Voting is still open to see Deep Purple inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. For the first time ever the general public have also been offered a vote. The fact that the ceremony next year would be almost exactly 45 years after they formed would be a nice coincidence too. Purple’s non-appearance amidst the galaxy of stars inducted ahead of them has been a bone of contention amongst some fans for a while now but their cause has not been helped by the difficulties inherent in getting some of the key members together to accept the honour. Paicey has suggested that the induction is now so embarrasingly long overdue he’d rather decline, while Blackmore has told Billboard he “couldn’t care less. I would never go. I’m not really a fan of that stuff. Considering some of the people that are in the Hall of Fame, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea, so I don’t care one way or the other, actually.” It is a bit of a US centred list but then as it’s based in Cleveland you kind of expect that. By and large it’s not that far off kilter though, given a few pet hates most people looking at the list could come up with. I think he’s just miffed ‘cos Talking Heads beat them to it. And if they can get together on stage after all their bickering over the years…!