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.

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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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    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!?
    stairway to heaven
    Iron man
    When A Blind Man Cries is freaking brilliant. Go to YouTube and search When A Blind Man Cries with Jeff Healey. Absolutely beautiful.
    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???!
    Maybe not to fans, but I mean... Gene Simmons had always seemed pretty butthurt about getting rejected for so long.
    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.
    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 >.>
    I agree with that but the reason why Kiss is so popular is because of the image. None of them are good musicians.
    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...
    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.
    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.
    What the actual ****. Since when does 100 million albums sold = one hit wonder?
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Space Truckin' is enough to put four generations of Deep Purple members in the hall.
    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.
    Reminder that Percy Sledge, the quintessential one-hit wonder, is already in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.
    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.
    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.
    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.)
    Certainly if the Hollies would think...
    Yeah, The Hollies were pretty big... the genius of Graham Nash is extremely underrated
    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?
    Please, Gene Simmons, buy this sack of an "institution".
    Dr. Knox666
    No please don't! It would only get worse if that greedy **** owned the RRHoF. In the end you can buy yourself a spot.
    I'd say to Deep Purple - don't worry about this bullshit. No one gives a **** about the Hall Of Fame.
    I think it's ironic that so many people write off the hall as worthless, but are waiting for their favourite band to be inducted so one or the other will be 'legitimized' or something. As a music fan, I couldn't think of a bigger non issue. Alex Lifeson nailed his induction, because it's a complete circle jerk whether it's among the committee or the fans clamoring for their team to be recognized.
    the rock hall is a damn joke. for NIRVANA to be inducted, and that grotesque set they performed, and not Deep Purple, i think it is a severe broken system.
    I wonder if the reluctance from RRHoF comes from the fact that Deep Purple has had many different lineups throughout its history. And they don't see all of them as equally significant. The same thing happened to KISS this year. I'm not saying that I would personally use that reason to keep them out of the RRHoF. I think they should be inducted.
    Not inducting Ritchie Blackmore with them would also be kind of ridiculous and disrespectful though. Gotta give credit where credit is due.
    Velcro Man
    I guess Iron Maiden, Metallica, Chickenfoot, Steve Vai, Black Label Society, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and members of RHCP, Def Leppard and Guns n Roses doing a tribute album to an entire Deep Purple album is just proof they were a one hit wonder band, I mean, it can't matter that a lot of the people doing the tribute are already in the HoF Really though, who really cares about that shitty Hall of Fame? It's about as relevant as any other award ceremony, it proves nothing objectively, it's just a few rich dudes building a room for some musicians they like. They don't have very diverse tastes or any kind of expertise, they haven't been honored for significant research, musical understanding or anything at all, really. Just some rich ****s talking about bands they like, giving them attention, criticizing them or celebrating them only empowers them to look as though their opinion matters. Seriously, who ****ing cares, **** the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and **** anyone that tries to objectively rank or rate music.
    Maybe thats why Kiss beat Nirvana?
    Kiss is closer to being a one hit wonder than Nirvana, the entire album of Nevermind was basically comprised of hits.
    That's could make the argument that everyone bought that album because of smells like teen spirit
    Album sales aside, other songs from that album were actually hits though. Even if everyone bought that album because of Teen Spirit, that's not what third-eye was talking about. Several other songs from that album were high-charting singles on their own.
    Yeah, for example, Lithium was also hugely popular, as was Come As You Are, as was In Bloom... Smells Like Teen Spirit only eclipsed them because, well, it eclipsed EVERYTHING at the time of its release.
    Maybe. But if we're going by the textbook definition of one hit wonder, Nirvana definitely aren't that, despite being known mostly for Smells Like Teen Spirit. Come As You Are, Lithium, In Bloom and Heart Shaped Box all charted as well. Maybe not all in the Billboard Top 100, but they definitely made it into some form of chart in the US, along with charting in several other countries.
    Yeah and I don't see KISS as only being known for RARAN, I think Detroit Rock City and God of Thunder were pretty popular as well. I see a lot of people think about Nirvana as the SLTS band which is why I stressed them being more of a one hit wonder than Kiss.
    I don't know... Kiss has many songs that almost everybody knows. Rock'n'roll All Night, Detroit Rock City, I Was Made for Loving You, Love Gun, I Love It Loud... Yeah, those are the most well known.
