Posts Tagged ‘Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame’

Shades of

April 13, 2016

I could not resist putting up this photograph of some of the guys at their table during the evening. As far as I can recall the last time you could have taken this shot was back in 1975 at the Butterfly Ball concert.  I can sort of understand all the aggro and stuff which goes on between artists but it is nice to see them together like this.

Rock & Roll conference

And for people who collect Deep Purple and related programmes, there was one produced for the evening, shown here.  There isn’t much about the band in, and just a small montage of the 8 inductees.  But people are disposing of them online if you want to try and grab one before they all vanish.




And then there were Eight

April 7, 2016

Deep Purple Rock & Roll Hall of Fame display

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have revealed their display for the Class of 2016, a small collection of memorabilia relating to the groups who are inducted this week.  The display is written up in the local press at

but the two snaps show the Deep Purple artifacts – a pair of stage shoes, I’m not sure whose as the picture is too small, and more excitingly Ritchie’s original Gibson, which I think is still privately owned. And a copy of Jerry’s fanzine by the looks of it.

Deep Purple Rock & Roll Hall of Fame display

The ceremony is this Friday (8th) and apparently you can watch it via some sort of ticketed broadcast,  but there will be a public TV edit of the evening at the end of April.
I do know one fan who is going (thought you’d sneak it past us eh Andy!) and if you’re local tickets are still available.
The rather crass montage of the band shows just 8 of the 10 members of the original band, so it’s still anyone’s guess who will be there!  Ah well, if they can “forget” to invite Mick Taylor to the new Rolling Stones exhibition then they’ll be in good company.

They’re coming to take me away…

October 28, 2015


‘Who The Hell Wants To Be In An Institution?’ asks Ian Gillan in a recent interview with a journalist in Chile. No, it’s not his family trying to sneak him off to assisted living that he’s complaining about, but an old favourite gripe topic amongst Purple fans everywhere, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He’s recalling the quip a few months back from the people running this institution that Purple were “one-hit wonders.”
“Whatever I say about that is gonna sound wrong. But who the hell wants to be in an institution? The Hall Of Fame thing, it’s an American thing. We don’t have that in England or Germany or Australia or Russia or anywhere in the world apart from America. And it’s an institution. What’s that got to do with rock and roll? Also, it’s run by these old guys who thought that THE MONKEES were America’s answer to THE BEATLES. And they called DEEP PURPLE [Laughs]… I don’t think they quite understand what we are… They called us one-hit wonders. So I don’t know what they were talking about… whether it was ‘Hush’ or ‘Black Night’ or ‘Strange Kind Of Woman’, ‘Smoke On The Water’, ‘Child In Time’, ‘Knocking At Your Back Door’ or one of those one-hit wonders that we were… ‘Highway Star’… I just don’t know. And I guess the fans don’t really understand it except in America. It’s no big deal.”
The bizarre thing is that the Hall of Fame still seem to be unable to think of inviting important bands off their own bat, and instead rely on getting fans to vote. The local news website is now suggesting that some clever clogs rigged a computer up to vote multiple times for a number of bands, including Deep Purple. Apparently it’s still possible to vote 15 times in a day, before you’re then blocked and have to go off and watch Loose Women, and wait 24 hours before doing the same thing all over again. One fan has rightly commented that “Chicago is in first place with more than 37.4 million votes. If there are that many Chicago fans, the band should release a new album tomorrow and watch it go quadruple platinum in a week!”
I don’t see what’s wrong with making people post their votes in like Sounds used to do. As it is Purple had been boosted into sixth place, with 16 million more votes than the seventh placed Janet Jackson.  Come on Ian, just a quick flash of the hairy chest on Superbowl day and you’re in with a shout!
And the photo?  Not from Chile, but a recent French TV interview screen grabbed at an awkward moment! Hopefully IG was far too charmed by his hostess to catch what was going on behind them.

Hall of Fame

November 5, 2012

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…!

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