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The bands that don’t get along

If all the hoopla surrounding Deep Purple’s induction into RnRHoF made you to believe it was something extraordinary, it was not. In fact, it was pretty much business as usual for the HoF, which, like any media entity, strives on a little controversy and a lot of melodrama.

The day befor the induction ceremony an article went down the AP newswire that enumerated some of the feuds that went with the inducted artists over the years.

  • The Beatles were inducted in 1988, with George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono appearing at the ceremony. Paul McCartney skipped, calling it a “fake reunion”.
  • McCartney was inducted again, this time as a solo artist, in 1999 — five years after John Lennon. This time he showed up, and his daughter made a point of letting her opinion be known loud and clear — she wore a t-shirt that said “About F—king Time”.
  • At Creedence Clearwater Revival induction in 1993, John Fogerty refused to perform with founding members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook and instead played Creedence songs with an all star band.
  • Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted in 2003. Costello and bass player Bruce Thomas famously didn’t get along, complete with mutual sarcastic portrayal of each other in books, lyrics and interviews. Thomas appeared at the ceremony, received his award and walked right out of the venue.
  • Jerry Garcia didn’t show up for the Grateful Dead induction in 1994. He didn’t believe in the hall as a worthy institution. His bandmates didn’t share his opinion and brought along his cardboard cutout.
  • The other famous no-shows include Axl Rose in 2012, Eddie and Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth in 2007, Diana Ross in 1988, and Roger Waters in 1996, among others.
  • The most infamous telling off came, of course, from Sex Pistols, who faxed in a handwritten note written in the most colourful language.

In the grand scheme of things, our boys appeared pretty dignified both on- and back- stage. It was Steve Miller who took the honours of sorts (although appearing very composed still):

Thanks to Gary Poronovich for the heads up and to ArtisanNewsService for the video.

28 Comments to “The bands that don’t get along”:

  1. 1
    Deep Purple Italia says:

    “No, we are not gonna wrap this one up, I’m gonna wrap you up. Sit down and learn something”. Steve Miller = new hero.

    Wondering if Morse & Airey had to pay $10k or if they got to grab the spare tickets of the no-shows…

  2. 2
    David Baker says:

    Yeah, because many wrongs make it right. Egotistical and full of themselves, soon they’ll all be dead and no one will care anymore. Should have put egos aside for one simple night of recognition.

  3. 3
    Harry Heathman III says:

    I thought the whole thing was a joke

  4. 4
    Joe in VT says:

    …and apparently all is not well in the Chicago camp either. The rift between them and Peter Cetera (also a no show) grew due to RRHOF induction. S I G H !


  5. 5
    Adel says:

    What a load of rubbish. MK2 original members left and attended Gillan, Glover and Paice. mk3 original members left and attended Coverdale, Hughes and Paice. Live songs played THWS, Hush and SOTW. MK3 songs played live none. Where is the dignity in that????!!!!!
    Maybe the rules of the jungle are more dignified!!!!

  6. 6
    Bruce Samuels says:

    There is not a band on this list, with the exception of the Beatles and Paul M. just by association, who deserved to be in the hall before DP.

  7. 7
    Scott Gillette says:

    I bet Gillan still cashes those royalty checks from all of Ritchies stuff tho, eh ?

  8. 8
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I bloody love you Steve Miller, you’re 100% right. The RRHOF (so I understand) was created by a wealthy businessman. It is a business. It is not a government backed thing. It pays taxes. It is not run by, or connected to, or backed by any music industry association/organisation. It is not owned or run, or profited from by any of the musicians that it claims to “honour”. I don’t think any of the “proper’ music studios are affiliated with it. If I am incorrect in any of these writings, then will someone please set me straight?.
    So how is the RRHOF in any way “official”?. The only officiality it has is that which it claims for itself. What a load of crap. The RRHOF sells tickets, it sells image, it sells t-shirts & dvd videos of its inductees performances & other paraphernalia, for money, to make a PROFIT!. It loves a big tantrum or media scandal, because there’s no such thing as bad advertising. The more attention that it gets & the more money that is spent on it, the bigger, richer & more important it becomes. It’s like a sort of religious cult or something.
    Maybe if we all decide to just ignore it & not to waste any of our time & money on it, then it will become so irrelevant it will disappear up it’s own ass. But we probably couldn’t be that fortunate. So for now, frowns to ya.

