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Ian Gillan One Eye To Morocco

Bob Ruggiero of The Houston Press did an interview with Ian Gillan. There is some typically Gillan anecdotage besides the usual story behind his latest album:

The funniest thing was when we did the tour for House of Blue Light in the late ’80s and somebody, without telling me or the rest of the band, decided to get a modern stage set. I mean, we don’t mind having a screen behind, but this was like the deck of Star Trek or something. Anyway, I was appalled and it was a shock to me.

It was the opening night of the tour in Austin, so I went down to this fine joke shop. I bought about 20 plastic urinals and managed to attach them to the stage set all around, so it made it appear as if the whole stage was one giant washroom. I even stuck one on the front of Jon [Lord’s] Hammond organ. And of course, the Texas girls in the old days were, uh, second to none!

Read it online at the Houston Press’ Classic Rock Corner.

Thanks to Bob Ruggiero for the info.



8 Comments to “One Eye in Houston Press”:

  1. 1
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    I’ll bet the PISSED off Richard…….he he he

  2. 2
    Crimson Ghost says:

    ‘Texas State Of Mind’ alright.

  3. 3
    james jay says:

    #1 Isn’t Dick a shorter version of the name Richard?

  4. 4
    tomekdp says:

    The opening of the US leg of the HOBL tour was in Portland, Maine – not in Texas…
    BUT – most likely it was not the HOBL, but PS tour, which started in Texas (albeit in Odessa, not Austin) and indeed, it was the first time when new stage set was used.

  5. 5
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Can we stop woth ONE EYE ……this……..ONE EYE THAT?

    Otherwise I feel compelled to call the Purple People Eater.

  6. 6
    purplepriest1965 says:

    with

  7. 7
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    #3
    Yes it is, but with due respects to the Worshippers, I chose to use Richard……

    I have a heart…

    Unlike those who continue to BASH the Present Purple because their little Lute Player isn’t in the Band anymore…..

    Cheers james jay

  8. 8
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Simply defined.

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