Deep Purple

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2013   2014   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1994 (ranked #69) .


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In Rock (1970)
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Hush (1968)
Highway Star (1972)
Smoke On The Water (1972)
Space Truckin' (1972)
Woman From Tokyo (1973)
Burn (1974)

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Will Deep Purple be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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i honestly think deep purple should be inducted into the hall of fame and should have been because i know they have been forgot about and put down, because of ritchie b. and all of their lineup changes. honestly, of course my favorite lineups, are with ritchie but just because hes not there doesnt mean you can forget about them because if you listen to them it is still great music and you cant forget about them because they are one of the 3 bands that so called started heavy metal along with zeppelin, and sabbath. they also created one of the greatest, most known riffs of all time(smoke on the water) but you cant just look at that song and say their great. they have so many great songs out there even with one of the greatest lineups with coverdale and hughes. even though its not gillian and glover who are my favorite two with them, they still deserve respect and you cant shut them out because, BURN, was one of their greatest albums they ever created. so thats why i think deep purple should be inducted, i hope they are soon!

Posted by joe on Saturday, 07.15.06 @ 03:20am


When I see some of the other artists in the Hall of Fame, I find it quite appalling that somebody of Deep Purple's stature is missing. They are the only one of the big three (Sabbath, Zeppelin and Purple) not included so far and I can only think that it was through lack of self-publicity as it certainly wasn't through lack of talent. They are at least on a par with Zeppelin and infinitely better than Sabbath. It's about time some of these music journos started to look at talent and popularity rather than just what they think is cool.

Posted by Dave on Thursday, 07.20.06 @ 01:42am


it is really bizzare that dp are not in. it makes me wonder what the criteria are? popularity? so why don't we vote for britney?

come on, in rock, fireeball machine head, made in japan - probably the best live record ever! perfect starngers, and even now purpendicular - these are classic albums!

Posted by wrong man on Thursday, 07.20.06 @ 04:03am


Deep Purple is still putting out quality music 40 years after they first started. How many other bands from that era can you say are still doing that. Sure they had a bad stretch back int he late 80's - early 90's, but ever since Steve Morse joined the band they have been putting out music that rivals their 70's output. Give a Listen to Purpendicular, Bananas and Rapture of the Deep. These guys all deserve a spot in the Rock Hall. If there were any qaulity radio stations left in the US they would be playing some of their current tunes on the air for people to hear. As it is we in America are stuck with Classic Rock stations. They constantly have in their lineup 5-6 Purple tunes that you will hear throughout the week. Smoke on the Water, Hush, Space Truckin, Woman From Tokeyo, Perfect Strangers, Knockin at your Back Door and once in a while even Burn.
It is OVERDUE !
Put these guys in

Posted by Bopper on Friday, 07.21.06 @ 11:05am


Plain understandable the reason... Everyone cares for Ferraris and Rolls-Royces, but History just forgot to registrate the name of the guy who invented the wheel. Shame, shame, shame...

Posted by Hammond Avatar on Friday, 07.21.06 @ 11:41am


It doesn't surprise me that they have not been voted it in. Those who deciede these matters tend to adopt musically snobbish attitudes that go for image over straight ahead rock; they often like bands that critics view as "artists" instead of mere rock bands.

Posted by Fan on Friday, 07.21.06 @ 12:08pm


just one argument. they sold more than 100 million albums!

Posted by Erich on Saturday, 07.22.06 @ 18:33pm


The big three Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath in that order. They headlined the California Jam. Sold over 100 million albums. Deserved to be in a long time ago and before most of the bands (including Sabbath) that are in now. NO EXCUSE TO BE SNUBBED. The people who vote have no clue about music. They just look to see what the current trend is.

Posted by Tom on Wednesday, 08.23.06 @ 11:44am


this is a band of great musicians. they have had hit songs in 3 different decades, recorded a pivotal album (in rock) which has been copied by almost every generation of metal bands, did a concerto with the royal philharmonic. never has there been a group with the drum/organ/guitar virtuosity of paice, lord, and blackmore/morse. and almost 40 years later, they are still making relevant music. they are a band which never seemed to take hold of the publics imagination like zep and sabbath; too many personel changes and musical detours, but isn't it the music that matters? a listen to their early recordings is like listening to the history of western music...blues, rock, jazz, classical. but, of course, they will always be picked on for one song! but that, in itself, is an accomplishment.
they certainly deserve induction..............
corey a. zimmerman

Posted by corey zimmerman on Thursday, 10.12.06 @ 23:21pm


I don't understand why they are not in.

Posted by roméo on Sunday, 10.29.06 @ 03:57am


No offense, But I'll never understand how Brenda Lee, Mahalia Jackson, or The Staple Singers made it into the "Rock" hall, but with Sabbath and Zeppelin making it, there's hope for Deep Purple. The reasons to justify their induction are obvious. "Smoke On The Water" is the most recognizable rock riff ever, and the song itself is an anthem for a whole rock generation. The list of musicians who would count DP as a big influence for them would read like a rock encyclopedia, with quite a few of the artists already inducted into the hall being on that list. Talent? Lord, Paice, Glover, Gillan, and Morse outshine their peers. And what about Blackmore? One of the greatest rock guitar virtuosos EVER. Page and Iommi wish they were that good. If his guitar work on In Rock, Machine Head, Made In Japan, or Burn doesn't make you recognize this, check out his work on Rainbow Rising and Long Live Rock And Roll. The quality of DP's body of work has always been top notch. Any of their music that the band themselves might have viewed as "sub-par" still outshines much of the music of their peers. And the longevity of the band is remarkable as well. 5 decades and still going as strong as ever. Vote Deep Purple into the Hall!

Posted by Carl Varcie on Sunday, 11.26.06 @ 17:28pm


Deep Purple have been in the top 20 on this poll:
http://supergroup.netfirms.com/rockrollhallfame.htm
for over 2 years, of most deserving but overlooked artists.

Posted by Garrett on Thursday, 11.30.06 @ 11:27am


oh yeah DP deserves to be inducted. they did for years now. but of corse they wont be because the hall of fame dont like metal.

Posted by Heavy Metal Hero on Saturday, 12.9.06 @ 00:56am


Zeppelin, Sabbath, and AC/DC are in, Purple most certainly should be. I mean, come on. Smoke on the Water. That alone should be enough, considering some of the "rock" artists that have been inducted so far. But, alas, hard rock holds no influence with the bigwigs. This year, Van Halen is up for induction. Why is Deep Purple, and for that matter, Priest and Maiden, being excluded? Purple was arguably more innovative than either Zep or Sabbath--they wrote the first speed metal-esque song (Highway Star) and if the MK 2 lineup had been stable, they would be much more well known today.

Posted by Slop on Sunday, 12.17.06 @ 23:19pm


R you joking? Hall of fame without Deep Purple. I must admit that I'm little disappointed. They are long lasting, with wonderful songs, different styles, and one straight way up in every way. Band is very professional (even with so many changes in their lineups) and still have good gigs and concerts all over the globe. This tings are enough for me. I think and for many more. So what are you waiting for? Give us the Deep Purple at once! That is real Rock. Not Louis Armstrong or Blondie (with all respect).

Posted by Vuk Spasic on Tuesday, 01.16.07 @ 17:49pm


Talk about influence? How many guitar players had "Smoke on the Water" as the first riff they learned?

Induct them already.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 17:01pm


Lord Yes DP should be in. God knows they could play circles around Black Sabbath (who I though sounded better with Dio anyway).

Posted by dave on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 07:21am


This should be a no-brainer. Induct them in to finish off the 3 pioneers of metal.

Posted by maplejet on Friday, 04.6.07 @ 12:52pm


They should be in for many reasons. First of all they have such a great specter of styles in their songs, from blues (Place in the line) to country (anyones daughter) to european classic (april) to hard rock of cause and maybe even heavy metal. They helped that the so called serious music and popular music came together (concert for group and orchestra) and they are a strong influence for so many bands sure in rock and hard rock, but even in progressive rock.

Posted by willi on Friday, 05.4.07 @ 13:42pm


Although Deep Purple didn't have the most hits, Smoke on the Water is arguably the most famous guitar riff so why not.

Posted by MaulYoda on Monday, 09.10.07 @ 17:26pm


Hush
One More Rainy Day
Smoke on the Water
Space Truckin
Strange Kind of Woman
Knockin at your Back Door
Woman From Tokyo
to name a few......

a band with such excellent songs like these deserve a place in the hall of fame

Posted by danny on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 08:43am


plenty of bands with 'excellent' songs, as you put it, aren't inducted. Why should Deep Purople be an exception?

Posted by liam on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 09:01am


Am I the only one laughing at this guy calling John Mellencamp UNAMERICAN and then supporting a band from Britain?

I mean jesus, do you people really need me to point this stuff out?

Posted by Kit on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 14:51pm


Good catch Kit. Indeed, if this danny clown is so fervently AMERICAN MAN!!!! that his bowel movements come out red, white and blue, why is he endorsing a British band? - he's denying all those home grown American bands his needed support! Has he forgotten how the British killed patriots in the 1700's? He obviously hates America - it's just logical.

What a foreign band loving, liberal anti-American pig this guy is! Wonder if he favors Judas Priest too? Might be one of those GAY supporters.

Posted by shawn on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 15:21pm


No idea why Purple isnt "famous" like Zeppelin, songs like flight of the rat and rat bat blue give me shivers, for sure in the hall.

Posted by dsd on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 10:09am


Every time I hear another add using Smoke On The Water to sell something, I wonder: "What exactly does someone have to do to get in the Hall of Fame". Have a "big song"...done it. Done something "new and different?" How about recorded with an orchestra (before almost anyone else) and had a singer perform both as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar AND with Pavarotti? Influenced other players? Have any of the people who vote on these things EVER been to a music store? Haven't they heard countless young players playing Smoke On The Water? Ritchie Blackmore is ALWAYS on the top players lists in ANY guitar publication. He is listed over and over by other famous players as an influence. How about big time sales? How about 100 million albums?
Here is a band with commercial success, influence as well as leading rock into different directions and they have been snubbed for years...I hear Cleveland is a nice city...but I'll never go there as they are the home to this travisty.

Posted by Bill on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 12:32pm


A Rock Hall of Fame without Deep Purple simply lacks credibility!

Posted by Gwirion on Friday, 10.12.07 @ 11:04am


hahahahaha
Deep Purple is not in The ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame and look, Michael Jackson is!!
I'm sorry, Mr. Michael really contributed to the rock cene with moonwalk, and deep purple's smoke on the water is just another pop song.
Without counting incredible songs such as
Lazy
Burn
Fireball
Highway Star
Black Night!
Hush
Perfect Strangers!
and the "recent" but incredible
sometimes I feel like screaming

hauahaua, thats just hilarious!

Posted by Tiago on Monday, 10.15.07 @ 21:03pm


come

Posted by zzy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 10:03am


DEEP PURPLE

DAH DAH DAH DAHDAHDUDA DUNDDUNDDUND DUNNNNNNDDDDDDDDDDD

Hope they get in soon, so we can see Richie Blackmore perform one more time with DP.

Posted by zepfan on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 15:50pm


The reason Deep Purple is not in is because none of the people who control the inductions are fans of this band, and lack any apreciation for a rock group of this magnitude, sophistication, and complexity. In this day and age, style wins out over substance every time. Deep Purple has never been very press or MTV freindly. That is why their core fan base is in Europe and Australia, not the U.S. The rock'n'roll Hall Of Fame has about as much legitemacey as The Rock'n'Roll Cafe.

Posted by charles savarese on Tuesday, 01.15.08 @ 19:40pm


It's well known that Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone controls the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Shame) induction process. With the recent induction of Madonna and past inductions of hip hop/rap groups like Grand Master Flash, they should drop the Rock & Roll part of the name and just call it "The Popular Music Hall of Fame." Should Deep Purple, Chicago and Grand Funk Railroad be inducted? Absolutely but Madonna's lap dog, Jan Wenner has not deemed these bands "worthy." My advise is to "tune out" Mr. Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine and tune into the great rock bands that deserve to be honored. Namely, Deep Purple, Chicago and Grand Funk Railroad.

Posted by chuck on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 15:27pm


I get where you're coming from, chuck. I love Deep Purple. They were one of the most talented bands of all time. But I wouldn't say the same about Chicago or Grand Funk Railroad. I guess "25 or 6 to 4" and "I'm Your Captain" were pretty good, but it's not like either of them had a career filled with memorable songs/albums like Deep Purple.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 16:22pm


I cant beleive that they keep passing up Deep Purple. They are surely one of the pioneers of rock. When I was there a few years ago they had a whole floor dedicated to U2. Now I dont mind U2
but a whole floor? I wont be back untill they are inducted.

Posted by fritz pozarski on Sunday, 03.23.08 @ 09:29am


"They are surely one of the pioneers of rock."

No, they weren't.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 04.7.08 @ 17:57pm


The statement was that they were one of the pioneers of rock. Now, I'm not quite sure why, but I've always been under the allusion that the true pioneers of rock were Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and the other '50s blues guitarists, and Deep Purple were only active as of 1968. So how the hell are they rock pioneers.

Also, no one actually mentioned their influence or whether they pioneered in metal.

Next time you vomit over your keyboard, don't hit Submit Comment.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 04.7.08 @ 19:47pm


EDIT: So how the hell are they rock pioneers?

Posted by Liam on Monday, 04.7.08 @ 19:48pm


blaque lourde I named myself after Deep Purple already. The greatest rock band OF ALL TIME. In the early 70's outsold Elvis, Beatles,Stones and sold as many albums as Zep. Smoke...is the most recognizable notes in W. music. Guiness book more than once. 70 albums. What is wrong with these people? Too American and Purple is a global band? Blackmore is the most important guitar player in rock. Try to encapsulate his stuff in just say 10 CDs...just try.

Posted by blaquelourde on Saturday, 04.12.08 @ 21:48pm


"Blackmore is the most important guitar player in rock." - blaquelourde

Not in a million years.

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 07:15am


I'm going out in a sec (not that it's anything to do with you, weirdo boy).

Don't you have some other forum or website to harass endlessly?

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 07:32am


Have you given up the forensic psychology and self-employed doctoring?

Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 07:35am


The color purple symbolized wealth and royalty. (Exodus 25:4)

Purple dye was derived from various shellfish common to Canaan or Phoenicia (names which mean land of purple).

Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 05.8.08 @ 16:02pm


Deep Purple should have been put into the Hall of Fame when they were first eligible. It's unbelievably such an inexcusable insult to their talent, musicianship, song writing ability, recordings and performances that they have been passed up for so many years now. Apparently we are not just honoring rock and roll at the Hall anymore, for so many artists/bands have been unfortunately ignored when they should be celebrated for their incredible contributions to rock. It's almost as if those who induct have never heard of them - or as someone before wrote - aren't fans of them. They even seem to have so many of the attributes that are required to get inducted - several major hits (just a few: Hush, Smoke on the Water, Woman from Tokyo), great album sales (over 100 million), groundbreaking live albums (Made in Japan), playing with an orchestra (very innovative in 1969), outstanding musicianship (several members have many times been voted as tops in their category in major magazines and spoken about as idols by other top musicians, some of whom have been inducted into the Hall themselves), great songwriting (great story telling, serious to very laughable), great rock riffs (Smoke, Space Truckin', Rat Bat Blue, Flight of the Rat, Ted the Mechanic, and many others), bad boy image (at times, especially in the Ritchie days and more recently with the song MTV - oh that's right, you're going to have to buy that one. American radio doesn't play that one but they love it in Europe and the rest of the world - and DP has never been one to want to conform to the wishes of their record companies), the loudest band on tour (check the Guinness book from a few years ago), entering their fifth decade of writing, recording and performing (how many bands are doing that?), still playing with incredible energy (their concerts are still getting people on their feet), writing great songs (once again you have to check with our European friends, where the younger generation is hearing new DP songs on the radio - imagine that)! Do you think the industry itself (especially in the U.S.) and those who make decisions about who goes into the Hall of Fame won't allow or don't accept that they may be deserving and still have validity and are well respected in the rock world. There have got to be literally millions of fans of Rock and Roll worldwide who agree with what I'm saying and certainly would be willing to pay to get into the Hall of Fame if Deep Purple (a rock band) were inducted. Isn't that what the board members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are trying to accomplish?

Posted by Frank on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 10:08am


Many great bands besides Deep Purple (Moody Blues, Yes, ELP, Rush, Procol Harum, Chicago, etc.) are still not in either. But since Deep Purple are more "rock and roll" than those others great bands, they should have been in long, long ago.

But with Madonna being inducted recently, the whole thing has really becone a joke, and it's better that Deep Purple are not linked to Madonna.

