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Bid for backstage passes

There are 2 tickets and backstage passes up for auction on ebay for the forthcoming uk tour.
100% of the money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The tickets and passes have been kindly supplied by Roger Glover.
For more info and to place a bid go here

thanks to Lee Worrall.

36 Comments to “Bid for backstage passes”:

  1. 1
    micke says:

    I honestly think that the band could give ALL (100%) procedings from the gig to the cancer trust. I firmly belive they could afford it…
    Hell, they could give procedings from the whole UK tour to the cancer trust.

    Yes sir.

  2. 2
    hotblack says:

    @ micke: So if they give, it’s still not enough, huh?
    How many other artists don’t give a toss for any charity? I say it’s mighty nice from Roger to do this!

    Why do there always need to be people who are never satisfied…!

  3. 3
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I wish I had visited DP and Rainbow in The Hilton Hotel over here way back when I could have…..
    Just did not came to my mind…..

    And when I did after Morse joined Ian Gillan was very arrogant, suspiciouslike and moody.

    Other fans noticed that too.
    One said…..Hey, Ian thinks he is Blackmore now!!!!

  4. 4
    micke says:

    It’s good of Roger no doubt but really…

  5. 5
    Gary says:

    Hi Priest, I’m sure that was disappointing, but did you even consider that Gillan might have just been having a really bad day ?

  6. 6
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi George

    You are right to ask me that.

    I can only say I met him later during other tours and he acted High and Mighty then too…..

  7. 7
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    I’ve hung out with Gillan a few times, and never have I seen him to be arrogant. On the contrary. He has shown to be quite exausted a couple of times, but even then always social and respective….

    Maybe he picked up on your Morse Negativity/Blackmore Worshipping and didn’t have time for chronic complainers……


  8. 8
    marcinn says:


    Not everyone has a good day all the time. If one has such a person should consider himself/herself to be very lucky. I also happened to meet Ian a couple of times now and he was always a terrific person to hang out with. He is always first for a photo with the fans, he asks them if they have something to sign. Sometimes he really is dog tired after the shows, but even so he tries to give the best he can at the moment. And I do appreciate that.

    So what’s the problem? We are here to discuss the bid for passes and tickets and you as usual try to transform the discussion into constant complaining about one of the band’s member behaviour. Now Gillan seems to be the target of your comments. I’m sorry you had a bad time meeting one of your heroes. It’s all I can say. And try to approach it from a certain distance. I once heard ‘take it easy’. 🙂

    By the way, it’s great that Roger decided to give the tickets and passes for the auction. Of course it won’t solve the case but it shows that artists care about people suffering from cancer.

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 7

    Thanx for the repeated CHEERS …..
    But I ll try to behave a bit

    Perfect examples a plenty where that hobby can lead a man…..

    Ian might have been very perceptive, he has a very intelligent side together with serious spaces in between, but……

    It also might have been wrong chemistry or just plain clumsiness from my part.
    I mean, I worshipped HIM since I was 12 and to meet him and the others turned out a bit intimidating.
    Although I tried to push that behind me I did not feel very free towards them.

    So I was not very loud or unpolite or something but…..

    I tried to make contact in my own way when I feel awkward in a situation.
    It has the side effect I look very humble or just very arrogant

    He also might have thought something of my appearance which was, ahem, kinda Gillanesque
    Kinda ironic, Big chief with short hair and so on and me more or less looking the old days….

    Dont like football, so how to break the ice?

    I resent acting like someone who kneels down and so on…..I m too grown up and my ego stands in the way.

    So I kinda softly and politely asked for autographs and in between told him about my cats Ian and Zoe.
    One does not do that without being a total fan.
    I must admit that in 1992 I did not know anything of his painful history with Zoe.
    So that also might dis make him frown?

    He acted cold.

    Another moment I was told in a very unfriendly way to leave him and someone alone with …..
    Cant you see we re talking BUISNESS here?!

