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Gillan unplugged

Big Ian teamed up with Steve Morris some time ago and they have recorded an unplugged session for UK’s Absolute Radio:


This session plus Ian’s interview will air on Friday, May 15th at 7 p.m. on Absolute Classic Rock. (They kind of broadcast online, but it didn’t work for me.)

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info.

54 Comments to “Gillan unplugged”:

  1. 1
    George says:

    Fantastic, Gillan maybe can’t reach high notes which he used to reach in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, but he is the GOD of low notes. his low deep tembre during Better Days is AWESOME.

    btw, does Ian have any other T-shirt besides this yellow one? 😀

  2. 2
    Gerrit says:

    This should stop this “Ian’s lost his voice”-nonsense for a while. Perfect performance.

  3. 3
    marcinn says:

    Ian’s great, that’s all…

  4. 4
    Albertino says:

    Excellent performance from our great The Silver Voice!!!!!!

    Sao Paulo

  5. 5
    Stephan says:

    wonderful! it’s great to here ian singin’ in his current range of his voice. he should transpose all the old classics 2notes down. the high notes might be much easier to reach and it would sound more like gillan. with the years a voice gets older and it changes too. in his case its a littler lower. why not readjust the arrangements to better fit his voice and singing???

  6. 6
    rik says:

    I like the unplugged idea, seems to work well although i’m not really a fan of steve morris guitar style. Would like to see IG do this with Michael Lee Jackson.

  7. 7
    Jeffs says:

    How come it took him 40 years to do this?? How wonderful would this have been to have heard him “naked” in his prime:-) Still sounds great though doesn’t he…They have dropped the key to “Blind Man” from Bm to Am, Purple don’t normally do this but as Stephan suggested this would help him use his now Baritone without pushing it too hard.

  8. 8
    Arik says:

    Big Ian…
    he love this T-shirt, 8 months ago he perform in israel with same t shirt

  9. 9
    Nikos says:

    I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. For those who know not of what they say. Gillan is GOD!

  10. 10
    Rajaseudun Rambo says:

    What a guy. Absolutely fantastic. Blind Man has always been a great el. blues number (in style that Pink Floyd “invented” anew a few years after DP!!). But what I hear now, Better Days is a fantastic song unplugged. Beautiful. Gillan sings it beautifully. Unbeliavable. He sings differently compared to what he was 20-30 years ago, but not worse, he’s as good as he ever was; just different now: matured and cool. Mr. Gillan, we want more this!

  11. 11
    foxy says:

    great performance. I would like to hear more IG singing in lower vocal range. No, he’s not lost his voice, he’s perfect

  12. 12
    kraatzy says:

    Eeeeeeeeee-aaaaaaaaaa-oooooooooo-aaaaaaaaaa-uuuuuuuuuu …
    … absolutly wonderful … any questions ??? … this the answer !!

    What did he sing at the end:

    We don´t need no satisfaction (Rolling Stones),
    ´cause we need only PURPLENDICULARISFACTION (Deep Purple).


  13. 13
    Chris says:

    I’d buy this…

  14. 14
    stoffer says:

    Very nice, very nice indeed

  15. 15
    Ptr says:

    Beautiful performance, amazing… He still has wonderful voice, When A Blind Man Cries acoustic is amazing… Better Days – fantastic, track born for acoustic performance!

  16. 16
    Radek says:

    Supeeeeeer !!!!!

  17. 17
    James O'Brien says:

    I must agree with everyone– Great Performance!! Wouldn’t it be great if MTV’s unplugged was still around and the Purple boys did a show.
    One can dream

  18. 18
    CE-Music says:

    sounds great….I agree he hasn’t lost his voice…just his range shifted to the lower….they are playing it in a minor instead of b minor…very clever….;)….

  19. 19
    Lee says:

    Next week(11th-15th May) is Ian Gillan week on Absolute Classic Rock.

    At midday and 4pm every day they will be playing one session track and one Ian Gillan/Deep Purple track with presenters Leona Graham and Russ Williams respectively.

    Friday at 7pm they will play the session in full as well as replaying the interview they did with Ian a few months ago.

  20. 20
    Peter Steiof says:

    just perfect.great that his voice is back again

  21. 21
    Francesco says:

    Ottima voce bravo grande Ian speriamo di averti cosi a Locarno ti aspettiamo con gioia… a presto Francesco

  22. 22
    Sami says:

    Awesome, sent shivers down my spine! I have always liked Steve Morris’ style too, everyone should check out the Shadowman-cd Ghost In the Mirror…really classy, excellent hard rock! Cheers

  23. 23
    elprupdeep says:

    not bad at all for someone who lost is voice several years ago, isn’t it
    Cheers .Long live DP.

  24. 24
    Jim Irons says:

    Absolutely fantastic. Gillan’s still the man, the voice of rock bar none. Would love to hear more re-workings of old material like this. Maybe Ian should consider putting out an album. Nice playing by Steve as well.

  25. 25
    Thunderhawk says:

    Maybe a Acoustic tour or some acoustic shows with DP would’nt that be a nice tread, i mean hear his voice here it’s amazing.
    Why don’t try it, i think it would turn out great.

  26. 26
    HZ says:

    Very unusually for Gillan, and it’s good – now Ian surprised us positively with “One Eye”, and now this. I’m telling you, to change styles and type of music, and to improvise is good.

  27. 27
    AndreA says:

    When Gillan give us his blues soul, he gets the best!
    these are 2 versions with deep soul, Gillan remains Gillan and his friend S.Morris is a real good player for this sound.

    Great Gillan!


  28. 28
    joe says:

    Ooooooh yes !

  29. 29
    Kimmen says:

    And give us ‘Clearly Quite Absurd’, ‘Loosen My Strings’, ‘Fingers to the Bone’, ‘Don’t Make Me Happy’ and ‘The Aviator’. Then we could live happily ever after.

