Ian Gillan Says Deep Purple Have Years Still to Go Before The End!!

 Ian Gillan said Deep Purple were definitely focused on ending their career, but speculated that it might not happen for several years yet. He added that their focus on winding down was one of the reasons the much-discussed reunion with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore wasn’t going to take place. Gillan recently explained that they’d called their current tour “The Long Goodbye” in order to avoid setting themselves a deadline for retiring, and that the future could still include new music along with more concerts.   In a new interview with Radio Rock (video below), he answered a question about a reunion with Blackmore by saying, “it would be, in the greatest scheme of things, impossible to do that. And I think it's going to be increasingly difficult as the years go by, because no one has much interest in that sort of thing. … We have no great passion or dislike for Ritchie. We're actually exchanging communications and ideas through our offices, so there's no nasty feelings left. But I think it's too late. We're thinking about the end now!!!

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