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Gillan with orchestra in Greece

Caramba reports that Ian Gillan has signed up to do a concert in Thessaloniki, Greece on Saturday 30th June (although the orchestra’s site says June 29th) with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.

The venue is an open-air theatre called Theatro Gis. It seats 4.500 and is at a beautiful spot in the north part of the city.

Ian will be singing to orchestral arrangements (by Friedemann Riehle) of the following songs:

Highway Star, Fireball, Smoke on the Water, Black Night, When a Blind Man Cries, Ted the Mechanic, Strange Kinda Woman, Perfect Strangers

Caramba promises more info on their site as soon as they get it.



15 Comments to “Gillan with orchestra in Greece”:

  1. 1
    Manolis Kroussaniotakis says:

    How interesting! Only 2 Morse songs out of 8, but otherwise great. Let’s hope it’s filmed. By the way, Gis, the name of the theatre, means Earth, as in Earth Theatre.

  2. 2
    rob says:

    I see only 1 Morse song (TED)

  3. 3
    Thomas says:

    Yeah right, rob! But none of the less I`m hoping, that the concert will be published. Sounds interesting. If not, I suggest the Official Bootleg Record “Live at Rotterdam Ahoy”, where you can find most of the songs with orchestra in good quality – of course on the 1999 “Concerto…” as well…

  4. 4
    Cube says:

    Yes but here it looks like Gillan will be singing ONLY with a orchestra with no guitars like Joe Lynn Turner did in Japan a couple of months ago.

  5. 5
    steve says:

    been watching purple blogs we need richie back.
    regardless of how good steve plays,on richies worst night he was still more entertaining to watch not to mention he is god on guitar

  6. 6
    Albertino says:

    What a nice!!!!!! I hope these show will be released on CD e DVD oficcial, or if not I hope for a good bootleg!!!!

  7. 7
    panos says:

    ohhhhhhhhhhh……..my god!!!!!

  8. 8
    Pedro Nunes says:

    Nice idea. The results would be interesting. I hope they record it. Could be great.
    Well, Steve, could be great the returning of Ritchie. Steve is good, but…

  9. 9
    Martin Salazar says:

    Sounds great that!, I think that Sometimes I feel Like Scream should be added to the setlist.

    I like Ritchie Blackmore, but since there’s Steve Morse, I don’t miss him.

  10. 10
    Bo says:

    Ritchie back – YES please!!!
    Purple today has lost surprises and magic. Yes they are happy now which is VERY important, but for my selfish ego I would love RB & JL back.
    Just play the DVDs. The newer one just dont have the magic like the older ones.
    I might be wrong, but it’s just the way I feel.

  11. 11
    chris andrews says:

    Ian In Greece:
    Ian Loves Greece and Greece loves Ian:
    I can bet you my good friend Stathis Panagiotakis and Michalkis Raknstis will be there:
    Ian with an orchestra?
    Well Pavaroti said Ian was one of the best singer he has ever heard and that is why he invited him and Deep Purple to play with him:
    I have a CD of DP music by an Russian orchestra and it is awesome!
    Ian can you get me 2 tickets and I will fly to Greece to see it like I did when you played in Cyprus a few years ago!
    You truly have a beautiful voice and I know it will be a night to remember:
    cheers Chris Andrews
    PS The set list? Fantastic! The only song I would add would be “Getaway”.

  12. 12
    Cranberry says:

    Out of tune plumber spring to mind?????

  13. 13
    wally roundhead says:

    Just fantastic!!! Incredible!!!!
    This might just be the most perfect birthday present I will ever have!!
    We have already planned a vacation to Greece during my birthday.
    Now this will hopefully coincide with Gillans show in Thessaloniki!
    I hope these news will be confirmed soon so that we might change flights!

  14. 14
    the Cat-That-Sleeps says:

    Such a nice idea spoiled by such a boring setlist… It was not long ago when DP was still able to surpise us, in year 2000, with the orchestra. Ian Gillan will finish his life playing “Smoke…” in supermarkets to promote a shower soap or DVD players (no disrespect for supermarkets though 🙂 ).

  15. 15
    Stelios (Stan da BluztoGosp R&RtoCl.H.R.akaMyDeepPurpleConnectionIncl.-Whitesnake,elf,Rainbow,Gary Moore & Thin Lizzy plusThe Outlaws,Episode 6,Screamin'Lord Sutch,all in huge list involved before, after& current DPto most all "RealMusicLovin' says:

    Igrew up loving Deep Purple at the age around 4 my sister & I heared all the songs on Am radio in BiG Betsy old Tank of a car, Smoke on the water,My woman from tokyo,Hush&Highwaystar Are Exceptional songs that made me love Deep Purple With Passion.Exceptional vocalists-Unc’s Ian Gillan, David Coverdale(Later), Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow/Solo/Elf/Sabbath) & very underrated vocalsist Glenn Hughes as well as Excptional Bassist. Although Unc Richie is playing minstrel & for a lifetime I have seen you brothers quarrel, I feel You can resolve your issues & go out there to the stadium’s,casino’s with not only Unc Richie: Unc’Davld Coverdale & Glenn Hughes covering their songs w/ DP-Burn/Stormbringer/ComeTasteTheBand & better yet a 2-4 hr. DP Connection Tour All DP, Rainbow,Whitesnake & special DP family Connection Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy EarlyMember A+ listBand & Musician’!) all together a Dream Show.”) he is on my A+ list Exceptional Guitarists along w/2 other extremely underrated Guitar/Musician’-Unc Gary Moore & The Late Unc Tommy Bolin. I love them both as well as Unc Richie& Jeff Beck is also on my + list many more that I studied since2nd grade lesson’s all enormous infleuences, sorry for my novel I wrote, letting out years pain & music is a healer for especially Blues,Gospel,R&R-Cl.Hvy.Rk. & Deep Purple/Rainbow/Whitesnake &thin Lizzy gave then & continue to give us Outstanding Cl.Hrd.Rk.!

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