    Oh but Beyonce's outfits...those are totally worthy...what the **** is wrong with these people...even if Deep Purple were a one hit wonder with Smoke on the Water it's a great song and for a lot of people I know who play guitar (including myself), that riff was the first thing they learned
    True. Even if Deep Purple put out Smoke on the Water, and then never wrote another song, and disappeared completely, they'd still be more worthy of being in the hall of fame that many of the acts that have made it in.
    madonna Run DMC Public Enemy Isaac Hayes Michael Jackson Nat King Cole The Jackoson Five Gladys Knight and the Pips The Shirelles Al Green Bob Marley Etta James Aretha Franklin NONE OF THESE PEOPLE ARE EVEN ROCK N' ROLL BUT YET THEY'RE IN THE HALL OF FAME?????If it weren't for Deep Purple,we wouldn't have a lot of the bands today that we do...hell,if it weren't for Deep Purple, I wouldn't know who Ritchie Blackmore is...who also brought us Rainbow,who was fronted by the late,great, Ronnie James Dio...they're certainly not a one-hit wonder...if you want one-hit wonders,search 80's pop bands. Exactly...the RRHOF is a ****ing joke...
    I'm glad Deep Purple aren't in the rock hall of fame. They're too good for that shit. All the rock hall cares about are rap artists and bands that only care about money.
    Any band is a one hit wonder until you look up the rest of their stuff. I know no Run DMC other than their collaboration with Aerosmith. That being said, the R&RHoF always has and always will be a joke. I think everyone remotely interested in this kinda music knows not to pay any heed.
    I don't know about this... "I heard quotes of someone on the committee saying..." Sounds like a bunch of he said she said BS. The RRHoF couldn't be that blind, could they?
    Yeah, it's just a bunch of gossipy bullshit. People just want to sensationalize and circle jerk the (non) issue.
    They've had more his than Buffalo Springfield, so why are they in the Hall?
    Because you're misinterpreting what the article said. That's not the actual reason. It's just gossip one guy presumably heard from another guy. That's it.
    somehow.. I understand it.. :/
    Maybe you should listen to more Deep Purple then.
    I knew how to play smoke on the water before I even heard the actual song.
    Well, I did it maybe not so deep, but it is enough to make my opinion.. if someone could call it "one hit wonder" ;
    Let me guess, the only song you know is "Smoke on the Water"? The same as the ignorant twats that run the RRHoF it would seem.
    The same can be said about LITERALLY EVERY BAND. "The Beatles are kinda like a one hit wonder because I've only heard the song 'Yesterday'"
    Im afraid you get it wrong, all I just want to say is a thing that some people can think about deep purple same way as committee RRHoF did.
    Yeah, some people MIGHT think that, these people clearly know nothing about Deep Purple. The dumbass "committee" running the f*cking ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME should f*cking know about Deep Purple.
    "some people can think about deep purple same way as committee RRHoF did." Congrats, you've reached the conclusion that stupidity spreads like wildfire. Now pour yourself some tea and think about becoming a philosopher. I'm not being condescending btw, please help us fight stupidity.
    You kids on this website are so musically unknowledgeable....its actually sad....
    I like your commitment. Not only did you troll once in this thread, not two ,even three times, but at the time I posted this, i found four down voted comments. So my hat is off to you, Mr. "Nothing Better to do Than Troll People Online" guy!! Please continue not having anything better to do!!
    Nice grammar.
    As much as he's an idiot, don't pick on his grammar. It's cheap and you're better than that.
    thx I tried so hard :
    Smoke on the Water was the first riff I learned how to play on guitar and I'm sure that goes to thousands, maybe million of other guitarists. That's pretty significant, even if it's an easy riff. Plus they had more hits, this one is just they're most famous one. There are one hit wonders in the rock hall that aren't even rock: Blondie (Call Me)and Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman)
    Blondie is rock, and they are not a one hit wonder. Listen to Eat to the Beat, it is amazing.
    I honestly get what he means. I mean, back in the day, Deep Purple was probably great. They're still great, but I don't feel like they had any lasting impression on society as a whole, other than Smoke on the Water. It's just my opinion really. Deep Purple is great, but they are not relevant outside rock/metal-circles any longer.
