Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will finally get a chance on Friday night (April 8th) to induct classic heavy rockers Deep Purple into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Purple has been on the ballot three times and Ulrich has been championing their inclusion for years, and he told us he’s looking forward to the evening’s festivities: [“Deep Purple, as I have been vocal about in the past, are long overdue. They’ve been eligible for 20, 22 years I believe. So I’m psyched. I’m happy to play a small role in that, and I am, as a humble fanboy I guess, just looking forward to even being in the — I may actually sit at the same table as these guys, so it’s gonna be a fun night.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . a fun night.)
- Metallica themselves were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 and previously inducted Black Sabbath in 2006.
- Friday night’s event will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, where Purple will go into the Hall alongside fellow 2016 inductees Chicago, Cheap Trick, Steve Millerand N.W.A. Highlights from the event will be broadcast on HBO later this spring.
- The current lineup of Deep Purple — which includes longtime members Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover — will perform, but will not be joined by guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, who opted out of attending.
- Metallica’s induction into the Hall included all three of the band’s bass players: Robert Trujillo, Jason Newsted and late bassist Cliff Burton.
- Metallica has been working on its 10th studio album, which could emerge sometime later this year.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Metallica perform “Enter Sandman” at the band’s 2009 induction:
Metallica played a Black Sabbath medley as part of Sabbath’s induction in 2006: