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For every wrong that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rights -- like finally inducting Rush in April after years of waiting -- about a dozen more pop up. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, a Hall of Famer himself, told writer Peter Makowski that he is working on getting his all-time favorite band, Deep Purple, a long-overdue spot in the Hall. Asked why the creators of "Smoke On The Water" were not in there yet, Ulrich said, "What you've got to understand is that a lot of the people that have run the selection process are critics, and Deep Purple, as you know, were never a critic's band -- especially in America, because their influence was probably felt more in Europe."


But Ulrich added, "It's only a matter of time. Rather sooner than later. We've already lost one member. The fact that Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath are in and Purple is not is one of the crimes of that whole institution. We'll get them in soon enough. I'm working on it."

  • Founding Purple keyboardist Jon Lord passed away in July 2012. Ulrich, who wrote a tribute to Lord on Metallica's website, told Makowski, "I'm not sure that the people in today's hard rock world really truly understand how innovative this guy was . . . he really did something nobody had done before with the sound of the keyboards and I think that's probably the biggest thing to remember him for."
  • At their own induction in 2009, Metallica's James Hetfield included Purple on a list of acts they wanted to see in the Hall: "We're somewhat of a heavy band and we have a--a small list that we'd like to also put some nods out and maybe plant a little seed, it's a band called Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead...who we would love to invite through the door now."
  • Ulrich recently told Rolling Stone that Metallica has compiled nearly 600 song ideas for its 10th studio album.
  • Recording, however, is not likely to start until later this year or early 2014, with the new album probably not expected to arrive until 2015.
  • The group has headlining and festival shows lined up this summer in Denmark, Japan, China, South Korea and Brazil before its 3D movie, Metallica Through the Never, premieres on IMAX screen in North America on September 27th.

CHECK IT OUT: Read the entire interview with Lars at


  • Do you agree with Lars about Deep Purple needing to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the reason why they're not?
  • How can anything calling itself the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not induct the band that came up with arguably the most famous heavy rock riff of all time in "Smoke On The Water"?
  • What are some other hard rock acts that should be in the Hall already?

INTERNET COMMENTS at Loudwire -- agree or not?

Dave Dietter wrote: "Gee Lars....No S**t...they should have been inducted ten years before you got in."

Mike Kaiser wrote: "Which Deep Purple? There are so many of them. The only one to play on every album is Ian Paice."

Frank Waltman wrote: "That's right they should be there! I like em better than Zeppelin."

Metallica's James Hetfield At The 2009 Hall Of Fame Induction On Who Else Should Get In

Read more at Blabbermouth and Ultimate Classic Rock

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