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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

Dear Friends, wormholes and cat flaps, well what can one say. Proof yet again that Caramba boldly goes where others forget to tread. Hold on to your hats, or indeed your wigs, as you read a challenge by Stephen J Crothers to 'Black Hole Theory' and the uses to which 'Einstein's Theory Of Relativity' has been put.

Ian introduces Stephen Crothers in the latest Dear Friends which can be accessed from HERE or by clicking the image above. Note well what Ian says about a forthcoming Q&A.

What is more, in genuinely Caramba cornucopian fashion, there's a link to the reply by Stephen Crothers to Professor Gerardus 't Hooft, Nobel Laureate, which makes for fascinating if slightly disconcerting reading. Prepare to be disconcerted.

     Deep Purple in South America, November 2014

  • 01 Monterrey (Mexico) Auditorio Banamex
  • 04 Mexico City (Mexico) Arena Cuidad de Mexico
  • 07 Brasilia (Brasil) Net Live Brasilia
  • 09 Curitiba (Brasil) Masterhall
  • 12 São Paulo (Brasil) Espaço das Américas
  • 13 São Paulo (Brasil) Espaço das Américas
  • 15 Florianopolis (Brasil) Devassa on Stage
  • 16 Porto Alegre (Brasil) Teatro Araujo Vianna
  • 19 Buenos Aires (Argentina) Stadium Luna Park
  • 21 Bogota (Colombia) Coliseo El Campín
  • 23 Santiago (Chile) Pista Atletica Estadio Nacional

     Deep Purple in Europe 2015

October 2015

  • 25 Lodz (PL) Atlas Arena
  • 27 Ostrava (CZ) CEZ arena
  • 28 Pilzen (CZ) CEZ arena
  • 30 Padova (IT) Palafabris
  • 31 Milan (IT) Mediolanum Forum

November 2015

  • 02 Marseille (FR) Le Dome
  • 03 Bordeaux (FR) Patinoire Meriadeck
  • 05 Florence (IT) Mandela Forum
  • 06 Rome (IT) PalaLottomatica
  • 08 Geneva (CH) Arena
  • 09 Zurich (CH) Hallenstadion
  • 11 Paris FR) Zenith
  • 13 Oberhausen (DE) Konig Pilsener Arena
  • 14 Magdeburg (DE) Getec Arena
  • 16 Rostock (DE) Stadthalle
  • 17 Leipzig (DE) Arena
  • 18 Hannover (DE) Swiss Life Hall
  • 20 Trier (DE) Arena
  • 21 Nurnburg (DE) Arena
  • 23 Hamburg (DE) 02 World
  • 24 Berlin (DE) Max Schmeling Halle
  • 26 Munich (DE) Olympiahalle
  • 27 Frankfurt (DE) Festhalle
  • 28 Stuttgart (DE) Schleyer Halle
  • 30 Lyon (FR) Amphithéâtre Cite des Congres

December 2015

  • 01 Strasbourg (FR) Zenith
  • 03 London (UK) O2

Caramba's new competition


Second stage: match up as many names to faces as you can. Go to the comp page for details.

A slightly different type of competition from Caramba, not that they're not all different anyway.

Go to the competition page by clicking on the photo (for that's what it is) on the left, where questions will be answered or await answers from you.

Intriguingly, the playing field has been levelled for those of a non-UK persuasion but you'll need to go to the competition page to understand that.

A pair of tickets & passes for either the Deep Purple show of your choice or the Rock Meets Classic tour which we mention below.

Rock Meets Classic 2015

The original 'Rock Meets Classic' 2015 tour announced.
Ian headlines with other top rock artists.


  • 10 Ingolstadt (DE) Saturn Arena
  • 11 Dresden (DE) Messehalle
  • 13 Neu-Ulm (DE) Ratioharm Arena
  • 14 Wurzburg (DE) s.Oliver Arena
  • 15 Zurich (CH) Hallenstadion
  • 17 Bern (CH) Festhalle/Bernexpo
  • 18 Kempten (DE) BigBox
  • 20 Stuttgart (DE) Porsche Arena
  • 21 Munchen (DE) Olympiahalle
  • 22 Linz (AUT) Trips Arena
  • 23 Vienna (AUT) Stadthalle
  • 25 Leipzig (DE) Arena
  • 26 Berlin (DE) Tempodrome
  • 27 Regensburg (DE) Donau Arena
  • 28 Nurnberg (DE) Arena
  • 29 Frankfurt (DE) Jahrhunderthalle
  • 31 Passau (DE) Dreilanderhalle

  • April
  • 01 Bamberg (DE) Stechert Arena
  • 02 Halle/Westfalen (DE) Gerry Weber Stadion

Severe Nervousness Induction Warning Alert

Be warned, at least once.....

Brand new CTV archive (if such a statement isn't an oxymoron) can be found here at the CarambaTV Archive.

Ian in New York Photo by: Bob Mussell


Release dates:
01/08/2014 (Germany)
18/08/2014 (UK)


Release dates:
01/08/2014 (Germany)
22/09/2014 (UK)

Release dates:
12/09/2014 (Germany)

Edel's superb flurry of vinyl releases:
Edel is releasing yet more for vinyl fanatics, this time of Gillan's Inn, WhoCares and DP's Live Copenhagen 1972 3 disc set. All Amazon buying links and release dates are above. No date yet for WhoCares availability on Amazon UK.

Caramba's first comp of the year (now closed)
Question: who is this man and what is he doing?

The winner is........ HERE!

Questions that come with answers Answers to almost any question. Not everything answered, we're just mean that way. Think of it as random curmudgeonliness. Cornucopic abundance is here! January 2014

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.

yes, there's a link HERE as well

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 @ 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.


     Now What?! Deutschland

   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.

Buffalo Report

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.



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.

Perfect Strangers

'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.

Go to 'The Complete Lyrics'.

     Another, even bigger fan writes


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.

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.

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search engine by free find

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.


Gyumri Music School & WhoCares

Previous material on the Gyumri Music School and WhoCares makes itself available on a separate page, a page accessed by clicking on the above image.

Chopin's Story

Likewise, in an abovewise fashion, everything on Ian and Chopin's Story is available by clicking the above pic in time-honoured fashion.

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.

Click on the image above to access all the releases previously on this page. Go on, do it....

Jon Lord

Jon Lord interview with Ian

"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.

Interview by Yiannis Dolas"

Go to the interview - HERE


Interview Archives ... and other things

A collection of various interview links which have appeared on this page. So, in the usual Caramba way of doing things, it's this way for the ...
Interview Archive-orama

Just so you know when you are:

Caramba in translation

Caramba is gradually being translated....


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