  9. 9
    nupsi59 says:

    Hi everyone,

    the history of Deep Purple is full of bizarre decisions, this RARHOF controversy is just another story.

    Ladies and gentlemen, let us close this chapter and let’s wait for the next studio-album, the DVD from the re-loaded Blackmore-in-Rock-concerts, the next statements from JLT, Whitesnakes 1987 30th anniversary CD (and tour?) and dozens of old and new DP concerts on CD/DVD/blu ray…

    Have a nice Day!

  10. 10
    Jeff Summers says:

    @ 7 Scott Gillette. Can You please point out which part of the lyric and vocal melody RB wrote? It would be very interesting to hear your opinion (ate) Ritchie gave IG two chords (G min and F major) for the verse followed by (C min and G# major) for the chorus. I think IG did a pretty good job with those basic chords and deserves to cash his royalty cheques. Perhaps you should refuse to cash your salary cheques?!!!

  11. 11
    Tommy H. says:

    Yeah, Steve Miller, you put it right – you have balls, man. I love it.

  12. 12
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Scott @ 7,

    I bet Ritchie still cashes those royalty checks from all of Gillan’s stuff tho, eh? :>


  13. 13
    Jean says:

    I don’t understand all the comments about Gillan making money with Blackmore’s stuff… Gillan made the lyrics and so, excuse me, the tune to the riffs…
    Of course, Gillan never was so successfull without Blackmore, but it’s also true the other way round: Blackmore will be remembered, essentially, for his stuff he made with Gillan. And my minimalistic description of fact doesn’t even take into account the tremendous (and that’s not exaggerated) contribution of the other members. Without them, there wouldn’t be the same groove and success. It was a band, not a man.
    And yes, I would have loved a reunion with EVERY purple member, even the few I like less. But it didn’t happen, and I’m not a family member: I know nothing about the true reasons.

    So looking forward to the new stuff to come from every member of the purple-familytree!

  14. 14
    Joey says:

    Steve Miller Kudos to you. Well said my man You have a new fan

  15. 15
    Purpoz says:

    Yup, I’m over it! Being absolutely no fan of the RRHF, I would have been perfectly happy to see DP not inducted at all – but it’s done, so now we move on… please!

    In the DP universe there’s much to look back on and still much to look forward to – for me 08/04/2016 was just another day.

    Long live Deep Purple!

  16. 16
    Henrik says:

    I am glad Rod Evans was inducted.

    Not only is he the greatest lyricist within Deep Purple, he is also one of the all time greatest lyricist of the 60’s.

    In particular on the eponymous third album. Right up there with Morrison and Lennon.

    Rod Evans is actually the one who grows the fastest as an artist in MKI

  17. 17
    Rascal says:

    @12 Ted The Mechanic

    You bet he does!

  18. 18
    Twinkling Ray says:

    In an alternative, ideal universe Deep Purple were inducted to the Hall of Fame without caveat.
    Joe Lynn Turner didn’t turn up (in fact, in this universe, Slaves and Masters was a Rainbow album – we wouldn’t want to take away Ritchie’s favourite would we?) and nobody mentioned him.
    The current Deep Purple line up were wise and humble enough to acknowledge that the recognition was primarily directed to the earlier and highly influential incarnations of the band and so proactively encouraged past members to celebrate the event with them.
    Different members joined together to perform three songs (of your choosing) from each of Mk I/II/III and finished by all coming together for a Rock Aid Armenia style rendition of Smoke on the Water (probably with Lars Ulrich on drums alongside Paice). Everyone acknowledged that Don Airey was a fitting stand in for the late, great Jon Lord and Ritchie commented on how melodious Steve’s guitar playing is.
    Now all I need to do is find that cross-universe portal and things will be as they should be…
    PS I’d settle for Mandrake Root, Highway Star, Burn

