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Guilty on all counts

Ian Paice, Ottawa, Feb 8 2012; Photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

The Decibel Report has an exuberantly written review of one of the shows Paicey did with the Buddy Rich band in London last month.

‘Twas a hot summer’s night and waiting in the VIP queue outside the venue whilst awaiting the first show of the day to end one could feel gentle excitement mounting. This was raised somewhat when a possible co-conspirator (or witness to the crime) Ian Gillan sauntered past and joined the queue to take his Place In Line.

Once inside this cosy and classic Jazz House in London’s Soho, we were escorted to a front of house table immediately in front of two rather impressive and imposing drum-kits.

Posh drinks and elegant burgers served, we settled into our seats to await a mystery performance. Subtle jazz maybe? Gentle tunes a possibility? Car crash in the making? Who knew? We certainly had no idea how this most unusual of gigs would pan out. The world’s top rock drummer guesting in a jazz band that is still considered to be one of the top acts in its field. Curiosity was killing these cats in the front seats…

Continue reading at the Decibel Report.

We can confirm that Ian Gillan was in the audience at one of the shows, as well as a number of other celebrities were spotted. Quite bizarrely, absolutely no photo or video was permitted and strictly enforced (the picture above is from our stock). This just leaves us to hope that something was recorded professionally and will see the light of day some time in the future.

Thanks to Akemi Ono and Jim C for the info.

18 Comments to “Guilty on all counts”:

  1. 1
    Andy Coulibaly Thompson says:

    Imagine NOT filming this !?☹️

  2. 2
    Lovely Lady Cakes says:

    I love it when Ian saunters! Both Ians are lovely of course! Haha Xx

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    Not sure why it is perceived as ‘bizarre’ that no photography or filming wasn’t permitted? That should be enforced at every concert! King Crimson & other artists attempt to enforce it. Alas, at certain concerts a few selfish ignorant types still think they have the right to d0 want they want in regards to filming & photography, when asked politely to refrain. Cue Rob Halford or Peter Frampton. Oh how bliss to be in attendance & have no jokers holding up phones etc, how wonderful that would be! As it was in the ‘old days’ eh? Cheers.

  4. 4
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Hidden spy cameras & microphones are all the rage these days…
    Consider that folks, especially when you are planning to attend any future musical events!.

  5. 5
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Great guy on all counts as for his talent its a gift that he accepted and proved it on every level possible. God bless his kind heat and all his loved family and friends.

  6. 6
    Yvonne says:

    Article about Gregg Potter, drummer with the Buddy Rich Band, comes with a nice photo of himself and our Paicey.


  7. 7
    Nick Soveiko says:

    MacGregor @3:

    it went way beyond keeping selfish ignorant people at bay. one fan was nearly thrown out of the venue for trying to take a picture of Ian’s kit before the show.

  8. 8
    DeeperPurps says:

    Nick @7 re MacGregor @3,

    I agree with both your perspectives. I do find it increasingly irritating to see all those phones hoisted in the air in front of me while I try to enjoy viewing a concert.

    However I recall attending a Ted Nugent concert in Anaheim, California back in 2013 and security came on like stormtroopers if anyone dared raise their phone – they would swoop in and strong arm the offending concertgoer right out of the venue – a total overreaction in my opinion.

    A more happy medium-type approach I witnessed was in Bangkok, Thailand for a Deep Purple concert back in 2010 – security was actually searching people as they entered the venue and taking their cameras away for safe-keeping until after the show. That approach however would no longer work in this day of cell phone cameras.

    Short of very extreme (and potentially unreasonable) measures, it seems like enforcing a phone ban at concerts is not feasible in this day and age.

  9. 9
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    MacGregor @3,

    Spot on with your comments. These gadgets are beyond an annoyance especially when seated from 10 rows back to the last row. When I saw The Crims last year this side of the pond, Fripp had a rather large sign front and center pre-gig stating no audio nor visual instruments allowed. And the proverbial icing on the cake was after the gig ended, Robert came to the foot of the stage and took some pictures of the audience! It was nothing short of priceless.

    Mankind, unfortunately, have the attention spans of gnats. Just the texting during shows is an example. Navigating midtown Manhattan at rush hour is frightening even without the imbeciles staring down into said gadgets….

    Ted :>

  10. 10
    Tommy H. says:

    Nick @7:

    Yeah, what a crime. I always do that. People don’t get it. At least I do.

