Metallica drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone that he still hopes to see legendary British heavy rockers Deep Purple inducted into the Hall one day soon. Ulrich explained, “I’m not gonna get into the politics or all that stuff, but I got two words to say: Deep Purple. That’s all I have to say: Deep Purple. Seriously, people, Deep Purple, two simple words in the English language. But definitely, Nirvana is a no-brainer for the first year and I’m glad that Kiss is getting the long-overdue recognition that they deserved for everything that they pioneered, and then I got two words, Deep Purple! Did I say that already?”
When Metallica’s induction was announced in 2009, members James Hetfield, Ulrich and Robert Trujillo were asked who else should be in there:
- Ulrich theorized two years ago why he thought Purple had still not been recognized by the Hall, saying, “What you’ve got to understand is that a lot of the people that have run the selection process are critics, and Deep Purple, as you know, were never a critic’s band — especially in America, because their influence was probably felt more in Europe.”
- Purple, which was founded in 1968 and continues to tour and record to this day, are considered one of the most influential heavy rock groups in history.
- Several of the band’s albums, including In Rock and Machine Head, are considered early heavy metal masterpieces, along with songs like “Highway Star,” “Child In Time” and the classic “Smoke On The Water.”
- Deep Purple was nominated last year but denied entry to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, losing out to such artists as American pop singer-songwriter Randy Newman and R&B singer Donna Summer.