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Ian Gillan Rules Out Reunion with Ritchie Blackmore if Deep Purple Is Elected to Rock Hall

Ian Gillan would rather turn down induction than be forced to be on the same stage as Ritchie Blackmore again.

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Ian Gillan Has ‘No Desire’ to Reunite With Ritchie Blackmore

It's been 20 years since Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, and by all accounts, both he and the band are happier now. Still, some fans will never stop hoping for a reunion -- something that, according to singer Ian Gillan, will never happen.

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40 Years Ago: Ian Gillan Quits Deep Purple

By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.

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Deep Purple’s Gillan Coy About New Album Title

A whole lot has happened since Deep Purple released its last studio album, 2005's 'Rapture of the Deep' -- and now that the band has finally wrapped the recording of its next collection of new material, singer Ian Gillan is ready to talk. About some things, anyway.

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Deep Purple: Portugal Sessions

Deep Purple's new album is in the mixing stage.

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