Posted by jimmy plant on Sunday, 05.18.08 @ 16:42pm


How many modern bands would play for two and a half hours for 400-600 people? I saw 'Purple ' do just that in 1970.'Deep Purple In Rock' had just come out and the band played it in it's entirety. They played until Ian Gillan could sing no more. Ritchy Blackmore was a guitar virtuoso at the time and John Lord was very good.Paice and Glover are talented. Blackmore even lent his guitars to 'Big Brother And The Holding Company', because their guitars were stolen.'Child in Time',and'Speed King' are often overlooked. Yeah,induct 'Purple' now. What is the real criteria for induction into 'The Hall'?? If anyone ever saw DP play, they'd be instantly inducted!!!!!!!!! Mark

Posted by Mark Glew on Saturday, 05.31.08 @ 18:40pm


The Rock Hall doesn't know which members to induct!

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.1.08 @ 02:59am


Question: what does ''rock 'n' roll'' mean?
does it have to do anything with plain ''rock''?

Answer: of course. rock 'n' roll requires a guitar and vocals. such as rock [DON'T MENSION ANYTHING ELSE...]

QUESTION:what are deep purple?

ANSWER:one of the greatest ROCK bands ever.

QUESTION: why is that?

ANSWER:1] THEY HAVE SOLD MORE THAN 100.000.000 RECORDS WORLDWIDE
2]THEY HAVE RECORDED THE MOST POPULAR GUITAR RIFF EVER
3]THEY HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON WITH POP , RAP , JAZZ, BUT THEY ARE ONLY FRIENDS OF ROCK, ROCK'N'ROLL, METAL , SPEED METAL, CLASSICAL ROCK
**PURE ROCK**
4]THEY ARE THE ONES WHO GAVE BIRTH TO ROCK AS WE KNOW IT TODAY
5]40 YEARS OF GLORIOUS ROCK HISTORY AND THEY ARE STILL STANDING
6]BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONLY BAND WHO IS GOING TO BE ITSELF RENSPONSIBLE FOR ITS DOWNFALL AND NO ONE ELSE
7]LAST, BECAUSE THEY INSPIRED A WHOLE FACTION OF BANDS WITH THEIR MUSIC



father, forgive them for they have no idea of what they are doing...

liam, please leave a memo...

Posted by speed king13 on Monday, 06.9.08 @ 13:23pm


oh, and liam please DON'T confuse rock with rock n roll

[jailhouse rock, elvis]

Posted by speed king13 on Monday, 06.9.08 @ 13:26pm


"rock 'n' roll requires a guitar and vocals"-speed king13

No it doesn't. And to save time, just about everything else you said was wrong also.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 00:43am


Well, they did sell more than 100 million records worldwide. But then again, so did the Backstreet Boys, Boney M., James Last, KC and the Sunshine Band, Modern Talking and Celine Dion.

Posted by The_Claw on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 03:13am


You are correct Claw. However, none of the artists you named have been cited by musicians and publications alike as being at the forefront and influencing any specific genre of RnR. Deep Purple is! And I believe influence is one of the stated benchmarks for induction into the Hall.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 03:53am


True. Don't get me wrong, I'd completely endorse DP's induction, only not for the reasons speed king13 lists. Influence is indeed one of the criteria used. Album sales, thank god, isn't.

Posted by The_Claw on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 08:42am


"4]THEY ARE THE ONES WHO GAVE BIRTH TO ROCK AS WE KNOW IT TODAY" - speed king13

Arguably the most glaring piece of crap in there.

(That means it's wrong, in case you didn't realise, speed king13).

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 12:20pm


And by "we," I hope you were only referring to you and your fellow ignorant dumbasses. It's just I, for one, know tons of current rock bands who are touched by Deep Purple's influence a jot.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 12:52pm


That'll be "aren't." Oops.

Posted by Liam on Tuesday, 06.10.08 @ 13:12pm


Personally I feel the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is at the very least " jaded" but regardless if Deep Purple is ever inducted, the opening guitar licks of Smoke on the Water will forever be immortal. And with exception of "Won't Get Fooled Again" I challenge anyone to come up with a true rock and roll song stronger than the live recording of Highway Star from Deep Purple's Made in Japan album.

Posted by T Sullivan on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 00:11am


how are they not in?

Posted by evan on Tuesday, 08.5.08 @ 14:11pm


A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without DEEP PURPLE is just insane! In the field of HEAVY ROCK there was no one better than DEEP PURPLE. It's as sad as the ice melting away from Greenland.

Posted by tony ward on Sunday, 08.17.08 @ 14:36pm


what bs, deep purple should have been inducted back in '93.

Posted by Bill on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 10:53am


let them in purple is one of the best rock band ever

Posted by Alex Pozarski on Friday, 08.29.08 @ 15:22pm


Deep Purple are still not in? That's plain dumb.

Posted by Bruce on Sunday, 09.7.08 @ 12:52pm


I don't think Blackmore,gillan,glover,lord and paice could care less about the"rock and roll hall of fame" what's it going to do for them now?
they have become one of the biggest bands of all time without all that crap,and as gillan said not so long ago, We started as an underground band and we have come full circle.

Posted by alan greene on Wednesday, 09.17.08 @ 14:55pm


I think John Lord once said in an interview that being held in high regard by his fellow musicians is a much better legacy than any hall of fame.

Honestly, how much credibility does a rock and roll hall of fame have when it puts rap and disco (non music let alone rock n roll!) on the ballot instead of Stevie Ray Vaughn? Like him or not he changed the face of American music.

I will continue to support Deep Purple by buying the Cd's and going to concerts. Paying money to have a timed visit in the hall of lame doesn't keep music alive!

I'm sure my children will be complaining when they decide to admit crap like NIN and Marilyn Manson in 15 years.....

Posted by Sean O on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 19:41pm


I think John Lord once said in an interview that being held in high regard by his fellow musicians is a much better legacy than any hall of fame.

Honestly, how much credibility does a rock and roll hall of fame have when it puts rap and disco (non music let alone rock n roll!) on the ballot instead of Stevie Ray Vaughn? Like him or not he changed the face of American music.

I will continue to support Deep Purple by buying the Cd's and going to concerts. Paying money to have a timed visit in the hall of lame doesn't keep music alive!

I'm sure my children will be complaining when they decide to admit crap like NIN and Marilyn Manson in 15 years.....


Posted by Sean O on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 19:41pm
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I fail to see how NIN/Marilyn have anything to due w/Deep Purple getting in. Are you suggesting that all three are crap?

Both will be eligible in less than 15 yrs. Now I'm not the biggest NIN/Marilyn fan, but I can't see the lack of Purple affecting their chances.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 19:51pm


My NIN/MM comment was to illustrate the fact that the HOF will still be allowing crap bands in that don't really do anything groundbreaking or original but are based upon popularity in the US market.

Posted by Sean O on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 20:01pm


You realize that you're saying that Nine Inch Nails, the single most acclaimed and popular artist of industrial music, are somehow less groundbreaking than Deep Purple, who have always sat in the shadow of Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath? My God, that is a truly ignorant statement to make, that Nine Inch Nails (who led, popularized and arguably created an entire genre) are somehow not groundbreaking.

Posted by MBI on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 20:20pm


I fail to see how music pasted together on a computer by one man without a real band is groundbreaking. Ministry developed the sound long before NIN came out and did it with people instead of a computer. Sampling and altering sounds with a machine then hiring a band isn't the same as jamming and creating to me.

Once again popularity and groundbreaking are being confused.

Posted by Sean O on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 04:36am


"I fail to see how music pasted together on a computer by one man without a real band is groundbreaking."

You mean, you fail to see how not doing things the same way as everyone else did it for the past forty years is groundbreaking?

Posted by MBI on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 07:44am


simply an appalling omission from the Hall. Incredible musicianship. I saw them live in 1972 in Germany and they were magnificent.

Posted by TimO on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:57pm


I live in Cleveland and will never go to HOF because it is a joke. It is unbelievable to me to see the list of so-called artists who get in while the most amazing group of musicians ever assembled gets passed up year after year. Deep Purple does not need the Hall anyway. Their music is reward enough for me.

Posted by Boolad on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 16:10pm


Sean O -

I do think Purple should be in, cause they've definitely done enough. They did affect two genres at once (metal and prog) in the early 70's. That being said, NIN is an excellent example of future technology being put to use in a rock context. They weren't the first, but they were the first to figure out how to translate the underground industrial sound into something that could gain play on FM radio. If you put any value in commercial sales they have it there as well. I'll say our personal opinions differ somewhat, but they do definitely belong in the Hall when their time comes.

As for Marilyn... that's an iffy affair, I'll just say.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 17:13pm


I can't see how they call themselves the Rock N' Roll hall of fame, and havn't inducted Deep Purple.

Other forgotten bands include:
Jethro Tull
Alice Cooper
Kiss
Stevie Ray Vaughn
The Moody Blues
Cheap Trick
Thin Lizzy
Rush

and more

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 06:24am


"I can't see how they call themselves the Rock N' Roll hall of fame, and havn't inducted Deep Purple."
Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 06:24am

Agreed,and considering the influence on rock music guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has had on many well KNOWN artists of many diverse genres,compounded with Smoke on the Water being what most aspiring rock guitarists first long on guitar I think they more then qualify.
It's ridiculous they're not in the RRHOF.

Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 10:37am


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are too good to be missing from something called the rock and roll hall of fame. They should have been inducted in 1993 when they first became eligible.

But now that I think about it, with all the crap that's gone in before them (Little Anthony and the Imperials for example), it doesn't really seem important anymore.

Cheers!

Posted by Kelly on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 17:16pm


Kelly, Little Anthony & The Imperials haven't been inducted. At least not at the moment I'm writing this

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 17:58pm


DEEP PURPLE SHOULD HAVE MADE IT >in< BY NOW!

Posted by Rainbow Whitesnake on Tuesday, 09.30.08 @ 15:49pm


Deep Purple were just as influential as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin in the history of Rock Music. The day Deep Purple are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be the day that the R&R Hall of Fame will truly be legitimized.
"Smoke on the Water" alone should be enough. In view of the fact that some of the inductees who have had less influence or none at all in Rock music, brings to mind that it is all political. Sad state

Posted by Jack on Monday, 10.6.08 @ 10:43am


"Deep Purple were just as influential as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin in the history of Rock Music."

Not in the least.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 10.6.08 @ 11:23am


THERE IS NO ONE ELSE IN ROCK, LIKE DEEP PURPLE.

MAYBE IF THEY WERE MORE INFLUENTIAL, MODERN ROCK WOULDN'T BE SO LAME!!!

Posted by MIKE on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 10:20am


It's crazy that Deep Purple are not in.

I saw them live three times between 1971 and 1973 and they were always stunning. Best live band ever, and I saw them all.

Then there's all the great albums (In Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are!, Made In Japan, Perfect Strangers), and the hit songs, plus that most famous riff from Smoke On the Water.

One of the best bands of all time.

Posted by Carl on Wednesday, 10.8.08 @ 10:33am


Deep Purple are one of the best bands ever!!!

I agree with Tim, it's simply an appalling omission from the RaRHoF.

Posted by Dan on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 13:18pm


deep purple - the last great rock and roll band.

Posted by Mark on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 10:11am


Mark - the world's biggest moron.

Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 10:16am


Mark - the world's biggest moron.

Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 10:16am

Hi I am new to posting..I find this statrment mean from Liam .Also I like Deep Purple..Even if I did not talk like that is shameful


Posted by Gigi 2 on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 10:55am


Gigi, that is just Liam's way of saying (I Love You).

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 06:29am


A rock music hall of fame without Deep Purple lacks total credibility.

Posted by Vince on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 10:43am


I don't know if Deep Purple have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. If not, they certainly deserve it when so many bands revere them as a major influence.

Posted by Tori on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 18:03pm


oh my god, why??? why are they still not yet inducted???

Posted by akatsuki on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 05:10am


The greatest band not in the R&RHoF. Deep Purple deserve it for giving us Smoke on the Water, if nothing else. It's the Johnny B. Goode of 70's rock. If they had written only Smoke on the Water, for the sheer number of kids who played their first notes to SOTW, these guys should be in. Add to that "Made In Japan," probably the greatest live album ever, and there's the five star albums IN ROCK, FIREBALL and MACHINE HEAD and classics like Hush, Highway Star, Woman From Tokyo, Black Night, Fireball, Strange Kind Of Woman, Perfect Strangers, etc.

I'm trying to think of a band with a better lineup in rock history. Founding members Jon Lord was a monster on the organ (and keyboards) and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was the best at his craft. Then the great vocals from Ian Gillan (also the voice of Jesus, in Jesus Christ Superstar). And let us not forget the rhythm section of Roger Glover on bass and Ian Paice on drums probably the most underrated pair...and they're still going strong.

Long Live Deep Purple.

Posted by Richard on Friday, 10.17.08 @ 15:38pm


Recently I was told Deep Purple were not in the rock and roll hall of fame, and I said, "there's a rock and roll hall of fame???"

I will say that Deep Purple have always been my favorite rock band, and I could care less if they aren't in someone's made up hall of fame. Leave that kind of crap to sports, where's it's about statistics.

Posted by Al on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 10:35am


Deep Purple should have been inducted into the hall of fame back in 1993. They are a musical force that have sold over 120 million albums, and without being a sell out.

Posted by heavymetalman on Thursday, 10.23.08 @ 10:13am


Liam,why don't you shut your overlarge gutter-odour,maggot infested,crap filled,blank-ended, stupid mouth and go DIE if you know NOTHING about the band? I suppose you'll be among the I Love Britney Idiots...why don't you make one song of that caliber..maybe I'll care then if you've be run over by some truck...

Posted by Kill Yerself on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 10:06am


DEEP PURPLE
Yes
The Moody Blues
Jethro Tull
ELO
Rush
Steve Miller
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Procol Harum

...and the list goes on. The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame means zero without Deep Purple and all the other greats ignored.

Posted by Kurt on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 10:36am


Kurt...

Rush
Styx
Sky Liners
Yes
Iron Maiden
Cheap Trick


The hall has Led Zeppelin, Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix Experience (list gos on and on). Deep Purple is pretty awesome but compared to some of the bands I list above, no the rock hall is something without Deep Purple.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 10.29.08 @ 15:36pm


Deep Purple are legendary. Over 120 million albums sold, so why the heck are they being left out is beyond me.

In the late 70's, the first wave of heavy metal bands sounded a lot closer to the vintage Deep Purple sound, than either Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin.

Posted by Abe on Sunday, 11.2.08 @ 15:21pm


Liam, u should go and headbutt a knife! DEEP PURPLE IS THE GREATEST BAND EVER!!! I dislike Led Zepelin a lot...I find them boring!

Posted by hate lz love deep purple on Monday, 11.10.08 @ 23:43pm


Deep Purple deserves to be inducted.

Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 11.19.08 @ 10:35am


I guess you'd have to induct them at some point, if only for "Smoke on the Water". After all, they were pioneers of the heavy metal sound and they did write some great classic tunes ("Child in Time" comes to mind) but I still think they're quite tacky rock dinosaurs. I guess that's why they were snubbed so far.

Posted by denyo on Wednesday, 11.19.08 @ 11:45am


One of the best rock bands ever, so of course Deep Purple are hall of fame caliber. In fact most great bands (like Deep Purple) are bigger than the RARHOF itself. I think they've sold over 100 million albums, maybe more, so they don't need praise from losers running a hall of fame for rock music, or is it pop music. In fact, I don't want Deep Purple and Madonna part of the same club.

over N out

Posted by Tom on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 16:16pm


I saw Deep Purple live 5 times between 1970 and 1973 and they were always stunning. F#%kin' unreal. Probably the best live band that rock music ever produced.

Pete

Posted by Pete on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 14:12pm


Liam. Go f##k urself. U have absolutely no taste in music. Deep Purple is the best band ever!

Posted by Abandoned on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 18:46pm


No extra words. just YES! YES! YES! GREATEST BAND, GREATEST MUSICIANS, GREATEST SONGS!

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 20:29pm


One of the most influential bands in the history! Can't wait till the 'Rolling Stone' douche bags will find some balls to induct good bands!

Posted by Wizard1980 on Monday, 12.22.08 @ 02:42am


MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY OUT THERE!

I'll catch up w/everyone in a bit.


Happy Holidays!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 16:59pm


How is it possible that DEEP PURPLE hasn't been inducted yet??!!

Posted by Highway Star on Thursday, 12.25.08 @ 13:54pm


To name a few bands with huge followers on Earth:

Led Zep, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Cream, Queen, Yes, Jimmy Hendrix group, Eric Clapton group, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Johnny Winter group, Jeff Beck group, Jetro Tull, Grand Funk, Peter Frampton group, ACDC, Rolling Stone, etc..

Honestly, these names suit the criteria to be included in the list of Hall of Fame. Thank you.

