On Friday night, April 8, Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center hosted the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, welcoming a star-studded class that included DEEP PURPLE, which had been eligible for induction for two decades.
Blackmore later posted a statement on his Facebook page in which he said: “I have my reason for not attending the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, although I appreciate the award. However, I do think that they should’ve given an award to [singer] Joe Lynn Turner for when he was in DEEP PURPLE — for his singing and writing on ‘Slaves And Masters’ — a great record, one of my favorites.”
Despite Blackmore being a no-show at this year’s Rock Hall, he was given several shoutouts during the induction speeches of the DEEP PURPLE members in attendance. In addition, Ulrich praised “Ritchie fucking Blackmore” for one of the most memorable guitar riffs of all time on “Smoke On The Water”.
“It’s a big disappointment for me that [Blackmore] wasn’t here tonight,” said former DEEP PURPLE singer David Coverdale. “I e-mailed his manager a couple of days ago and extended a personal invitation. I never really got a response. Ritchie and I reconnected in 2012 after the loss of [keyboardist] Jon Lord just to express my condolences and we buried the hatchet… which was great.”
Joe Lynn Turner recently blasted Blackmore for going out and performing DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW‘s classic material with a new group musicians, explaining that “the fans deserve better than a cover band.”