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Goldmine magazine has inducted Deep Purple into their own private Hall of Fame (no relation to the snubby one). Noting that “there have been 14 different members of Deep Purple, including four different lead singers, […] members coming in and out more than once…”, by means of a rather convoluted process the 14 have been reduced to 9 actual inductees: Ritchie Blackmore & Steve Morse (guitar); Jon Lord & Don Airey (keyboards); Ian Paice (drums); Ian Gillan & David Coverdale (vocals); Roger Glover & Glenn Hughes (bass). That leaves out Nick Simper, Rod Evans, Tommy Bolin, JLT, and Joe Satriani.

[Update Oct 1] Nick Simper and Rod Evans have been uncluded as well.

39 Comments to “The other Hall of Fame”:

  1. 1
    Errol Arias says:

    Leave MK I out is an insult to one of the most creative periods of DEEP PURPLE.. Nick Simper and Rod Evans also deserve the same status as Glover/Hughes or Gillan/Coverdale… Is incredible what one has read in this ridiculous inductions … Sincerily is difficult to write this comment without using BAD words !!

  2. 2
    stoffer says:

    Grats to the “band” , I think everyone who ever appeared on an album as a regular “band” member should be inducted……sorry Satch

  3. 3
    Deeperpurps says:

    Very unfortunate omission of Tommy Bolin in Goldmine’s selection process. Come Taste the Band is one of Purple’s strongest albums.

  4. 4
    James Gemmell says:

    That sounds even more “snubby” than the Hall of Shame we have here in America. Goldmine would ignore the contributions of Rod Evans and Nick Simper? Goldmine should know Ian Gillan is the number-one fan of the Mark I version of Purple, even to this day.

  5. 5
    James S. Gemmell says:

    Kind of snobbish to disclude Rod Evans, Nick Simper, et al. All of these Halls of Shame are a joke. I’ve visited the one in Cleveland; it’s beautiful-looking, but a sham not to include one of the pioneering bands in rock history.

  6. 6
    purrfect stranger says:

    How could they leave out Joe Satriani? What are these guys smoking? Congratulations anyway No?

  7. 7
    Scoot says:

    Nick and Rod have every right to be in a HoF as the MkII and III members.

    I know this is an “imaginary” HoF, but their exclusion is insulting…

  8. 8
    nupsi59 says:

    Joe Satriani: outstanding masterclass guitarist, but no “real” bandmember. (Saw him with DP in Hamburg, 1994 and was very impressed of his guitar-powerplay)

    Tommy Bolin: he simply doesn’t fit… RIP

    Joe Lynn Turner: good voice, good talent, good for Rainbow, not for Purple

    Rod Evans, Nick Simper: the Mk I-albums are the bridge from late 60’s pop/beat music to the 70’s rock music. All the elements of the later Mk II success are in these albums. Both guys should be nominated (forget the Evans/Bogus/Purple thing), also a good chance to see, what Rod is doing…

  9. 9
    Drdp says:

    I can see JOLT & Satch being left out but not Tommy & The Originals.(Sounds like a 50’s doo wop ensemble)

  10. 10
    Wiktor says:

    Well, everybody knows the Mk 2 is the only real Deep Purple formation…

  11. 11
    MacGregor says:

    Satriani was a ‘fill in’ to help Purple out in a live situation, very briefly & isn’t really a past member of Deep Purple.
    Unfortunately JLT ‘was’ a member briefly for one Deep Rainbow album & tour. That could be why his name doesn’t appear perhaps? But to leave out Evans & Simper says it all really about these HOF things. After all, they were there for three albums & the Hush hit also!
    Tommy Bolin probably suffers from the same ‘fate’ as Turner, one album that many do not consider a Deep Purple album & one disastrous tour to sully the name! Cheers.

  12. 12
    videoman190 says:

    Sorry but they are just as dumb as the other Hall of Shame. It took them this long,DUH! Plus you don’t pick and choose which members you want.
    More proof on how lost people in todays music industry really are.

  13. 13
    henrik says:

    Who cares?

  14. 14
    oleg says:

    Agree- Come Taste the Band is one of Purple’s strongest albums
    Tommy Bolin ??

  15. 15
    Dr. Bob says:

    It’s a tricky question because while most of the comments focus on who was not included, nine inductees from a 5-piece band is quite a lot. To me if the band is to be honored for their career & impact in rock history, then that is on the back of the most successful incarnation (MKII) and the band members who were on more than a few albums or tours.

