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Ian Gillan on One-Off Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore: "It's Not Gonna Happen"

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In July, former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore toldRocknRoll Reporter that he'd be willing to play a "single show" with his former bandmates. Today, Ian Gillan—the band's frontman—shot down this possibility in no uncertain terms, saying "it's not gonna happen."

Speaking to The Vinyl Guide podcast, Gillan said “Ritchie was a difficult character—there’s no denying that. Ritchie and the band got divorced. He walked out in the middle of a tour, and the rain stopped and the sun came out for the band."

"As Ian puts it best: Why would I go back to that misery again?," Gillan continued. "It’s like somebody saying, ‘You’re happily married now, but we want you to get back together with your divorced wife, with which there’s been much bitterness over the years.’"

"Just for the sake of the fans. It’s not gonna happen.”

Deep Purple are currently in the midst of their Long Goodbye tour, and are fresh off the release of their new career-spanning anthology, A Fire in the Sky.

For tour dates and more, head on over to deeppurple.com.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.