IanPaice640 Prior to the announcement today (December 17th), that Deep Purple will be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, drummer Ian Paice said there could be tension at the reception.

He told Classic Rock, “Well, who would they induct? There have been so many members of this band, even if they say it will be core members, who would it be?

“You also have to bear in mind, that if some people are inducted together, it could end in a punch up. I don’t need to tell anyone certain key members and former members of this band do not get on. Personally, I think they would be better off inducting us individually. That avoids the problem.”

Again prior to the announcement, Paice said, “As for playing live, again who would be involved? You’d have the same situation as for an induction. This one won’t play with that one – it could be a mess. The Hall Of Fame should be embarrassed for not inducting us already. Look at some of the non-entities who’ve got in. I won’t name them, but just have a look at some of those names, and you’ll know who I mean. What have they ever done for rock’n’roll? Nothing. Having these artists in before Deep Purple undermines what it is supposed to represent.”

Paice’s opinion of the Rock Hall matches that of Purple’s frontman Ian Gillan, who branded the organisation “bloody arrogant and rude” in October.


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  • James K. on

    I have a strong hunch that Ritchie won’t even show up, so that’s one fight avoided. And Rod Evans, who knew that guy was still alive? Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t he get in hot water once by trying to launch his own version of Deep Purple? I wanna see all these guys get along for one night. Is that too much to ask? They can do it out of respect for Jon. His Hammond Organ pumped through a Marshall amp and blasted for all the world to hear was one of a kind and instantly recognizable. His onstage musical battles with Ritchie are legendary. The biggest tragedy here is Jon doesn’t get to go up on that stage and accept his lifetime achievement recognition. If Deep Purple had been inducted when they were first eligible, Jon was alive and in the band. Too many of us have waited for Deep Purple to finally be recognized, so those old farts need to behave themselves for one night.

  • elliot goldberg on

    ian paice is the Elton john experience.

  • Chris Niforatos on

    Rod Evans tried to get an incarnation of DP off the ground in 1980 when the band was defunct. It was him and a bunch of other no-names. They played several shows until their was a legal injunction. Rod got nailed with an $800k fine. Part of the the reason he hasn’t performed live or seen publicly since 1980, is that if he does perform live he has to pay it towards the settlement. Im not sure how long the statue of limitations are, but I would think its probably over by now. I very much want to see him!!!! BTW why is Nick Simper inducted? WTF is his name not included??? It was Nick’ suggestion that the band play Hush; it was Nick that showed Ritchie the riff to Black Night – Nick nicked off a song from Ricky Nelson called Summertime. Nick still plays around Europe with some band mates from the 1960s prior to DP, as well as playing with a younger bunch of guys from Austria called Nasty Habits…the Nasty Habits group is pretty good. They do great versions of the MK 1 songs…check em out on u tube!!! They have a new album out with Nick called the Dela Frog Conspiracy…

  • Chris on

    The drama surrounding DP members feelings toward one another is epic!! Lets see:

    The unceremonious dumping of Rod Evans and Nick Simper in 1969; neither of these guys have had much contact with any of the band members in 35 plus years

    DP’s lawsuit against Rod Evans– he hasn’t made a public appearance in 35 yrs!!

    Ritchie vs just about everybody!!:) Though I think RB cleared air recently with IG and DC…

    Though never any official public bickering; Ian Gillan and Roger Glover vs David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes; I think these guys get along fine though…

    Steve Morse and Don Airey standing on the outside and looking in; though in all honesty both Steve and Don appear to be level-headed. I don’t they have any animosity toward the selection of the others; if anything they would be the peacemakers between others!!

  • Bill F. on

    Some of you guys are not nearly as funny as you think you are. Tommy Thayer and JLT jokes? That’s like making fun of the retarded.

    I’m just glad they got recognized. The only drama for me is whether Morse and Airey get in; they are far more deserving than Rod Evans and Nick Simper.

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