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Gillan slams ‘silly’ Rock Hall

Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s decision to leave current members Steve Morse and Don Airey out of the band’s induction.

Guitarist Morse joined in 1994 following the departure of Ritchie Blackmore, while keyboardist Airey replaced Jon Lord in 2002.

But they’re not included in the list of members to be honoured by the Rock Hall, who have named Gillan, Blackmore, Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes and Rod Evans.

Gillan says in a blog: “The induction is not – in clear fact – for Deep Purple. It is an arbitrary selection of past members which excludes Steve and Don, both of whom have been with the living, breathing Deep Purple for a very long time.

“Obviously this is very silly. My response is quite simple: ‘Thank you very much.’”

He adds: “What a coincidence… this morning I got an invitation to a wedding from some dear old friends. My family was not invited and they said that I would be required to sit next to my ex. They were shocked when I called to thank them, and declined the invitation.”

Purple were named last week among the inductees for 2016, alongside Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller and NWA.

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Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history. He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.