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Gillan and Iommi revisiting Armenia

Armenian agency Mediamax reports that Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi will take part in a gala night held in Yerevan on June 5, 2019, to commemorate 30th anniversary of the Rock Aid Armenia project. The event will be held under the auspices of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and will include a public showing of […]

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Sharp dressed man

See the photo gallery of Ian Gillan receiving Friend of Armenians award at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York on May 2.

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Gillan awarded “Friend of the Armenians”

For his efforts in rebuilding the musical school in Armenia, Ian Gillan has been named Friend of the Armenians 2014 by the Eastern Diocese of Armenian Church in America. He will be presented with the award at the 112th Diocesan Assembly in New York City. The presentation will be made during the assembly’s gala banquet […]

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Armenian music school now open

[Updated Sep 26] Earlier today, September 20, Ian and Bron Gillan were the guests of honour at the grand opening of the music school in Gyumri, Armenia. This is the very school rebuilding which was the main focus of Big Ian’s recent WhoCares project with Toni Iommi. Well done, gentlemen! At the press conference the […]

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Gillan to open the Armenian music school

The Armenian music school saga nears its successful completion. After WhoCares project had donated money for the school reconstruction, the donation was tripled by another charity and Armenian government, with Millbank Music from Canada donating on top of that more than $20,000 worth of music instruments to the school in memory of Jon Lord. The […]

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Behind the Iron Curtain

Ian Gillan’s four concerts were not simply a major music event in 1990 in Yerevan. The concerts proved that the world was changing and “iron curtain” was about to disappear. One can hardly imagine how difficult the logistics of such concerts was in Yerevan of 1990. It would be no exaggeration to say that the […]

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Souls having touched

While in Nashville working on the new Purple album, Ian Gillan spoke to Guitar International. The interview mostly evolved around the WhoCares project, with briefly touching Jon Lord’s memory at the end: Robert: With so many years of working with tremendous bands and creating great material was it difficult to pick the songs that would […]

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Gillan in Psychedelic Baby

It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine has an interview they conducted recently with Ian Gillan on the occasion of promoting his and Tony Iommi’s charity release of WhoCares: The list of musicians, that also appear on this project is amazing! How was it to work with them and how did you and Tony got along musically? I […]

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WhoCares album samples

WhoCares charity compilation release date has been pushed back to July 13. Meanwhile, their record label has posted teaser samples.

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WhoCares to release an album

Ian Gillan and Toni Iommi’s charity project WhoCares will release a compilation (with a few rarities thrown in) on June 22 via earMusic. Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine spoke to Big Ian about the project: Tell us about some of the stuff on the WhoCares album, beginning with the Repo Depo track. Repo Depo […]

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