By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Many fans were outraged when it was announced that Deep Purple would not receive a coveted spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but apparently, the group felt less passionately about the so-called snub.
In a recent interview with Life! (via The Strait Times), keyboardist Don Airey , who joined the band in 2002, stated about not being on the 2013 inductee list, “I don’t think the band really care, actually. It’d be nice but there’s been no ‘awwwww’, no disappointment.”
Airey continued on to say that the most important thing to Deep Purple is playing live and though the group was excited to hear of their nomination, they didn’t expect to get it.
However, Airey did make note in the interview that some of this year’s inductees aren’t exactly of the Rock and Roll genre:
“[Randy] Newman is great, but he’s not really a rock act, is he? Neither is Donna Summer, although she made one of the greatest records I’ve ever heard,” Airey told Life! “If you’re going to have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let’s have some rock and rollers in there.”
Deep Purple is set to release their 19th studio album, NOW What?! on April 20th. The band recently wrapped up their first set of overseas tour dates, and will hit Europe for a second leg beginning on June 2nd in Bulgaria.
For more on this story, click here, and check out their lyric video for the song “All the Time in the World” below!