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Gillan interview from RTI

Eric Wiltshire‘s interview with Ian Gillan that was conducted earlier during the Rapture of the Deep tour was posted on Youtube. Eric works for Radio Tatras International, which broadcasts out of Slovakia.

Listen to the interview and watch the slideshow:

Part 1

Part 2

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info.

9 Comments to “Gillan interview from RTI”:

  1. 1
    Blackmore says:

    Well, there you go again…. The famous Wembley story! This time it happend a couple of years ago:-)

    Well, I guess he’s just trying to make a point:-)

    Gillan is a great chap, and I’m glad he’s still around to spread some joy!

  2. 2
    T says:

    A couple of comments:

    The average fan is 18-20 years old *In Europe*. Sadly, here in the U.S., it’s 40-60+, and I have seen members of the audience into their 70’s and beyond. The media here just ignore this group to no end. It must be frustrating to put out album after album all these years only to be brushed away. I have YET to hear anything post “Battle Rages On” on the radio.

    While “Bananas” was “political,” Ian says, the last album “Rapture of the Deep” was “spiritual.” Interesting how the latter was so much better. Perhaps musical spirituality provides a better medium that politics.

  3. 3
    Seven-47 says:

    I know what you mean T, here in the Twin Cities we have a classic rock station that will acknowledge a new release of a classic rock artist, but for only about a week or two. They will couple the new song with an old one, and call it a “past & present set”. Listeners up here have been exposed to “Any Fule Kno That” and “House Of Pain”, but nothing off of “Rapture Of The Deep”, even after several requests.

    What’s even worse is that they aired a live interview with Ian Gillan, when he was promoting “Gillan’s Inn”, but then neglected to play anything from it, and did not announce his solo show when he was in town. Very frustrating!

  4. 4
    Bo says:

    I do understand the frustrations in the US, but I must say (I’m a HUGE – BIG TIME HUGE – fan since 1971) that Deep Purple sometimes are not so good to do the right things at the right time. The need promotion of 2008 to do it. They should be at the same level as Black Sabbath at least because they are som much better, BUT they are not there when it comes to selling CDs or concerts.
    I’m sad to say that DP should concentrate more on making first class albums instead of playing small low-key concert around the world. Bring back the atmosphere of “wow this is Deep Purple” and not “ok they are back for the 2nd or 3rd time in 12-18 month. I love it, but I’m sure it’s not good for the DP reputation.
    On top of that, they lost a lot of the special Deep Purple magic after Blackmore and Lord left, so they need to work MUCH harder these days than ever before to get a bit of headlines in radio, tv, newspaper etc.

    I might wrong, beacause by the end of the day, if they are happy – why should I not be too? And they look Happy – more than ever.

  5. 5
    stoffer says:

    Bo, I think you hit the nail on the head, the band seems happy with things the way they are. They are a huge draw in some places around the world just not here in the states. I know my own personal pride takes a hit whenever DP gets “no respect” in the US, but I’m getting so used to it that it doesn’t seem to really matter anymore just as long as I can still listen to their new stuff and see them come through once in a while. The big classic rock station in my area has played Ted, Any Fule and a small independent station I really like will play Wrong Man and Things I Never Said from Live In Montreaux and anything before Battle if I call enough times.

  6. 6
    T says:

    Bo makes a very good point.

    The band can be faulted for losing momentum in the US, particularly in the long span of time between “Abandon” and “Bananas” during which at least one and probably two or three albums should have come out (all of which would have contained Lord).

    I appreciate the Concerto’s return and understand the tremendous amount of work that had gone into its restoration, but a one-off concert and recording would have been enough–just like the first time.

    I agree with Bo. Much of the time, Purple does not have enough new product. They enjoy merely playing and touring and are happy to do it.

    Careful! You’ll turn into a nostalgia act!

  7. 7
    Ted says:

    I’m a fan from the early 70s and live in Holland. It’s true that you see younger fans here, but it’s not the majority. My sons (16-22 years) are into DP as are their friends. They all have seen them more than once.
    The touring is their biggest income, so they have decided to do that as their main job.
    Concentrating on a new first class album will not change their airplay in the States or most other places. Rapture got great reviews, but I haven’t heard much of it on the radio.
    And I believe you can’t sit down and produce a first class album like that. There’s much more to it.

  8. 8
    Wizard says:

    Hello everyone, well you know there is more than one way to skin a cat, If they don’t play what you want, change the situation so they can’t ignore! I live in USA, Virginia to be exact and we have 2 classic rock radio stations. Before, the same scenario applied, they played a lot of DP, but usually it was the same songs you mentioned SOTW, WFTokyo, Lazy, the only new tracks they played was House of Pain, or Ted. So I changed the scenario, Talked to the DJ’s about the new release, And then they tell you (well I have no promo material from the Record Co., Boom I burned the CD and document on the CD, which release it came from. So now I get to hear usually a classic, and then a new track, Wrong Man-Rapture of the Deep, Money Talks, and House of Pain, Silver Tongue, Sun Goes Down,Walk On. On Tuesday, they always do 2 for Tuesday. They even play Burn-Stormbringer. So if they want to crack radio again, they need to get a bigger Record Company behind them. I don’t think Eagle Records will back them properly. Take time and do another CD, and really do it properly, even if it takes a year to release. Hell they really are the best band in the world as far as Rock music is concerned!!

  9. 9
    Mark Campbell says:

    I like what IG said about how playing music takes you to another state , for your own amusement . It’s unfortunate to see others go through anxieties based on the business . Rock and roll is great sport , and DP is my favorite team . Meditation …… great idea ! Time for mine today .

    Cheers , Mark Campbell

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