Posted by fauzi on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 14:11pm


Greatest Guitar Riffs:

1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
2. Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
3. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
4. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
5. Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
6. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
7. Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N' Roses
8. Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
9. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
10. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
11. Doctor, Doctor - UFO
12. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
13. Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
14. Back In Black - AC/DC
15. Wild Thing - The Troggs
16. Wipeout - The Surfaris
17. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
18. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
19. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
20. In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly

Posted by Smokey Water on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 14:37pm


Smokey Water, now you've done it!! Created another of those lists that'll be sure to initiate another brawl. I agree with that list for the most part but I'm sure someone will come along and say something like "What?! No Iron Man by Black Sabbath?" mark my words.

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 14:46pm


Keebord, you are prescient (able to discern things before they happen) cause I myself was going to suggest "Iron Man." I like his list, but Smokey needs to add the following:
* Rumble (cause its topical?)
* Iron Man (talkin bout power chords!)
* Day Tripper (dude gotta have Beatles)
* Walk Don;t Run (cause mrxyz likes surf sounds)
This now is a more definitive list.

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 18:51pm


Smokey Water, now you've done it!! Created another of those lists that'll be sure to initiate another brawl. I agree with that list for the most part but I'm sure someone will come along and say something like "What?! No Iron Man by Black Sabbath?" mark my words.

Posted by Keebord on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 14:46pm
--------------------------------------------------

WWWWWHHHHHAAAAATTTTT !!!!!

NO IRON MAN by SABBATH !!!!!









how dare ye?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 05:36am


Hmmm !!! What does all the songs on Smokey Waters list have in common ??? They're all Top 40 hits . What about some great riffs that are not Top 40. Such as Larry Carlton's riff on Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne".

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 17:32pm


Most of the songs on his list are Top 40 songs. Not all of them.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 17:34pm


Induct all !!
chic,gnr,run dmc, the backstreet boys,50 cent,dr.dre,motley crue,ratt,britney spears,the jonas brothers.induct all of them.they are very worthy and it would be a joke if you dont induct them all!(i'm being sarcastic)

Posted by S.R on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 22:00pm


chic,gnr,run dmc, the backstreet boys,50 cent,dr.dre,motley crue,ratt,britney spears,the jonas brothers.induct all of them.they are very worthy and it would be a joke if you dont induct them all! S.R. (he jokes)

They should close the doors forever if 50 Cent and Basckstreet Boys don't get in. (lol) They can burn the place down and throw away the keys - all that stuff.

Posted by Worm on Wednesday, 12.31.08 @ 11:57am


So Madonna probably the worst "artist" and I use the term usually in the history of popular "music" gets in yet deep purple and rush are left out?The RnR hof is a damn joke.

Posted by Will on Saturday, 01.3.09 @ 17:45pm


Deep Purple are one of the best bands ever, and as someone pointed out earlier, they're more "rock and roll" than most of the artists in the rock and roll hall of fame. The world gets dumber and dumber.

Posted by Rusty on Monday, 01.12.09 @ 14:02pm


ONE of the best bands not inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame. It drops the halls credibility quite a bit in my opinion.

Posted by Craig on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 10:40am


First of all, Deep Purple are borderline. But then, so are most of the B-listers that have been inducted during the last ten years. And, let's face it, all the A-listers are pretty much already in, at least until Nirvana, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, et. all become eligible.

But, since the hall is in the process of choosing the "best of the B-listers" right now, Deep Purple should be in over some of the ones who already are. (I'm thinking Jackson Browne, Bee Gees, Pretenders, Dusty Springfield, maybe even AC/DC....)

They may be not have been the pioneers that Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were (and it took forever for Sab to finally be recognized), but they had some of the best players ever, especially the Mark II lineup. They also bridged the genres of metal and prog-rock in a way no one before them had done, paving the way for later groups like Rush, Styx, Kansas, etc.

I will also reiterate the comments made about the most recognizable rock riff ever played, Smoke On The Water. If Percy Sledge could get in on the strength of one song......

Posted by Mike on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 20:00pm


If you played the "Smoke on the Water" riff in a room full of teens who only like rap crap, 9/10 would recognize it (Trust me, I've done this).

Doesn't that mean ANYTHING?!?!

Posted by J on Sunday, 01.25.09 @ 22:51pm


"And, let's face it, all the A-listers are pretty much already in, at least until Nirvana, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, et. all become eligible."

Those are A-listers LOL. Don't insult Deep Purple by suggesting those pathetic hacks should be placed in before them.

Posted by Randy on Sunday, 01.25.09 @ 23:48pm


Deep Purple are A-list.

Americans don't have a clue about Purple's musical importance.

Posted by Dave on Monday, 01.26.09 @ 11:50am


Dave...you are dead wrong on that assumption, and you don't win the grand prize...which would be to come here and talk to the RIGHT people!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 01.26.09 @ 14:12pm


J...it doesn't seem to mean anything to the people who have anointed themselves "the final word"...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 01.26.09 @ 14:15pm


I dont know if Deep Purple are hall of fame worthy but they're by far my favorite rock group.

Posted by THZ on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 10:08am


I think Americans do have a clue about Deep Purple and their musical importance, but it's the media that seems clueless.

Deep Purple mk2 (Gillan, Blackmore, Lord, Glover & Paice) are one of the best bands in rock music history with MK3 not far behind. I saw them five times between 1971 and 1973 with MK2 and they were amazing and blew everybody away. Fans and bands alike.

It's crazy if Deep Purple are not in the hall of fame, in my opinion.

Sam

Posted by Sam on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 09:37am


In 1972, Deep Purple were one of my favorite bands in high school, and all these years later they are the one ancient band I still follow.

Why?

Because Deep Purple's music is still entertaining even without Blackmore, or Lord for that matter. I've got no clue why Deep Purple wouldn't be in the rock hall of fame.

Mind you, I do not lose sleep over this. If you think about it, if someone else started the rock hall of fame, Deep Purple would probably be in.

Posted by Ben on Wednesday, 02.4.09 @ 15:47pm


If Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath made it in, Deep Purple certainly should.

Robert

Posted by Robert on Monday, 02.9.09 @ 10:37am


deep purple should have been inducted years ago.

Posted by Benny on Monday, 02.23.09 @ 18:24pm


Deep Purple are legendary.
Deep Purple have a sense of humor.
Deep Purple have so many classic songs.






ps: I wonder if Ian G. still has my bra? XOXO

Posted by Deanna on Tuesday, 03.3.09 @ 12:07pm


All of the posters above that mentioned seeing Deep Purple live, really were in for a treat. I went to a Rod Steward/Faces concert in 1971 in Philadelphia at the Spectrum just to see Deep Purple. I really wasn't a big Rod Stewart fan and I honestly can't understand how Rod had the balls to go on stage after these 5 musical geniuses blew out the sound system at the Spectrum. Stewart and the Faces sounded like guys playing tin cans after the sonic assault Purple put on those poor luded out glam fans that came to see Rod.

It was as heavy as heavy can be. Saw Sabbath around the same time and there was no comparison. Sabbath was a plodding truck, whereas the Purple were a starship. Speed rock, acid rock, rock n roll, classical, they played all styles but merged it together to create their own inspirational live sound.

I think other than attending Pink Floyd shows during the same era, this was the only other time I ever was able to have a rock band alter my sense of reality to the level where I felt I was being shot through space and time at the speed of light. This music totally freed me from the confides of body and sense of being in a seat at a concert.

Blackmore's playing was masterful. His tone was thick and fuzzy. His ability to finger bend and use the vibrato bar was Hendrixian.

Only Gillan's singing at times brought the band back to earth, but the instrumentals were pyro-active. I know fans at that time loved Keith Emerson, but Jon Lord had that Hammond screaming as well as Keith could.

Gillan, Lord and Blackmore were not only great sounding musically but they put on a great show. Blackmore was an athletic guitarist who worked his ass off on stage. Gillan killed his vocal chords while Lord played cathedral sounding chords and rolled his Hammond from side to side. All very dramatic stuff.

Best music I ever heard live in '71

Deep Purple
The Who
Pink Floyd
Spirit
Humble Pie
Procol Harum
The James Gang
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Mountain

A great time to be a 17 year old that loved to listen to rock.

Posted by Ed on Friday, 03.6.09 @ 12:49pm


Forgot about the Chicago show I saw in Summer '71 outdoors in the round in New Hope PA with a revolving stage under a tent. Terry Kath, GD bless you, you were one amazing player on that Strat. I believe Hendrix once said you were a better guitarist than he was, and he thought of himself as better damn good.

Posted by Ed on Tuesday, 03.24.09 @ 19:17pm


Of Course they need a place in the hall of fame! Why? For starters, chcek out all those great live shows they did between 1968-1976! Never a dull moment. By the way, I'd love to hear from people who saw them live in the 60s/70s for a book project. Does Mark Glew (comment above) rememeber where/when he saw them with 'Big Brother'? Or if Carl, Pete, Sam, Ed who left comments above (or anybody else) would like to get in touch.... contact me through my website: www.deep-purple-ticketmuseum.co.uk

Posted by tonny on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 03:21am




I love Deep Purple. Best hard rock band of them all, and one of the most talented too.

Posted by Will on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 09:55am


Tonny: You Purple site is very cool. I started listening to Deep Purple seriously around 1970. A buddy of mine had "In Rock" on vynyl and we listened to it at his house.

It was such hard rocking, fast pounding music. I don't think at that time there was anything to compare it to. "Child In Time" really impressed me.

Within a year of listening to "In Rock" "Fireball" came out and Deep Purple were touring with Rod Stewart and the Faces. The Faces were the headliner at that show and it was 1971. You couldn't have had a more different audience for the Faces than for Deep Purple. I think I must have been the only person there that was into Deep Purple. It was a crowd of teeny-boopers and pseudo-glam teenagers that were into the Rod Stewart scence. A very dressed up crowd. Pseudo hippies like stood out like a sore thumb at this concert.

For some reason I think Deep Purple sensed the overall lack of support for their music in this kind of crowd and it really jacked them up. They played very loud and very psychedelic. The solo's in "Child In Time" were very extended.

I was very altered at the show so I can't remember the songs they played other than "Speed King", "Child In Time", "Fireball" and "The Mule". I do remember Blackmore was dressed in black and was playing a black guitar. He was using the vibrato bar in every solo and was making that sliding down the fretboard sound like crazy. At one point I remember during one of his solo's they turned on a strobe light and he was playing as distorted as he could with as much feeling as he could squeeze out of the guitar.

To this day I'll never forget that the guy sitting next to me during that point in the show who was just as altered as I was said "this music is evil". I didn't take his comment seriously but I think he was having a moment of doubt as to his sanity listening to those blistering solo's.

Thats my Deep Purple concert story.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 03.25.09 @ 16:24pm


Deep Purple: Past, present and future rock legends.

Posted by Kim on Tuesday, 03.31.09 @ 09:40am


Having a "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" and not include Deep Purple, is fuc*ing crazy!

Posted by Mike on Monday, 04.13.09 @ 10:40am


In an e-mail I received from Dave Marsh; one of the stronger votes on the Hall of Fame nominating committee; he states and I quote "Deep Purple had a few good records, that one great single (and maybe “Hush” or something like that), but I don’t think enough to merit inclusion in the hall of fame."

Enough said - this Hall of Fame could give a crap about influence, innovation or perpetuation of the artform. All they care about is their own bloated egos and how they are bigger than the music.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 04.13.09 @ 13:43pm


Dave Marsh is, of course, one of the stupidest human beings to ever walked the face of the earth. The Roger Ebert of music if you will (and anyone who doesn't realize what an insult that is can't be sane). Seriously, every last word he has written is pure sewage. The fact that this moron has any say in what is and isn't "cool" symbolizes all that is wrong with post-World War II America.

Posted by Randy on Tuesday, 04.14.09 @ 18:53pm


Deep Purple, along with Led Zeppelin were 2 of the best English rock bands of the 70's that had huge success in America. Zeppelin for whatever reason achieved more commercial success than Deep Purple, but Deep Purple certainly had their share of hits, especially albums. They were not a singles band.

I don't have much respect for Dave Marsh to not consider Deep Purple one of the eminent hard rock bands. Musically speaking they were all great solo'ists.

Is Jimmy Page a better rock guitarist than Richie Blackmore? Its a difficult question but as a technician I personally think that Blackmore is the more superior musician. There is no one in Zeppelin on keyboards remotely compariable to Jon Lord. Ian Paice is a fine drummer. John Bonham probably could be considered even better. Over the years Robert Plants vocals have held up better than Gillan's but for the first couple of years he was in Purple I would take his singing over Robert Plant's anyday. Who knows about the bassists as neither played a big role in the sound of the bands.

I'm not saying that Deep Purple produced a better catalog of music than Led Zep, but I think at their peak if you heard both bands play on stage live that Deep Purple's musicianship and showmanship would have probably trumped Zep's.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 15:44pm


-Influential
-Ground Breaking- pioneered "neo Classical" rock
-Greatest Live album (Made In Japan)
-Over 100 million albums sold
-Ian Gillan was chosen as "JESUS" in Jesus Christ Superstar
-Headlined California Jam
-Most Recognised guitar riff (Smoke on the water)
-Gifted musicians
-Pioneered long improvised jamming live.
-Pioneered "call & response" with guitars,vocals,keyboards live.
-Fans include the Russian Presidant
-1st band to perform a group & orchestra
-Pioneered what is today known as heavy metal
-One of the 1st "screamer" singers & showman guitarists.
-etc etc etc

Posted by Charbel Scoulou on Friday, 04.17.09 @ 23:35pm


Deep Purple have sold over 150 million Albums & Influenced more bands than I can think Of.

Posted by Saman Freemason on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 01:24am


Deep Purple are the greatest band ever !!!

Posted by Jan on Monday, 04.20.09 @ 07:05am


Here is something interesting for you, The song " Child in Time " is a rip from the song " Bombay Calling " by the Orkustra whom Manson family member Bobby Beausoleil was a member of recorded in 66/67 and Later recorded by " Its A Beautiful Day " in 68..
Have a listen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAJoAO88Bdk

Posted by A.R. on Tuesday, 04.21.09 @ 21:55pm


My favorite band of all time is Deep Purple. Machine Head is arguably one of the greatest albums of all time. All of Deep Purple's first three machs were amazing. A band whose influence can be seen every where in the world rock, espeicially most of the metal bands that came after them. I can think of countless great songs by this band "Hush", "Black Night", "Smoke on the Water", "Fireball"( the first speed metal song also), "Burn", "Stormbringer", "Highwayar"( my favorite song of all time), etc. Whether fronted by Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, or David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes this band has always had great vocals, even on the album with Joe Lynn Turner. Jon Lord was the first man, in my opinion, to make organs and keyboards sound just as heavy Ritchie Blackmore's guitar playing. Roger Glover showcase that a bass cold play a solo( ex. "Pictures of Home", "Fireball") and if you need to know how good Ian Paice is just listen to "The Mule". Everyone in the band was a virtuoso and I don't know any band that could that tight live. Showcased in Made in Japan I'm refering to of course. It's a shame they have not been inducted yet because they were one of the greatest heavy metal/ hard rock bands of all time. P.S. I miss spelled "Highway Star" up top and could not figure out how to add it in, so please ignore the type-o.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 04.22.09 @ 14:11pm


I have heard the Its A Beautiful Day recording "Bombay Calling" and "Child In Time" is for most of the song, a note for note copy.

Blackmore's guitar work in "Child In Time" is fabulous. That is one hell of a solo!

Posted by ed on Thursday, 04.23.09 @ 18:04pm


Not to many people know that ED. It's A Beautiful Day, in turn used some of Purple's " riffs " in one of their songs..
Blackmore is ( I really do not want to say the word genius, ) brilliant.. but his ego was a little to big for him.

Posted by A.R. on Thursday, 04.23.09 @ 20:07pm


I feel it's time for Deep Purple to get nominated. Everybody knows "Smoke on the Water," some even know "Child In Time" or "Highway Star" maybe even "Hush." However, check out "April," "Fireball" or their entire Deep Purple In Rock album. The group is definitly worthy of induction. Jon Lord is a brilliant keyboardist, Ritchie Blackmore is one of the last great classic rock guitarists who has yet to be inducted.

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 04.30.09 @ 13:16pm


Joe you are a complete moron who writes like an illiterate retard

Posted by goob on Thursday, 04.30.09 @ 18:58pm


Deep Purple are #1 in my book. A band that's put out a great album in five different decades, must be a hall of fame band.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 05.5.09 @ 09:42am


If you look at some of the old Youtube stuff of Deep Purple performing live in the late 60's and early 70's Blackmore was just a flaming hot scorching rock guitar player.

He was fast, he bent the notes as well as anyone and his style was unique to him. He wrote great solo's that any young guitarist would love to cover.

I'm sure he's an egoist. Some of that is the performer in him.

Posted by Ed on Friday, 05.15.09 @ 16:13pm


So what!!! Purple is Purple even though not enough forum for induction, I don't care. They are such a great band with beautiful guitar works, keyboard duel, original drum style, nice bass lines and of course the vocal screaming. This is based on earlier albums like mark II and subsequent albums before Ritchie left in the mid-70s. The rest could not match these.Only history will tell our children.

