Anne-Helene Lebrun/Redferns via Getty ImagesIt looks like ex-Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera isn’t the only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree who won’t be joining his former band mates at the 2016 induction ceremony in April. Founding Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has posted a message on his official Facebook page announcing he also won’t be taking part in the event.

The note reads, “Ritchie was honored by the offer of induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was discussing the possibility of attending, until we received correspondence from the President of the Rock Hall of Fame, who said that Bruce Payne, management for the current Deep Purple Touring Band, had said ‘No’……….!!!!! Therefore Ritchie will not be attending the ceremony. He sincerely thanks all the fans that voted for him for their support.”

Blackmore, of course, was one of Deep Purple’s guiding creative forces from its inception until he exited the group in 1993. There’s been bad blood between him and some of the band’s other members ever since.

After Deep Purple’s induction into the Rock Hall was announced in December, founding and current drummer Ian Paice talked to Rolling Stone about whether his band mates would be open to performing with Blackmore at the ceremony.

“Some of us would think about it. Some of us probably wouldn’t,” said Paice. “It depends how it’s presented and what everybody’s individual feelings are. But precedence must now go to the guys that are still working the name and keeping it alive. Their choice is final.”

Seven musicians who played with Deep Purple over the years will be recognized at the induction ceremony — original members Blackmore, Paice, singer Rod Evans and late keyboardist Jon Lord; singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover, who joined the band in 1969 and are part of the current lineup; and singer David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes, who played with the group from 1973 to 1976.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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