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Deep Purple Legends Continue Their War Of Words

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The continuous verbal battle between Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillain and Ritchie Blackmore, formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow, shows no sign of stopping after Blackmoore's lawyers have hit back over the claims that Blackmoore asked to be removed from T-Shirts bearing the image of the classic Deep Purple album "Machine Head." A statement from the lawyers reads as follows:

"In an interview he gave to a music website recently, Ian Gillan made a number of comments about Ritchie Blackmore that twisted facts and which require setting the record straight.

"Gillan remarked that Ritchie sued his former manager to have his image removed from Machine Head t-shirts being sold at Deep Purple concerts and that the judge thought the issue stupid. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ritchie sued his former manager for access to books and accounts, as well as money due him. When it was disclosed during the lawsuit that the Machine Head t-shirts were being sold at concerts, Ritchie simply asked to be paid, just like all the others on the shirt. Ritchie's image was then removed from the t-shirt, apparently to avoid paying him - something that is particularly offensive, as this disassociated him from his most acclaimed work. Contrary to what Gillan says, the judge, far from thinking the whole affair stupid, sided with Ritchie on every motion, from beginning to end. Readers are welcome to examine the court record for themselves (Blackmore v. Thames Talent Publishing, Ltd., Thames Overtures, Ltd. and Bruce Payne 01 Civ. 5521 (E.D.N.Y.)).

"Contrary to what Gillan said about Ritchie's financial demands to stay with Deep Purple, Ritchie in fact wanted to leave Deep Purple to pursue other interests, but when he announced that he wanted to leave, the record company made him a financial offer to stay with the band to complete a tour and to make the album that became Come Hell Or High Water. Gillan should get his facts straight before he talks to anyone.

"Ritchie frankly is amazed at Gillan's childish comments on other issues he discussed in the interview. Hasn't the time come for him to act like an adult?"

You an read the interview in question with Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillain at RockPages.

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Diamond Oz's avatar

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

Me and Ian Gillin both support Queens Park Rangers, so I gotta side with him!

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# Mar 22, 2009 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

pay the man what hes owed!!!! typical powertripping greed-whores!!!

# Mar 22, 2009 @ 10:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. warlock writes:

No matter who's telling the truth, Blackmore's got an ego second only to Gene Simmons.

# Mar 22, 2009 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Jackrum writes:

Oz, you support QPR??? by far not the worst team in london. that honour reserved for the red scum that is arsenal

# Mar 22, 2009 @ 8:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

I do indeed support the mighty Super Hoops! We might not be the best team in London either but I do believe we are the richest! Have that ya Chelsea bastards!

My grandad used to live right around the corner from Highbury, that was pretty cool. I liked Arsenal when I was a young kid but only because I thought Ian Wright was cool haha! Been a Rangers boy me whole life though.

WE! ARE! QPR!

You support anyone Jackrum?

# Mar 22, 2009 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. wrathdemon writes:

First of all, the spelling of Richie's name is spelled Blackmore, not Blackmoore. LOL
Richie Blackmore is an arrogant d*** and thinks he is above his band members. He was a prima donna that was really hard to work with. When he exited Deep Purple it was the best day of Ian Gillan's life.
They recorded some good albums without him, Perpendicular, Abandon, Bananas and the latest Rapture of The Deep. Steve Morse has worked well as Richie Blackmore's replacement and passed him when it comes to the amount shows played with Deep Purple.
Time to move on...Richie can sulk over his spilled milk and play his medieval music with his crackpot wife. Long live Deep Purple and Ian Gillan!
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# Mar 22, 2009 @ 8:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Evil writes:

Wow, what a couple of old a$$ crybabies......

# Mar 22, 2009 @ 11:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. XWigglesX writes:

Spoilt brats who never grew up?

# Mar 23, 2009 @ 3:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. wilco writes:

indeed pay everybody and move on
but are they still alive than they must be 100 years by now
indeed larsulrich simmons and blackmore are the same money rats

well at least english soccer is beter than dutch
my soccer team fc utrecht sucks this year

# Mar 23, 2009 @ 6:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. George_kikoni writes:

When asked "how d'you feel in the Blackmore's shoes?", Steve Morse answered: "Ritchie took his shoes with him, when he left the band. So I wear my own shoes..." and it was the GREAT answer. We have to say thanks to Steve for what he did with Deep Purple. If it weren't Steve, we wouldn't have Deep Purple now. We wouldn't have Purpendicular, A Band On, Bananas, Rapture of the Deep - especially Purpendicular and Rapture, which took their place to the alltime best Deep Purple's album list...
and yeah, DP WAS from MkI till MkVII, it was in the past. we have exciting MkVIII now and it is Deep Purple NOW.
so, long live the current Deep Purple, love them and can't wait for their Summer Tour 2009, I'll attend the Istanbul show.
Thanks to Morse & other guys for giving us the chance to see their fabulous live performances for such a long time...
Who cares about Blackmore? maybe his mother in law, as she won't have bucks if Ritchie stops his Nights...

# Mar 24, 2009 @ 8:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. That_One_Guy writes:

Pay the man and grow up, Ian Gillan!

# Apr 1, 2009 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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