    Again an other moment at the bar I started to sit beside him, while he was drinking this very large beer, he replied….I M TIRED
    Maybe that was true and just a bad moment

    He acted like RB told about the old days……
    Ritchie asked his roadie or something to tell him how Ian s posture at the bar was just to know if Ian was in a mood he d like to avoid……

    It was at the Purpendicular tour and I even asked Steve for an autograph in the tourbook.
    Even at that point I was not very glad with what he brought into the frame but I thought I ought to give the man a chance and break.

    Ofcourse, I tried for many years to appreciate this turn in DPs history but…..

    If one read my posts in honesty they should admit my view is not black and white.

    Eric Clapton is not God, Ritchie is!!!!


    Worshipper checking out


  10. 10
    George says:

    You can blame Gillan for anything you WISH (in fact, YOU can blame him for wining over Blackmore), but you can’t NEVER blame him for “he acted High and Mighty” with fans…

    Yes, SURE, IAN GILLAN – the name and the man himself is HIGH and MIGHTY, really… but he never express it.
    He’s probably the most natural and kind rock-star towards the fans you could ever imagine!

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:



    Followed your tracks last year……

    How many times you saw them ?
    Hoe many times you MET Ian Gillan?
    How much do and did you write without years of visiting shows and so on?

    I kinda laugh laugh often when I read your posts

    So recognisable…..the passion and so on…..

    But also……

    Recognising that others are as much as me acting like they know it all…..

    I admitted that years ago…..

    Now its time for you to grow up a bit.

    Stay in good health, show a bit more modesty and sense of reality and proportions……

    Cheers and have fun……

  12. 12
    stephen says:

    I’m sorry if anyone feels let down after meeting their hero. but perhaps imagine yourself being approached by someone at a time in point when you are ‘off duty’.
    I know regularly after a show there are business discussions back at the hotel, and you were perhaps unfortunate to arrive at that point, but outwith the venue you have to understand that there are private matters, often quite important, that need to be sorted.
    The hotel is essentially the home from home. Imagine if someone turned up at your house unannounced, that you didnt know, and they started talking about your work…
    I know all the guys, even Ritchie, will always make as much time as possible available to meet and greet people. There have to be boundaries though. Sorry to say, but a business meeting is a very good reason for not being able to drop everything and talk to you. I’m sure it wasn’t personal.

  13. 13
    micke says:

    Purplepriest= Ritchies hair?? Just wondering..

  14. 14
    marcinn says:


    You talk from your experience and I base my statements on mine. I do not consider myself to know everything, because I simply do not. Another thing is that when you speak out of passion emotions tend to play the major role not the reason. And does not reason tell you that he really might have been tired at the bar? And the Zoe thing… Really unfortunate. From my experience I may also tell you that emotions play major role not only on stage but backstage (meet&greet sessions, talking to fans) as well. Sometimes one little trifle may mess up the good mood.

    I met many people who tend to treat the band members as their property. I’m always stunned by such a behaviour. The artists are human beings, just like us, and from time to time they like to be left alone. I understand this and would never feel offended by such a behaviour. It’s really nice of them all that they devote their time on stage and off stage to their fans.

    Imagine one day your are in Tokyo, the show was great, you talked to some people, took a couple of photos, signed plenty of stuff. You are full of positive energy and look forward to the next day. You’re in Moscow. The journey takes some time, you feel tired. In the middle of the day you have a press conference set up, then you give a couple of interviews and journalists aks you same old stuff. As you are accustomed to this, you try to respond as gentle as possible. But the journalist does not want to call it a day and delves deeper into the topic you feel is irrelevant to the present state of things. So you answer and at the same time you are irritated but cannot tell the journo to bugger off. The interviews are over, but somehow the positive energy you felt last night vanished. You prepare for the show. You walk on stage, get a positive response from the audience. The band is tight and the show comes out really good. But still you cannot regain the positive energy. You talk to fans backstage but you are absent-minded and tired. Something that irritated you before does not allow you to feel laid back. It would seem just a detail, a trifle. But sometimes trifles have an impact on how we feel during the day, and no matter how good things can look we are not able to feel positive. I have had plenty of such days, though I’m an oridnary guy.

