Rock Hall Reportedly Not Letting Deep Purple in Because They See Them as One-Hit Wonder

Ian Gillan explains the situation, categorically rules out Blackmore reunion for the potential induction.

Rock Hall Reportedly Not Letting Deep Purple in Because They See Them as One-Hit Wonder
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As rock icons Deep Purple are getting snubbed by the Rock Hall year after year, vocalist Ian Gillan explained that the reason behind such a state could be the fact that the institution sees the band as a "one-hit wonder."

"I've heard quotes of somebody on the [Rock Hall voting] committee saying, 'Well, Deep Purple can't be in it, because they were a one-hit wonder,'" he told the Rolling Stone. "I don't know if they were referring to 'Hush' or 'Smoke on the Water' or 'Child in Time' or 'Highway Star' or 'Perfect Strangers,' any of those one hit wonders that we were.

"I think it would be undignified for us to enter the fray and stamp our feet and say, 'Yeah, we don't need it anyway.' It's really an American thing. We don't really understand it, but if I treat it with respect, we'll see what happens. That's all I can say."

Prompted to comment about reunion chances with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in case Purple are ever inducted into the Hall, Ian categorically refused such a scenario, calling it "unconscionable" and unfair towards Steve Morse.

"Well, we are the living, breathing Deep Purple. This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band. And it would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in," he said.

"I don't have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone. I've been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything's cool, so there's no bitter, personal problem. We're too old for that and everything's in the past, but no. That would be out of the question. How insulting that would be to Steve Morse, for example? So if that's the stumbling block, fair enough. Never the twain shall meet."

Further elaborating the Blackmore situation, the vocalist confessed that he was "just as much of an asshole as Ritchie was. But Ritchie carried it on for a little longer," also pointing out that "had Ritchie stayed with the band, it would have been all over," therefore dubbing the axeman's departure the group's chance to rebuild.

Purple's latest studio effort, "Now What?!" saw its release in April 2013 via earMusic. Check out the "Vincent Price" single below.

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    Progukkeli
    Smoke on the water, when a blind man cries, perfect strangers, highway star, space truckin', pictures of home, no one came, woman from Tokyo, child in time, black night, burn, strange kind of woman, lazy, knocking at your back door etc. ONE-HIT WONDER!? WHAT THE F*CK!?
    mitchy86
    stairway to heaven
    Bati
    Panama
    mitchy86
    Iron man
    cfhdomination
    When A Blind Man Cries is freaking brilliant. Go to YouTube and search When A Blind Man Cries with Jeff Healey. Absolutely beautiful.
    metalme31
    The Rock & Roll HOF doesn't mean sh*t to fans and artists, but... Deep Purple... one hit wonders??? Are you f*cking kidding me???!
    theogonia777
    Maybe not to fans, but I mean... Gene Simmons had always seemed pretty butthurt about getting rejected for so long.
    ProgFripp74
    Yeah but honestly, even so called "fans" of kiss could barely name more than 2 songs they've done, their image is the only reason why they were popular.
    eds1275
    I don't particularly like the band at all, but it's more because of how sloppy I think all the music is. That being said, they do have a lot of ok songs, just just piss poor recordings. Also, I think a lot of musicians at the very least know Strutter, Detroit Rock City, Cold Gin, Black Diamond, Firehouse, God of Thunder, Love Gun... There's a bunch more. I think the ideas are alright, but they never impressed me with the execution. I knew kids in junior high who could outplay Ace >.>
    tonello
    I agree with that but the reason why Kiss is so popular is because of the image. None of them are good musicians.
    ChucklesMginty
    Rock and Roll All Nite, Strutter, Crazy Crazy Nights, Deuce, Love Gun, Detroit Rock City, I Was Made for Loving You, Forever. I could go on...
    metallideth88
    Didn't you hear. They disposed of the ashes to the DJ who started the "Rock n Roll" phrase so they can put Beyonce's customes? That place is filled with a bunch of idiots, its a plague.
    metallideth88
    One hit wonder is really horrible to call Deep Purple. I am assuming they were referring to Smoke on the Water? Or Highway star?
    Fleur de Lys
    It's just because Deep Purple never were part of the commercial "hit-business". They've always been in the "good-music" business though.
    paulstephenmaso
    What the actual ****. Since when does 100 million albums sold = one hit wonder?
    seance
    Keep in mind this is just one guy's apparent quote making it through the grapevine. I really doubt it's actual criteria for choosing.
    the_bi99man
    If anyone involved in the rock hall actually said that, it's justification to fire every single one of them, tear the place down, and build again from scratch. It's so laughably asinine I can't even comprehend it.
    iommi600
    The fact that people still care about the RRHoF in 2014 truly amazes me.
    Von II
    As long as the media keeps reporting it, and we keep commenting on it, it continues on I guess.
    murtoll
    Space Truckin' is enough to put four generations of Deep Purple members in the hall.
    Playtodie
    In fact, I think RRHoF is made of professionnal trolls. I mean, to introduce Madonna and say Deep Purple is a one-hit wonder, among others things, you have to be a troll.
    PatchworkMan
    Reminder that Percy Sledge, the quintessential one-hit wonder, is already in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
    TheLiberation
    I absolutely love his way of speaking - nice and calm, but overflowing with sarcasm at the edges. (No irony from me, I seriously think it fits.)
    ebmusicman16
    Obviously the people who run the RRHoF are naive and don't actually listen to Deep Purple. Even if they ignore anything from the last 18 years which is still selling and people still like and listen to then you are left with the bands more successful years and many great hits. How would they even be considered as some of the founders of metal if they are a one hit wonder.
    the_bi99man
    Well yeah. It's become increasingly obvious over the years that the rock hall is run by literally anyone and everyone BUT the people who should be charge. The rock hall voting committee is clearly a bunch of senile old retards who don't even know what rock music is, and never did.
    Eifler121
    Certainly if the Hollies qualify...you would think...
    Chance888
    Yeah, The Hollies were pretty big... the genius of Graham Nash is extremely underrated
    HitmanJenkins
    I never had The Hollies down as a one hit wonder, they were pretty big in the UK, so I guess it might be different in the States?