Although they have been eligible since 1993, 25 years after the release of their debut album ‘Shades of Deep Purple’, the British rock titans have finally been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Despite several artists whose names were in the Hall of Fame, like Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Alice Cooper, and Rush arguing for the inclusion of Deep Purple multiple times during the 23 year wait, Deep Purple themselves did not seem to care much, and have now explained that it doesn’t mean much to them.
“It’s not that special to us. I mean, it’s special that people support us, yes — we’re very thankful for that. And lots of people – from Metallica to Alice Cooper to RUSH, lots of people – wondered why we weren’t in there.” Roger told Morgan Richards Interviews “Actually, we didn’t get it twice (Referring to their nominations in 2013 and 2014) before we got it, and what do you answer that with? Well, it’s not that important to us. And now that we’ve got it, it’s still not that important to us. It hasn’t changed my life in any way except I got a gong and a free mug. But it’s a bit of icing on the cake.”
“A friend of mine, when he was getting an award like that, said, ‘The real reward for what you do is getting onstage and playing. Every night, that’s the reward.’ Something like a recognition like that, it’s just a little bit of icing on the cake — that’s all. It’s not that important.”