Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spoke with this week about Deep Purple‘s long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday (April 8th). Ulrich, a Hall of Famer himself who has been championing Purple for years, said, “It’s been no secret that I have been fairly vocal about my appreciation for Deep Purple . . . they have probably been the primary musical backbone in my body ever since I first heard them when I was nine years old. I do believe that most people have heard me say that ‘It’s long overdue for them to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ . . . but now they’re here: hallelujah!”

  • Ulrich will oversee the induction of the British heavy rock legends, who are entering the Hall alongside Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Steve Miller and Chicago. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO later this month.
  • When Metallica was inducted in 2009, James Hetfield, Ulrich and Robert Trujillo were asked who else should go in: [(Hetfield) “Motorhead. (Frontman) Lemmy is rock and roll.” (Lars Ulrich, drums) “I’d say Deep Purple. If you say Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, you also have to say Deep Purple. They come as a threesome.” (Robert Trujillo, bass) “I mean, I love UFO, I know Kirk’s a huge fan of UFO too, and a band like that, you know, should be recognized, and hopefully someday will be.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . someday will be.)
  • Ulrich also spoke about Purple’s abilities as a live act, saying, “Deep Purple was an incredible live force. They were known for being technically proficient, and every night when they would play a show it would be different than the night before or the night following . . . There was a lot of interesting push and pull between the players and there were nights when they would almost get into a jazz place. It was a totally different thing.”
  • Following the Hall of Fame induction this weekend, Ulrich will return to the studio with Metallica, who have been working on their 10th album.
  • The band will perform live at Berkeley, California’s legendary record store Rasputin Music on Saturday, April 16th in celebration of this year’s Record Store Day.

CHECK IT OUT: Metallica paid tribute to Deep Purple in 2012 when they recorded “When A Blind Man Cries” for the tribute comp Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head

SIDE NOTES: Here’s a video of Metallica’s James Hetfield unboxing the deluxe edition of the band’s 1983 debut album, Kill ‘Em All, which is available on April 15th:

  • Are you glad to see Deep Purple and the others go into the Hall of Fame this year?
  • What other bands do you think deserve to be in there?