Deep Purple's Don Airey says not being in Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is no big deal
Rock legends Deep Purple were denied entry to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year - losing out to pop acts Donna Summer and Public Enemy no less - but the band says it is no big loss.
The band's keyboardist Don Airey, 64, tells Life! ahead of their gig at the Star Theatre on Tuesday: "I don't think the band really cares, actually. It'd be nice, but there's been no 'awwwww', no disappointment. The gig's the thing with this band, the next concert. That's what it's all about, and we're looking forward to Singapore."
While Airey had praise for new hall of fame inductees American pop singer-songwriter Randy Newman and RnB singer Donna Summer, he wishes the rock music genre was better represented and recognised.
The hall of fame, established in 1983 in the United States, is dedicated to honouring some of the most influential artists, producers and others who have impacted the music industry greatly through the genre of rock music.