Rocker Ian Gillan is planning to pull a Kiss if Deep Purple ever get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - because he refuses to hit the stage with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons pulled out of a Hall of Fame set in April (14) after they were informed that current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would not be honoured alongside the pair and former colleagues Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, and singer Gillan insists he'll follow their example if Blackmore's replacement, Steve Morse, isn't included in what many fans think is a long overdue induction.
Gillan says, "It would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in.
"I don’t have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone. I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem. We’re too old for that and everything’s in the past, but no. That would be out of the question.
"This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band."
Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1993 and Morse has been the band's guitarist ever since.
Rock supergroup Rainbow's 1977 Munich, Germany show almost never happened because bandleader Ritchie Blackmore was in jail in Vienna, Austria. The show, which has spawned a new DVD concert movie, was put back a day as lawyers desperately tried to get the rocker out of jail after he attacked the venue manager during a concert in the Austrian capital - and even then he only just made it.
In a new interview for the Live in Munich DVD, former Rainbow bassist Bob Daisley says, "There was a problem with the hall manager; he had an attitude and I think when we went onstage, the audience got a bit rowdy and this manager was being a bit of a d**k. I think he put the house lights on, which really p**sed Ritchie off. Ritchie lashed out with his foot... and he caught him right on the jaw and down he went.
"At the end of the show, the police were called in and they had sniffer dogs. Ritchie was hiding in one of the drum cases and the crew were gonna try to smuggle him out but the sniffer dogs and the police found him and they handcuffed him and jailed him, and he was in jail for a couple of days."
Daisley admits he started to give up on the show in Munich, which was scheduled to be filmed by a national broadcaster for a TV special: "We didn't know when he was gonna get out or if the tour was gonna end or what was gonna happen. We were supposed to go on around 8.30 or nine o'clock at night and Ritchie had just got out of jail in Vienna and he'd just made it to the gig. We ended up going on at about 11.30 at night... but the audience were very patient."
Tour manager Colin Hart adds, "He was (in jail) for three days before we got him out. We had lawyers working from both sides of the Atlantic trying top get him out and we got him to Munich within minutes of being too late to do a performance... Somebody drove him from Austria to there, in the same clothes he was wearing for the Austrian show.
"We went onstage about 12 o'clock... and it turned out to be a great show."
The concert movie of the gig was released on DVD last week (30Apr13).
Blackmore was later fined $5,000 (£3,125) for breaking the Austrian venue manager's jaw.
The classic 1970s line-up of rock supergroup Rainbow was close to reuniting in the late 1990s, just before drummer Cozy Powell was killed in a car crash. Bass player Bob Daisley has revealed there were secret meetings and plans to convince Ritchie Blackmore to return to the stage with Ronnie James Dio and David Stone.
In a new interview filmed for the DVD release of Rainbow: Live in Munich 1977, the Australian rocker reveals, "I'd actually talked to Cozy not long before he died in about 1997 or 1998... There was a guy I'd hooked up with in Los Angeles that was very interested in maybe trying to get a reunion happening and some shows and an album.
"There were moves being made to try and put it together... It was getting to the stage where it felt like it was gonna happen, but then soon after that Cozy went in his car crash."
Powell died in April, 1998.
Daisley was fired by Blackmore and replaced by Deep Purple star Roger Glover in the late 1970s. The shake-up also cost Dio and Stone their places in the band.
The odd accolade, which Shatner will pick up in person at the ceremony on 20 April (11), is handed out annually by editors at Revolver magazine and is given to someone who has "made their name outside of the metal world but still embodies its spirit".
Later this year (11), Shatner will release a new album, Seeking Major Tom (Cleopatra), which features collaborations with hard-rock royalty, including Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice of Deep Purple, and Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, who join the Star Trek icon for a cover of Black Sabbath's Iron Man.
Thrilled Shatner says, "Short of receiving an Emmy for my superb voice, the Honorary Headbanger Award is the next best thing."