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Ritchie Blackmore ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ If Deep Purple Make Hall of Fame

After years of being completely overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pioneering hard rockers Deep Purple received word last week that they are among the nominees this year. But if you're hoping for an epic reunion jam on 'Highway Star' at this year's ceremony, not so fast -- in a new interview, former Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says he has no interest in whether the band is inducted or not.

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Heart, Rush, Deep Purple + More Nominated for 2013 Induction in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Grousing about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's nominees for induction has become an annual tradition, but this year, several groups of long-suffering fans may be surprised to find themselves without an axe to grind: At long last, perennial "why aren't they in the Hall?" favorites Rush are on the ballot.

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Alice Cooper, Brian May Collaboration Amongst Highlights of Sunflower Jam 2012

Sunday night's Sunflower Jam in London was one of those nights of rock revelry you dream of. Classic rock artists from across the spectrum joined together for one cause, to play a set full of unexpected collaborations and covers. Alice Cooper, Brian May of Queen, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden were just a few of the rockers on hand for the annual charity event.

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Glenn Hughes Discusses Deep Purple’s Legacy and Rock Hall Snub

The spotlight is on Deep Purple this year, as their classic album ‘Machine Head’ turns 40. The metal pioneers will be saluted by a number of rock icons on the ‘Re-Machined – A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head‘ tribute disc that’s due Sept. 25. Former Purple singer Glenn Hughes spoke to Noisecreep about the band’s legacy and why he wanted to be part of this project even after serving his tenure in the band.

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Deep Purple ‘Machine Head’ + ‘In Concert ’72′ Vinyl Reissues Coming in October

There’s a lot of focus on Deep Purple at the moment. First off, it was revealed that an all-star tribute album was in the works to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s ‘Machine Head’ album. Then, it was revealed that the group’s current lineup was plotting a new record and touring for 2013. Now comes word that a pair of vinyl reissues are in the works for October.

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Hear Metallica, Chickenfoot + More Perform Deep Purple ‘Machine Head’ Classics From New Covers Album

Based on the six songs we’ve heard so far from the upcoming Deep Purple tribute album ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute to ‘Machine Head’,’ fans are in for a much bigger treat than the sometimes dubious cover album format often delivers.

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Led Zeppelin, Queen, Deep Purple Stars Join Forces for ‘Sunflower Jam’ Benefit Show

Start making travel plans for Sept. 16, as London’s Royal Albert Hall will play host to the 2012 edition of the Sunflower Jam. The event is a night filled with music performances that will be hosted by actor Jeremy Irons.

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Jon Lord’s Final Recording Project Set For Release

As previously reported, the project former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord was working on before his untimely death is now set to see the light of day. ‘Concerto For Group and Orchestra’ picks up the theme put into play by Lord and Deep Purple back in 1969.  This updated version was recorded at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall by Abbey Road Studio‘s crew and features the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Also guesting on the album are Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse.

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Deep Purple ‘Re-Machined’ Tribute Features Jimmy Barnes-Joe Bonamassa Trailer

As far as tribute albums go, the upcoming Deep PurpleRe-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head‘ should be a pretty solid effort. Sporting acts like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot and Carlos Santana, it looks as though no effort was wasted in getting some top performers.

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Deep Purple Announced for Wacken Open Air 2013

Though the world is still mourning the death of Jon Lord, the music continues to live on with the current lineup of Deep Purple. While it’s been since 2005 since we’ve had a new record, there is some good news for the band and their future.

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Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Praises Deep Purple’s Jon Lord, Blasts Twitter

Legendary rocker Lemmy Kilmister has never been one to mince words at any point in his 40-plus years of making music, so why should he be concerned what people think of him now?

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Deep Purple Colleagues Fondly Remember Jon Lord

As tributes to Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord continue to pour in, his former band mates in the legendary British hard rock ensemble are remembering their fallen colleague, who passed away Monday (June 16) from a pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord was 71.

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