I went around the world a couple of times with Lenny, who lived for quite a while in a fancy dress 'banana' outfit (please don't ask) while on the road with 'Repo Depo'. During rehearsals he stayed at my house and was adored by my family, and also the regulars in the pub, who had never seen - or imagined - such a contradiction to normality.
Lenny Haze on athleticism "My wife isn't speaking to me. When I got back from the last Gillan tour I gave her athlete's foot."
(www.gillan.com - search for more priceless Lenny Haze with the Carambascopic advanced search)
We all miss you man, but we know where you are...see you later.
Souls, having touched, are forever entwined.
Ian Gillan sings Deep Purple
Ian is starting a major tour featuring the songs of Deep Purple. These are going to be amazing shows. He will play on one stage with the musicians from the Don Airey Band with Stephen Bentley-Klein conducting.
I have it on good authority that it won't just be well known DP songs in the repertoire - maybe Anya and Razzle Dazzle - but also some material from IG's catalogue outside of DP.
Quite possibly these might include numbers like No More Cane on the Brazos, Hang Me Out to Dry, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and No Lotion For That.
The support band for the shows will be Papa Le Gal.
Papa Le Gal have been tearing it up in the UK and are now opening for IG. Those 'not in the know' but who would like to be 'in the know' should know (too many 'knows' in this - ed) that this will be the first time that Ian and his daughter Grace will have performed live at the same concert; this is duly amended by the results of the recent competition.
It is not beyond the bounds of possibility in this quantum universe, beset as it is with Schrodinger's cat, that more will follow. Keep watching.
4th Nov - Sofia, Bulgaria - NDK (National Palace of Culture. Buy your tickets at the price of 60 to 120 BGN at all Ticketpro outlets and visit www.ticketpro.bg for all ticket details. Tickets will go on sale 21st of April at 10:00 am.
5th Nov - Skopje, Macedonia - Boris Trajikovski Sports Centre
7th Nov - Belgrade, Serbia- Sava Centar. Tickets are HERE.
8th Nov - Budapest, Humgary - Papp Laszlo Arena. Tickets HERE & HERE
10th Nov - Odessa, Ukraine - National Opera House. Tickets from HERE, HERE or indeed HERE
11th Nov - Kiev, Ukraine - Ukraine Palace. Buy your tickets at the price of 450 to 5900 UAH at all Karabas outlets and visit www.karabas.com for all ticket details.
13th Nov - Minsk, Belarus - Palace of Republic. Tickets from HERE
15th Nov - Moscow, Russia - Kremlin Palace. T
17th Nov - St Petersburg, Russia - BKZ Oktyabrsky.
Demon Records has announced the release of a new must-have Gillan vinyl boxset on 2nd September. 'The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982' will feature 5 chart albums - 7 LPs in total - including Mr Universe (1979), Glory Road (1980, 2 LPs, with bonus disc 'For Gillan Fans Only'), Future Shock (1981), Double Trouble (2 LPs, 1981) and Magic (1982).
Ian Gillan was delighted with the vintage feel of the finished product: "It's a wonderful thing, vinyl... Best held in two hands and treated with respect, as you place it carefully upon the turntable. You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves" - he comments, observing one of the records - "aren't they cool. Read the lyrics and enjoy the artwork, while you are in the groove. No computers involved in the making of this music…enjoy".
The 180g heavyweight vinyl records will all be exact replicas of their first pressings; Future Shock, Gillan's highest scoring album, reaching No.2 in the UK chart, will include the same 16-page booklet as featured in its original release. An exclusive edition available via Amazon here http://smarturl.it/IanGillanExclusive will also contain a bonus 7" single for Spanish Guitar.
The Caramba competition winner was Robero Scortichini
Roberto wins 2 tickets / 2 passes to any on eo fteh current Ian Gillan tour dates.
Roberto was hot off the blocks with the mistake we were looking for: Ian sang on stage with his daughter Grace during 'Guitars On The Beach' in 2014.
Or, as Roberto put it: ""This will be the first time that Ian and his daughter Grace will have performed live at the same concert" Untrue:
they both did Guitars On The Beach 2014 and Gillan's daughter joined the backing singers in Zurich or Stuttgart 2000.".