Posted by emisar on Sunday, 06.7.09 @ 09:14am


Deep Purple have enough of the criteria to be inducted by.

1. They influenced bands like Metallica, Dream Theater, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, etc.

2. Have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

3. Showed originally by changing thier sytle from progressive(mark 1) to becoming heavy metal pioneers(mark 2) and even experimented with bluesier numbers(mark 3).

4. Gave birth to bands like Rainbow, Whitesnake, and Captain Beyond.

5. Basically invented speed metal.

6. Has songs that have held up on radio like "Highway Star", "Smoke on the Water", "Hush", "My Woman From Tokyo", "Burn", etc.

The Rock and Roll hall of Shame are idiots to ignore criteria like that.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.7.09 @ 11:17am


Only 1 & 5 (maybe 3 as well) count as criteria for the Hall of Fame. You know, influence & innovation. Those are the only ones that tell you something about the historical relevance of a band. But to be honest, 1 & 5 alone should have been enough to get them in. That they're not, is a travesty.

Posted by The_Claw on Sunday, 06.7.09 @ 11:26am


This might be the first time I have ever agreed with you Claw. This band did so much and it's truely disgraceful that they are not in. And as far as I'm concerned they are the most worthly band not to have been inducted(keep in mind my opinion).

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.7.09 @ 11:37am


There are a LOT of acts that should be in. So many, it really does seem ludicrous to purposely limit the number of nominees to 9 and the inductees to 5. Seriously, since when has rock'n'roll been about working 9 to 5? *rimshot*

Seriously though, if you look at the list of Previously Considered artists on this site, there are 109 names that have been considered, but not nominated, plus there are 30 nominees that haven't made it in yet. And of those 139, I'd say at least 125 of them you could really make a good argument for; and only a handful I would absolutely say no to. Luckily, Deep Purple has been considered, so there may still be hope.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 06.7.09 @ 11:54am


This reminds me that how much I miss Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore not being in the band any more. I'm gald to see Ritchie's happy playing folk-medieval music, but I want to see him out there playing loud rock n roll. Don Airey played on some good Rainbow songs, yet it's not the same without Jon.

I wouldn't mind seeing Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale doing something with the band either. Maybe mark 3 and mark 2 could go on tour together.

Chances are that's not going to happen, yet who knows. Anything can happen.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.7.09 @ 12:59pm


Deep Purple in their heyday were a great "riff" band. Riffs such as "Smoke On the Water", "Woman From Tokyo", "Highway Star", "Space Truckin'" are just as memorable as the riffs in "Day Tripper", "Satisfaction" and "Whole Lotta Love".

"In Rock" and "Machine Head" stand up to any Led Zeppelin or Cream albums, and those bands even by RHOF "standards" are considered personna gratis to the hard rock contingent in the RHOF.

Most of Purple's music from the early seventies is un-shackled musical freedom. Its sexual with lots of climaxes. The instrumentation and vocals are pure high energy speed riffs.

If you rock, you purple.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 06.10.09 @ 18:21pm


Deep Purple are rock heavyweights. In fact, they're one of the last "major" bands from the classic rock era who still hasn't been inducted. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Aerosmith are all in, and if they can get in, so should Deep Purple. I would definately like to see them get nominated this year.

Posted by Deepest Purple123 on Wednesday, 06.10.09 @ 18:22pm


Not having DEEP PURPLE in the RaRHoF is lame.

But now that I think about it, having a hall of fame for rock and roll is pretty lame. And even more lame is having disco/pop crap like Madonna in the RaRHoF. The world is f**kin' nuts.

Posted by William on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 10:22am


Black Sabbath and Aerosmith RHOF and not Deep Purple. I said it before Sabbath were plodder's, Purple were race cars. Aerosmith is a totally different genre.

I just don't understand why Richie Blackmore isn't more liked by the rock media. Some of his solo's are just as good as Hendrix, Beck, Page, Clapton, Peter Green and Santana. He is very overlooked by the rock establishment.

I think maybe it is because he never did blues or jazz like the other's did? His playing was so influenced by classical, but then again so is Van Halen and he didn't do jazz or blues, did he?

Posted by ed on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 18:04pm


I like how you mentioned Peter Green in your comment Ed. In fact, I believe Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac was pretty underrated. Listen to a song from that lineup called "The Green Manalishi"

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 18:14pm


If I'm right Judas Priest covered "The Green Manalishi" on Hell Bent for Leather.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 19:13pm


My personal, favorite top 20 Deep Purple:
1. "Highway Star"
2. "Burn"
3. "Child in Time"
4. "Hush"(Joe South cover)
5. "Fireball"
6. "My Women from Tokyo"
7. "Stormbringer"
8. "April"
9. "Space Truckin'"
10. "When a Blind Man Cries"
11. "Smoke on the Water"
12. "Black Night"
13. "Mistreated"
14. "Never Before"
15. "The Mule
16. "Speed King"
17. "Strange Kind of Woman"
18. "Knocking at Your Back Door"
19. "Lazy"
20. "No One Came"
There are so many other great songs this band did, but this is just 20 of them.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 19:58pm


Nice picks Dude Man. I especially like your inclusion of the song "April." That song doesn't get the respect it deserves

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 20:33pm


"April" doesn't get the respect it deserves and other than "Hush" America never really got in touch with Rod Evans and Nick Simper era Purple.

People forget that before Deep Purple were a pioneering heavy metal band they were a great progressive-rock band.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 20:45pm


Like I said before, the album Deep Purple In Rock is perhaps one of the best of it's genre.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 20:50pm


Deep Purple are way overdo

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll get nominated this year

Posted by Bingo on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 20:51pm


Deep Purple In Rock marked there transition to a heavy metal band and I agree is one of the greatest albums in its history.

Agreed again Bingo, they have influence and innovation, so why aren't they in? It is completely overdue and I feel that the hall should be ashamed for this travesty.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 21:31pm


The absence of Deep Purple is a crime, an absurd, awful!!! A mega-band that sold more 130 million albums, a legend of rock, an eternal influence of rock. Deep Purple has 41 (forty one)years of wonderful music!! Those omission must be finished!! Many bands of rock and roll don´t deserve this induction before of a tribute to the Purple!!!

Posted by Willy on Sunday, 06.21.09 @ 17:36pm


Deep Purple still haven't been inducted?

A crime.

Clearly someone at the RARHOF doesn't love hard rock.

Posted by Janet on Monday, 06.22.09 @ 10:47am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y5-kiwNp0I

Nothing needs to be said. Just let Deep Purple in already.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 06.23.09 @ 09:12am


I was doing some research and this is just a small list of some of the acts that have covered Deep Purple:

-Dream Theater
-Tesla
-Faith No More
-Metallica(Kirk has covered part of the "Mistreated" solo live)
-Type O Negative
-Yngwie Malmsteen
-Pat Boone
-Bruce Dickinson
-Cactus Jack
-Overkill
-Ministry
-Metal Church
-Riot
-Alter Bridge(live)

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 06.24.09 @ 18:59pm


There is a petition going online to get Deep Purple inducted:

http://www.petitiononline.com/adpttra1/petition.html

Posted by Garvey on Thursday, 07.9.09 @ 18:05pm


till today i had never bothered to check if deep Purp were on the induction list since i had assumed that they will be ........... now i know that they weren't well ..... and now i realised HOF is then all bullshit ........ and now i dont care if my fav band soundgarden gets inducted here or not cause it is crystal clear that this hall of fame thing is all lame

Posted by K K on Tuesday, 07.14.09 @ 23:31pm


Anyone else know that Jon Lord played organ on The Kinks debut album?

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 08.2.09 @ 18:31pm


I agree K K,

DP not in the RARHOF is BS.

M

Posted by M on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 13:16pm


stop the madness...

let deep purple in already!!!

* hit songs in three different decades.
* made in japan - the best live album ever.
* countless classic albums.
* one of the three pioneers of heavy metal.
* the most famous riff in rock music.
* one of the most talented bands of all time.
* over 100 million albums sold.

...and so on and so on.

Posted by Willie on Wednesday, 08.19.09 @ 10:16am


Here's my Royism for the day (don't know if anyone got that?)

Deep Purple currently have the highest fan approval on this site

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 08.27.09 @ 06:48am


Come on Deep purlpe deserves a place in the rock hall of fame with their long life contribution to the hard rock music. Cosidering that after their split up in the mid 70s and an impressive come back album 'Perfect Strangers' after ten years of inactivity.
One should also consider all the bands that were created around the members of this highly resourceful band such as: Whitesnake, Rainbow, IGB, Dio, Blackmore's Knight and the list can go on.

Posted by Joseph Abela on Thursday, 09.10.09 @ 10:58am


Joseph, you forgot to mention Captain Beyond. One of the great space rock bands of the '70s.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 09.10.09 @ 12:36pm


I've still got my fingers crossed on Deep Purple getting nominated

Posted by Milestones on Saturday, 09.12.09 @ 13:22pm


It is shocking they're not in. They're one of the best bands of all time.

It's time Deep Purple were nominated.

Thanks.

Posted by Lonnie on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 10:18am


I've given up all hope for Deep Purple's induction. If Lars Ulrich couldn't help Deep Purple's chances than nothing will.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 13:58pm


I wouldn't worry too much. I mean, they did nominated KISS and Genesis (at the same time!) something that seemed highly unlikely , so I think Deep Purple will get in someday

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 18:36pm


Highest Fan Approval

1. Deep Purple 93.73% (1610 votes)
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan 92.57% (8723 votes)
3. The Moody Blues 92.16% (1671 votes)
4. Alice Cooper 91.97% (2093 votes)
5. Dire Straits 90.17% (1109 votes)
6. Jethro Tull 89.22% (1465 votes)
7. Genesis 88.30% (1351 votes)
8. RHCP 87.96% (7308 votes)
9. Yes 87.91% (1266 votes)
10. ELO 87.90% (1215 votes)

Anybody else notice that 5 out of the 10 are prog acts and one kind of prog act?

Posted by Milestones on Tuesday, 09.29.09 @ 16:11pm


Deep Purple are not in the R&RHOF????????

This exposes the total lack of credibility of that organization.


Posted by chuck on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 10:22am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn1sUIs5yeE&feature=related

This is interesting. New headline "Extra, extra. Read all about it. "Smoke on the Water" a Beethoven riff played backwards".

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 10.8.09 @ 18:57pm


John Couger yes but DP no? Jethro Tull no?
Clearly the world has lost it's collective mind. The Hall voting machine is a farce.

Posted by gonzer on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 06:44am


Think of how many kids learning to play guitar. Think of how many had their first riff as "Smoke on the Water."
Think of how many of those were inspired to start (or join) bands of their own.

If that isn't influence, I don't know what is. Induct them already.

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 10.28.09 @ 13:10pm


I suppose that, if Deep Purple were to be inducted, we would also have to induct Blue Oyster Cult, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, the White Stripes, Jack Black, and of course Pink.

It's been a long month, and I thank everyone for letting me write two dumb jokes in one day.

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 10.28.09 @ 13:26pm


DEEP PURPLE are THE KINGS OF HEAVY ROCK.

Posted by Kelly C. on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 10:15am



One of the finest rock bands I ever saw live. It's a joke that Deep Purple are not in the rock music hall of fame.

- Mike

Posted by Mike on Monday, 11.9.09 @ 10:26am


Hall Of Fame Is Rubbish...

Posted by Tom on Thursday, 11.12.09 @ 09:27am


Dear Liam

Influence on music does not only include North America and Europe. You go anywhere in former Soviet Union or Japan and ask who is the greatest guitar player of all time and what is the greatest rock/hard rock band, answers will be Ritchie Blackmore & DEEP PURPLE.

Almost any melodic European rock/metal band cites them as influence.

So how about you get your head out of your own ass?

I like the Smiths and New Order too, they influenced plenty of people, but if you look world wide Deep Purple's influence is as big as theirs and Led zeppelin's

Posted by 2 Liam on Thursday, 11.12.09 @ 17:02pm


>>> Hall Of Fame Is Rubbish...

Agreed.

Too many great bands are missing. Deep Purple being one.

Posted by Jim on Tuesday, 11.24.09 @ 09:49am


The Rock and Roll Hall of Lame is a joke.
Kill it, flush it and start a new one without Madonna etc...
Jan Wenner and Rolling Stone can have this one.

Deep Purple were the sh1t back in the day and they're still rocking.

Posted by Francesco Di Pacelli on Saturday, 12.19.09 @ 07:28am


They should get in for machine head alone.
That is probably one of the best albums ever.

Posted by jman on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 11:35am


Without deep purple it's a disgrace.

Posted by Bob on Monday, 01.4.10 @ 12:34pm


I'm shocked they keep passing up the famous hard rockers Deep Purple. Am I missing something?

It's getting to be quite silly at this point.

V.

Posted by Vance on Wednesday, 01.6.10 @ 12:40pm


they should have been inducted a LONG time ago

Posted by Lotte on Wednesday, 01.6.10 @ 13:09pm


First off, the whole idea is silly, but...

since Jann Weiner and Co. had to go through with it, then Deep Purple should have been put in when they were first eligible in 1993.....or 1988, if you go by the new induction rule. (laughing)


Posted by Jackie on Wednesday, 01.13.10 @ 19:19pm


(Deep Purple should have been put in when they were first eligible in 1993.....or 1988, if you go by the new induction rule.)

LOL

They should have made it years ago.

Long live Deep Purple.

Posted by paul on Sunday, 01.24.10 @ 09:01am


Yes, they should be in, no excuses. I did a Keltner analysis and posted it, but evidently it didn't make it onto the board. I'll try again soon.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 02.13.10 @ 15:30pm


Blackmore is definitely one of the major influences of guitarists in Rock history. I submit for your consideration:

http://inductritchie2011.socjum.pl

Posted by Gary on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 09:36am


I agree Gary. Now, the Keltner analysis. I'll try and be brief but specific (links for what I say to come later.)

1. Were Deep Purple ever regarded as the best artist in rock (Did anyone ever seriously suggest this)? Well, they're Bruce Dickinson's favorite band, and he says there has never been a heavy rock live album as good as Made In Japan. Beyond that, however, I have not heard anyone suggest this. However, over at Acclaimed Music, most of the artists ranked ahead of them are either already in or will likely be in eventually (ditto for their appearances on Classic Rock Magazine's 100 Greatest Rock Albums and 100 Greatest British Rock Albums, the latter involving input from artists and critics.) However, from a playing ability stand-point, they're right up there.

2. Were DP ever the best artist in rock music in their genre? Subjective, and I have more listening to do to fully decide that. However, let's consider them Hard Rock for now. They ranked #22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists, and of the 21 artists, all except Alice Cooper, Ozzy and KISS are either already in or virtually guaranteed of being in. Most of the artists ahead of their apperances on Classic Rock and Metal Hammer's 100 Greatest Hard Rock albums are either in or will be. Moreover, In Rock and Machine Head contain some of the best Hard Rock tracks I've ever heard. Let's assume they're one of the best Hard Rock artists not yet in the Hall. A bit of a lower ranking if we consider them metal, but most of the metal artists considered better than them are either in the Hall or will be. Also, #2 on Digital Dream Door's (Roy's favorite site!) Founding Artists of Metal. If you call them prog they might rank much lower.

3. Were DP considered the best at their instruments? Only sometimes, though Blackmore does consistently make those greatest guitarists lists, and most of the guitarists that rank ahead of him are either already in or will be in. A bit of a gray area with Jon Lord's ranking as a keyboardist/organist, but definitely right up there probably for most people. Ditto for Ian Paice. Ian G's and Coverdale's ranges and power were matched by very few at their peaks, and they're both likely considered among the best Hard Rock singers (guessing.)

4. Did DP have an impact on a number of other bands? Certainly. Artists that it appears they had an impact on or influenced in someway: Dee Snider, Vince Neil, Kerry King, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson (so possibly their bands), Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Metallica, Venom... Those are the artists I'm positive about, probably more.

5. Did DP good enough that they could play after their prime? They released their 17th and 18th albums in the 2000's, and still do lots of touring.

6. Are DP the very best artists in history not in the Hall of Fame? I don't know, and there is no right answer to that. However, from an ability standpoint they're right up there, and they'll be much closer to being accepted as the best if they don't make in the next 6-7 years.

7. Are most bands who have a comparable recording history and impact in the Hall of Fame? Impact, yes (looking through the Eligible Artists I could probably shortlist it to 30-50.) Recording history, again subjective, but probably.

8. Is there any evidence to suggest that DP were significantly better or wose than suggested by it's statistical records? No.

9. Are DP the best artist in it's genre eligible for the Hall of Fame? Subjective. I have more listening to do before I decide that.

