Lars Ulrich To Induct Deep Purple Into R&R Hall Of Fame?

January 29, 2016

According to Cleveland.com, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been added as a guest at the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in New York.

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There’s no official announcement as to Ulrich’s involvement — although there’s speculation he’ll induct Deep Purple on April 8 during a ceremony at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center.

Deep Purple is being inducted into the Rock Hall alongside Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Chicago and Steve Miller.

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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.

Ulrich told Rolling Stone in 2014 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?”

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At their own induction in 2009, Metallica singer James Hetfield read off a list of bands 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, Motörhead… who we would love to invite through the door now.”

The Deep Purple members being inducted are: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
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