Deep Purple are on the shortlist to make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, and the band’s drummer Ian Paice thinks such an honour could end badly. He tells Classic Rock, “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.”
He adds, “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.”
The winners will be announced on December 17th, with the ceremony set for April 8th, 2016.