Ian in Armenia in front of glass sculpture by the artist couple Libenský Brychtová - further information on them can be gleaned.... here. Also thanks to Vahagn Marabyan and the Cafesjian Centre for the Arts. Photo by Asatur Yesayants.
Ian: 3 September Days in Armenia Mediamax (link.......HERE) took Ian around Armenia during September. For the full cascade of pictures and a short video, visit the Mediamax site, using the aforementioned link. Pics include Ian opening the Gyumri music school, visiting the Spitak Memorial, a performance by The Dorians and a cake.
NME has been running a readers' poll of the greatest live albums of all time.
Mission accomplished: Made in Japan is leading the poll, and by a good margin.
Here's the top 10 as of 21st September:
Deep Purple - Made In Japan - 9.95
Pink Floyd - Pulse - 7.48
The Who - Live At Leeds - 7.25
Iron Maiden - Live After Death - 7.08
Lynyrd Skynyrd - One More From The Road - 6.88
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same - 6.78
Thin Lizzy - Live And Dangerous - 6.75
Motorhead - No Sleep Til Hammersmith - 6.55
Tom Waits - Glitter And Doom Live - 6.30
AC/DC - If You Want Blood - 6.27
Thanks to James Gemmell
Answers to almost any question. Not everything answered, we're just mean that way. Think of it as random curmudgeonliness. Cornucopic abundance is here! September 2013
Deep Purple "Vincent Price" Official Music Video
A video is born. Vincent Price stalks the flickering frame and someone else also, as it turns out, but all will be explained below. Click HERE. For Wordographic heaven peruse the full wordography set for NOW What?!. This is situated but a short scroll from here.
As musical idea rose from the depths and began to coagulate it was given the working title of 'Vincent Price'; it sounded like the sound track to a horror movie. When Roger and I were tackling the lyrics we started with a list. Something we imagined would be drawn up by the director of a Hammer Horror movie; a list of essential ingredients for any self-respecting Vincent Price movie of the 1960's.
So: Creaking doors, dungeons, rattling chains, howling dogs, dripping blood, vampires, thunder and lightning, sacrificial virgins and zombies to die for, etc.
And there you have it; the lyrics in a casket, manic laughter, fade.
IG says…'It didn't enter my mind to include a pole dancer in the lyrics - silly me.'
Gold Disc for Now What?! at Wroclaw
Ian receives a Gold Disc for the sales of Now What?! in Wroclaw, Poland, given to him by Marcin of Mystic Records.
Now, he's only got to find out where in his attic he's got his old 38 inch disc player stored.... he has one, of that rest assured.
wordogs are rolling in. Here's everything from NOW What?!, in randomised ig order. Ian on (eventually, probably, who knows) everything - the complete lyrics, in good time.
It’s thrilling, the whole lot of it,... Critical acclaim for from the renowned Buffalo Report. Click HERE.
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.
Ian Gillan and Serzh Sargasyan(Archive Photo, March 2010)
Armenian Government allocates $25,000 for construction of N6 music school in Gyumri
By the decision of the Armenian government today, the cabinet will allocate AMD10mln ($ 25,000) from its reserve fund for the final construction works of N6 music school in Gyumri. Full story at... Mediamax.
WhoCares - the new Gyumri Music School
Here are some amazing pictures from Tim Irving at Millbank Music (click HERE).
Tim has been a great supporter of the WhoCares project and from his music shop in Mirimichi, NB (New Brunswick), he has orchestrated a fund-raising campaign focused on his speciality. Look and wonder at the impressive array of musical instruments that will be shipped to the music school we have helped to build in Gyumri, Armenia.
Tim's generosity is a truly fantastic effort and will be appreciated by the teachers and pupils.
We are told that the building will be finished in July and IG is looking forward to attending the official grand opening in the third week of September.
Millbank Music, Mirimichi, New Brunswick website is HERE.
Gyumri Music School - work begins
Caramba is hugely delighted to show exclusive pictures as the foundations are prepared for the music school in Gyumri.
Thanks to those of you who supported the WhoCares project and bought the records as well as the tireless efforts of those people behind the scenes and around the world.
Folks, this is down to you! Continue to spread the word and support for the Gyumri/WhoCares project.
DF 53 A Cosmic Fart January 2012 Welcome to the New Year
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.
Click on the image above to access all the releases previously on this page. Go on, do it....
Can't be bothered to use the drop down menus above or the text menus below? Use the search engine, it doesn't bite very often. Mind you, if I could give it teeth I would.
Now, who was it who asked the poor old search engine this question: "could you sing burn". Search engines cannot sing. Take a moment and reflect.
And now......"can you sing in far away places". This search engine still cannot sing. This is clearly a failure in some people's evolution........
At least the latter was asking about the search engine's capability whilst the former, clearly somewhere further down the evolutionary ladder, assumed the capability was there...... ed.
an occasional series of random pics
Click on the above for the full glory of the photographic moment of truth or HERE if you're feeling lazy and/or curmudgeonly.
Silver Impala Award
The WhoCares album wins an IMPALA silver award for selling more than 20,000 copies in Europe. Also, see a special CarambaTV page for video from Ian.
Music Legends interview
"Ian Gillan Interview / Deep Purple frontman on WhoCares Album" by Jason Saulnier
Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi continue the WhoCares project with a really great album. For full details click on the image above.
Nur noch eine Woche, dann erscheint endlich "Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi: WhoCares - Zwei CDs gefüllt mit Raritäten, Klassikern und unveröffentlichten Songs von Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Ian Gillan und Tony Iommi. Auf Amazon.de könnt ihr das Album jetzt schon bestellen: bitte anclicken
Ian Gillan: the only pleasure I get from the lyrics is the pleasure of writing them.
Interview with Ian by 'Let The Music Do The Talking'. Many thanks to Nicolas Dupuy.
Visit the interview by clicking on the logo to your left. (That way not this way.....).
WhoCares single release 2011
Click above image for WhoCares single video & info.
Has won an award: 'The Best Document', TourFilm Brazil, Florianopolis 2011
IG has been on location in Poland filming his contribution as presenter and narrator for a documentary with the working title 'Chopin - The Polish Years'. The film deals with Fryderyk Chopin's early life and influences. Here are a couple of candid shots from the first day.
'Chopin's Story' - How to order the DVD
Marcin Rybacki has asked us to publish details as to how to order the wonderful Chopin DVD. Please go and click HERE. It's a MUST HAVE .
"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.