10. How many #1 singles/gold records did DP have? Did DP ever win a Grammy, and if so, how many nominations? No wins or nominations. "Smoke on the Water" went gold in the U.S. but no #1 singles or albums there, but #1's in the U.K.

11. How long did DP dominate the music scene? How many Rolling Stone covers did DP appear on? Did most bands with this sort of impact go to the HOF? Never really dominated the U.S. but very popular in Europe forever, and big in Japan for awhile. Never on Rolling Stone, I think. At the very least most bands with this kind of the two I's AND longevity made the HOF.

12. If DP were the best band at a show, would it be likely that the show would rock? Yes. Very powerful live act, lots of songs were written based off live experiences.

13. What impact DP have on rock history? Were they responsible for any stylistic changes? Did they introduce any new equipment? Did DP change history? Considered by some the pioneers of neo-classical, considered by some to be one of the first metal bands (Lemmy said it.) Lord didn't invent the Hammond organ, but he might've been the 1st to use it in the context of R'N'R. Set world record at one point for being the loudest band, so might've impacted the live experience. Maybe changed history.

14. Did DP uphold the standards of sportsmanship + character that the HOF, in it's guidelines, instructs us to consider? This is close to being spam, so I'll get to that later.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 19:20pm


Yes! Finally! I know my grammer began to break down there towards the end and I rushed things a bit; my apologies. I was worried about getting it all in before it became spam. As for character, I believe the band engaged in classic R'N'R excess (Tommy Bolin died from a multiple drugs overdose, and Gillan drank heavily for a while), and Rod Evans agreed to front a fake Deep Purple in 1980 (the band broke up in '76, Mk.II reunited in '84 and they've been together through various lineup changes ever since) with nobody who was ever in the band, nor with the participation or permission of anyone who owned the band name. So basically he's a dick. Naturally, the band sued, it was quickly stopped, and nobody knows what Evans has been doing since. Some fans, however, were unhappy with the fact that Evans suffered even worse than the promoters (he had all royalties taken away.) Oh, and as for stylistic changes, to add on to it: Experimented with lots of styles, "Child in Time" or "Flight of the Rat" might've been the beginning of prog-metal, and I've heard/read some people call them the pioneers of spped metal, which is something to take into account. Oh, and a hard rock/metal band with the keyboards and organ as a lead instrument was rare, and it's what made them different from Zeppelin and Sabbath.

Verdict: I suppose that analysis might be a bit shaky in places (this is taking awhile, as I'm indulging in Joan Jett, and I can't keep my eyes or ears off her) but that's a lot of influence I mentioned, and I'm sure there's more. Most artists who have been around in five decades were already inducted, and I do think they were somewhat innovative. Really, regardless of what Dave Marsh thinks, I can't think of any reasonable excuse why they're not in yet.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 19:40pm


I've long been a proponent of having a "virtuoso" category in the Hall of Fame, simply because a lot of them were more influential and innovative because of the way they played than any artist or band could ever hope to be. Deep Purple would certainly be an example because of how many great players were influenced by Richie Blackmore.

Think about it...even though Van Halen have been inducted, where would they have been without Eddie? Even though he's one of the most influential players ever, he'll never be inducted on his own...doesn't make sense, does it...???

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 02.14.10 @ 20:35pm


You mean for people like Yngwie Malmsteen, Satriani and their peers? As for the Van Halen question, I'd say that's true; Eddie's innovative soloing and riffs were a huge part of their sound, and if some bar band guy had been playing instead of Eddie it probably would have sucked. Even if David Lee Roth influenced almost as many 80's frontmen and bought showmanship back to being a frontman. They don't seem to acknowledge the sidemen category any more.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 02.16.10 @ 16:26pm


http://digitaldreamdoor.nutsie.com/pages/best_halloffame_x2.html

FROM DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Deep Purple

One of the seminal hard-rock and early metal bands known mostly for their enduring hit, "Smoke On The Water" and for what many consider to be the quintessential live metal album ever, "Made In Japan". Since their beginnings with the quasi-psychedelic "Hush" in 1968, Deep Purple has been through multiple lineups, including three different lead singers during their heyday, which could cause them not to be viewed as a singular candidate with a continuous body of work. But they have too much influence and impact to ignore forever.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 16:57pm


Well, technically they haven't been ignored if they've been "Previously Considered". Some people with lesser qualifications got in first though.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 18:48pm


Deep Purple aren't in the RARHOF?

LOL

Posted by earth hates humans on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 17:24pm


No they are not. I have no idea why.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 19:34pm


"Also, no one actually mentioned their influence or whether they pioneered in metal." - Liam

Lemmy called them the original metal band, and "the first to have a loud PA and pyrotechnics". "Highway Star" may have been the first speed-metal song (and maybe "Child in Time" and/or "Fireball" and/or "Speed King".) Influence? No doubt. It's common knowledge that "Smoke on the Water" is one of the first songs most young guitarists (notice I said most, not all) learn to play), but as far as influence on established musicians... I already covered some of that above.

"Dave Marsh is, of course, one of the stupidest human beings to ever walked the face of the earth. The Roger Ebert of music if you will (and anyone who doesn't realize what an insult that is can't be sane). Seriously, every last word he has written is pure sewage. The fact that this moron has any say in what is and isn't "cool" symbolizes all that is wrong with post-World War II America." - Randy

Wow. This might be one of the only times I've agreed with you. I don't actually know DM, nor have I read anything he's written, so I can't confirm whether he's a moron or not, but... that response he sent to Dameon was ridiculous. Even ignoring the fact that he thinks DP had only a few good tunes (a ridiculous statement, but art is subjective), not enough for the Hall of Fame? My God. I usually don't bring other inductees into my argument but my guess is most of the people they induct over the next decade will have smaller credentials than DP. And isn't making those decisions not supposed to be based on personal taste? What bollocks this Hall is.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 20:45pm


Could be the greatest omission from the Hall. What true Rock star does not know their material. #4 on www.notinhalloffame.com, and should be #1.

How can a case against them be made?

Posted by The_Avenger on Tuesday, 05.4.10 @ 19:01pm


I don't know what position they should have on that list but yeah they deserve a Top 5 position. I don't know what's going on. They've nailed both Innovation and Influence. Granted they've been through quite a few members but that hasn't stopped the Hall in the past.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 05.4.10 @ 21:23pm


Three of the most important bands in hard rock are Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. You knew Zep would get in, but look how long it took Sabbath to finally make it. It just shows the anti-hard rock bias of the R&R HOF voters. But Deep Purple were soooooo beyond hard rock, it's obvious the HOF voters never listened to anything beyond "Smoke on the Water." An absolute joke that they are not in, and it completely discredits the R&R HOF, in my book.

Posted by Howie115 on Tuesday, 05.11.10 @ 07:15am


We again agree; yay! Yes, speaking of anti-hard rock: Also no Thin Lizzy, no MC5, it took the Stooges forever to get in, no Alice Cooper, no KISS, no T. Rex (okay, kind of hard rock,) no Rush, no Judas Priest, no Ozzy solo, nothing from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, no Jethro Tull... absolutely ridiculous. I can foresee more snubs such as these in the future.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 05.11.10 @ 19:19pm


DEEP PURPLE...

One of the greatest bands ever that's NOT in the RaRHoF.

But these days I don't care. The place has become a joke.

Posted by kelly on Wednesday, 06.2.10 @ 11:24am


I'm in total agreement darling. Well done.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 06.2.10 @ 21:21pm


PURPLEXED

Subjectively, this band changed my life on several levels when I was 15 & heard In Rock for the first time. Today, at almost 55, I still rejoice in that musical awakening. My most thrashed records of all time still include In Rock, as well as Purpendicular,their first with Steve Morse (my other "thrashees" include Manson, APC, Tea Party & Gabriel, so I'm not stuck in the 70's).

Objectively, one must consider the sheer breadth & influence of the collected works of the members of Deep Purple outside the sheer gravity of its own catalog, not forgetting the mentoring (& subsequent ignition) of Ronnie James Dio (RIP, my friend). Gillan, alone, warrants an entire wing in any rock HOF: IGB to Gillan (jazz/prog/funk fusion to hammer'n'anvil blitzkreig). Blackmore: Lord Sutch to B's Night via Rainbow. Lord: Concerto, Sarabande, PAL & Hoochie Koockie Men. Paice: the power of a jackhammer with the finesse of a surgeon (would it be too bad a pun to call him the premier drummer in rock?). Glover: Butterfly Ball, Elements & The Mask. Even Coverdale (love him or hate him): hair-metal icon & great voice. And Mr Morse, the guitar player's guitar player. By citing these personnel & off-shoot/solo projects, all of which warrant repeated listening, I've attempted to illustrate their inability to stagnate & their respective desire to always push boundaries, explore new musical horizons & say "up yours" to their critics & detractors.

Journalistically, in 1980 & 1984, I had been granted golden "one-on-one" interviews with RJD (then in Sabbath) & Jon Lord (during the MkII reunion). These wonderful & generous men chronicled their respective bands & careers in more depth than any I'd read before or since. I had approached Rolling Stone with both - not interested.

Politically, the fact that DP's songs about the cold war were adopted as anthems of freedom by entire Eastern Bloc nations (at a time where being in posession of a DP album got you sent to prison) should immediately qualify any band for HOF recognition.

Personally, I don't care who else has been included or overlooked. I don't believe their inclusion would be tainted by Madonna's.

In the end, it's the fans & other musicians who've created a "market" for this HOF idea. And any good business person knows to heed their market or risk ruin. The greatest thing we can do for any artist is to publicly & loudly acknowledge that artist's works, influence & legacy. We all want our heroes to be recognised (hopefully while they are still alive).

If this band hadn't sold 100+ million albums, would they be considered more "legitimate"? If they hadn't done songscapes, the likes of which had never been heard, using conventional rock instrumentation, would they be considered more "acceptable"? If they hadn't uplifted the spirit of those fans who got their jokes (musical & lyrical), would they be considered more "serious"?
As it was, as it is, and as it shall remain, Deep Purple were popular, innovative & fun. Every show I saw from 1971 to 2006 had gut-busting energy & a load of surprises. And their recordings still elevate me, as they do for countless others.

What the hell does it take?

Roll on 2011...

Posted by Ian Chambers Oz on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 00:30am


"Even Coverdale (love him or hate him): hair-metal icon & great voice. And Mr Morse, the guitar player's guitar player." - Ian Chambers Oz

I love Coverdale. Though Whitesnake actually preceded hair-metal. They started out as a blues-rock band soon in the late 70's and found modest European success, and then of course they built up a following gradually in the UK (with "Slow and Easy" being a minor hit in the US as well), and then they updated their image and sound to fit in with the hair-bands to huge results.

I think the problem is that Purple are seen by many as a dinosaur act (just like Boston, Foreigner, Styx and the like; no, I'm not putting DP in the same category as them.) Critics weren't enamored with them at their peak, and I guess that hasn't changed among the Nominating Commitee and as is the case with most Hard Rock and Metal. But yes, I agree with you completely, they fit the criteria completely.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 06.8.10 @ 21:00pm


if and when they get in if everyone who has been a member since 1969 when they first recorded that stage is going to very crowded just think 3 different singers will we get sets from each incarnation of the band sure hope so

Posted by mike on Sunday, 06.13.10 @ 23:18pm


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Posted by LIL JON on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 15:47pm


Yes fantastic band true legends !

Posted by Anna-Lee on Saturday, 07.10.10 @ 14:04pm


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Purple

Deep Purple has only had 14 members

Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1968–1975, 1984–1993)
Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1968–1976, 1984–2001)
Rod Evans – lead vocals (1968–1969)
Nick Simper – bass (1968–1969)
Ian Gillan – lead vocals (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1969–1973, 1984–present)
David Coverdale – lead vocals (1973–1976)
Glenn Hughes – bass, backing vocals (1973–1976)
Tommy Bolin – guitar, backing vocals (1975–1976)
Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals (1989–1992)
Joe Satriani – guitar (1993–1994)
Steve Morse – guitar (1994–present)
Don Airey – keyboards, organ (2001–present)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.20.10 @ 12:19pm


Deep Purple has had 15 members according to AllMusicGuide

Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1968–1975, 1984–1993)
Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1968–1976, 1984–2001)
Rod Evans – lead vocals (1968–1969)
Nick Simper – bass (1968–1969)
Ian Gillan – lead vocals (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1969–1973, 1984–present)
David Coverdale – lead vocals (1973–1976)
Glenn Hughes – bass, backing vocals (1973–1976)
Tommy Bolin – guitar, backing vocals (1975–1976)
Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals (1989–1992)
Joe Satriani – guitar (1993–1994)
Steve Morse – guitar (1994–present)
Don Airey – keyboards, organ (2001–present)
Mel Galley

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.20.10 @ 12:33pm


Deep Purple's members have long resumes. Many connections to Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake

Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1968–1975, 1984–1993)
Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1968–1976, 1984–2001)
Rod Evans – lead vocals (1968–1969)
Nick Simper – bass (1968–1969)
Ian Gillan – lead vocals (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1969–1973, 1984–present)
David Coverdale – lead vocals (1973–1976)
Glenn Hughes – bass, backing vocals (1973–1976)
Tommy Bolin – guitar, backing vocals (1975–1976)
Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals (1989–1992)
Joe Satriani – guitar (1993–1994)
Steve Morse – guitar (1994–present)
Don Airey – keyboards, organ (2001–present)
Mel Galley - guitar

RESUMES

Ian Paice - Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord

Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Blackmore's Night, The Lancasters, The Dominators

Jon Lord - Deep Purple, Whitesnake, The Artwoods, Paice, Ashton & Lord, Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

Rod Evans - Deep Purple

Nick Simper - Deep Purple, Good Old Boys

Ian Gillan - Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Episode Six, Gillan

Roger Glover - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Episode Six

David Coverdale - Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Coverdale/Page

Glenn Hughes - Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, Trapeze, Aina, Hughes-Turner Project

Tommy Bolin - Deep Purple, The James Gang

Joe Lynn Turner - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fandango, Hughes-Turner Project

Joe Satriani - Deep Purple, Chickenfoot

Steve Morse - Deep Purple, The Dixie Dregs, Kansas

Don Airey - Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Company of Snakes, Silver

Mel Galley - Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Trapeze

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.20.10 @ 12:59pm


The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame has MISSED so many great acts - James Hetfield actually used MetallicA's induction ceremony to drop some names to the Hall that they have missed and good for him! I have MUCH MORE respect for him afterwards.

And one of those names sadly is Deep Purple. How could they miss them based on all the criteria listed by the other fans above?! They join the likes of Grand Funk Railroad, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and etc as the BEST BANDS not inducted yet! :(

Posted by Antonio on Wednesday, 07.21.10 @ 11:20am


Well 228 people beat me to it so there's not much I can add other than they're overdo, which has already been mentioned. At least I can say "Child In Time" is one of the best songs of all time, at least on my own personal "Greatest Songs" list ;)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 07.28.10 @ 10:05am


No offense, But I'll never understand how Brenda Lee, Mahalia Jackson, or The Staple Singers made it into the "Rock" hall, but with Sabbath and Zeppelin making it, there's hope for Deep Purple. The reasons to justify their induction are obvious. "Smoke On The Water" is the most recognizable rock riff ever, and the song itself is an anthem for a whole rock generation. The list of musicians who would count DP as a big influence for them would read like a rock encyclopedia, with quite a few of the artists already inducted into the hall being on that list. Talent? Lord, Paice, Glover, Gillan, and Morse outshine their peers. And what about Blackmore? One of the greatest rock guitar virtuosos EVER. Page and Iommi wish they were that good. If his guitar work on In Rock, Machine Head, Made In Japan, or Burn doesn't make you recognize this, check out his work on Rainbow Rising and Long Live Rock And Roll. The quality of DP's body of work has always been top notch. Any of their music that the band themselves might have viewed as "sub-par" still outshines much of the music of their peers. And the longevity of the band is remarkable as well. 5 decades and still going as strong as ever. Vote Deep Purple into the Hall!

Posted by Ccarl on Thursday, 08.19.10 @ 07:58am


Amen.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 08.24.10 @ 20:11pm


Sorry, but there is no way that Deep Purple can be nominated, or inducted, without also inducting Green Day, Blue Oyster Cult, Bobby Brown, Barry White, Sammy Hagar as a soloist ("the Red Rocker") or, of course, Pink.

I suppose this comment will be ignored, as many of my others were. With admittedly good reason!

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 09.23.10 @ 13:30pm


So you admit some of those are ridiculous ideas for induction?

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 09.25.10 @ 13:13pm


Of course they're ridiculous. So you admit that you didn't see the obvious joke?

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 13:29pm


No. I wouldn't say Blue Oyster Cult are Hall-worthy, but they made some great music, and putting them in the same conversation as Pink is doing them a disservice.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 10:24am


Okay, nobody got the dumb joke I posted, so I guess it's just as well. No, I do not put Pink in the same category as Deep PURPLE--or BLUE Oyster Cult, or GREEN Day, or Barry WHITE, or Bobby BROWN...

