Richie Blackmore has reacted to Deep Purple's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nomination by saying he won't turn up if they are inducted.
The band have been eligible for induction for 20 years, but Blackmore who founded the band but left for the final time in 1993 told Billboard he "couldn't care less."
"I would never go - I'm not really a fan of that stuff. Considering some of the people that are in the Hall of Fame, I'm not sure if it’s a good idea," he said. "I think our fans seem to care more than I do. They’re always saying, 'You should be in the Hall of Fame.' If I can pay the bills that's all I care about."
Instead he'll continue work with his wife on an eighth album as Blackmore's Night
Meanwhile, Deep Purple have been working on a new album with producer Bob Ezrin. Sadly, founding keyboardist Jon Lord died following a battle with cancer in July.
In other Blackmore news, Classic Rock reports that his classic band Rainbow which was fronted by Ronnie James Dio will release a two-disc deluxe version of the live "On Stage From 1977" and their third LP "Long Live Rock'n'Roll" which will include previously unreleased material.
Is Blackmore right to shun the ceremony, or would Deep Purple fans appreciate an appearance? Let us know in the comments.