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2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Deep Purple Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Deep Purple

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    Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
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Hall of Fame Essay


Jim Farber

They created a riff everyone knows, a concert format no one had previously presented, and a sound to which countless bands owe a great debt. That gives Deep Purple at least three claims on history.

The chugging chord progression of “Smoke on the Water” became so deeply embedded in the culture, it now has the resonance of a Biblical quote. The 1969 Concerto for Group and Orchestra was the first live release ever to pair a rock band with a full symphony, while Deep Purple’s essential musculature forged the hard-rocking sound that later solidified into heavy metal.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2016
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in the golden age of rock and roll debauchery, they were known primarily for their music.

Lars Ulrich



Roger Glover Bass Guitar



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