Recently after over two decades of being snubbed, Deep Purple finally made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. As is tradition, many bands often perform at their induction as a celebration of their achievements over the years. However, it would seem that things don't quite always go as hoped.
Deep Purple mark 3 bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes and lead vocalist David Coverdale seemed to get the short end of the stick, as they were left out of the band's performance at the awards ceremony. In a recent interview with Metal Rules, Hughes goes into detail on his feelings regarding the incident saying:
“I’m not going to name names, as there is a member who didn’t feel it was appropriate that we should sing. So David and I braved it together as we were arm and arm all the way through. But I knew by the end of the night it would not happen.
Am I upset about not singing with Deep Purple? Not at all. Everybody knows that David and I can sing. Everybody knows that we were in the band. All that mattered to me was accepting the award on behalf of Deep Purple and the fans.”
Fortunately the lads in Cheap Trick were kind enough to invite Hughes and Coverdale up on stage to perform with them during their part of the evening. I do think it's rather egotistical and childish to leave out two huge players in the history of Deep Purple from such a big momentous milestone in their career. Both of them deserved to sing up their with the rest of the band regardless of what the current line-up is.