Deep Purple's Ian Paice blasts Rock Hall
Deep Purple, N.W.A, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick Chicago will all enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
It has been announced that the five acts have been chosen to be honoured for their incredible music careers and all will be enshrined in history at the 31st annual induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City, on April 8, 2016.
Although Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice is thrilled the 'Smoke On The Water' hitmakers - who were founded in 1968 and recently finished their 'Now What?! World Tour' -
Speaking to the Classic Rock website, the 67-year-old musician said: "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."
And while Ian Gillan fronts the group now, the drummer added that the their many members - including previous lead singers David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Tommy Bolin, Joe Lynn Turner and Rod Evans - should be inducted "individually" to avoid a "punch-up."
He said: "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."