  16. 16
    Bert Fischer says:

    ………………a shame…..

  17. 17
    Kim Peters says:

    It should have been the classic MKII lineup…only.

    WE wouldn’t be here chatting about Deep Purple today if it weren’t for mkII.

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    Kim @ 17 – I know this comment is very predictable, but there would NOT be a Deep Purple if not for MK I, Blackmore & Lord, where would we be without them? Cheers.

  19. 19
    stoffer says:

    @17 Deep Purple MKII (arguably) the best DP, wouldn’t be here if it were not for DP MK1

  20. 20
    videoman190 says:

    I guess if you go by the success of each lineup you really honor Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III. Cuz honestly once Ritchie left the hits stopped. The sales with the other lineups don’t amount to much. Plus once he left the venues they played got smaller and smaller. Mark II made Deep Purple who they are.

  21. 21
    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:


    Nail on the head. Plus, skipping the others was ludicrous. Oh well, always something. Every MK from the past (even MK5) is as relevant as the next. With the release of NOW WHAT, they made the present as (if not more) relevant than the past. Maybe not sales wise, but song quality. They will never ever be mainstream again, but that doesn’t take away the fact that their music over the years and now is pretty much unsurpassable. NOW WHAT is definitely one of their best… EVER.


  22. 22
    paul anderson says:

    i tried putting on before but moderator thought not. Mk1 to 3 definately. And steve morse onwards definately. JLT i adire him loads but he has done himself no favours with some slagging off or Purple since he was fired. Wish he would do more original stuff he is a great talent. Tommy Bolin I love his playing, tho the Purple tours gave him a bad name with his addictions. Satriani, not a full member but gave the band the confidence to carry one. Morse and Airy def should.

  23. 23
    MacGregor says:

    There is a similar situation at the moment with Yes & a possible push for that rock band to the Hall of Fame. Which members should be inducted & they have had more members over the years than Purple. One current band member reportedly stated that, one album & or one tour members, who were not or are not serious members, possibly don’t need to be there. Something like that anyway. It is a hard one for devoted fans to get around at times. But the original & most popular members or lineups, are the most deserved of the award, surely. It is hard also for the ‘replacement members’ of a known band, as they may feel like an outsider perhaps?
    Steve Morse should be there also, he has been a regular member for eons now! Don Airey as well! Cheers.

  24. 24
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Glenn did do a whola lot more slagging off Purple , espescially in the early 80’s.

  25. 25
    Les Hedger says:

    MK I has to be included. Without Evans and Simper there would no Deep Purple. “Hush” and “Shades of Deep Purple” started the path. Those first 3 albums have clearly stood the test of time (Better than some other DP albums). This line-up did sell millions of records. Definitely my second favorite line-up, just a notch below MK II.

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:


    Maybe this is a better option? 🙂

  27. 27
    MacGregor says:

    purplepriest1965 @ 26 – What, no Deep Purple? Good to see the link with this one! Thanks for that, I have been reading about the Yes push recently, as a longtime Yes fan. The Purple aficionado’s will be rabid indeed! Especially with Zeppelin mentioned also!
    But it does really put the whole ‘Hall’ thing into some perspective, it seems. Purple may get there one day! Possibly. Cheers.

  28. 28
    john victor says:

    Satriani never recorded with DP, he was just a short guest replacement for 3-4 gigs, but he was not a permanent member of the band….Bolin and Morse are !!!

  29. 29
    john victor says:

    Evans and Simper were just included in the PRE PURPLE ERA, less relevant anymore to be inducted and the most Deep Purple members never know where they are now.

    Ian Gillan and David Coverdale, Roger Glover and Glenn Hughes were and are included in the heights of power of Deep Purple´s glory days

  30. 30
    Goldmine Magazine says:

    Dear Purple Fans,

    Nick Simper & Rod Evans are now included in the list of Deep Purple inductees to the Goldmine Magazine Hall of Fame. Thanks for your informative input.


  31. 31
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Nice that they corrected it and also that he stated so here and people do make mistakes and that’s fine too. But, for that institution to screw this up still remains amazingly preposterous. Goldmine has bee around for a long time. I purchased much of my Purple collection from ads in Goldmine. Purple and their Family Tree was a main category in Goldmine for years, especially during the period when they quit up through the reunion. They are all about Record and Artist nostalgia. Sad that they overlooked these two stalwart Purple Originals.

