Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover says being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 wasn't all that big of a deal.
Glover understands the controversy that follows the notable Rock Hall snubs every year, and he's grateful Deep Purple finally got recognized, but ultimately it didn't change much, he says.
"It's not that special to us," Glover told Morgan Richards Interviews. "I mean, it's special that people support us, yes — we're very thankful for that. And lots of people — from Metallica to Alice Cooper to Rush, lots of people — wondered why we weren't in there."
Deep Purple was nominated twice before getting inducted. Glover says before getting in the Hall of Fame, the band would always talk about how it wasn't that big of a deal. So when they did get inducted, they weren't going to flip-flop.
"It hasn't changed my life in any way except I got a gong and a free mug. But it's a bit of icing on the cake."
Elsewhere in the interview, Glover discussed the band's current Long Goodbye Tour and the speculation that Deep Purple will soon retire.
The band will celebrate 50 years next year, and Glover points out that most of the members are in their 70s, so while there's no solid end date, the band will hang it up in the next year or two, he says.
"A friend of mine, when he was getting an award like [the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame], said, 'The real reward for what you do is getting onstage and playing. Every night, that's the reward.'"
As long as the members of Deep Purple are healthy and having fun, there's no reason to stop, he says.
Listen to the interview below.
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