Deep Purple & Cheap Thrick To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Chicago and Steve Miller will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 8, 2016!
The ceremony takes place at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center — tickets will be on sale to the general public in February. HBO will broadcast the show in the spring.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.
Deep Purple members that are being inducted are: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
Paice added that any decision regarding a possible performance at the induction ceremony will have to be made with the blessings of all the current members. “We don’t have salaried guys with [keyboardist] Don [Airey] and [guitarist] Steve [Morse]. They are fully accredited members of the band and they share in everything, and into decisions as well. They will have to be consulted and see how they feel about anything that the three of us originals think we would or wouldn’t like to do.”
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone last year that he still hoped Deep Purple would eventually get recognized by the Hall. “I’m not gonna get into the politics or all that stuff, but I got two words to say: ‘Deep Purple,'” he said. “That’s all I have to say: Deep Purple. Seriously, people, ‘Deep Purple’ two simple words in the English language. But definitely, Nirvana is a no-brainer for the first year and I’m glad that KISS [got] the long-overdue recognition that they deserved for everything that they pioneered, and then I got two words, ‘Deep Purple!’ Did I say that already?”
At their own induction in 2009, Metallica ‘s James Hetfield included Deep Purple on a list of acts they wanted to see in the Hall. “We’re somewhat of a heavy band and we have a small list that we’d like to also put some nods out and maybe plant a little seed, it’s a band called Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead… who we would love to invite through the door now.”
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