  11. 11
    Svante Axbacke says:

    I visited Paisley Park last year and they have a no photo policy. However, they have a pretty nice solution for it. On arrival you get a little bag for your phone that they seal with one of those magnetic theft protection things they have on clothes and stuff in some stores. You then carry your phone sealed in that bag for the duration of your visit. When you were leaving, a guard opens the bag for you and you get your phone back. You can’t take pictures and you won’t be tempted to check your messages.

    I guess it would be tough to administrate among 5000 people at a concert but for a smaller venue it could work.

  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    Ted@ 9- lucky you for witnessing the mighty Crim in action. Our only slight hope here in Australia, apparently they will look into a possible tour here in 2020, here’s hoping. It is frustrating as they tour Japan often. i will have to buy the Meltdown dvd concert, it also has Fracture being performed on it.
    The after concert photos that Fripp & Levin take of the audience etc is ongoing to this very day it seems. Regarding midtown Manhatten, I read a few months back that somewhere in Europe, I can’t remember where at present. A local council in a large city was looking at implementing a no use of phones policy (excepting emergencies) in their main shopping precinct. Too many accidents & issues with pedestrian movement etc. A good idea I think.
    DeeperPurps @ 8 – The Ted Nugent concert security thing is classic, could see that happening at one of his gigs, alas, too confrontational & aggressive as you stated. At least they tried. I have heard of similar attempts over the years to stifle the use of cameras etc. As you said at the DP 2010 gig, that is a more feasible way of trying to sort it out, but yes in today’s technological world, highly unlikely.
    Svante @ 11 – said it happened at Paisley Park & that sounds like a decent way of implementing a no filming etc policy. Bravo for that one indeed!
    Larger concerts are the problem as we al know & certain artists also encourage filming etc, which doesn’t help the situation IMHO.
    I commented in regards to this issue a number of years ago, either here or maybe at the Classic Rock site perhaps, somewhere anyway. I was a little annoyed about it & sort of joking. Here it is – get a crunching munching metal shredder (in a sound proof booth of course). Anyone caught filming etc inside the gig, has their device confiscated & they can retrieve it upon leaving the venue! In a small bag, in a thousand little pieces. We just forgot to tell them that it would be in that condition, when we stated that it would be returned to them.
    I know I have too much time on my hands at times, but I enjoyed posting that comment. No one replied to it of course. Cheers one & all.

  13. 13
    MacGregor says:

    In regards to Ian Paice drumming with the Buddy Rich band, he is one of many drummers who I hoped would be a guest on Neil Peart’s ‘Burning for Buddy’ tribute, that was done back in the 90’s. So many great drummers on that, but I guess not everyone can make it for various reasons. Phil Collins was another who I hoped to see on it, Carl Palmer also, Bill Ward too. Many a jazz or big band rock drummer in the bands that we are into from years gone by. Great to hear. Cheers.

  14. 14
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Ian Gillan once got asked about all the business of recording shows on mobiles he replied that they are missing out on enjoying the show. It’s time we put down our phones and live and enjoy the moment and connect emotionally with the band you love.

  15. 15
    Aldous says:

    Does anybody know if there will be an official dvd release of the event?

  16. 16
    NWO says:

    I think if bands hired a couple of photographers and gave pics and video clips to all with a ticket, it could end the phone/camera BS. A simple link with a code would work. Pearl Jam sells bootlegs of all their shows to the PJ fans! If a band really wanted no phones or cameras then it would work well. Typically it is the VENUE that sets out policy on video recording equipment. They say it is the band, the band says it is the venue. But from what I have been exposed to here in North America, it is almost always the promoter & venue that sets policy & security…

    Heads Up! Phones Down! – My motto.

  17. 17
    Ted The Mechanic says:


    To add to those we’d like to see. I was fortunate to have seen Charlie Watts at Iridium(Les Paul’s club) in Manhattan a few years ago. All dinner tables with perhaps a capacity of 200. Like bein in a large basement. I’m surprised he has not been in TBRB mix.

    Check out the likes of the cats on the horizon who perform repeatedly there:



    In full agreement with Ian and yourself!

    Ted :>

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    Ted @ 17 – thanks for the link, an interesting venue indeed, smaller venues are the best. Some performers on that list I recognise also. Charlie Watts, how could I forget to mention him! The most prolific of all the jazz (rock) drummers from that era. Thanks for reminding me. Cheers.

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