It's a very happy day for the members of Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. and Cheap Trick along with Steve Miller. All will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.
However, Ian Paice of Deep Purple is a bit cautious on how well the night might go. The Hall decided to induct the members of Deep Purple that made up Mark I, II and III, Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Mark IV, which added Tommy Bolin, was ignored.
Paice talked earlier today with Billboard on how the various chosen members might react at the induction ceremony. "It'll be interesting, won't it? It's a somewhat complicated situation. The personalities that are involved didn't always get on terrifically well, so that has to be taken into consideration. I don't think there'll be anybody swinging at anybody else -- I think there's a possibility that some people just won't be there. We may all turn up and be happy on the night and it'll go wonderfully well, or two or three people will be studiously ignoring each other. It could almost be like a reality TV show. I'd rather it wasn't, but there we go."
There is also the question on a performance by the group, a regular feature of the induction ceremony but not a foregone conclusion as some artists choose to have others perform their songs instead of going on themselves.
Paice said "If they ask us to play there, who's gonna play what? Who's prepared to play what, and with who? As we've been blessed with so many virtuoso players in the band over the years, it might have been easier to take us individually to be inducted rather than as a band. We've just got a lot of details to work out -- what they're going to ask us to do, what we can do, what will be impossible. It's not a band of four or five guys who have stayed together throughout their career and are asked to do something. It's more complex than that. So we'll just have to make a decision of what's right for us, not what's right for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
The lineups of the three versions of the band to be inducted:
- Mark 1 (1968-69): Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Rod Evans, Nick Simper
- Mark II (1969-73): Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover
- Mark III (1973-75): Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes