Blackmore was going to be there.

Suddenly, Glenn Hughes and I were told, ‘Well, we don’t want you singing with us.’ Initially, I’d spoken to Ian about coming up and singing the backgrounds of ‘Smoke On The Water’, because originally they were going to close the show. So, that suddenly was pulled, the plug. They tried to stop us doing speeches, and my wife was fucking furious, apart from the fact she spent a fortune on posh dresses. And I said, ‘Fuck it! Nobody’s going to keep us off.’ I got in touch with CaroleRitchie‘s manager, and I said, ‘Tell him to come with me. Nobody’s going to fucking touch him. Tell him to come with me,’ and he didn’t want to do it.”

Coverdale also stressed the importance of Ritchie Blackmore for Deep Purple since he was a founding member and the creator of the big portion of Deep Purple‘s music at the beginning.

Coverdale added:

“The first thing I said when I was up there, was, ‘None of us would have been standing here without Ritchie Blackmore,’ and I made sure of that point. Steve Morse and Don Airey were more complimentary to Glenn and I than the other guys. We had a blast; we had a fucking great time. I’m very happy that I am who I am, and I just talked to Glenn the other day about it: ‘What the fuck was up to their ass?!’

He doesn’t give a shit, and he knows he was responsible for the majority of the music there, and it’s true — none of us, none of us would have been on that stage without Ritchie Blackmore. None of us.”

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