Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan admits that his days of passing judgment on music -- either old or new -- is long in the past. Gillan was on hand at this week at the 2019 Ivor Novello Awards in London, and while walking the red carpet, he spoke to NME about keeping his opinions in check: "No, I steer clear of all that, and for a good reason. Because when I was in my formative years, I rejected Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby, and Andy Williams, and Dean Martin, who I now realize were great artists. But at the time, I think as a young man, you have to clear the decks. There's, kind of, a psychological vandalism that you have to make space for yourself. And I'm in that situation now, I think, where I've gotta step aside and I don't really wanna pass comment."

AUDIO: IAN GILLAN DOESN'T PASS JUDGEMENT ON NEW BANDS