    That being said, I wish Rod Evens and Nick Simper would collaborate on something together. They should join forces and make an album. Get a drummer, guitarist and keyboard player and call themselves “Captain Warhorse”….


  32. 32
    Goldmine Magazine says:

    Tracy –

    We research every inductee thoroughly and don’t feel we “screwed” this up as you so elegantly put it. The facts are the first version of Deep Purple made three LPs, none of which had a chart impact in the U.K. or anywhere else except for the U.S. for that matter. In the U.S., each LP charted lower than the previous. The group did not take off until Evans and Simper were replaced. Those factors, plus quotes such as …
    “Lord and Blackmore met with Paice to discuss their desire to take the band in a heavier direction. Feeling that Evans and Simper would not fit well with a heavy rock style, both were replaced that summer. Paice stated, “A change had to come. If they hadn’t left, the band would have totally disintegrated.”

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement. However, I follow and take into consideration the opinions of an artist’s followers in trying to be fair to all. After monitoring this site, I felt it a correct decision to revise the inductees to include Evans and Simper. They were not overlooked. Their accomplishments with the group just didn’t seem to measure up to Hall of Fame credentials when compared with the group’s achievements after they left, but the argument that the band wouldn’t have existed without them is a fair one.

    Arguments could be made for any of the others excluded, also. One even could argue the induction of Chris Curtis since, technically, he was responsible for the band’s existence in the first place. But the line has to be drawn somewhere. Trust me, it isn’t drawn without close study, and many would consider the “classic” Purple lineup as the only one truly deserving of HOF inclusion.

    And for reader Videoman complaining it took “this long” to get Purple inducted, please read the criteria. With all the great recording artists from 1955 on, for Purple to be in the top half is quite an accomplishment. Especially when you consider our Hall of Fame covers all genres of music, thus the field of nominees is much greater than if we just included Rock & Roll.


  33. 33
    Roberto says:

    No Tommy Bolin and Mk I ? ridicolous…

  34. 34
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Phill @ 32;

    After reading the ‘criteria’ in order to qualify, I guess I can see the technicality being stood on with this induction. But, since we are actually talking about a ‘band’ and not an individual artist, the original line-up should have been a no-brainer. Especially since as you stated, they actually did break big in the U.S. with Hush on the first album. The U.S. was and still is the main target any artist or band wants to conquer. Satriani I can understand leaving out. He really was just a stand in until the permanent replacement ‘Steve Morse’ was selected. Yes he actually was asked to join but declined the offer. As for the Chris Curtis point, that is mute. The band wasn’t Deep Purple while he was involved. Using that as an example would be like stating “What about Blackmore’s mother? Without her there would be no Deep Purple”, etc…..

    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to respond for clearing up the whole ‘criteria’ thing and adding Evans and Simper. Also for putting this incredibly under-rated, overlooked band into your ‘Hall of Fame’ period. They are quite worthy and I would actually have to add Bolin and even JLT, just because they are integral members whom are responsible in their own right for the fact that Purple still exists today and are still putting out incredible music and are still quite amazing.


  35. 35
    Jeff Summers says:

    The only Deep Purple that should be included are all of the MkII members. They were the ones responsible for making this band the massively successful and influential band that it is today. Deep Purple is: Blackmore, Gillan, Glover. Lord, Paice that is the definitive sound of Deep Purple IMO 🙂

  36. 36
    podzilla says:

    Who cares about inductions? I just did, reading this bullshit. To leave out founding member (Nick Simper was in my opinion) and the guy that sung Hush and the guy who saved Purples ass in November 1993 and the guy who brought the funky stuff into the band is quite ridiculous?!? I nearly forgot Auntie Joe. Everyone in this great band deserves credit. They should go and see what Nick Simper is about today. I saw him a few times in Austria, he’s hell of a bass player, a good singer and a really nice bloke, I can tell cause I’ve spend some time with him. Point is, categorizing this band never works out, so f*** them. That’s just poor. I only insult my friends, the rest can go to hell.

  37. 37
    purplepriest1965 says:

    How about Bobby Woodman? 🙂

  38. 38
    Goldmine Magazine says:

    Whitesnake – including Jon Lord, Ian Paice & David Coverdale – joins Deep Purple in the Goldmine Magazine Hall of Fame…


  39. 39
    jon says:

    Satriani was a ‘fill in’ to help Purple out in a live situation, very briefly & isn’t really a past member of Deep Purple.

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