We keep stating that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke of an organization, and while we’re not about to change our stance on that, it was announced late last night that Deep Purple will finally be inducted into the Hall next year. Drummer Ian Paice said recently that the Hall of Fame “should be embarrassed” for not already having inducted them. That’s the case with just about all of the inductees, as N.W.A. is the only band inducted that was formed after the ’70s. Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and Chicago are also among the inductees, all of which have been nominated multiple times.
However, when the ceremony does happen on April 8th of next year in Brooklyn, there might be some violence, given that Purple has had so many different members throughout the ages, many of whom don’t get along with each other. In that same interview with Classic Rock that took place before the announcement, he says that were they to be inducted, the performance would be a mess:
“You also have to bear in mind, that if some people are inducted together, it could end in a punch-up. I don’t need to tell anyone certain key members and former members of this band do not get on. Personally, I think they would be better off inducting us individually. That avoids the problem.As for playing live, again who would be involved? You’d have the same situation as for an induction. This one won’t play with that one – it could be a mess.”
During the interview, Paice didn’t name names, but called out the Hall:
“The Hall Of Fame should be embarrassed for not inducting us already. Look at some of the non-entities who’ve got in. I won’t name them, but just have a look at some of those names, and you’ll know who I mean. What have they ever done for rock’n’roll? Nothing. Having these artists in before Deep Purple undermines what it is supposed to represent.”