    So everyone has a right to be tired, and deal with affairs that need to be dealt with. You might have just happened to approach him not in the right moment.

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Stephen

    I already tried to say that I tried to be polite, hell why not, my parents raised me even more polite than often should have been

    I also understand that sometimes approaching them or others for that matter, can be very disturbing.

    Its just that I feel I deserve a bit more subtlety when saying to me the time is not appropriate.
    Talking to me like I was some animal or rude man instead of a longtime fan is kinda upsetting.

    The context was also that there were not a lot of fans asking for a bit of time that evening.

    The thing of the hotel as their alternative room I appreciate, thats why I felt uneasy in my approach over there.

    But there also seems to be something like a time that as long people behave a bit bands dont have a problem with fans coming to the lounge of the hotel.

    Its a subtle issue because at one moment there seems to be space for that kinda thing, the other moment one gets the evil eye

    Btw, Ronnie James Dio, it was The Concerto tour, was very friendly all the way.

    @ 13

    Now I know why Ritchie the number 13.

    How funny or original ……Micke.


  16. 16
    purplepriest1965 says:

    tries to avoid the number 13

  17. 17
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Marcin

    points taken

    Already, I should say.

    I know you mean well.


  18. 18
    Gary says:

    Hi Priest, The people who are responding to you have either met Gillan several times or know him personally. And they’re politely tellng you are mistaken about Gillan’s attitude.

    You probably were the victim of unfortunate timing(s).

  19. 19
    Gary says:

    …giving you the benefit of the doubt that you weren’t pushy or obnoxious or drunk, of course 🙂

  20. 20
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Not even…. Ritchie’s Hair is a little kid with a huge mouth, a relentless troll.

    Priest is a man with convictions all the same, but he’s grown up and can stand by his convictions like the man he is.

    There is such a difference between the two it makes one’s head spin.

    It’s okay with me if a MAN stands his ground, but Andy(RC)is incapable of that, as one must live enough in the first place to know what they’re on about.

    Cheers to all, especially my associates Marcinn and Hotblack, and even Priest. Imagine that…. btw, where is Andy now? Oh, thats right, slumming in the usual allowed to troll place. If you check there Micke, you’ll notice Priest doesn’t bother with that jokers palace.

  21. 21
    marcinn says:

    Hi Priest,

    I’m glad you see my point!


  22. 22
    Svante Axbacke says:

    As people have already said, even rock stars can have bad days. Another thing to think about is that every person on earth isn’t compatible with everyone else. Imagine if Gillan was a regular bloke working at your company. All of his friends of course think he is a extremely nice guy but for some reason you can’t stand him. There’s just something that prevents you from getting along. I’m sure you all have met people like this in life. In real life, that’s easy. You just try to avoid the guy. But if you have waited all your life to meet your hero, you might be disappointed when you realise he is not the super nice guy you thought he was.

    Many people say you shouldn’t meet your heroes just because of the high expectations you project on the stars, that they rarely can live up to. I’ve even heard this from celebrities about other famous people, their heroes.

    I’ve met the band at various occasions and Gillan has sometimes been very social and sometimes avoided us. I’ve also seen him stop and write autographs and chat for a while even though you could see on him that he would rather be in bed at the hotel. The last times I’ve seen the band, Gillan hasn’t even shown up with the others backstage or at the hotel.

    And if you think your experience was bad, think of all the Robert Fripp fans who wanted to meet their hero. Fripp is known to run away when fans approach him. 🙂

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 22

    Talking about running away…..
    Never will forget the sight of Ritchie in white Stone Cold days leather jacket walking out of his hotel in Brussels, 1982
    Me and some others who took the trip in a van from Rotterdam to see the RAINBOW show in Vorst nationaal drove there aimlessly lost in the city.
    I saw my hero and shouted in a reflex through the window…….HEY RITCHIEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
    The others followed……
    Ritchie ran back into the alternative room of the hotel ……


    Two seconds later JLT crossed our paths and reacted very friendly………..

