Dear Friends

DF 59 - Hall of Fame: the conclusion

20 February 2016

Dear Friends, Families and Fans,

With respect to all:

We were faced with a hard decision when we heard about the Hall of Fame inductions. It was shocking to us that Steve Morse and Don Airey - who have been with us for 22 years and 14 years respectively - had been excluded, according to HoF 'rules'*.

Fair enough, but they are not our 'rules' and probably don't cater for a band such as Deep Purple, which has existed for nearly fifty years Consequently, we - Ian G. Ian P. and Roger G. - decided upon the offer of a compromise which has been agreed with the HoF and enables us to turn up on the night.

DP Inductees will accept the awards and then the living breathing Deep Purple will perform. Inevitably, this will mean excluding Ritchie, David and Glen from the live performance, but, given the circumstances, there is no other acceptable option.

It should be stressed that there is no slight intended nor any desire to upset anyone regarding this decision; it is purely a mark of respect to Steve and Don. In fact, we would love to perform with Ritchie, David, Glen et al on Smoke on the Water in the encore jam.

I spoke with David Coverdale last week and he expressed complete understanding of the way it was being handled; thanks David you're a Gent.

Outside of this event there are no circumstances under which a 'reunion' could or would take place and so it is unconscionable that our guitarist and keyboard player should be pushed aside after all those years (on the road and six studio albums) of total personal commitment and musical contribution to the band, just to satisfy pressure that has been, in the past, easily resisted.

So, let's all get up there, shake hands, smile for the cameras and get it done with dignity and respect for all the existing and past members of a very special family.

Ian Gillan

Copyright © Ian Gillan 2016

* Regarding the HoF so-called 'rules': As far as I know Nick Simper satisfies them all.

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