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Guitars on the Beach update

More details have emerged about Gillan’s involvement with the Guitars on the Beach festival to take place in Lyme Regis in September. Festival organizer Geoff Baker spoke to the local paper Bridgeport News:

With thousands of guitarists involved, they need to follow the house band on the song and we need a stage for the house band.

We thought we might have to cancel; a handful of organisers had a whip round amongst ourselves overnight and raised several hundred pounds, but we needed a lot more.

Then out of the blue, Ian Gillan rang from the middle of Deep Purple’s world tour, saying he had heard about our problems and he would pay for the stage to be built.

He has saved the day and all of us involved are deeply thankful for his generosity.

Big Ian will take the stage to front the house band and perform Smoke on the Water accompanied by thousands of guitar players in the crowd. Papa Le Gál, the band featuring his daughter Grace Gillan, will also perform at the festival:

Thanks to Yvonne and Bridgeport News for the info.

3 Comments to “Guitars on the Beach update”:

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    Ian Gillan rescues Guitars on the Beach | DemonsZone says:

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    Milan says:

    This is actually pretty cool, as I remember reading in the late 90s an Interview with IG about his then 15year old daugther singing in a band and wondering ever since what she was like(of course she was a backup singer on a 2000 or 2001 tour, but you couldnt tell much).

    Turns out she´s got the voice (and style) to be able to team up with Glovers wonderful singing daughter Gillian. They could could collaborate and do an album together.
    Gillan & Glover: Girls Edition! call it something like “Absolutly Intentional” or something. That´d be awesome!

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    Drdp says:

    And yet “Smoke” came in fourth on some recent list of the greatest riffs ever. I don’t see any of those other 3 getting this kind of accolade.

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