  19. 19
    James Gemmell says:

    That’s the end-all to the end-all…limiting the inductees to only a couple tickets each! That proves what has long been suspected: the Hall of Shame is a money-making proposition, and the artists are prostituted by the Hall’s board – who have managed to tick off just about any rock-and-roll artist and fan worldwide. As an American, I find it a disgrace to even mention it in the same breath as the hallowed ‘Baseball Hall of Fame’ in Cooperstown, New York: a bucket-list visit if ever there were one. The Hall of Shame: you may need a bucket after hearing how they’ve insulted the rock legends.

  20. 20
    Anthony says:

    @12 haha and isn’t Gillan making a fortune from Ritchie’s tunes and cashing his cheque 🙂

  21. 21
    Anthony says:

    @13 Are ya forgetting Rainbow? That very successful band of Ritchie’s…do you forget Stargazer, Gates Of Babylon, Man On The Silver Mountain etc etc etc ???? In fact there may be an argument that Rainbow were ‘better’ than Purple..Not gonna get into it but food for thought

  22. 22
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 21:

    The concepts of Purple and Rainbow were different enough which makes a comparison difficult. I really do like the Dio-era but what came afterwards was not in the same league. It would have been interesting what Ronnie could have done as a vocalist in Purple after Ian and Roger left. But then again especially the Burn album and tour were great. In addition in Rainbow the keyboard player acted as a sideman whom Ritchie told what to play. Although Jon didn’t want to join Rainbow (very likely because of that) he acted as a sideman in Whitesnake (out of financial reasons I guess). At the time Rainbow was formed they were a lot better than Purple in my opinion. But they couldn’t compete with the Purple of 1969-1972. Also the post-Dio Rainbow were a joke compared to the Purple reunion of 1984.

    Regarding royalties: Composers and lyricists are treated independently.

  23. 23
    johny says:

    Steve Miller u have the balls I luv you

    Deep Purple is a childish fucking teenager alike……for not letting Ritchie to play with the current band

  24. 24
    Jean says:

    Not at all forgetting! I love Rainbow. And yeah, in terms of fame, you couldn’t compare this really successfull band with Gillan’s solo carrer. I totally agree on that.
    But still, I think DP is much bigger and wider spread in the common-knowledge than Rainbow. But that would be an interresting thesis-subject! :-)) Or not…

  25. 25
    angela robin davenport says:

    Steve Miller is my new hero! Tell it like it is Baby! ♡

  26. 26
    John Petritz says:

    All bet u that Ritchie cashes all those royalty checks from the Gillan stuff as well?

  27. 27
    Mike Collins says:

    I’ve never understood why people care so much about the HOF. It was obvious from the get-go that it was nothing more than a marketing/moneymaking scheme, that’s completely antithetical to all the things rock-n-roll is really about.

    It’s sad to see that Purple fans are as gullible, and desperate for validation, as everyone else’s fans seem to be.

  28. 28
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Another one Bites the Dust.

    Prince was found dead at 57 years of age. I always had great admiration for his talent. Especially his guitar skills. I even stated that he would have been a good replacement for TMIB back in the day (nothing against Steve by any means). Just one of those “What If” moments.

    On a relative note to this subject, he was inducted into the R&RHOF in 2004, the first year that he was eligible, way before he passed away. Too bad DEEP PURPLE didn’t get the same treatment before JON LORD died and unfortunately missed out on the event. Damn shame!

    Check out Prince’s performance of “My Guitar Gently Weeps” during that R&RHOF ceremony.
    Friggin’ AWESOME!


    R.I.P Prince.

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