Now do you get it? Okay, good, I feel better.

Posted by Joe on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 12:47pm


Another nomination year and another snub for Deep Purple. Again, what is the point of a supposed Hall of Fame when a legendary band like this is still on the outside looking in.

Purely pathetic.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 14:38pm


It's absolutely INSANE that Deep Purple aren't in.

Just for the 60's and 70's era alone.

But, they've also had the best reunion ever.

Why?

The ammount of great music that came from this era is downright amazing. In fact, the reunion era is what I reach for the most these days.

Most of the other reunions that happen bring little of any new music to the table.

Posted by Earth hates humans on Sunday, 10.10.10 @ 14:02pm


[updated}

It's absolutely INSANE that Deep Purple aren't in.

Just for their 60's and 70's era alone.

But, they've also had the best reunion by far.

Why?

The amount of great music that came from this era is downright amazing. In fact, the reunion era is what I reach for the most.

Most of the other reunions that happened bring little if any new music to the table.

Posted by Earth hates humans on Sunday, 10.10.10 @ 14:06pm


Cheers to both of you. Influence? Check. Just ask Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden (who should be in), Metallica (in) or almost any kid who picked up a guitar and/or formed a band because of them (and I'm sure there were plenty of those.) Innovation? Check. Perpetuation? Okay, that one's slightly more debatable. Since people like to go on about popularity, DP packed arenas throughout the US and Europe during the early to mid 70's, with several Top 10 albums (and 2 #1's in the UK.) They also recorded live albums from the arenas they dominated in Europe and Japan (where they're still huge, I believe; at least they are in Europe.) Last December they, alongside Uriah Heep, sold out two nights at a stadium in South Africa, and they've sold approximately 100 million records worldwide. If it's talent you're looking for they've certainly got that. As far as people who deserve it more than them, though, how many bigger Hard Rock/Metal snubs are there? With all due respect to fans of Rush and KISS, both of whom should also be inducted, the only bands who could knock the Purps out of that throne as far as meeting the criteria is concerned are maybe Judas Priest and Alice Cooper. Maybe. It would be fun to induct all three at the same time, but I don't know if it's possible, as it might deafen the entire audience. I have no issue with Alice potentially going in first this go-round, but they should've been inducted at least a decade ago. Wait, what, you want to put Link Wray in first, as he made it possible for all the heavy bands? I would have no objections to that, except he's been eligible since the Hall opened and you've failed to even consider him, so that seems like a load of hot air. Also you've failed to nominate Purple while nominating and probably inducting Bon Jovi, so you can go to hell with the chronology thing. As far as other artists waiting: Most of the artists more succesful than Deep Purple are in, as are most of the artists with more critical acclaim (and some that aren't will be in at some point, some of those not even being eligible yet.) You want talent? The list of amazing people who've been in the band at some point puts some of the inductees to shame. So what legitimate reason is there for keeping them out?

Posted by Sam on Monday, 10.11.10 @ 14:24pm


great band in the late 60's early 70's. I saw them before machine head...killer! so donna summer might go in before these guys...give me a big break

Posted by geno on Tuesday, 12.14.10 @ 11:38am


Why is Deep Purple NOT i the Hall Of Fame?

1: ...

I'm sorry. I can't find a reason that tells why they aren't in Hall Of Fame. The Hall Of Fame isn't completed before Deep Purple joins!

(My opinion) ;)

Posted by Rud on Monday, 12.27.10 @ 12:39pm


When I see the latest nominations, I think that we, the true fans of Deep Purple pleased us, that our favorites are not a member. There is a greater honor to be outside (in the company of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Guns n 'Roses, Iron Maiden, Canned Heat, Chicago, Ten Years After and many others) than inside!

Posted by Joe on Monday, 12.27.10 @ 17:32pm


"so donna summer might go in before these guys"

You'd be better off complaining about J. Geils instead. Or maybe Bon Jovi.

"in the company of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Guns n 'Roses, Iron Maiden, Canned Heat, Chicago, Ten Years After and many others"

GNR isn't eligible yet, so you can't say they've been snubbed. If they're still not in by this time next year then you can complain. Iron Maiden, ELP, Yes and possibly Chicago... I'm with you on them though. Still, Alice Cooper's just gone in, so Purple's time could be soon (though it should've happened at least five years ago).

Posted by Sam on Friday, 12.31.10 @ 05:56am


The big three Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath in that order. They headlined the California Jam. Sold over 100 million albums. Deserved to be in a long time ago and before most of the bands (including Sabbath) that are in now. NO EXCUSE TO BE SNUBBED. The people who vote have no clue about music. They just look to see what the current trend is.

Posted by Tom on Thursday, 01.20.11 @ 04:11am


Exclusion really is the badge of honor now. When the likes of DP, Tull, and Stevie Ray don't make it all it shows is the lack of understanding of musical history by the dipshits who vote.

Posted by Greg on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 06:02am


deep purple was the founding fathers of heavy metal next to led zeppelin and black sabbath, and they aren't in. the hall of shame, as i like to call it, is a piece of shit, for not inducting this band, despite their lineup changes.

Posted by chris on Friday, 02.25.11 @ 08:39am


It's really odd that Deep Purple aren't in.

Posted by John on Wednesday, 03.30.11 @ 20:15pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFt7p4pKAs4

Roy Acuff - Smoke On The Water

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.5.11 @ 18:59pm



Perfect Strangers was amazing!

Posted by Xdc1 on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 08:40am


1967 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
1968 Deep Purple
1969 South California Purples - Chicago Transit Authority
1984 Purple Rain - Prince

Am I missing anything?

What is the story behind the use of Purple?

Does it have anything to do with drugs?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 09:27am


1957 The Purple People Eater-Sheb Wooley
1963 Deep Purple-Nino Tempo & April Stevens
1967 Purple Haze-Jimi Hendrix
1968 Deep Purple (band)
1969 South California Purples-Chicago Transit Authority
1984 Purple Rain-Prince
1994 Purple (album)-Stone Temple Pilots

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 11:39am


What is the story behind the use of Purple?

Does it have anything to do with drugs?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.6.11 @ 09:27am

Blackmore's grandma liked the song "Deep Purple" by Bing Crosby.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 13:23pm


Here are some other useless bits of info on band name origins I know that may interest trivia buffs, I won't state some of the obvious ones:

The Amboy Dukes:
Named after a novel about street gangs.

Blue Cheer:
Slang for LSD, also happens to be a detergent as Bill G. will tell you.

Cheap Trick:
They asked an ouiji board what they should be called. At least this is how they claim they came up with the name.

Devo:
De-Evolution.

Duran Duran:
A villain in some movie I forget the title of.

Husker Du:
Danish and Norwegian for Do You Remember?

Iron Maiden:
Some sort of torture device.

Kraftwerk:
Means power-plant in German.

Lovin' Spoonful
Slang for semen.

Pantera:
In Portuguese it means panther.

Steely Dan:
A name for a dildo... taken from a William Burroughs novel (Naked Lunch I think).

That's all I can think of right now.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 13:47pm


And no, I have no idea how the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Blow Monkeys or Butthole Surfers got their names!!! (Nor do I really want to know)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 13:48pm


Tehvo,

The villain Duran Duran took its name from was in the movie "Barbarella" (He was actually called "Durand Durand") Also Duran Duran played theeir first gig at the Barbarellas Club in England and even named one of their songs "Electric Barbarella"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 17:31pm


"Blue Cheer:
Slang for LSD, also happens to be a detergent as Bill G. will tell you."
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen
-Actually, it was a detergent FIRST. Cleans clothes whiter that white. Great for colors, too!! (LOL).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZLmcDQgXBk

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 20:59pm


Thanks Aaron for clearing up that bit on Duran Duran.

Bill G. - OK, you win LOL!!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 04.8.11 @ 04:12am


This is the ROCK N' ROLL Hall Of Fame we're talking about right? Seriously, Louie Armstrong is here and DEEP #%*&ing PURPLE is not? No slam to satchmo, he is a legend in his own right. But seriously, this is a slam dunk no brainer!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tim Lunn on Tuesday, 04.12.11 @ 15:11pm


"Blackmore's grandma liked the song "Deep Purple" by Bing Crosby."

It was actually her favorite song, but yes that's true. Some others:

-You're correct on Iron Maiden. It's a coffin with nails hammered through the doors. You put someone in the coffin, and then slam the door shut.

-Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page was putting together a post-Yardbirds project which he wanted Keith Moon to participate in; Moon jokingly said the project would go down like a "lead zeppelin".

-Black Sabbath: Some horror movie; those were the inspiration for the direction they took.

-Depeche Mode: Dave Gahan said on Behind The Music that he took it from a magazine somewhere.

-Soundgarden: A structure of some sort in Seattle.

-The Replacements: I think they came on one night early in their career for a band that had cancelled.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 04.13.11 @ 14:00pm


"Good golly said little Miss Molly!" when she realized Deep Purple was not in the freakin' RnR HoF. They're Highway Stars! They had the most powerful keyboard and guitar duo ever in Jon Lord and the man in black, Ritchie Blackmore! The Concerto for Group and Orchestra! Blackmore is replaced with another legend: Steve Morse! Ian Paice on drums! Paul McCartney could play the Cavern with any percussionist in the world and he picked Pacey! Purple still RULES!

Posted by Michael Soto on Sunday, 05.15.11 @ 05:36am


Saw Deep Purple this past Wednesday evening and they still rock. First saw them when I was 16 and I brought my 20 year old son to see them. So maybe Gillan's voice isn't what it once was, but what a show! Roger Glover and Ian Paice still got it - stage presence, energy and songs that will go down in rock history - screw the hall of lame, Deep Purple is in my hall of fame.

Posted by Nancy Bosco on Monday, 06.13.11 @ 15:34pm


I love this group: http://www.rateitall.com/i-65052-deep-purple.aspx Can't underatsdnd how the hall of fame leaves them out year after year.

Posted by Diamond Dave on Tuesday, 07.19.11 @ 15:11pm


Okay, the REAL reason that Deep Purple is not in. It should be obvious, but let me enlighten you.

If they inducted Deep Purple, like they already did Black Sabbath, they would have to also induct Blue Oyster Cult, Simply Red, Green Day, Whitesnake, Pink, and...okay, I've had enough mileage out of jokes like this one, so I'll stop now. You're welcome.

Posted by Joe on Friday, 08.12.11 @ 03:39am


Purple and Tull not in. I call it Corruption. All is said in the other comments. Shame on the hall.

Willi

Posted by willi on Wednesday, 09.28.11 @ 16:49pm


In the early 70s, Deep Purple was among the holy trinity of British hard rock (along with Zeppelin and Sabbath).

Unlike those bands, their shelf life as a major act was brief (71-75)in the United States. By 1973, Gillen was replaced by David Coverdale, and soon Blackmore himself was replaced by Tommy Bolin. The band disbanded in 1976, when Sabbath and Zeppelin were still massive bands. When they reunited in 1984, both Zeppelin and Sabbath had dissolved and Purple was seen as a 'nostalgia' act, where they remain to this day.

Essentially, Deep Purple 'dropped the ball' with their legacy as it relates to the US market. While still highly revered by British audiences, in the US they are primarily remembered for "Smoke on the Water", which is sad.

For a period of 5 years in the early 70s, few bands were as big as Deep Purple. They managed to record albums that remain lynch pins in the history of hard rock/heavy metal. They are certainly one of the forefathers of the genre which the Hall has recognized by inducting Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen, AC/DC and soon Guns N Roses.

As the Kinks or the Who may have been to the Beatles and the Stones, Deep Purple remains in the shadow of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, but like those bands, made an impact significant enough to finally be recognized by the Hall of Fame.

Posted by Richard on Friday, 09.30.11 @ 14:00pm


the gretaest band in the wrold not in the hall what gi8ves. Vote DEEP PURPLE http://www.rateitall.com/i-65052-deep-purple.aspx . They shoud already bne in for kripes sake.

Posted by Diamond Dave on Monday, 10.17.11 @ 20:02pm


All in all, along with Rush, arguably the worst outstanding snub by the RRHOF.

Posted by Skip on Thursday, 11.17.11 @ 05:29am


This Hall can never be complete without Purple.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 12.2.11 @ 10:12am


Today marks two anniversaries of events that affected Deep Purple. It is the 40th anniversary of the incident that inspired "Smoke On The Water" Second, today is the 35th anniversary of the death of Tommy Bolin, Ritchie Blackmore's replacement, which caused the band to break up in early '77.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 12.4.11 @ 03:14am


Just read through most of the comments here. Now I remember why I used to enjoy debating Liam - he made me giggle.

FYI - Deep Purple have never even received a nomination which to me sounds like they have not even received consideration from the whole of the voting population.

Can anyone explain if both the nomination and then induction voting process has changed.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 12.19.11 @ 10:26am


Being ignored for ten years was outrageous.

It'll be twenty soon. Are they kidding us? Maybe they forgot themselves that they never inducted them. I mean it's so obvious they would be in, so that seems logical they'd all just assumed they had already been inducted, right?

"No, I didn't nominate them... I figured they were already in".

Posted by Paul Kagebein on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 18:52pm


Being ignored for ten years was outrageous.

It'll be twenty soon. Are they kidding us? Maybe they forgot themselves that they never inducted them. I mean it's so obvious they would be in, so that seems logical they'd all just assumed they had already been inducted, right?

"No, I didn't nominate them... I figured they were already in".

Posted by Paul Kagebein on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 18:52pm
--------------------------------------------------
You may have answered your own question yourself, but not in the way you intended.

It could easily be that the Hall has left them out in the cold so much, that they don't want egg on their faces by having to go back & put them in now. Even controversy has a way of running out of steam after a while.

I often thought that if a bunch of these acts (Purple, T-Rex, any one of a million others) were to all come together & say remove us from all consideration for good, it would end up hurting the Rock Hall as a whole. It would remove the very talking points that crop up on sites like this one. They'd be left only w/the acts everybody knows are going in, & no one else, which would punch a hole in the hype to some degree.

In fact, I'm willing to bet that an appraoch like that, backed by about 15 or 20 bands, might just spin things around, & make the Nom Com backpedal a bit. Who knows.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 20:57pm


"No, I didn't nominate them... I figured they were already in".

Funny thing is, I could've sworn this quote was used verbatim by an unknown NomCom member when Alice Cooper's then-exclusion was mentioned.

Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 02.22.12 @ 23:48pm


I think Deep Purple's credentials are borderline. On their first four albums there were really two memorable songs, Hush and Child in Time. Hush was a straight cover song and Child In Time copied the music directly from the song Bombay Calling by the band It's a Beautiful Day. The 5th album, Fireball did well in the UK, but not the US. However it was only with their 6th album, Machine Head, that they achieved a platinum studio album in the US. Smoke on the Water is a classic, but the other songs, although a couple of good ones like Highway Star and Space Truckin, were not on the same level. The 7th album again had one distinctive song, Woman From Tokyo, again a good but not classic song. The same can again be said for their 8th album, which featured the song Burn. At that point the band declined, breaking up in 1975 before the reasonably successful 1984 comeback album Perfect Strangers. Thus in their discography there are two platinum studio albums, Machine Head and Perfect Strangers and neither a runaway success like Appetite for Destruction. And Deep Purple's successful run was really limited from 1972-74.
Deep Purple is a longstanding hard rock /proto-metal band. It would not bother me if they get inducted, but I can see other bands ahead of them in line.

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 01:13am


I believe the only hard rock /proto-metal bands ahead of Deep Purple are The Rolling Stones,The Kinks, Cream, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. As far as I'm concerned, the only song on Machine Head that isn't a home run is Maybe I'm A Leo. If anything, Highway Star and Space Truckin' are better than Smoke On The Water-which really is only 1st gear for these speed demons. Lazy and Pictures Of Home shouldn't be sold short either, and Never Before holds its own. Considering the album was on the American chart for over 2 years, I'd call that a pretty darn good success for a foreign band. Deep Purple did way more to develop metal/speed metal than Gun N Roses. Gun N Roses is to hard rock/metal what Spam is to ham. Canned. And just like Spam they sell alot of product which attracts the attention of magazine writers of popular music which leads them to undeserved 1st ballot inductions in Halls Of Fame overseen by said magazine publishers. It wouldn't bother me if Guns N Roses were inducted after a few years of eligibility, but for them to be a 1st ballot induction and for Deep Purple to not ever been nominated after 20 ears of eligibility is a deeper chasm than that canyon out in Arizona.

Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 02:19am


I know I'm off topic on this, but I'm gonna run this up the flagpole and see who salutes it anyway...

This is the Deep Purple page, & we all know that "Smoke on the Water" is one of the most indelible rock songs of all time - but is it THE indelible rock song?

