On last night’s (Friday April 8th) Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony Deep Purple were inducted by Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, where they also played for a little, while David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were there, but not Ritchie Blackmore. “They worked hard; constant touring, making an album a year, sometimes two — never giving a shit about image or critical acclaim”, said Ulrich on his induction speech. He also said: “These guys could play. They could improvise. They were in constant and curious cutthroat competition with each other to take the music some place new, some place unknown and never ever the same place twice.” He also noted that Deep Purple were an influence to Metallica and that they should have been inducted long ago. On stage Gillan, Glover, Paice, Coverdale and Hughes gave speeches and later the current lineup of the band played “Highway Star”, “Green Onions”, “Hush” and “Smoke On The Water” with no surprises, or any special guest with them. Ritchie Blackmore didn’t attend the ceremony.
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