Lars Ulrich is a fan of Deep Purple. For that matter, so am I. However, I don't have quite the national coverage he does. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lars touted Deep Purple as being long-overdue for induction.
And he has a great point.
Debates can go on forever about who should and shouldn't go into the R&R Hall of Fame. But let's just throw a couple of names out there, and you decide if they should have been enshrined before Deep Purple.
1: Beastie Boys - Yes, they're the biggest selling rap group since 1991. But this isn't the Rap Hall of Fame. Sorry.
2: Ritchie Valens - Don't hassle me for this!! I have a lot of nostalgia for The Day the Music Died. I understand its significance, and place in history. I have even visited the site of the plane crash, and left guitar picks for Ritchie, Buddy, and J.P. But outside of LaBamba, can you name another one of his songs?
3: Paul McCartney - Okay, I'm kidding on this one. Sir Paul belongs in every every HOF.
The point is, Deep Purple should have been in long ago. Original members only? Okay, if that's what you want, but unlike KISS, you'd be cheating "The Hall" if you left out those who followed. Deep Purples current and past members reads like a who's who of talent. Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore are iconic names in rock and roll, but how about these members, who came through the lineup over the years? David Coverdale, Tommy Bolin, Glenn Hughes, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Morse and Joe Satriani have all done stints in the band. Do you think a talent stock of that level is going to join just any old rock band? Deep Purple belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.