Let me raise this scenario, for anyone out there to answer:

Aliens have landed on Earth, & they come to You & tell you they've heard about this Earth music called rock & roll. They've never heard it before, & they are depending on you to give them a sample. Thing is, their ears can only handle one song at a time, from which they will make a decision later on as to whether they wish to continue exploring this Earth music in greater detail.

What one single song do you play them?

I would choose "Louie Louie". I'd like to hear everyone else's ONE selection.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 18:58pm


"Rock and Roll Music" by Chuck Berry

Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 19:37pm


Cheesecrope
I like this band even though they are known mostly for smoke on the water.More times than many think ..1 hit bands have more influence than many groups with many of hits ..I agree Louie Louie by the Kingsmen dose come to mind I WOUlD ALSO PUT THEM ALSO AT THE TOP AMONG MANY OTHERS,,

Posted by HAPPY on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 21:14pm


Nice to see you posting again here, "HAPPY"

You have good ears.

Posted by classicrocker on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 22:14pm


Louie Louie is a good choice. Lester Bangs would agree with you. He once wrote that the song was more enduring than Sgt. Pepper. As Iggy Pop once said, when in doubt, play Louie, Louie.
I may also go with Rock Around the Clock

Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 23:40pm


Good choices. Just to throw a curve ball, how about a choice from the 21st Century with "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. I've always felt like it was the 00's "Smoke On The Water. "

Posted by Gassman on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 00:23am


Interesting question, Cheesecrop and some good choices so far. Personally, I would probably go with "You Really Got Me" by the Kinks.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 04:53am


I'd play them Smells Like Teen Spirit

It's got it all, instantly recognizable intro, catchy chorus great playing...

Posted by GFW on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 15:17pm


Kick Out The Jams.

Slash said that it's so in the spirit of what rock 'n' roll is all about, and it's so true. I also thought about Ace Of Spades, but that's not even the best song on the album. Personality Crisis by the New York Dolls also came to midn.

I can think of many others as well.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 17:44pm


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Posted by Brian DeGrechie on Tuesday, 02.28.12 @ 11:22am


Reasons: Guiness Record for loudest Rock Band! Trashing hotel rooms, setting Hotels on fire (Smoke on the Water) and my friends x-purplers Colin Hart, Jan & Charlie Lewis plus Ian is not a bad golfer! @JEV1A

Posted by John Vizzusi on Thursday, 03.1.12 @ 02:35am


No question Deep Purple should be in the R&R Hall of Fame. I can't fathom why it hasnt happened yet, what is wrong with those boneheads? I guess they dont know what Heavy Metal Royalty looks like when it's right in front of them.

Consider that they are definitely in the "Top 3" pioneers of Metal bands, and were actually BIGGER than Zep and Sabbath during the early 70's (I know, cause I was there) HUGE worldwide album sales (100+ Million), 3 technically EXCELLENT and hugely influential core musicians to future generations (Blackmore, Lord, Paice) MONSTER Hit singles (Smoke on the Water, Highway Star, Space Truckin, Woman from Tokayo, etc.) MONSTER albums (Machine Head, Made in Japan, Burn, Who Do we think we Are, In Rock, etc. ) with MASSIVE airplay back in the day, Consistently EXCELLENT live shows with huge ticket sales, despite personnel changes over the years.

The Hall of Fame is CLUELESS if these guys aren't voted in, and it would be a shame to see such a great and hugely influential band fall victim to more of the usual political BS.

Posted by Zomburu on Thursday, 03.8.12 @ 14:08pm


Unfortunately, the hall hates metal/hard rock, that's why it took Cooper and Sabbath so long to get in.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 03.8.12 @ 15:20pm


As much as i respect Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.Deep Purple held their own.don't get me wrong Guns N Roses are cool.but Deep Purple paved the way for a lot of bands.Ritchie Blackmore paved the way,Ian Gillan awesome vocals,Roger Glover great bass player,Jon Lord excellent keyboard player and last but not least Ian Paice the sole constant member of Deep Purple,songs like Smoke Of The Water,Highway Star,Space Truckin,Perfect Strangers,Burn Woman From Tokyo and others,and they were the world's loudest band.and so what if MTV didn't pay attenton,and GFW and Zomburu i agree with you.

Posted by Ryan Springer on Sunday, 03.11.12 @ 12:39pm


In my opinion deep purple not being inducted is a travesty! if you look at their body of work and the longevity of their careers it is just beyond me that they are still not in.not to mention Ritchie Blackmore is still inovating and creating new avenues to ply his trade.He is pure genious.

Posted by Judd on Sunday, 03.11.12 @ 13:17pm


Until Deep Purple and/or Rainbow and/or Ritchie Blackmore enter, the Rock and Roll "Hall of Fame" is a joke, a steaming, festering pile of elephant shit! How a band that was as popular as Deep Purple -- which is STILL playing, albeit it a different form -- and/or an artist like Ritchie Blackmore -- who is STILL playing, albeit a different genre of music -- are shunned while such big stars as "The Blue Caps" and "Jesse Stone" are in is a travesty of justice. If you asked 10 people who acknowledge themselves as rock and roll fans who each of thosr artists are, nine would know Deep Purple, one MIGHT know The Blue Caps, and ZERO would know Jesse Stone.

Please, Hall of Fame, remove your heads from your asses and induct the RIGHTFUL artists, not who's paid you to induct them. Until then...you're a joke...

Posted by D. Walker on Sunday, 03.11.12 @ 16:29pm


First - on the issue of Deep Purple. Astrodog and Happy bring up points which I would like to address. The RnR HoF has specific criteria which they are supposed to follow when nominating and voting. The criteria - Innovation and Influence (I & I) and perpetuation of the artform known as RnR. Hit records supposedly have nothing to do with it. IMO, Deep Purple influenced two major genre's; with Smoke on the Water influencing more kids to pick up the guitar than we can possibly imagine; Blackmore and Lord innovated the use of dueling leads using guitar and keyboards in a way never seen before. As for the final criteria, there is no reason to try and detail something that would take over an hour to do when it comes to DP. My question to both would be, how can you induct Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, and another couple of dozen artists and say they have matched this criteria and Purple hasn't.

Second - most indelible rock songs of all time - but is it THE indelible rock song?

Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
Satisfaction & Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
My Generation; Baba O'Reilly - The Who
Jail House Rock - Elvis
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
Killer Queen - Queen
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith

And any song you like recorded by a little band from Liverpool.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 13:50pm


aaaand smells ike teen spirit!

and an ysong from a little band from liverpool, well I like The Killing Moon but I don't think it's one of the indelible songs of rock...

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 14:03pm


Well the criteria is actually: "That said, candidates are reviewed and discussed relative to their impact on this music that we broadly call rock and roll. The innovation and influence of these artists is also critical. Gold records, number one hits, and million sellers are really not appropriate standards for evaluation."

Obviously just being commercially successful is by itself not enough, something I've argued a million times. And in some instances lack of commercial success can be overlooked. But the idea that you can truly gauge impact and influence without any reference to popular appeal is dubious. Music is art, but public art. That it resonates with fans isn't everything, but it certainly cannot be ignored. And in certain cases commercial appeal is so overwhelming that it can trump everything else. It's one of a number of factors, but a factor in any event.

Posted by astrodog on Wednesday, 03.14.12 @ 18:24pm


Deep Purple are by far rock pioneers regardless the lineup changes...One of the most influential bands still to this day..They deserve the respect and honor to be put in the rock and roll hall of fame...What is the deal?The rock and roll hall of fame should be the rock and roll hall of shame..They need to wake up!!!!!

Posted by demons eye on Tuesday, 04.10.12 @ 16:55pm


Time I weighed in again. Put simply, the "powers-that-be" just don't like DP. That, in a nutshell, is why they'll NEVER be inducted. These self-professed arbiters of "cool" will never be swayed by the lucid and passionate arguments put forth by fans of the band, irrespective of how much clout these fans have (sorry, Lars, even YOU don't count, in their opinion). Along with Eddie Trunk, I believe that this institution is unfit to call itself anything like a Hall Of Fame while it excludes the most enduring and influential acts of all time, one being DP. Here endeth the rant.

Posted by Ian Chamber Oz on Friday, 04.20.12 @ 05:10am


ooops, proofed everything but my name...

Posted by Ian Chambers Oz on Friday, 04.20.12 @ 05:12am


I didn't realize DP wasn't inducted. I always thought they were there by default. After all they helped build rock and Roll. This takes a lot of credit way from RRHOF. WTF are they thinking?

Posted by Verlyn on Wednesday, 05.2.12 @ 22:58pm


They helped build hard rock, but rock? nah, that'd happened at least 13 yeas before purple.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 13:33pm


These might be only members of Deep Purple inducted:

01. Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
02. Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1968–1975, 1984–1993)
03. Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1968–1976, 1984–2001)
04. Ian Gillan – lead vocals (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
05. Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1969–1973, 1984–present)

All the other early members of Deep Purple were only with the band for under 5 years.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 06.26.12 @ 22:53pm


Hell, it's an honor nowadays NOT to be elected. DP, Tull, SRV...those 3 ommisions alone tell you all you need to know about the RRHF

Posted by The Gonz on Thursday, 07.5.12 @ 12:09pm


True that. It's plain stupid how an act like Pretenders are in first ballot but much more worthy acts like Tull and Purple are still not inducted.

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 07.5.12 @ 13:56pm


Let's face it, when a guy who sings about little pink houses makes it in and a band whose riff from Smoke on the Water is "Beginning Guitar 101" lesson #1, well....somethin's fishy. John Cougar?! Give me a F-U-C-*-ING break!

Posted by The Gonz on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 08:49am


Oh, there's far less deserving people than John Cougar. Percy Sledge for example.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 11:59am


Agreed GFW. You can fit all of his hit singles on one 45.

Posted by The Gonz on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 12:12pm


Not to mention that "When A Man Loves A Woman" isn't very good. He bellows his way through the whole song and the lyrics just make him seem really pathetic.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 12:30pm


"Oh, there's far less deserving people than John Cougar. Percy Sledge for example."

Yeah, really. Mellencamp's "Pink Houses", while not his best song, was at least intended sarcastically/ironically. Deep Purple is more important, but "Rain on the Scarecrow", probably Mellencamp's best hit, was a great social commentary that probably trumps a great amount of Purple's work... I certainly don't view him as a third-rate heartland rock singer/songwriter like John Cafferty or Bryan Adams or Tom Cochrane or whoever...

You have to compare the best songs/albums of each bands, or otherwise you could say something like "Night Ranger is better than the Beach Boys because Sister Christian is better than Kokomo". It is by the way, as Kokomo might very well be the worst song ever released by a HoF band, although Aerosmith and RHCP give them a run for their money...as will Weezer if they're ever inducted (I WILL take "Kokomo" over "Beverly Hills"...) And no, none of those songs should EVER be inducted here...

Now, comparing Deep Purple's most iconic song ("Smoke on the Water") with Mellencamp's ("Jack and Diane"), Purple definitely wins that, but just because Mellencamp has released some stupid material (and I wouldn't really call "Pink Houses" quite as stupid as you think) is no reason to argue against him. ANYONE in the Hall if they stayed active beyond their prime has recorded some stupid material...

It's not like Mellencamp was inducted on his first year or something. Now if your main point is the RNRHOF overrepresenting singer/songwriters and underrepresenting hard rock/metal, you're probably correct, but there were better ways to say that... And I personally think Mellencamp is a better singer/songwriter than Bob Seger is...

Posted by Sean on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 13:02pm


Purple is objectively more deserving than Mellencamp.

Also worst song made by an ROF band? How about Cocksucker Blues by the Stones?

Posted by GFW on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 13:06pm


I'm no fan of Deep Purple (songs like My Woman from Tokyo are the reason I stopped listening to classic rock stations), but it's impossible to deny their importance in the hard rock arena of the 1970s. Let's face it, is there another guitar riff from that decade that's as instantly recognizable or iconic as Smoke on the Water? I'll leave it to the DP fans to make their case for the RRHOF.

GFW, I totally agree with you on both The Guy with All those Last Names (as Beavis & Butthead once called John Cougar Mellencamp) and Percy Sledge. Two of the most undeserving inductees in my book. Sledge is a second-rate soul/R&B singer who's not worthy of wearing Sam Cooke's socks and Mellencamp, well, his voice is grating and he's another blinded sheep who uses his music as a soapbox for his politics.

Posted by Zach on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 20:49pm


I am shocked that absolutely nobody here at FRL has broken this news as of yet, Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies at 71, 1941-2012, rest in peace!

:'-(

Posted by Rick Vendl II on Monday, 07.16.12 @ 22:13pm


RIP, Jon Lord

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 07.16.12 @ 22:19pm


Deep Purple: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

01. Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)
02. Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1968–1975, 1984–1993)
03. Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1968–1976, 1984–2001)
04. Rod Evans – lead vocals (1968–1969)
05. Nick Simper – bass (1968–1969)
06. Ian Gillan – lead vocals (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)
07. Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1969–1973, 1984–present)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 07.16.12 @ 22:35pm


maybe now in light of jon lords passing, the rock and roll hall of shame will finally nominate and induct deep purple in 2013, am i right? RIP: Jon Lord. U will be deeply missed in the rock world.

Posted by chris on Tuesday, 07.17.12 @ 14:56pm


I certainly hope they'll be nominated, and I have a good feeling they'll be, but not because of Jon Lord's passing. Deep Purple is the most important hard rock act not in the Hall. If I'm right, every hard rock act that got inducted the last couple of years, named Deep Purple as one of the, if not the most glaring omission. I believe it was Slash who said: "If they induct Deep Purple, I'll shut up."

I have a feeling this year's ballot will look more like an obituary. Seeing the reactions from RRHOF Nominating Committee members, Donna Summer is a lock. And I know many people think that both Whitney Houston and The Monkees are likely to get a consideration. I think the odds are somewhat higher that Deep Purple finally will be nominated.

Posted by The_Claw on Tuesday, 07.17.12 @ 16:26pm


RIP, Jon Lord.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 02:54am


ur right. it will be more of an obituary but wit deep purple and the monkees. i dont see donna summer or whitney houston getting in because they are both pop/disco acts and last time i checked its called the rock and roll hall of fame, not the disco hall of fame.

Posted by chris on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 10:04am


RIP Jon Lord. Sorry mate :( Don't worry, Wenner isn't worthy of shining your shoes. The legacy of yourself and the band speaks for itself.

The Mark 1 stuff is way underrated by the way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfRJqBQ5eTM&feature=related

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 07.18.12 @ 18:35pm


Child In Time and Perfect Strangers are awesome tracks!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.24.12 @ 19:33pm


Deep Purple

01. Ian Paice
02. Ritchie Blackmore
03. Jon Lord
04. Rod Evans
05. Nick Simper
06. Ian Gillan
07. Roger Glover
08. David Coverdale
09. Glenn Hughes
10. Tommy Bolin
11. Joe Lynn Turner
12. Joe Satriani
13. Steve Morse
14. Don Airey
15. Mel Galley

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.28.12 @ 09:26am


Deep Purple name dropped three times in the past four years at Rock Hall induction ceremonies by Metallica, Alice Cooper and Guns N' Roses. Deep Purple will have many inductees voting for them now once they are nominated. Maybe that's how the Rock Hall wants it. Getting all the Deep Purple fans inducted first so they can vote for Deep Purple.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 08.28.12 @ 10:43am


Names dropped by the Rock Hall on their Deep Purple page-it looks like David Coverdale will be inducted with Deep Purple:

Deep Purple

Jon Lord
Ritchie Blackmore
Rod Evans
Ian Paice
Ian Gillan
Roger Glover
David Coverdale
Glenn Hughes

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.4.12 @ 08:06am


20 years! Now let's work on Tull and SRV.

Posted by gonzer on Friday, 10.5.12 @ 07:19am


I am shocked DEEP PURPLE were not already in. Good Lord!!

Posted by Clark on Saturday, 10.6.12 @ 13:51pm


2 full decades worth of snubbing makes even an induction of Deep Purple invalid in my eyes. Only the death of a member so thoroughly robbed of a righteous induction that he essentially died of old age in his 70. I'd rather have Lord alive than a blackmail and a farce of an induction. I sincerely hope Deep Purple tell the Hall to follow Jon's example and drop dead.

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 09:34am


Cleveland, RRHOF - F'ing idiots

Posted by R K on Saturday, 10.13.12 @ 02:18am


"Cleveland, RRHOF - F'ing idiots"

Posted by R K

RRHOF Nomination and Induction decisions are not made in Cleveland. They're made in New York.

