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Gillan in Musical Time Machine

Ian Gillan. Photo © 2005 Nick Soveiko.

BBC’s Radio 6 Musical Time Machine has a 1993 vintage interview with Big Ian.

And whatever you may say about Big Ian (he might be fast and loose with the facts sometimes), but he is the ultimate pub story teller — witty and entertaining. Even if you’ve heard those stories before.

The episode is 30 minutes long, and is available for listening online for 4 more days (that is until February 18-ish).

Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen for the info.

13 Comments to “Gillan in Musical Time Machine”:

  1. 1
    Scott Irons says:

    Big Ian ? He’s only about 5’7″

  2. 2
    Ara Tadevosyan says:

    Big Ian is not about age. And actually he is about 69 not 57.

  3. 3
    Ivicas says:

    Three more days until the concert in Belgrade Arena, expected 15,000 fans glowing atmosphere and superior playing of the best live rock band in the world, DP again after four years in the Balkans

    Big Ian Zagreb 1981 footage
    live and dangerous

  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Before I go listen…..

    Is he yapping, moaning and crying again about Blackers?

  5. 5
    Deb Scott says:

    You might be thinking of Ian Paice. He said he was 5’8″ in a 1970 NME questionnaire. From the same questionnaire: Ian Gillan (6’2″), Jon Lord (6′.05″), Ritchie Blackmore (5’11”) and Roger Glover (5’9″).

  6. 6
    James Gemmell says:

    I’m 5’9″, and Ian towers over me in-person.

  7. 7
    al says:

    @ 4 actually he pays a big compliment to the MIB,at the time,like I have never heard him lately.

  8. 8
    Boswell's Johnson says:

    I met Ian P. In an elevator in Moncton NB a few years back. Very nice guy. I wish I’d thought to get a pic, but when you’ve had a few drinks before the show…and you don’t expect to meet a band member on the way there (!), you just don’t think of those things. Regardless, I’m only 5’9″ and I was looking down, so I’d peg his height at closer to 5’6″.

  9. 9
    Anthony says:

    @4 Yeah the two of them are totally inseparable! I’d be amazed to hear Ian compliment Ritchie nowadays

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

    Missed it. Hopefully somebody recorded it and it will show up on YT????

  11. 11
    Scott W. says:

    Posted this before, Met Ian on 9/11/06 in San Francisco after a great solo show! I am 5’10”. Ian was the same height as me. People DO shrink with age so, Ian was probably about 6′ 1″ in his prime.

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Does somebody have the transcription of this? I missed it too.

  13. 13
    Deb says:

    Ian G must have sampled some of Alice’s Drink Me potion. From 6’2″ all the way down to 5’7″!

    @11: Scott, how can Ian tower over the 5’9″ James Gemmell if he’s the same height as you (5’10”) ? Only one inch difference……..

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