    You know what, I could give in to the elitist side of me and say I hate the overly-repeated riff to "Smoke On The Water," and that Deep Purple really doesn't mean shit to me... but you know what? They've had an incredible cultural influence, its most guitar player's first riff. Even if the "one-hit wonder" bit were true, its still highly influential. PLUS, I do believe we have Deep Purple to thank for David (Copperfield?) from Whitesnake. So no, even to someone like me who REALLY dislikes this band, and ****ing hates Smoke On The Water, Deep Purple should have been in the rock hall a long, long, long time ago. Especially before ****ing Madonna, who is good at the genre she does (Dance/disco, contrary to popular belief among metal elitist, POP does not describe a sound, it describes a status.) it is still not rock.
    I greatly admire your ability to be so respectful to a band you don't like. Most of the time when someone dislikes a band, that band may as well be the scum of the earth as far as he's concerned. It's not often you see somebody who can dislike a band, but still stand up for them and defend them so firmly. My hat's off to you, sir.
    Gene Simmons started this rumour to further his vendetta against the hall
    What does that make the Beach Boys?
    Are you serious? The Beach Boys have had more hits than you've probably had hot meals, Pet Sounds is also widely considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time by many critics. They are far from being one hit wonders.
    it was a great and simple riff though yea the riff got annoying, after you get idiots trying to upload the tab for it, but fu*k what a solo for Smoke On The Water, and as for Richie hes is one of the top 3 guitarists for me anyway, hes got that arrogance about him that he knows hes good, the guys a genius on guitar and makes it look so simple, great guitarist. Deep Purple don,t even need to be in the Rock n Roll hall of fame, they made it before rock n roll hall of fame were even thought of. as someone said most of the people and groups in there are not even rock, so it just shows how stupid and pointless the rock hall is, bunch of dickheads.
    I can honestly say I only know that smoke on the water song. It was like the first thing anyone ever tried to teach me on guitar and I absolutely despise that riff lmao. Hate it!
    We should go to the Rock Hall and protest by having a hundred people play smoke on the water at the same time. You know let them really hear their one hit wonder.
    Reading many misconceptions of Deep Purple that its almost laughable. so let the facts speak for themselves . This wiki page pretty much covers their ups and downs and the many people they have influenced along the way. They were far from a one hit wonder. Btw here is a quote on their legacy from Wiki Deep Purple are cited as one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal, along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.[2][113] The group have influenced a number of rock and metal bands including Metallica,[114] Queen,[115] Aerosmith,[116] Van Halen,[117] Alice in Chains,[118] Pantera,[119] Bon Jovi,[120] Europe,[121] Rush,[122] Motörhead,[123] and many New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands such as Iron Maiden,[124] Judas Priest,[125] and Def Leppard.[126] Iron Maiden's bassist and primary songwriter, Steve Harris, states that his band's "heaviness" was inspired by "Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with a bit of Zeppelin thrown in."[127] In 1971, there were only three bands that mattered, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple “” — Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliot.[3] In 2000, Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" programme.[128] In 2011, they received the Innovator Award at the 2011 Classic Rock Awards in London.[17] A Rolling Stone readers' poll in 2012 ranked Made in Japan the sixth best live album of all time.[54] As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Machine Head (1972), Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head was released on 25 September 2012.[129] This tribute album features artists such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Chickenfoot consisting of former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Flaming Lips, Black Label Society, Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, and the supergroup Kings of Chaos featuring Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, and former Guns N' Roses members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.[129]
    Even if they were a one-hit wonder (which is obviously bullsheet), then just imagine the fact, that probably 90% guitarists' first thing played on their axes is the mighty Smoke on the Water riff. Even if it was the only Purple song in existence, they should be inducted. I mean, for me Smoke on the Water is larger than any Beatles or Stones hit.
    I've got it. Deep Purple are a one MEGAHIT wonder. I mean, they've been successful for a very long time but because Smoke on the Water is universally known it overshadows what is a brilliant track record.
    These dudes are such nincompoops, I love Purple but yes LLCOOL J, & Public Enemy have proved they are rocknroll icons? here comes STP & the Knack soon?
    I disagree, they've sold a tonne of albums so obviously they aren't...but I see where most would find them a one hit wonder. Before I actually let my curiosity take over and actually listened to their whole discography all I knew was SOTW. That's the only song, outside of the dedicated rock/metal community, that people know. It shouldn't matter because the importance of that one song is universally known for guitarists but I can see why they could be thought of a one hit wonder (which I know they are not)