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Gillan to perform in his home town

Photo © 2007 Nick Soveiko

Blackmore Vale Magazine (I kid you not) reports that Ian Gillan offered his services to perform at the Guitars On The Beach festival in his home town of Lyme Regis. The event is essentially a mass gathering of guitar players not unlike the ones that set the world record, albeit not on quite the scale: last year 2,267 guitarists set the UK record, with this year more than 3,000 having already signed up. Smoke on the Water is one of the songs to be played, along with Buddy Holly’s Rave On, Rocking All Over The World by Status Quo, 500 Miles by The Proclaimers, Valerie by The Zutons, Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top, Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd, I Wasn’t Born To Follow by The Byrds and Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard, “the last two depending upon finding a bunch of Rickenbackers and a London bus.”

When Big Ian heard about the event, he offered to sing Smoke, this giving a chance to 3,000 budding guitarists to brag about playing guitar for Ian Gillan.

The event will be held on the beach in Lyme Regis, UK, on the weekend of September 6-7th.

Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for the info.

9 Comments to “Gillan to perform in his home town”:

  1. 1
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Go, Go Gillan Go Go, Go Gillan Go Go……

  2. 2
    Alan Robertson says:

    Sadly I can’t make it this year (last year was fun, despite the rain) … tis my wedding day a few miles east.

  3. 3
    Dave Berry says:

    lyme regis – nice part of the world…

  4. 4
    Drdp says:

    THE single most famous RIFF in ROCK.

  5. 5
    Rob Hebenaar says:

    Rocking All Over The World is written by John Fogerty. It can be found on the lp/cd John Fogerty from 1975. Enjoy the original version!

  6. 6
    Ford driving purple fan says:

    I think that Rockin´ all over the world, is a Johm Fogerty song.

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    Eddie6string says:

    And to think I was standing on the Cobb 8 days ago, but with no Electric Lady guitar in hand. May show for this one? Last time I performed with big I, was Axminster just after Cherkazoo performance in 1999. What has he been up to since then?

  8. 8
    Manuel says:

    You must put some musics in this site… Looking, reading and listentening, gives you more knowledgement. People under 25 years never heard about you.
    A FAN

  9. 9
    Jim Otwell says:

    Saw the interview at Ian’s home yesterday and loved it…learned alot from this session…he also cleared up something for me by saying his cough is from medication…always thought it was too many cigarettes on the tour bus…I love you and your stage mates!

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