During a promotion of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Heroes” US Tour, Whitesnake mastermind David Coverdale was asked by Celebrity Page about Deep Purple’s induction ceremony to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He replied:
“It was fantastic. Glenn Hughes and I are like the young Righteous Brothers. We just had the greatest time.
“I can’t speak for the rest of the Deep Purple guys, but Ritchie Blackmore should have been there. I was mortified that he was threatened not to come and it broke my heart.
“Because none of us could have been standing on that stage without Ritchie Blackmore’s contribution.”
Deep Purple was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and original singer Rod Evans were not present at the ceremony.