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Paicey: “It’s like second nature”

Ian Paice. Photo © 2007 Nick Soveiko.

Some time in late July, Paicey spoke to the Jerusalem Post, who have just published his interview in anticipation of Deep Purple’s visit to Israel:

When Roger and I play together, it’s like second nature. We don’t even have to think about it. When something’s about to happen, we know about it, even if we don’t know exactly what it is that’s going to happen. Sometimes it’s in relation to just one note and the way it’s played, and you react immediately in the same way, two musicians locking in.

I wouldn’t want to pontificate because usually my way is the wrong way – except for me. I don’t play the bass pedals the right way, I don’t hold the sticks the way they should be held. What I try to do is give information about drumming so a young drummer will have an idea of what he’s getting into.

Read the full inerview.

Thanks to Blabbermouth.net for the info.

21 Comments to “Paicey: “It’s like second nature””:

  1. 1
    Jason says:

    Fantastic interview that finds Paicey in good spirits and reflective.

  2. 2
    T says:

    “Usually my way is the wrong way…” That’s called “style”.

  3. 3
    Robert Daems says:

    You’re right T,

    and it’s a great style too !!

  4. 4
    Roberto says:

    Ian Paice is the Monster of rock dromming,
    a living legend for every drummer.
    He is better than Bonham

  5. 5
    Danny says:

    No offence Roberto but to say Paice is better than Bonham is to say that Blackmore is better than Page or Gillan is better than Dio. Two different drummers, two different styles and both are or in the case of Bonham were incredibly innovative and talented at what they do.

  6. 6
    EYAL says:

    talk backs at the JP site said he is modest as Moses !!

    and by the way listen to this guy:


    click on the blue flash to listen – SWEET HOME JERUSALEM and sway what you think of the solo !!

  7. 7
    Patrick says:

    of coarse ian is better than bonham – hello bonhams dead !? ian has lived on to surpass him in every way.

    and if he never died paice would still be better IMPO , paicey blowed him away back then

    blackmore and paige ?? now thats a joke

  8. 8
    Robert says:

    technically Ian Paice is better than Bonham,
    about groove and feeling too.
    Bonham is considered so much due his death and his appartenence in Led Zeppelin.Overrated.

  9. 9
    Robert says:





    just watch these videos.
    any honest drummer will agree with me…

  10. 10
    Tracy Heyder says:

    A fairly well done article, but there are are few cronological errors.

    First, he states that they were there in `1995 with Blackmore…..Blackmore left Purple in ’93. Morse was the guitarist in 1995.

    Second, he makes reference to Glover being gone from Purple for a few years in the early ’80s. He actually was gone during the late 70’s during the MK3 and MK4 period, and wasn’t there during the first 3 albums of MK1.

    I must agree here about the skill and ability of this great drummer. His influences and shear machine-gun technique, separate him from all the rest.

    Owning his ‘Signature Snare Drum’ and having also sign the head are probably my most prized collection pieces. He made it very personal by writing that he appreciates that I chose the instrument he plays when he signed my Drum Head. I quote “Thanks for doing what I do….Ian Paice”.

    Of course I no where near do what he does, but I will say that it was his drumming that got me into play the drums. Once I heard Hush back in 1969, my hands and feet never stopped tapping and stomping.

    Cheers to the greatest Drummer of our age….

  11. 11
    Crimson Ghost says:

    How is it that half the audience will be Russian speaking?

  12. 12
    Roberto says:

    Are you sure?

  13. 13
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Yes, I was reading the article, it says so… I just wonder how thats going to happen when they’re worlds apart?

    I think the writer was smoking grass, judging by several inaccuracies including that one. But I could be wrong, I have been once before.[sic]
    Perhaps it’s the Asian/Russians? At least it would make some sense. Tee Hee! At this point I would even imagine he was taking the piss.

  14. 14
    Jeogger Matthews says:

    Paice has been is the ONE and ONLY DP drummer…
    The only man who knows and can tell it all about the other members…
    Has played EVERY DP song…
    Has taken shit from all of them…
    Has done it all as an outstanding musician…
    There’s no DP and there will be no DP without PAICE!

  15. 15
    elprupdeep says:

    u right j matthews from A to Z (and Z is not there yet) Ian PAICE has been here with us thank you Mr PAICE and keep on drumming man,you know how to do it for sure .cheers and long live DP.

  16. 16
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Here’s one for the Blackmore Worshipers…..

    Would you give up Paice as the drummer for a shot at Blackmore’s return?



  17. 17
    Sami says:

    Hmmmmmm….No I wouldn’t!

    Cheers to you Tracy, be well.

  18. 18
    Boris says:

    there are lot of unlogical things in this interview…blackmore left the stage in 1995? what the hell…russians in israel…don’t know…maybe someone who knows better can confirm this…

  19. 19
    Daniel says:

    To Boris (and the others)… yes, there are about 1 million Russian-speaking people in Israel, most of them immigrants that came during in the early 90s… and yes, true, Blackmore just left stage in the middle of a gig in Tel Aviv in the early 90s…

  20. 20
    kotel says:

    i was at that show when he left the stage.
    the fans were crazy , they start trowing cans on the band , and thats why he left the stage. and i have his guitar from the show that was in tel aviv in 1989.
    it was AMAZING

  21. 21
    kotel says:


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