Posted by Bill G. on Saturday, 10.13.12 @ 09:15am


Deep Purple

01. Rod Evans
02. Ritchie Blackmore
03. Jon Lord
04. Nicky Simper
05. Ian Paice
06. Ian Gillan
07. Roger Glover
08. David Coverdale
09. Glenn Hughes
10. Tommy Bolin

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.30.12 @ 07:19am


Deep Purple

01. Rod Evans
02. Ritchie Blackmore
03. Jon Lord
04. Nick Simper
05. Ian Paice
06. Ian Gillan
07. Roger Glover
08. David Coverdale
09. Glenn Hughes
10. Tommy Bolin

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.31.12 @ 06:51am


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/deep-purple-self-evaluation-time-again-19730621#ixzz2BYNMGp84

Deep Purple: Self-Evaluation Time Again

With a massive following, the prototype heavy-metal band say they need to reestablish themselves from within

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 11.7.12 @ 08:06am


I think the Rock Hall plans certain things to happen in a certain way. Sometimes they actually use seniority. Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, The Moody Blues, The Monkees, Chicago, Kiss and Rush are the artists that the public complains about the most for not being in the Rock And Roll Halll Of Fame.

Neil Diamond and Alice Cooper are now in. So, the Rock Hall inducts Neil Diamond first in 2011. Neil Diamond wrote and performed the original Kentucky Woman. Kentucky Woman was covered by Deep Purple. Deep Purple is mentioned in Neil Diamond's Rock Hall biography. Deep Purple gets nominated for the Rock Hall two years after Neil Diamond, and Neil Diamond will be mentioned in Deep Purple's Rock Hall bio. Neil Diamond also wrote songs for The Monkees. The Monkees pre-date Deep Purple by three years, but Deep Purple was more Rock than The Monkees, so Deep Purple gets inducted first. The Monkees will be inducted next.

Neil Diamond ---> Deep Purple ---> The Monkees

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 12.8.12 @ 10:49am


Induct these guys already.

Posted by Mr.Stone on Monday, 12.10.12 @ 17:02pm


Heart and Rush will add to the Deep Purple votes next year!

Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Howard Leese, Roger Fisher, Steve Fossen, Michael DeRosier, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 16:18pm


I'm sure Deep Purple got enough votes this year to return to the ballot next year. Black Sabbath was nominated 8 times (six of those years, straight).

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 12.19.12 @ 10:31am


"The funky Claude was running in and out/Pulling kids out of ground"

RIP, Claude Nobs

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 01.10.13 @ 23:34pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fQK4Jn_mhVU#!

David Coverdale of Deep Purple and Whitesnake sings Chicago's Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is with The Government, 1971

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.23.13 @ 09:28am


I think the Rock Hall plans certain things to happen in a certain way. Sometimes they actually use seniority. Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Genesis, Deep Purple, The Moody Blues, The Monkees, Chicago, Kiss and Rush are the artists that the public complains about the most for not being in the Rock And Roll Halll Of Fame.

Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Genesis are now in. So, the Rock Hall inducts Neil Diamond first in 2011. Neil Diamond wrote and performed the original Kentucky Woman. Kentucky Woman was covered by Deep Purple. Deep Purple is mentioned in Neil Diamond's Rock Hall biography. Deep Purple gets nominated for the Rock Hall two years after Neil Diamond, and Neil Diamond will be mentioned in Deep Purple's Rock Hall bio. Neil Diamond also wrote songs for The Monkees. The Monkees pre-date Deep Purple by three years, but Deep Purple was more Rock than The Monkees, so Deep Purple gets inducted first. The Monkees will be inducted next.

Neil Diamond ---> Deep Purple ---> The Monkees

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 02.5.13 @ 09:09am


Deep Purple and the Monkees and Kiss on the same ballot next year! You'll see!!

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.19.13 @ 02:41am


This could prove really interesting. I really like their third album,"Deep Purple" with 'April' and 'Blind.' That was back in the day when Deep Purple was considered by many to be "progressive rock." Last year, progressive rock titans Rush were nominated and then inducted this year. Now, if progressive rock godfathers, The Moody Blues are pitted against Deep Purple, I believe that The Moody Blues will win. The members of Rush have endorsed both bands, so it could be quite an interesting contest. I expect Ritchie Blackmore to return prior to their induction, however. The late great Jon Lord helped to maintain stability in the band. His passing last year was a very sad occasion; he will be greatly missed.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 05.6.13 @ 04:54am


Rush ---> Moody Blues ---> Yes, Deep Purple ----> King Crimson ---> Jethro Tull ---> Gentle Giant ---> Dream Theater

Rush ---> E.L.O. ---> Styx ---> Procol Harum---> Styx
---> Kansas

Rush ---> Duran Duran ---> Roxy Music



Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 05.6.13 @ 05:05am


Jon Lord got a posthumous nod this year, and with the business of Rush being in now done, it seems there's a chance for 2014. The snag might be Yes still not being in, and don't really see both getting in the same year, just because you'd have to book a separate hall to fit all the band members and families from all of the lineups (dumb joke).

Then there's King Crimson. I happen to prefer the music of Yes to either Crimson or Purple but don't see as much of a push for Yes as there is for the first WOBM or for the prog godfather, Fripp. But let's face it, Deep Purple and YES were HUGE compared to Crimson, and Purple's influence is too wide-reaching to ignore. I would put Purple in before both, and before Priest, just looking at the hard rock and metal side of things.

And again, now that this business with Rush has been completed, things can open up on the hard rock, metal and prog side of things. I hope ...

Posted by JDM on Monday, 05.20.13 @ 17:58pm


I don't hold out much hope. Sure, Rush getting in should open things up (FINALLY) for Purple and Yes. I expect KISS to be inducted in the next few years as well. Beyond that... Procol Harum and The Moody Blues might get in, but I think that'll be the cut off point for prog. I don't see this group as enlightened enough to vote for King Crimson, sadly; ELP would probably have to get in first and that's not happening anytime soon.

If Sabbath (who's influence is even better documented than Purple's) took years to get in, then Judas Priest and Iron Maiden really have no chance. You'll probably need new blood on the committee to get the ball rolling for metal.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 05.20.13 @ 18:37pm


Forget about the KISS snub, which is weird because we had a KISS Army membership in our house in the late '70s (it was technically my brother's but we shared it). I see them as more of a wild card, though, same with bands like Cheap Trick, who may never get in. How much influence did they really have? Were they pioneering the music (not even close to Purple). Can they be inducted same year as Purple (sure). Do they have "Smoke on the Water" (no)?

So I'm really starting to believe that Deep Purple's induction will happen soon, and -- much like the Rush business -- their induction will (I hope) open the door for the deserving second WOBM bands. This would be the sensible thing -- remove the "what about Deep Purple?" question, then look at Priest and Maiden.

On the other hand, all it may do is open the door for Def Leppard some year, which (apologies to anyone who digs them) would leave me agreeing that Priest and Maiden have no chance ... I hope that doesn't happen.

Posted by JDM on Monday, 05.20.13 @ 20:03pm


Unless more than 8 acts are inducted next year, I fully expect Deep Purple to be inducted in 2015. I expect both Deep Purple and The Moody Blues to be nominated in the late autumn of this year.

Since Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have both endorsed The Moody Blues and since The Moody Blues are considered the major "prog band," they will probably win the fan vote. Then of course, there will be the contest between the "prog" band (The Moody Blues) and the "hard rock" act (Deep Purple). In almost every instance, the "prog band" will be inducted. Yes will be the major "prog" competitor in 2014. By late 2014, however, I expect Deep Purple to get their long awaited
induction nod.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 09:38am


Are the Moody Blues considered the major prog band? The consideration should include King Crimson, Yes, ELP. Which one first? I'm not sure what the answer is, and there's no prog band recognized yet, possibly because it's not clear what the answer is.

On the metal side of things, the answer is clearly Deep Purple (obviousness is an advantage with the HOF voting, it seems). Where the prog bands go in ahead of the metal bands will probably start happening after Purple gets inducted and more serious consideration is given to the deserving second WOBM bands. Then it will be - "wait, we haven't figured out this prog thing yet!" And Maiden will have to wait a few more years.

And then there's the "so what" factor? Maybe Enigmaticus is right and this is shifting in the Moody Blues' favor. But I think "so what" hurts Yes and ELP and prog bands in general. And it'll definitely hurt Janes Addiction on this next ballot. So if we don't vote for Janes, they won't get in, but ... so what, really?

But with Deep Purple, it's just kinda insulting to even ask so what? They've gotta be a lock for next year, and the surviving guys from Nirvana and everyone will get to play "Smoke on the Water" for a monster induction jam. It'll be cool.

Posted by JDM on Wednesday, 05.22.13 @ 20:29pm


Deep Purple

01. Rod Evans (1968-1969: vocals)
02. Nick Simper (1968-1969: bass guitar)
03. Ritchie Blackmore (1968-1975; 1984-1993: guitar; Rainbow)
04. Jon Lord (1968-1976; 1984-2002: organ, keyboards; Whitesnake)
05. Ian Paice (1968-1976; 1984-Present: drums, percussion; Whitesnake)
06. Ian Gillan (1969-1973; 1984-1989; 1992-Present: vocals, harmonica, percussion; Episode Six)
07. Roger Glover (1969-1973; 1984-Present: bass guitar; Episode Six, Rainbow)
08. David Coverdale (1973-1976: vocals; Whitesnake)
09. Glenn Hughes (1973-1976: bass guitar)
10. Steve Morse (1994-Present: guitars, vocals; Dixie Dregs, Kansas)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 10:19am


Why is every original member of Deep Purple except for Nick Simper, mentioned in the Rock Hall nominee bio? Should we be reading something into this?

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.31.13 @ 10:16am


Rod Evans, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, David Coverdale, and Glenn Hughes are all mentioned in the Rock Hall's nominees page for Deep Purple, but Nick Simper isn't. He was on all the same albums as Rod Evans. The first three Deep Purple albums.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 05.31.13 @ 10:22am


Musicality is supposed to be one of the prime prerequisites for induction into the hall. Deep Purple had three of the finest musicians ever, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, and Ian Paice. They had changes over the years, but the Mark II group was the best of the best. I was surprised they were not already in when I looked a few months ago. They will get in this year, I'm almost positive, they definitely deserve it.

Posted by Dana on Monday, 09.2.13 @ 09:25am


Was it?

I happen to prefer the Mark I version more, especially Deep Purple's third album, "Deep Purple." That album had 'April' and 'Blind' on it. In my honest opinion, those are two of Deep Purple's greatest songs. The way that the late Jon Lord's organ and Ritchie Blackmore's guitar melded into a cohesive whole was mesmerizing, to say the least.

Of course, what do you think about Deep Purple Mark III with David Coverdale?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.2.13 @ 13:13pm


Musicality is supposed to be one of the prime prerequisites for induction into the hall. Deep Purple had three of the finest musicians ever, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, and Ian Paice. They had changes over the years, but the Mark II group was the best of the best. I was surprised they were not already in when I looked a few months ago. They will get in this year, I'm almost positive, they definitely deserve it.

Posted by Dana on Monday, 09.2.13 @ 09:25am

I could not agree more Dana, although "Deep Purple" is still my favorite album of theirs. You have certainly made a compelling argument. Of course, Deep Purple sits in an almost unique position; they went from "symphonic progressive rock" to "hard rock," whereas Rush evolved from "hard rock" to "heavy progressive rock" to "heavy symphonic progressive rock" to "symphonic progressive rock" to "art rock" to "eclectic progressive rock."

Deep Purple had inspired so many great artists over the years by doing these their own way.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.2.13 @ 13:57pm


Deep Purple should have been inducted long ago. The Rock & Roll hall of Fame should be called the Rock & Roll Hall Of Shame because of this over site. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is nothing more then a Dog & pony Show, half the acts in there are not even Rock & Roll Acts, it should be named the Music Hall Of fame! Deep Purple is long over due for this honor if you want to call it that, I know from what I read the Band does not really care, but they know the fans like me do!

Posted by Mike Serbst on Friday, 10.11.13 @ 22:30pm


Members of Deep Purple, Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses are forming a supergroup!

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.14.13 @ 21:05pm


Deep Purple

01. Rod Evans (1968-1969: vocals)
02. Nick Simper (1968-1969: bass guitar)
03. Ritchie Blackmore (1968-1975; 1984-1993: guitar; Rainbow)
04. Jon Lord (1968-1976; 1984-2002: organ, keyboards; Whitesnake)
05. Ian Paice (1968-1976; 1984-Present: drums, percussion; Whitesnake)
06. Ian Gillan (1969-1973; 1984-1989; 1992-Present: vocals, harmonica, percussion; Episode Six)
07. Roger Glover (1969-1973; 1984-Present: bass guitar; Episode Six, Rainbow)
08. David Coverdale (1973-1976: vocals; Whitesnake)
09. Glenn Hughes (1973-1976: bass guitar)
10. Steve Morse (1994-Present: guitars, vocals; Dixie Dregs, Kansas)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.15.13 @ 23:20pm


Only Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes are mention in the intro to the Deep Purple bio at the Rock Hall.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.16.13 @ 01:07am


Deep Purple's first three albums were released between 1968-1969. Nick Simper was the bassist on all three albums, He is not mentioned in the bio intro for Deep Purple on the Rock Hall site. I hope this does not mean he is not being considered for induction. He was interviewed for the Deep Purple Behind the Music episode.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.16.13 @ 07:36am


Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Who Will Vote For Deep Purple

The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Rush, Heart, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Genesis, The Stooges, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders, The Police, Blondie, The Clash, Ramones, Van Halen, U2, R.E.M, Traffic, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 10:51am


Roy,

You made the mistake of putting Pink Floyd TWICE on that list. Maybe you should put Neil Diamond on the list because Deep Purple covered his "Kentucky Woman"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 10.18.13 @ 12:44pm


Deep Purple will be getting 9 additional votes this year thanks to the inductions of Heart and Rush. Will this be enough to get them inducted? Will Deep Purple get passed over as many times as Black Sabbath was?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 14:07pm


The way that I see it, Deep Purple's biggest competitor this year is KISS. KISS did not have a guitar player of the calibre of Ritchie Blackmore, nor did they have a keyboardist as great as the late Jon Lord, nor Don Airey, or a vocalist as great as either Ian Gillian, Glenn Hughes, or David Coverdale. If I was going to guess which one would be inducted between Deep Purple and KISS, my guess would be that the members of the Hall Of Fame will support Deep Purple. It's really quite a shame that Jon Lord had passed away last year and will be inducted posthumously. :-(

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 12.2.13 @ 07:35am


That's what a a lot of people are saying, Enig. However, I disagree. KISS is their most direct competition, but Nirvana is their biggest threat. Everyone's been talking about Nirvana as the newly eligible shoo-in, and rightly so, but what they forget is that being the aggressive, angry-sounding grunge pioneers they were, they were ALSO a "hard-rock" band. They will fit the "guitar band" slot, and not necessitate having another hard rock guitar act to join them. If they want another guitar act, it'll likely be either Link Wray or Linda Ronstadt.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.2.13 @ 11:26am


I was certainly surprised by both Nirvana and KISS being inducted over either Yes, or Deep Purple. Okay, let me qualify this: I was not surprised by Nirvana's induction, but I was absolutely shocked by KISS's induction.

Now, the playing field has become even more crowded. The induction of KISS could possibly open up the doors for a nomination, or perhaps, the induction of Twisted Sister.

Of course, when given the choice between inducting Deep Purple, or KISS, I would have chosen Deep Purple. The more Deep Purple music that I hear, the more that I am starting to like it. I had recently purchased "Burn" and I may purchase "Machine Head" in the not too distant future.

As I had said before, I still think that Deep Purple's third album is still their best work, but I am opening up to the possibilities of becoming more familiar with Mark II, Mark III and Mark V Deep Purple, as well.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 12.31.13 @ 09:13am


As much as I want the Deep Purple Mark II lineup and don't mind David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes being included, but I'm wondering, why is Rod Evans being considered as an inductee? Are they trying to make it up to him for the 1980 mishap? I have nothing against Rod Evans being inducted, but if he's going to be inducted, then Ronnie James Dio, Tony Martin, Vinny Appice, and Geoff Nicholls should have been inducted with Sabbath.

Posted by DioFan on Friday, 01.24.14 @ 02:33am


You knew Nirvana was going in. And although I am not a fan of KISS, their induction is acceptable. Deep Purple being snubbed again is outright ridiculous. I don't care which versions of DP they put in, the reality is Deep Purple the band were and still are one of the most influential bands in RnR history.

@ Enigmaticus - don't think the LISS induction will lead the way to a nomination & induction for Twisted Sister ever. TS is still waiting to record a song worth listening to. Besides, TS owes more to Arthur "Killer" Kane of the NY Dolls than anyone else.

@ JDM - a Def Leppard induction would not rule out inductions for Maiden and Priest. DL and Maiden certainly belong - not sure that Priest has the chops, but Rob's popularity may help with this.

The biggest snubs after Deep Purple based on influence alone are King Crimson, NY Dolls, ELP.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 01.27.14 @ 09:06am


For those who are interested, the "Behind The Music: Remastered" episode on Deep Purple is scheduled to air on VH-1 Classic at 2 p.m. E.D.T. on March 31, 2014.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 03.31.14 @ 02:34am


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