Whitesnake singer David Coverdale spoke in an interview with Z93 radio station, and revealed the phone call he had with former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

David explained what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame experience was like for him, he said:

“It was a complete and utter honor. But I was only concerned about [former DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist] Glenn Hughes; the rest of ’em I haven’t got time for. They prevented Ritchie Blackmore from coming in to be honored as a Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer.

I called Ritchie and I said, ‘Come with me. Nobody’s gonna do anything’. The first thing I said [during my acceptance speech] was, ‘I’m so sorry that Ritchie Blackmore isn’t here, without whom none of us would be on this stage,’ which is absolutely true.

So, Glenn and I just stuck to ourselves and had fun with CHICAGO, CHEAP TRICK, Steve Miller — everyone was just fabulous.

So, ex-colleagues, I’m happy they’ll remain ex-colleagues. [Laughs] They just don’t figure in my life in any way, shape or form. [They have] an entirely different philosophy, idealogy and you name it — it couldn’t be more different.”

Listen to the entire interview below. Click here for the source of the statement.