John Gustafson, who memorably collaborated in the '70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72.
In 2013, the inaugural Guitars on the Beach event collected the biggest single gathering of guitarists playing simultaneously in the history of Britain.
Ian Gillan would rather turn down induction than be forced to be on the same stage as Ritchie Blackmore again.
By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.