PURPLE was recently nominated for Hall Of Fame inclusion for a third time, having been passed over in both 2013 and 2014.

The inductees to the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame will be announced on Thursday, December 17, four months prior to the induction ceremony, which will take place in New York City this coming April.

Paice tells Classic Rock about the possibility of his band finally getting inducted: “Well, who would they induct? There have been so many members of this band, even if they say it will be core members, who would it be?

“You also have to bear in mind, that if some people are inducted together, it could end in a punch-up. I don’t need to tell anyone certain key members and former members of this band do not get on. Personally, I think they would be better off inducting us individually. That avoids the problem.”

According to Paice, there could be additional problems if DEEP PURPLE is asked to perform at the ceremony.

He says: “As for playing live, again who would be involved? You’d have the same situation as for an induction. This one won’t play with that one — it could be a mess.