  30. 30
    Murray Shuttleworth says:

    I hope that this version is put on the next DP album.
    or a Deep Purple unplugged album.

    Great Stuff, can you please gives us more 🙂

  31. 31
    Joanna says:

    Thanks! A very nice ballad and a great piece of blues.

  32. 32
    Héctor de San Martín says:

    Ladies and gentlemen; here is …. THE MAN AT FRONT OF DP !!!!
    Thanks, Big Ian !!!

  33. 33
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:


    Hearing these to songs like this back to back takes me back to one of my all time favorites of Ian Gillan….’No More Cane on the Brazos’…..

    What an incredible Naked performance from my all time Favorite vocalist…

    Thanks Mr. Gillan for being in My Universe!!!!!


  34. 34
    Tore says:

    Great to hear this!
    I to hope for an type of “MTV unplugged” session with Purple I’d by both the DVD and CD!

  35. 35
    AndreA says:

    I love Gillan when He plays his Harmonica..

    There is another song that people should remember,it is just a little bit unknown but I am sure that you all love this shy lovely blues piece: PAINTED HORSE.

    I love it,mainly because his title remind to my surname:

    I’d like to get a tatoo with a cool painting on my body in memory of this lovely song.

    I’d like to listen a new version performed by Mr.Universe.

    ciao Friends


  36. 36
    marcinn says:

    So far they broadcasted four songs, these are: When a Blind Man Cries, Better Days, Black Night and Change My Ways. Very impressive and inspiring at the same time.

  37. 37
    GerInAssenNetherlandsMale51yearsyoung says:

    Superbbbbbbbb clip

  38. 38
    james jay says:

    #8 we all have a favorite shirt–i have a metro manilla aid shirt from the philippines 1981. it was a city aid shirt that workers wore picking up trash for the city. never-the-less i dig this unplugged from IG. hope there is more to come.

  39. 39
    Andy Worthington says:

    OK who would be up for a deep purple acoustic tour?

    And if you are what would your set list be?

  40. 40
    AndreA says:

    For the future,I would hope in a Hevier Deep Purple than in the past..

    I Wanna Rock! (new)

  41. 41
    GerInAssenNetherlandsMale51yearsyoung says:



    ENJOY IT !!!!

  42. 42
    elprupdeep says:

    to 35
    painted horse…. use to be my favorite guitar solo from ritchie.
    what a song man !
    long live DP.

  43. 43
    elprupdeep says:

    but the best is “may be I am a leo” which can only be play by Mr Ian Paice.
    long live DP.
    Au revoir.

  44. 44
    69 says:

    “OK who would be up for a deep purple acoustic tour?

    And if you are what would your set list be?”

    Anyone´s Daughter
    Wasted Sunsets
    The Aviator
    Fingers To The Bone
    Never A Word
    Clearly Quite Absurd
    Maybe I´m A Leo
    Woman From Tokyo

    When A Blind Man Cries
    Black Night

    But not really.

  45. 45
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    All those are good tunes, except for ‘Anyone’s Daughter’. Didn’t like it on the album, hated it more during “TBRO” tour and beyond. Replace that with “Our Lady”…….or “Mitzi Dupree”……


  46. 46
    stoffer says:

    I just watched this again on the UK website and anyone who thinks Ian has lost his voice is freakin’ nuts this is absolutely fantastic!!

  47. 47
    kingsley says:

    Had a captive meeting with ian and the lads on a flight back to oz was very nervy but you could,nt wipe the smile off my face and every one was real nice very down to earth still to meet mr lord

  48. 48
    randy says:

    This is not the Steve Morris I saw on stage in St.Louis Mo.USA.
    Or is he the one in Nashville.Tn.USA.

  49. 49
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Randy I believe you are confused. Steve Morris isn’t Steve Morse. Steve Morris collaborated with Gillan in his Solo efforts in the 90’s. Steve Morse is the guitarist for Purple….


  50. 50
    purplepriest1965 says:



    First I thought …….

    Not very interesting


    Dare I say it?

    Blackmore and Lord are so much evolved now that they are completely ready to do sucha thing.

    Oh Bliss
    Oh Joy

    I could die with a neverending smile on my face after hearing DP with the magic duo playing

    Son Of Alerik
    Child In Time
    When a Blind man cries
    Soldier of fortune, time for Gillan to stop being so arrogant or go and take a break

    Anyones Daughter
    Wasted Sunsets
    Place in Line
    Our Lady
    Wring that neck
    This time around

  51. 51
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Priest I think you miss the point here. Folks are stating that it would be cool to see the Present, the Real Deep Purple do an acoustic gig. Blackmore and Lord have been doing the ‘light hearted doodling’ ever since they left Purple. But seeing the Actual Band do an acoustic show would be something to admire. I like you song list though, except for Anyone’s Daughter. Son of Alerik? It was already pretty laid back as it was, acoustic wouldn’t be much different.

    Rapture of the Deep
    The Aviator
    Fingers To The Bone
    Never A Word
    Clearly Quite Absurd
    Silver Tongue
    Hey Cisco

    Plus you’d have to drop Soldier of Fortune….REALITY CHECK TIME…

    Gillan will never do it.

    So looks like you’ll have to find another way to die with that smile on your face……

    Surely there is something else which makes you happy….


  52. 52
    Screaming Doug says:

    cool stuff – thanks for sharing – need to pick up one eye asap!

  53. 53
    randy says:

    Tracy heyder aka. Zeor the Hero<
    Thanks for the clarification, being a long-time purple fan since JC
    lead me to DP

  54. 54
    Giacomo Brunoro says:

    Great Ian but… the Steve Morris’ guitar is horrible!

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