Ritchie Blackmore’s Ego Doomed Deep Purple’s Reunion, Roger Glover Says

Roger Glover was a part of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow days. However, Glover revealed to Rock Hard Greece that when the Deep Purple reunion happened, the bassist knew the original five-piece wouldn’t click like they used to. He said:

“We didn’t ask Brian Adams, that’s for sure I know Brian ran; I know I would have asked him; it doesn’t matter. That whole thing was really down to Richie. In the early days, we were a five-piece band, but when Richie got Rainbow, he became the leader of the band; obviously, that was his band, and when we had the reunion, Richie couldn’t let go of his status as a leader, which led to a few problems.”

Blackmore had his say by bringing in Joe Lynn Turner for the ‘Slaves and Masters’ album; however, it was short-lived, as the rest of the band wanted to return to their roots. The bassist added:

“It was his idea to try and move this into Joe Lynn Turner time. Joe Lynn Turner was Ritchie’s choice, and Ritchie gets his way. Jim Peter was probably a fine songwriter, but we’re not interested in having other people write our songs.”

Although Blackmore didn’t like the idea, Joe Lynn Turner was forced to leave to get the original band back together for their 25th anniversary. However, Turner spoke to Bravewords last year about him being the link for the original Deep Purple to take the reigns:

“He [Ian Paice] basically said, ‘Joe Lynn Turner was the link. We would have never gotten to ‘Perfect Strangers’ or anything if he hadn’t been there for ‘Slaves And Masters’ because Ritchie would have bolted.”

You can listen to Roger Glover’s and Joe Lynn Turner’s interviews below.