Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich recently weighed in on this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, stressing two words before mentioning any of 2014 inductees - Deep Purple.
"I'm not gonna get into the politics or all that stuff, but I got two words to say: 'Deep Purple,'" Lars told Rolling Stone. "That's all I have to say: Deep Purple. Seriously, people, 'Deep Purple,' two simple words in the English language."
Focusing on this year's inductees, the drummer added, "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?"
Ulrich is well-known as a great fan of Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore. "If you listen to the riff in 'A Light in the Black,' that's fairly fast down-picking," he said during a separate chat. "If you listen to 'Kill the King,' that's not entirely dissimilar to certain Metallica things. Certainly those correlations aren't that radical, but it ultimately inspires us to play music and live and breathe every day."
Apart from Lars once noting that "all the stuff we do traces back to Deep Purple," Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett also shared massive praises of the Purple fold, saying that he wrote the "Enter Sandman" riff in an attempt to create a riff equally powerful, catchy and effective as "Smoke on the Water." Check out the clip below for more info.