Ritchie Blackmore “Couldn’t Care Less”
Deep Purple are up for possible induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says he “couldn't care less.”
Blackmore was a key member of Deep Purple from their inception in 1968 until 1975 and again from 1984 to 1993. He now fronts the folk-based Blackmore's Night with his wife, Candice. A deluxe and expanded edition of classic Deep Purple album Machine Head has just been issued.
But Blackmore told Billboard, “Personally, I couldn't care less. 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. 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.”