Dear Friends, Families and Fans,
Ian writes on a new and uncensored Dear Friends regarding developments in connection with Deep Purple's induction into the 'Rock & Roll Hall of Fame'. Go with much needed alacrity to DF59.
There I was, minding my own business on a diving holiday with my family in Grand Cayman in 1984 (I think; thereabouts anyway), when I bumped into Steve Jarrell and Sons of the Beach; a fine band who were performing a season of great sunshine music at the Treasure Island Resort on Seven Mile Beach.
They invited me to step up and do a 'couple of tunes' which I was happy to do and ended up with half an hour on a hand held camera which Steve Jarrell showed me when we met up again in Nashville on the DP tour 2015. He has very kindly given us permission to put it up on Caramba first as an exclusive for CTV.
Answers to almost any question. Yes and it's come to that: a very special Q&A between ig and Stephen Crothers. (2 + 2) = 5, ig in dialogue with Stephen Crothers, when some become infinitely hot when the infinitely dense is challenged, or is it the other way about?
Cornucopic and challenging abundance is here! November 2014
Rock Overdose interview with Ian - April 2015
Online rock magazine Rock Overdose interviews Ian on preparing for the next Deep Purple studio album. HERE.
Great pic of Ian and Ronnie James Dio jamming at the House of Blues on Sunset, in Hollywood, Wednesday 13th September 2006, during the 'Gillan's Inn' tour of N. America. It's a bit small isn't it...but the pic links to a bigger exposition of the same.
Photo: Rich Trevino
The Parallax Effect On Long Hair
I was surprised to get an invitation to address the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin on 14th December 2012. It caused great hilarity in the band dressing room; Roger actually burst into spontaneous laughter; not sure if it was the cultural or diplomatic bit that set him off. Probably both.
When the director asked for the title and a copy of the speech I told him it would be entitled 'The Parallax Effect on Long Hair' and that it would be off the cuff, so to speak.
Basically it's about perception or how things are viewed differently, depending on where you're standing.
I was a little nervous to start with as it was unscripted and I'd never spoken publicly before, apart from the usual gibberish delivered on stage each night with DP before being gloriously interrupted by a drumist not known for his patience.
But I did enjoy it and may do another, one day.
Rhino Poo Alert
RTL (a large TV station) announced the start of the sale for the Deep Purple tour in autumn 2012 in Germany. The message said that this will be the last tour of DP in Germany and therefore the last chance to see them live. what a shock! Is that true??? Is that an official/confirmed statement?
Yawning response from ig: "I must say that is an impressive heap of rhino poo!"
Coffee Kiev Some things in life should just be simpler
Deep Purple, Ian Gillan, Gillan, Gillan Glover....
Yes, all of them but the usual proviso of 'in due course' applies, of course. Such is the speed of this 'information age' that we could all know everything immediately but where would the fun be in that?
These don't replace the Wordographies, which also continue apace.
'One Eye To Morocco' - the lyrics
Caramba takes the greatest of pleasure in unveiling the complete lyrics for all editions of 'One Eye To Morocco'.
These don't in any way replace the Wordographies, as these are winging their way to your screen at a speed significantly slower than the speed of light.
These biographies may be used by journalists.
This has been updated to include edel's latest biog. This way for.... biographies.
Deep Purple's official store. Click above.
Deep Purple's official website. Click above.
On sending things in to be signed:
A number of people have over time sent unsolicited stuff into either Ian's or DP's management to be signed and returned. Such things can so easily get mislaid or just simply lost in a very busy organisation, which can be very upsetting for those who have sent their items in. Please don't do this as no-one wants to feel responsible for having lost what can be, for the owner, very precious items. Thanks. Steve/ED.
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"There is nothing in the world that can prepare you for an interview with Ian Gillan! The British singer can’t stop surprising you, even if the topic is WhoCares the fund raising project he is handling the vocals, while Tony Iommi, Jon Lord, Nicko McBrain and Jason Newsted fill the rest of the spots. Our talk went beyond the music, and ended up in a rather impressive, and up to date approach about the political situation in Greece, for which the singer seemed completely informed.