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Film about Gillan’s Armenia project aired Aug 20, 2010

Mediamax presented its “Pictures of Home” documentary on “Shant” TV Channel. From the promotional information:

The film is based on the footage, made in October, 2009, during the rock stars’ visit to Armenia within the framework of “Armenia Grateful 2 Rock” project, and the interview with Ian Gillan, recorded in March, 2010, after Deep Purple lead signer’s charitable concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia.

“I believe that many Ian Gillan fans will see him from a different angle. In the film, Gillan speaks of his attitude towards religion, God, culture and is showed as a person, who has a deep and philosophical view for vital issues”, Mediamax Director and the scriptwriter of the film Ara Tadevosyan stated. “Naturally, Ian Gillan speaks of his attitude towards Armenia in the film”, he continued.

The archive recordings, which tell about Gillan’s first visit to Armenia in 1990, will become a surprise for those, who attended his concerts 20 years ago. Many of the participants of Ian Gillan’s and Tony Iommi’s meeting with fans, which took place in Yerevan “Moscow” cinema in October, 2009, will find themselves in the film as well.

“The title we chose for the film was not accidental. First of all, “Pictures of Home” is one of the brightest hits of Deep Purple, which Ian Gillan performed an encore during March concerts in Yerevan. Secondly, as the musician said himself, he considers Armenia his “spiritual home”, Mediamax Director stated.

The premiere of the movie was slated to coincide with the 65th birthday of Deep Purple’s lead singer on August 19.

“It is especially pleasant for us that the premiere of the film is taking place on “Shant” TV channel. This year we realized an important project together with “Shant”: “Ian Gillan the Special Guest of “Hay-Superstar”” TV show. I am sure that the show was a strong impulse not only for the participants of “Hay-Superstar”, but also for many young fans of rock music in Armenia”, Ara Tadevosyan stated.

“Pictures of Home” film is produced by Mediamax in cooperation with Zoom Production studio. “ArmRosGazprom” was the general sponsor of the film. It had also sponsored Armenia Grateful 2 Rock project.

Mediamax also expresses gratitude to all the people and organizations, who made a great contribution to implementation of “Armenia Grateful 2 Rock” project and Ian Gillan’s concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia: the author of Rock Aid Armenia project Jon Dee, the Deputy Head of Armenian President’s Staff Vigen Sargsian, Ambassador of Great Britain in Armenia Charles Lonsdale, “VivaCell-MTS” Company and its General Manager Ralph Yirikian, bmi Airline and “Armenia Marriott” Hotel, “Triada” Studio, PanArmenian Photo. Mediamax expresses special gratitude to Susanna Ohanjanyan and Ara Gevorgyan for the provided archive video materials.

Thanks to Ara Tadevosyan of Mediamax for the details

13 Comments to “Film about Gillan’s Armenia project aired Aug 20, 2010”:

  1. 1
    dave_wallis says:

    Let’s hope it’s gonna be presented as bonus feature with the DVD release of Ian’s Armenian concert from March.

  2. 2
    Jeff Goyen says:

    So IG is soon to be 65- good age for a ( final DP album / CD ):-) prior to retirement……let the memories be good ones. He was one of rock’s great vocalists in his prime…..

  3. 3
    George says:

    Jeff Goyen

    It’s up to the band retire or not. I saw them in May, 2010. Deep Purple has NO REASON to retire, they’re amazing band live, AMAZING!

    What about Gillan, he’s one of the greatest rock vocalist NOW. but he was THE BEST rock vocalist in his prime. in the 70’s and 80’s there was NO OTHER rock singer who could beat him.

  4. 4
    Jeff Summers says:

    Hey George:)

    I agree with Jeff here…I’ve been a DP fan since around 72 and at the time they were unbeatable, for many reasons. But for me, they had a simply incredible singer, with an astounding, never to be heard again voice, he had everything vocally and great on stage charisma to match. Unfortunately, he didn’t look after his golden voice and in my opinion had lost a lot of his power and sensitivity as early as 1976. He was still a great singer howver, but not an astounding one. These days I struggle to listen to him…and I love the man for what he’s done and long to hear that tone again. Now I find it difficult to cope with justifying what he had with what he has left:(

  5. 5
    DPDAVE says:

    I saw Purple in Cork in June this year and they sounded
    as good as ever. Ians voice was loud and clear and he sang
    effortlessly. Now he’s never going to reproduce his MADE IN
    JAPAN performance now but can you tell me someone else who can.
    There still ain’t too many singers out there who can out sing
    Ian Gillan.

  6. 6
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 5

    I m afraid Ronnie did.
    I also think Glenn, despite his horrible overdoing in screaming, DOES.

    I saw IRON MAIDEN tubes from the last 10 years.
    Wow, oh earth! What a revelation!!!
    I espescially enjoyed the performance in Sweden from 2005, Ullevi stadium.
    It originated from a TV broadcast I think.
    Hope to find me a copy of that somewhere, dont think its out official.

    But, ofcourse, Ian Gillan was the man on Live In Japan.

    He ll always be the immortal singer who carved Child In Time in stone.
    Or was it rock?

  7. 7
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Never being a major fan of Iron Maiden OR Bruce I ofcourse meant to say I think HIS voice holds up very well after all those years.

    Even more so, his covers of certain DP tacks, on youtube ofcourse, are amazing I think.

    Ofcourse Gillan is a ONE AND ONLY.
    In general he made and gave so much to cherish forever.

    But that does not mean I m not allowed to feel FRUSTRATED by his unprofessional lack of caring for his UNIQUE VOICE by smoking and boozing that much.

    And IMHO, choosing mainly the dollar instead of his heart since 1993, …….

  8. 8
    Zorik Balayan says:

    I recently attended the concert of DP in Yerevan. In spite of bad acoustic of hall, DP was the same. All members! Great! No word of retire, they perform excellent. It is like old good wine. I just missed a bit Blackmore solos in old songs, but Steve is great and gave new breath and power.

  9. 9
    Jeff Summers says:

    @ 7

    Priest. I agree…The human voice is a unique instrument (The only musical instrument that eminates it’s sound, tone, tuning, dexterity etc. from your own body.) IG had a pretty spectacular instrument, which sadly only lasted until he was around 30…what a shame 🙁

  10. 10
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Gillan as with Coverdale still maintain an Awesome singing ability. You all center entirely on the highest notes they can not conquer anymore, yet give no credit for the majority of their range and tone. I’d much rather hear Gillan or Coverdale sing and skip the notes they can’t reach than listen to Hughes overuse his High Pitch Screeching. They both can still hit the notes from time to time and should just discipline themselves to their actual comfort range. That would be fine and classy at the same time.


  11. 11
    Jeff Summers says:

    Ian’s and David’s range are still good Tracey and DC’s fabulous bari-tone is still marvellous 🙂 Ian’s tone,sensitivity, phrasing went a long time ago…To his credit, he has very much modified what he has left and still sounds cool. If very different.

  12. 12
    AndreA says:

    sorry,what I am going to report here is not really about this argument,BTW is always about Gillan.
    I read that in 2011 perhaps we’ll get a new version remixed of BORN AGAIN

  13. 13
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Andrea

    I m very exited about loads of extra material from the several era of the Sabbs as well.

    I dont know if the remix of Born Again will make a big step forward.
    After all, the DEMO TAKES for all of us to be heard for a while now,wasnt that the sound Ian missed after hearing the final result?

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