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Caramba! has new installments of anecdotage and Q&A from Ian Gillan:

In some of your summer shows you are going to be accompanied by an orchestra. Could you give us any information or details on how this came up?

Not really, the idea gained ground because we all fancied it for a change and the promoters loved it, so a button was pressed somewhere, by someone. I’m looking forward to it.

Will these shows include parts of Jon Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra” or maybe some solo tracks, as in your tour back in 2000-01?

No. We’re talking about the set list now – because orchestras need to have paperwork and that means preparation, and there’s no mention of that material.

You recently recorded two new songs with Tony Iommi, Jon and Nicko McBrain. When are these songs going to be released? Are there any thoughts for a full album with this project?

These are coming out around 6th May, we have no plans (again) for anything further towards this project, but who knows what can happen in the future…

Read more, and don’t forget anecdotage too.

Thanks to Steve Campbell for the info.



31 Comments to “A large pot of coffee”:

  1. 1
    ormandy says:

    Biggest moment reading the interviews…

    Q: What is the main desire or motive for a singer, like you, to keep rocking in his 66?

    A: To be honest I find it strange to be rocking away at my age. It seems almost undignified and I think I’ll stop quite soon.

  2. 2
    T says:

    Deep Purple performing with an orchestra backing Purple songs during the Concerto Tour was nice as a novelty, but it is the antithesis of what Deep Purple is all about: A hard-pounding heavy rhythmn section, distorted Hammond up-front and distorted through a guitar amp, and guitar madness. Hopefully, the orchestra aspect will be gone by the time the band records the promised next album.

  3. 3
    George says:

    This one was terrifying:

    “What is the main desire or motive for a singer, like you, to keep rocking in his 66?
    To be honest I find it strange to be rocking away at my age. It seems almost undignified and I think I’ll stop quite soon.”

    DO NOT, please 🙁 DON’T STOP IAN!!! : (((((

  4. 4
    Morten Overgaard says:

    Quote from one of the interviews:
    “To be honest I find it strange to be rocking away at my age. It seems almost undignified and I think I’ll stop quite soon.”

    Sounds like retirement. Probably a good idea. But still sad.

  5. 5
    purplepriest1965 says:

    In several ways a quite enjoyable and interesting interview.

    To pick out just, for this moment that is : ) , 1 item :

    On one hand he appears to be more positive about new material evolving.
    On the other hand he says he will probably quit soon being a rock artist because he feels its close to disgrace.

    Maybe he thinks about quitting the, indeed, more and more agonising live troubles and still wants to record?

    Soon that idea came to me I thought….

    Wish he had done this route, recording in the studio with probably better results.
    This instead of the live route which has become a pale and painful shadow of what was one a phenomenal and almost inhumane effort.

    I know it was long ago but……
    Listening to a lot of boots made in the 70 s it so confrontational to hear the difference.: )

    He might still have wonderful stuff in him.
    His 2 tracks with Lordy for the Hoochie Coochie Men, that tasted like the real thuing to me a lot.

    Choices, indeed.

  6. 6
    Svante Axbacke says:

    Oh, settle down, people. Can’t you spot a joke when you see it?

  7. 7
    Reno says:

    Ian will the Orchestra B with all the US Date’s ????? Or only some if any at all??? Can’t waite To see ya’s at the Tropacanna NJ ….

  8. 8
    George Martin says:

    If I may make a suggestion for the setlist, how about April! There would never be a better time to do this than now with the orchestra. How cool would that be.

  9. 9
    MortO says:

    @ 6:

    Perhaps you’re right. Perhaps IG let some of his thoughts slip. Sometimes what you joke about, is actually what you think and feel……?!

  10. 10
    COCOBEACHSILVERSTRATSURFERYAY says:

    IT WOULD BE GROOVY IF IAN & YALL CAN RECORD SUPER NEW EXCITING AMAZING SONGS WITH PREZ DMITRY MEDVEDEV & HIS SON ~ HE LOOK SUPER HAPPIEST AS A KITTEN IN THE GORKI MANSION ON 2011MARCH 22TUE ~ THEY GOT A SUPER LOOKING FANCY EXPENSIVE TOP SECRET JETHRO BODINE DOUBLE KNOT SPY REEL2REEL TOP SECRET TAPE RECORDER LOOKS WAYBETTER THAN THE TEAC RECORDER I GOT!!!!!!!!!! WOULD SOUND SUPER GREATEST IF DMITRY CAN DO SUPER SINGING WITH IAN & ACHIEVE THE SUPER SQUEAKY HIGH FAMOUS SOJOURNING SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE !!!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY WITH IOMMI ^ LORD ^ ORCHESTRA I HOPE STEVE CAN ENERGIZE SUPER PSYCHEDELIC SERGEI KRIKOLOF SURGING RAPTUROUS PENTATONIC KEY SURREAL SAFARI SUGOI SUPERSONIC SOUND WITH ROGER & GEEZER SUPER WITH BLACK LITES LAZERS ^ SUPEREST PURPLE PSYCHEDELIC LITE SHOW THAT WILL MAKE THE OZ & FLOYD & STONES & PAUL & RINGO SALIVATE!!!!!!!!!! IAN DONT EVER STOP!!!!!!!!!! YALL GOTTA BLOW AWAY THE OZ & MICK & PAUL & ALLATHEM SUPER !!!!!!!!!! ITS GOOD MANY GREATEST STARS ~ ALL PROVED TO GET OPERA TEACHERS TO SUPER YOUR VOICE SUPER WHEN YA GET LIKE FRED FLINTSTONE SOUNDING!!!!!!!!!! IF YA FANCY IT BE SUPER IF YA CAN WEAR FANCYEST GREATEST MIND BLOWINGEST SUITS THAT WOULD BLOW AWAY LIL RICHARD & ELVIS & MICK & THEM COZ YOU THE GREATEST YA OUT~TOURED ALLA THEM SAVING THE WORLD SUPEREST GREATEST EVER EVER EVER LIKE YA WORE A SUPER INCREDIBLE ORANGE FAR ~OUT BELL BOTTOM SUIT IN HARTFORD 1985 !!!!!!!!!!! KEEP SPACE TRUCKIN & SING ON THE SPACE STATION TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEE~HAAAAAAAAAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^ ************ CREATE THE SUPEREST SOUND BEYOND HENDRIX EVER !!!!!!!!!!!

  11. 11
    Phil says:

    @6. You are so right. It is a total wind up. He is just being provocative to get you responding as some of you have. He has no intention of retiring. You need to read between the lines
    It’s the same with the new album and the recording session in Spain. On the whole he had a very apathetic attitude on the subject. There will be a new album but it will be when they want to do it.
    Cheers
    Phil

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:

    What was the joke?
    The remark about retiring or the one in which he seems enthusiastic about recent new DP material? : )

  13. 13
    Rascal says:

    Sarcasm & wit……………..its obviously beyond some peoples ability to recognise the fact.

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 13

    When people take the piss too many times it becomes kinda hard to recognise, yes.

    The rest of the interview does not show things like an interviewer annoying Ian, so its understandable that one gets in that flow.

    And after all, wouldnt be very probable that he has made that conclusion by now?

    Both Gillan and Blackmore, and they are probably not alone in this, are masters in deceiving during a conversation.

    Sometimes its subconsciously I think.

    Very often I get the surprised reaction that they thought I was in good health while I was not.
    I, without real intention to do so,smiled and talked with pleasure and in the end set the other on the wrong foot.

    I noticed that even in very stressfull moments I was able to keep dead calm telling lies and getting away with things.

    Sometimes a bit emberassing, after all I was raised well and held on for many years to a certain moral standard(Thou shall not lie!!!), to notice.
    But sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

  15. 15
    HZ says:

    Well, when you’re 66 you’ll get out of rock pretty soon whether you want it or not.. It’s about the dignity, are you still in mood to jump and scream at that age – as DP was high energetic band.. I think Blackmore and Jon realized that’s it, we are not there anymore. Smart thinking.

  16. 16
    Rascal says:

    @14

    I guess visually we would have seen a grin from Gillan that would have given the ‘game’ away.

    As a written piece it obviously went above some heads.

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

    All I can state here is….’Told you so’. Yeah, my contact stated it would happen this year, but I guess Mr. Gillan would like to go out with one more album, a final tour in the States, and even bring along an Orchestra for some dates to make it a full encompassing good bye to Purple. So I was one year off. I better start making my audition tape soon……..

    As for the Orchestra thing, I hope and Pray they do it different this time. I would much rather the Orchestra be used as an enhancement for the Band than doing the Concerto thing. Take a look and listen to the Metallica DVD ‘S&M’ with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. This performance totally ROCKS!!! They didn’t waste time with ‘Movements and Orchestra Filler’. It was Full Bore Metallica with the Orchestra Slamming their songs into Full Blast Power. Plus, in the menu of the DVD and special features, you could actually listen to it with or without the Orchestra. By Far one of the Best Live Concerts I’ve Seen. This is what Purple should do. Don’t water their songs down by doing light hearted Orchestra Friendly versions of the songs. The have already done that. Play them Full Throttle and have the Orchestra come in throughout enhancing the songs being played by the band.

