Joe Bonamassa wanted Deep Purple and Free in the Rock Hall “before fucking Green Day”

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By Steve Newton

American guitar hero Joe Bonamassa called me up today, in advance of his Vancouver double-header, and we mostly talked about his new live album, Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks.

But since I also see it as my duty to slag the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whenever necessary–which is basically all the time–I had to get his latest take on the foibles of Jann Wenner and the Rock Hall’s other goofball gatekeepers.

I asked Bonamassa who he would like inducted into the Rock Hall first–Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, or Link Wray. But he had his own ideas of who was most worthy.

“Oh god,” he said. “If you’re gonna call it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I think Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple need to go in first. And I think the band named Free, whose song ‘All Right Now’ is the most played song in rock radio, should be in before fucking Green Day.

“I mean, what’s the criteria?,” he added. “I don’t know what the criteria is! ‘Smoke On the Water’ was one of the most iconic rock and roll riffs of all time, and how would they would not know that in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It just…I don’t know…it really is kind of a wacky.”

Wacky indeed.

For more on the ongoing freak-show that is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, be sure to visit here.

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