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As we reported earlier, on March 28 Ian Gillan appeared on the Hay Superstar show which was broadcast on Shant Tv in Armenia. He sat in as a honorary judge for the competition where aspiring musicians performed Deep Purple songs. The song selection was rather peculiar, certainly shunning away from the greatest hits formula, and the set list included Fingers To The Bone, Wasted Sunsets, Anya, Haunted, Maybe I’m A Leo, Don’t Make Me Happy, Black Night, When A Blind Man Cries, Demon’s Eye, Walk On, and the grand finale of obligatory Smoke On The Water, with Big Ian getting up on stage and singing a couple of choruses.

Video of the whole 2 hour show is available at ArmStudio.fr and Megavideo:

For those who prefer just the highlights, there are several clips on Youtube.
Fingers to the Bone:
Wasted Sunsets:
Maybe I’m a Leo:
Demon’s Eye:

Smoke on the Water:

Thanks to Nigel Young for the info.

24 Comments to “Hay Superstar”:

  1. 1
    Nigel Young says:

    Regarding: “He sat in as a honorary judge for the competition”

    I wasn’t aware that this was a competition. “Hay Superstar 4” had already finished a couple of weeks ago. Raisa Avanesyan was the runner up, one of the guys won it…..the guy who sang Smoke, I think. (Suren?) IG offered a judgement to one of the singers, something like: “I decree that you should be in music for the next 50 years!”

  2. 2
    Nigel Young says:

    Raffi Ohanyan (from Syria) won and Raisa Avanesyan (from Iran) came second in the final on 14th March.

  3. 3
    macthedo says:

    Bless his cotton socks!

  4. 4
    Luigi Montanaro says:

    My god…. It’s a great idea but poor Gillan…
    … musicians like those are very “few” Purple..
    they seems like “metallars” but they’re fan, this is important!! 😀

  5. 5
    rik says:

    interesting to see ig in an audience rather than on stage.

    is there a fault with the camera everytime we go to a side view of the drummer? 🙂

  6. 6
    Made in England says:

    I was watching the SotW video and thought how strange it must be for IG to be on the receiving end of a performance of a song he has himself performed God knows how many times…… but before I could complete the thought he was up there to help out… LOL. Can’t keep the old dog down eh?

  7. 7
    Robert Daems says:

    Who won?

  8. 8
    AndreA says:

    Cool,great tribute to Mr.Universe,people love Gillan,a lot of them bring him into the heart,until the end. Gillan is Great.

  9. 9
    GerAssenNetherlandsAge52 says:


    Waiting for subtitles in englisch (and dutch, hahaha)

    CHEERS !!!!!!!!!!!

  10. 10
    Scott says:

    Will we ever see anyone other than Purple Perform a good version of Smoke. I have yet to see a good version.

  11. 11
    T says:

    Great fun for all the young people involved.

    Deep Purple continues to span the gap between generations. These youngsters are playing songs that are 30 years old and having a blast doing it. Then there are people like us who have been following the band since way back.

    My mother’s ring tone is “Smoke on the Water”. She is 74.

  12. 12
    james jay says:

    SOTW the second most famous song in the USA. First is the National Athem. That says volume for a 40 yr old tune. Always played, never duplicated! PS–“Hay” or “Hey” one is horse food.

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    You re right T.

    And I sure hope people like this WILL follow the trail back so that not long after this moment they will explore a vast array of sounds including the not so known songs like …

    Place In Line
    HardLoving Man
    The Mark 1 era
    And so on……

    Not to forget treading into territories like the Classical Music.

    Today it is my birthday and that Jon Lord album “To Notice Such things” as a beautiful prelude into spring is very welcome!


  14. 14
    cameron says:

    i like the person who did Demon’s Eye the best

  15. 15
    indra kusuma says:

    mr ian gillan…Pictures of Home is the most number i love …but you never played it when i saw 3 times in indonesia…one in 2002 and twice in 2004 ( in Bali..remember ? )

  16. 16
    Jeff Summers says:

    @ 10, believe it or not, SOTW is a very difficult song to play properley. It’s actually got a very subtle and musical delivery. Most bands that cover this are HM and do not have the same musical articulation as Purple…Few do!

    @ 12 2nd most popular song in the US? Really? What a shame that the UK and US don’t revere the band in the same way as the rest of the world:(

    @ 13…Happy birthday Priest:)

  17. 17
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    All these tune were performed in a much more Heavy Metal fashion. I didn’t really care for any of the vocals. Pushed way too hard and didn’t articulate the fine nuances that should have been captured. Not thrilled with Gillan bubbling over all of them. He ain’t no Simon Cowell. More like Paula Abdul…..imho.

    This is pretty neat and all, seeing Gillan in the spotlight for this, but isn’t it time to get back in the Studio and crank out Purple 2010????

    Happy Birthday Mr. Priest. If I had your address, I would send you a nice new Notebook to continue your Note taking…..LOL.


  18. 18
    james jay says:

    @16 correction–SOTW second most reconizable song in the USA. National Athem first. According to certain famous record book.

  19. 19
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Dear Tracy

    No notebook needed right now, I DO have a very accurate memory.
    And it often serves me more well than I want, so…….

    I could use some presents!!!
    I have a wishlist, so if you re really serious, guess not, I can help you out with the adress.

    Apart from exhanging witty time wasting pieces of text we can conclude we ll not soon see things the same.


  20. 20
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    By all means, post your wish list. I’m sure somebody will gladly come through for ya. I’m already preparing to be forced to ‘Spread the Wealth’ here in my Homeland. Might as well spread some your way….

    Again, I think the Notebook would come in handy. You may think you have an accurate memory, and that may be true, but you also have an inaccurate way of interpreting some statements you take to heart…


  21. 21
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Let’s hope Carlos Santana made a good go of it on is forthcoming release. You never know, its an interesting idea that’s for sure. Can’t remember a bum note played by the Amigo, so I don’t see him slaughtering somthing from one of his peers/admirers.(yes Ritchie likes Carlos’ guitar playing, or so he once said)

    Nice to see someone have a go at ‘Walk On’ that night, but I’m with the guy who only liked ‘Demon’s Eye’ here.

  22. 22
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    FYI TO ALL…..

    Rumor has it that this Hey Superstar show is actually slated as a platform to acquire Gillan’s Replacement in Purple. Seems he is getting ready to call it a day after this year’s mega-tour. They are even apparently planning on the US in and around August thru September beginning in South Florida. Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull is the opening act…..


  23. 23
    Jeff Summers says:

    Don’t think there’s anyone here who could even come close to Ian, Tracy. Also, i was always under the impression that it was IG who was responsible for the DP workload?

  24. 24
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    I believe the tour management and band management are the ones responsible. Take it from the song Gillan screams from the Perfect Strangers album….”I’m Not Responsible”.


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