    Cheers

  18. 18
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    HZ…

    Gillan NEVER was a full bore Jumper and Theatrics style front man. He has always pretty much just stood and sang his heart out. I find him still doing that to this day. Maybe his ‘highest screams’ are now gone, but his magical voice still remains and his stage presence hasn’t lost anything……

    Cheers

  19. 19
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    All he truly needs is his hair back……

  20. 20
    Eddie6string says:

    @10 – Dude Love the enthusiasm, but all Caps font does my eyes NO GOOD!

    Well, maybe Mr Paice is getting into the ‘Classical/Rock’ Zone in preparation for hooking up with Mr Lord when ig hangs his Harmonica up to dry???

    Not PAL this time, but PBL maybe?

    Misgivings about Orchestra with band – only because the Guitar & Keyboard share a lot of notes/same space on the Speaker Cones that can make some playing indistinct. Add 50 more musos playing G5 on ‘Smoke’ & all the individual instruments’ Tombre is lost in a big Mush. Also, songs often suffer when the soft Dynamic i.e. the middle of ‘Woman from Tokyo’ becomes too busy.

    If they get it right – it will be awesome!

    ig may retire from ‘Rocking’ as he nears 70yrs, but his boat in Lyme Bay would prove too tame to hold him from performing for long – let the guys in DP grow into something else if they feel the need – they’ve given us so much to treasure over & over until our hearing is completely Bu****ed!

    It will be interesting to see ‘who they think they are’ now!

  21. 21
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    On another unrelated note….

    One of my other Heroes…Alice Cooper was finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I saw the presentation on the ‘Fuse Channel’. He appeared with the remaining Original Members from the Original Alice Cooper Band and performed as well. Glad they finally did it for him before he passed. He is up there in age as are our Purple Heroes. Sure hope they get their due before the next Icon bites the dust. At the age they are, even as healthy as they seem, shit happens. Here today, gone tomorrow….

    Cheers

  22. 22
    HZ says:

    @18

    Maybe I was to literal, you’re right, Ian, as well whole Purple and related projects weren’t posers ever – I was aiming at high energetic path they’ve chosen as young people. It’s hard to follow up with it anymore. To be honest Tracy, I’m watching old videos and listening old tunes all time, but I don’t find enjoyable watching and listening live things made in last 7-8 years.

  23. 23
    Larry R. Toering says:

    Looks like he is easily misunderstood, what are we, teenagers here? Let’s think like adults and not leap to such childish conclusions, and remember we know this man well enough to know when he’s making light of something or taking the piss completely. Apparently some of us do anyway.

  24. 24
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Yeah, Larry and Rascal are the wise adults here and the rest of us are all naive children.

  25. 25
    Morten Overgaard says:

    @ 24: For once, I TOTALLY agree with you.
    Whether Ian had a “slip of the tongue” or was trying to be kidding, it doesn’t change the fact that perhaps it was about time to be considering retirement. I was at the Sunflower Jam a couple years ago and IG was sick, fragile an could not sing. Since I’ve seen him much better. If anyone reads the different reviews from various concerts it is clear that IGs performance is anything but constant. I’m not saying all this to try to get IG to retire – I just think it’s a good idea for IG to consider his own health. Perhaps the amount of touring should be reduced considerably.

  26. 26
    Rascal says:

    @24 Good to see you still have that ‘chip’ on your shoulder.

  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 26

    On the contrary.

  28. 28
    Larry R. Toering says:

    @26, who are you trying to fool, I have a chip on BOTH shoulders thanks to some colorblind hero! I’m not a fan of anyone who ever passed through the Purple doors. Believe what you wish, folks. But I do think you’re all smater than that… he must be rolling about this one! With a solo album finished and coming,(cold hard fact!) some kind of PUBLIC plan to record with Purple again… you do the math, it will take up more than a year just to tackle whatever becomes of that. This is a day for laughing, have one at yourselves for once. Cheers!

  29. 29
    Larry R. Toering says:

    Do the math again, Priest, you missed a couple, including the moderators remark. And you might want to try some salt in your diet, I hear it can change everything.

  30. 30
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I did not miss Svante?
    How could I ? : )

    I am absolutely in the mist about what you are writing here.

    I eat buckets of salt, unfortunately, so…….

  31. 31
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