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Heads and tails

A vintage interview with Ian Gillan, originally printed in the December 26, 1970, issue of the New Musical Express. Snob groups make Ian purple with rage By Richard Green It becomes a bit strong when groups get so selective in their attitude towards work that they cut their dates down to one or two a […]

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Out on parole

Apparently the promotion campaign for Turning to Crime has already begun, quietly so far. Roger and Big Ian have been spotted doing interviews on October 11 at the Park Hotel in Oberhausen, Germany. Check the photo gallery at a stock photography website.

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Reason for the things we had to do

While the rest of us are pondering whether an album of covers will taint reputation of the band, Elizabeth the opera singer digs into the shadow vowels and intricacies of glottis control.

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Commie Fraulien

Another vintage article about Deep Purple, which originally appeared in the New Musical Express on December 12, 1970. It is based on interviews with the two Ians and tells the story of troublemakers in Germany, Aston, Gardner, Dyke and Lieber, Big Ian’s involvement with the Jesus Christ Superstar, and work on the upcoming album that […]

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Keeping Jon and Ritchie up to scratch

A vintage interview with Ian Gillan by Allan McDougall originally published in the New Musical Express on November 7, 1970. This was taken at the Olympia in Paris, where the band had played on November 1. Roger is a fantastic bass player. I talked to Ian Gillan about Roger and he agreed. “Yeah, he doesn’t […]

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Power of the moon and fragility of reality

Some time in early August Ian Gillan spoke to the Tales from the Road podcast hailing from India. (Low key does not even begin to describe it — they have grand total of 23 subscribers on Youtube.) It is another one of those lengthy video chats courtesy of the pandemic. When pressed about studio plans […]

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See the saga through

A 50th anniversary edition of Jesus Christ Superstar is due to be released on September 17, 2021. Yep, that’s the original London cast with Big Ian. (Hmm, that’d be 51st anniversary then, right?) It will come as a 3CD box set with 100-page hardcover book, the fairly standard 2LP and 2CD editions, and a 2LP […]

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Chopin and Verdi to boogie-woogie

Classic Rock has an illustrated piece about 8 songs that changed Ian Gillan’s life: Music has been an ever-present constant in Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan’s life for as long as he can remember. “My grandad was a bass baritone and sang opera, my uncle was a jazz pianist and my grandmother was a ballet […]

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The mighty wall of power

In a recent interview with News-in-24 Tony Iommi mentioned that the multitrack tapes for Born Again, which for a long time were considered lost, have apparently been found: […] I’m also thinking of remixing the album “Born Again”, the one with Ian Gillan, now that we have found the original tapes.

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The planet will be fine after we’re gone

Ian Gillan was on the Lyme Bay Radio today, May 7, for the full 2 hours. As one can imagine, a lot of ground was covered during that time. The takeaway points (off the top of my head) were something like the following: there will be no live shows for the band until February 2022; […]

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