Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Has 'No Respect' For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

October 16, 2015

Deep Purple has received its third nomination to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for 2016. In response, frontman Ian Gillan says that the Hall Of Fame's committee is "bloody arrogant and rude."

Deep Purple has been nominated two previous times since being eligible for induction for over 20 years, and has been named the top act by the public to be admitted into the Rock Hall.

Gillan tells Classic Rock: "I have no respect for them They're the kind of people that having seen A Hard Day's Night decided that The Monkees would be America's equivalent to The Beatles. They've no idea what goes on in the big, wide world outside of their self-arbitrating surroundings.

"To me, those people are bloody arrogant and rude. I've heard that somebody on their committee dismissed us as one-hit wonders. I couldn't figure out whether that was Hush, Kentucky Woman, Black Night, Stange Kind of Woman, Child In Time, Perfect Strangers, Knocking At Your Back Door, or perhaps even âSmoke On The Water.

"I'm very grateful for the other bands and artists that stood up for us with a view to our induction - that's nice of them. But I wish that the Hall Of Fame had had the discretion to ask us first. It's now become a debate in which we are too late to have the final word."

In fact, Gillan had no idea they were nominated for a third time until he was being interviewed!

"I'm sure that my mum would have been pleased and it all sounds very grand, but just take a look at who's in it. I once wrote a song called No Laughing In Heaven which was about not wanting to go to heaven due to the company I'd be keeping, and with a few exceptions, the Hall Of Fame is pretty much the same thing."

Fellow Purple bandmate Roger Glover once said that they might deny their induction if it were to happen. If he felt the same way, Gillan said: "I haven't even given it that much thought. It wouldn't change out lives one way or the other. That probably sounds petty but its not meant to. It's just an annoyance to be honest."

Whether or not Gillan's comments on the Rock Hall's committee may affect Deep Purple's chances of being inducted remains to be seen.

(source: Classic Rock)