Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan: People Who Run R&R Hall of Fame Are ‘Bloody Arrogant And Rude’
Deep Purple has been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades… and their singer Ian Gillan says the people who run the Hall Of Fame organization are “bloody arrogant and rude.”
Deep Purple was recently nominated for Hall Of Fame inclusion for a third time, having been passed over in both 2013 and 2014.
Gillan told Classic Rock: “I have no respect for them. They’re the kind of people that having seen ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ decided that The Monkees would be America’s equivalent to The Beatles. They’ve no idea what goes on in the big, wide world outside of their self-arbitrating surroundings. To me, those people are bloody arrogant and rude.”
He continued: “I’ve heard that somebody on their committee dismissed us as one-hit wonders. I couldn’t figure out whether that hit was ‘Hush’, ‘Kentucky Woman’, ‘Black Night’, ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’, ‘Child In Time’, ‘Perfect Strangers’, ‘Knocking At Your Back Door’ or perhaps even ‘Smoke On The Water’.”
Gillan claimed he had no idea that Deep Purple had been nominated again and only found out when Classic Rock spoke to him.
For the fourth consecutive year, the public will be able to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 9, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2016.
The last time Deep Purple was denied entry, they were passed over for singer-songwriter Randy Newman and R&B singer Donna Summer.
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.
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