Out of all the prestigious hard rock and heavy metal groups to not have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of this writing, Deep Purple has been by far the most appalling and frequently demanded band from fans and previous inductees alike. Considering that Deep Purple have now been nominated for a third time, drummer Ian Paice says such an occasion could result in a fight between the surviving original members.
Paice recently addressed the possibility of Deep Purple finally making their way into the coveted Rock Hall during a conversation with Classic Rock, saying: “Well, who would they induct? There have been so many members of this band, even if they say it will be core members, who would it be?
“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.”
Paice brings up an important issue; The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has caused further controversy by not only restricting which bands are inducted, but which members of said bands. The original lineup of KISS was inducted just back in 2014, which although was welcome after 15 years of eligibility still ignored the contributions of former and current members Vinnie Vincent, Eric Carr, Mark St. John, Bruce Kulick, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. In contrast, 12 members from The Grateful Dead were entered in the Rock Hall during their induction in 1994.
Deep Purple have had a notorious time with founding member and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who infamously left the band in the midst of their tour in support of their 1993 reunion album with singer Ian Gillan, ‘The Battle Rages On…’, because of his harsh relationship with Gillan and a resentment towards some unapparent non-melodic elements on the album.
According to Paice, those problems would be especially apparent if Deep Purple is asked to perform at their induction ceremony. “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.
“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.”
Watch the Current Deep Purple Lineup Perform “Perfect Strangers”