    @ 13 and 20

    I knew some people used nicknames like Ritchies Wig or what else…..
    Right now I missed that……the wuestion was if I was or am one of those weirdos…….

    CG suggests that there is aplace where this particular person strolls around.
    Dunno which place hes referring to.

    Jokers palace?
    Nice title for the next album?

  24. 24
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Well, perhaps with all the others about back stage, Ian can tend to spot those who’ve had plenty of chances to mingle with him already, and feels that you’ll obviously be there again to engage in the opportunity.

    I’ve always been greeted very nicely by him, in fact singled out by him after having met with me from another territory, to sing personal photos taken with him from that other territory.

    All I’m saying is that he doesn’t have time for everyone, but I’ve never had that problem. I don’t see why he should greet every single last person, especially if they’ve met before. There are plenty in the dressing room who haven’t had the chance to meet with him. I’d say it has nothing to do with being a nice chap or not and can’t be measured that way. I’ve also seen very rude fans get treated just fine by him.

  25. 25
    Crimson Ghost says:


    The place needs no mention, but lets just say that if someone trolls their, the Administration seems to get off on it, especially if they’re a Blackmore zealot and a Gillan basher. They love to let Gillan and his supporters have it. They should be called the “For mkII Fans Only Forum” but I prefer them to call it the “Jokers Palace” because they’re hugely satire driven. They saterize just about everything they can, it’s full of garbage and nothing more. I think the subject is much more serious than they do, obviously.

  26. 26
    micke says:

    @ 20 and 23.
    The attitude towards IG lead me to think that Priest perhaps is the same guy as “Ritchie’s hair”. So he is not, thanks god. No offence meant Priest.
    And thanks for explaining it all CG.
    RH is hanging in dP runboard.com abusing everyone… and IG in particular.

  27. 27
    Glory Road says:

    As a music teacher I wrote to Ian Gillan via his record company in 1996 to see if I could bring one of my students to see the band in Manchester as the students mother had recently died. Ian wrote back to me personally, no secretary or PR man and arranged for me to meet him and the band backstage after the show (it was on the Purpendicular tour) and the whole band were just wonderful, especially Ian I think thats all I need to say.

  28. 28
    Sami says:

    Met Rod Stewart once…what a prick 🙂

    KIPPIS to ya all Purpleheads!

  29. 29
    Gary says:

    Hi CG, Being a Blackmore ‘ zealot ‘ doesn’t necessarily mean you’re anti- Gillan, and vice-versa.

  30. 30
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I’ll but that it’s not the case with you, but look around why don’t you? I correspond with and read comments from literally thousands on the net.

  31. 31
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I love and hate both my parents, hehehe

  32. 32
    Gary says:

    In my case it’s quality over quantity, CG 🙂

  33. 33
    Gary says:

    And CG, very nice job on the Gillan interview.

  34. 34
    stefan says:


    I´ve met many “stars” over the years….Glenn Hughes,D.C.,Lemmy….etc and they´ve all been very nice and friendly ! There is however one I´ll resent for the rest of my life….Yngwie “F**KING” Malmsteen, that man has to be the A**hole of the millenium! If I´ll ever see him again I swear to punch him out!

  35. 35
    Rascal says:

    The anti-Gillan feeling comes mainly from the usual source………………….

    Upset that on Gillans return to the fold the DP balancing act that had favoured RB had toppled in the other direction………..

    Its a case of ‘Sour Grapes’, a momentum of escalating misery that contines to spill across these pages…..

    Ive met Gillan a few times, polite, interesting, interested, and humurous………..

    Who knows….maybe in the blink of an eye he is able to separate the ‘Wheat’ from the ‘chaff’……….

  36. 36
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Why even bother to react to this?
    Why even bother to write here?
    I hate wasted energy…..

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