Deep Purple comments on Rock Hall of Fame

Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is not a fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and even though the band has been nominated for induction three times, he feels the nominating committee is “bloody arrogant and rude.”

Gillan tells Classic Rock magazine, “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. 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’…or perhaps even ‘Smoke on the Water.’ I’m very grateful for the
other bands and artists that stood up for us with a view to our induction — that’s nice of them. But I wish that the Hall of Fame had had the discretion to ask us first. It’s now become a debate in which we are too late to have the final word.”

Regarding the possibility of finally being inducted, Gillan says, “I’m sure that my mum would have been pleased and it all sounds very grand, but just take a look at who’s in it. I once wrote a song called ‘No Laughing in Heaven,’ which was about not wanting to go to heaven due to the company I’d be keeping, and with a few exceptions, the Hall of Fame is pretty much the same thing… It wouldn’t change our lives one way or the other. That probably sounds petty but it’s not meant to. It’s just an annoyance to be honest.”

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