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Gillan for Order of British Empire

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Steve Hoare emailed us that he has started a petition to nominate Ian Gillan for the rank of the Member of the Order of British Empire. British citizens and residents can sign petition online at the Prime Minister’s web site. Deadline is March 4, 2008.

MBE rank does not entail knighthood, but is nevertheless a very prestigious award. You can read more about it at the Wikipedia.



24 Comments to “Gillan for Order of British Empire”:

  1. 1
    Ger Leenders says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhh boy, what a pitty I can’t vote because I’m not a citizen of Britain ( I’m from Netherlands ) !!!!
    Really, if one person deserves the MBE it IS Ian Gillan !!!!
    Cheers and bottoms up. Ger Leenders, Assen, Netherlands, gerinassen@home.nl

  2. 2
    alan christopher says:

    Iam sure Ian would be aghast at the very thought of an O.B.E. Having been a fan from the age of thirteen – some 30 years ,Gillan seems to have a hatred for order and rules and empire,he is a very bright guy and altho i do not personally know him and will never claim too, i think it is against his principles-IMHO. al.

  3. 3
    jim murphy says:

    Ian Gillan OBE has a nice ring to it just the thing to Blackmore fuming over his cornflakes, did’nt he once have a dream to sing before the Queen maybe this time she will come to see the show 😉

  4. 4
    Kevin says:

    What a load of nonsense. I love Purple but get a grip people!! Why Ian Gillan? Why would he be any more deserving than Ian Paice for example. Let’s be honest there are far more deserving people in the UK who deserve such recognition. These days there’s far too much focus on ‘celebrity’ and not on real people who devote their lives to helping others.

  5. 5
    69 says:

    Stupid question, but why do people stop being “real” after they´ve become famous?

  6. 6
    paul b says:

    what a great idea, What about petitioning the brit awards guys to get the band a lifetime achievement award next year. When the chips are down emi knew that a dp compilation will always sell, isn’t it about time the industry repaid the band with that accolade?

  7. 7
    Matt Love says:

    excellent, an MBE for Mr Gillan.
    Maybe they’ll give me an OBE-CAN-OBE ?

  8. 8
    Elinor says:

    With so many apparently undeserving people receiving these and other awards each year I have no hesitation in nominating Ian. If celebrities are going to be chosen at all – who better than he! If you want someone else – start another petition.

  9. 9
    Kevin says:

    In reply to 69, yes in the true sense of the word you’re correct but I think you knew what I meant! On another note No question is stupid but sometimes the answer can be in my experience!! To put my argument to bed if I had to name in order who if anyone deserves recognition for the Purple legacy then it would be Blackmore, Glover, Gillan, Paice, and Lord however there’s a strong case for Paice to be higher up the pecking order due to his commitment/longevity.

  10. 10
    Marcelo Soares says:

    Gillan is already real. Now, let’s make him ROYAL!

  11. 11
    Tibor says:

    This is rubbish. A gong for screaming for 40 years? Do me a favour, there’s plenty of service personnel that deserve something. If Gillan deserves a OBE, than Blackers should be Knighted.

  12. 12
    fraze says:

    reply to kevin, lord should be higher up blackmore might have done loads for purple but what about lords classical exploits.

  13. 13
    paul says:

    Ian Gillan has been and still is a great ambassador for the music indusrty and for Great Britain. Yeah, sure the rest of Deep Purple are just as worthy, but Sir Tim Rice didnt achieve a knighthood soley on his own merits.

    To have recognition for your talents and service to industry must be very flattering.

    I hope Ian Gillan see’s it that way, and if offered this award, accepts it.

  14. 14
    steve says:

    Jon LORD should be honored.For his contributions to music.

  15. 15
    paul b says:

    i agree with steve, arise SIR jon lord!

  16. 16
    dicky daim says:

    I want informartion Deep Purple, tour and album recording, thank’s

  17. 17
    John says:

    To many Gillan is the public face of DP.
    The only way the band will get the recognition they deserve at this stage of there careers is by using Gillan as a figure head.
    This could work if,
    Gillan is interested in this kind of award.
    Gillan is willing to accept the award on behalf of all members of the band.
    I think we need to hear from the man himself.

  18. 18
    decimen says:

    I agree with Tibor. What did Gillan do to deserve this award? Drink the most whiskey? If he gets this award, then Blackmore should be made king.

  19. 19
    Stefan says:

    As an rabid republican I think the british royal award system is totally crap and utterly ridiculous.If it was me, I´d tell the queen where to shove it!!!

    Royal rewards has absolutely nothing to do with rock music..Rock is supposed to be rebellious,obnoxious and a slap in the face to the establishment,right?
    All rock stars that accept these awards loose all credability completely(Page,May,Clapton,Jagger a.o. ! )

    To all my heroes…Gillan,Coverdale,Hughes,Lord and all members of the mighty purple family…PLEASE DON´T !

  20. 20
    Emily says:

    Has anyone checked whether they’ve been offered an honour already, and said No? I think they are all equally deserving, the equality is a big part of Purple, but I can imagine that several if not all would decline it.

  21. 21
    Rockman says:

    Gillan deserves this mention more than any other man in the Wolrd!!!

    I heard him on the Genova show, a few days ago, and he was just AMAZING!!!

    Keep on rollin’

  22. 22
    Paul says:

    I think Stefans idea that rock music should be rebillious, obnoxious, and a slap in the face…………….is just weird. Millionaire rock stars and their fans are really anarchists??? ………get a grip!!!

    Surely any type of music is down to personal taste, and I certainly dont think rock music is anti-establishment!!

    If Gillan were to accept this award then I am sure he would know it belongs just as much to the band as it does to him.

    If people feel strongly about Blackmore………..then put his name forward.

  23. 23
    AndreA says:

    I think that IG is not interested on it,I think he is a good anarchic man,he respect religions but he is not religious,he follows the political situations on over the word because is a intelligent person but He hates to make politic,he is a real good gypsy…I love him

    AndreA
    (Milan)

  24. 24
    Rik(UK) says:

    I don’t think anybody really gives a hoot over here about these awards anyway, although i think anyone who is acknowledged in some way for whatever they have done or achieved will always be pleased and humbled and even if they decline i think secretly they would have a smile in private.

    I’ve followed Gillan since 1980, bought the music, the videos and seen him many times live and that’s 27years of enjoyment he has given me, i think i’d be one of the first to pat him on the back for that!

    And not forgetting that he’s a genuine person, a real gent, he is rock royalty! =)

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