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COUNT RITCHIE BLACKMORE OUT OF A DEEP PURPLE ROCK HALL INDUCTION

10/10/2012

If Deep Purple is elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ritchie Blackmore will not serve. The group is one of 15 finalists for the Rock Hall's class of 2013, but the guitarist -- who co-founded the iconic hard rock band and served three separate tenures in its lineups -- tells The Insider that he has no desire to be part of the induction if it happens. "Personally, I couldn't care less," Blackmore says. "I would never go. I'm not really a fan of that stuff. Considering some of the people that are in the Hall of Fame, I'm not sure if it's a good idea, so I don't care one way or the other, actually. I think our fans seem to care more than I do," he notes. "They're always saying, 'You should be in the Hall of Fame. You should be in this, you should be in that...' If I can pay the bills, that's all I care about." Blackmore left Deep Purple for good in 2003 and has since been playing Renaissance and Medieval music with his wife, Candice Knight, in the band Blackmore's Night. The troupe has just released a new live album, "A Knight in York," and is working on its eighth studio album for release in 2013.

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