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Ian Gillan appeared on a Spanish talk show La Resistencia, managing to overcome at the end some hilarious and some not so much language barriers.

Thanks to Tobias for the info.

37 Comments to “Perfect Spanish scrawl”:

  1. 1
    mike whiteley says:

    Awkward ,at best.
    The phrase “lost in translation” springs to mind…..

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Sorry but this is awful, I know there is no business like show business but this more like sinking into a hole of horse poo.
    I don’t think promoting a show for selling tickets can go down to that level.
    Respect is due.
    I remember when the Bee Gees walked out form an interview by Clive Anderson and I had total respect from them and I wish Ian Gillan has done the same.
    Peace ✌️

  3. 3
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Ian was a pretty good sport trying to deal with the awkwardness of that interview.

  4. 4
    strat42 says:

    Gillan looks so old really. Time for retirement. I feel he doesn’t enjoy much the interview with this clown. He seems bored. He is polite so he tries to laugh to those “jokes” from that poor spanish comedian.

  5. 5
    Hristo says:

    I think the host was really on drugs or out of concentration due IG presence. Totally insulting with nonsense talks and pro attitude. Ian felt unconformable most of the time. The absence of professional interpreter helped very much. A shame for this tv

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    We have to laugh at times & Gillan does look like he is struggling to understand that rather fast talking guy. I would be too. It is all good though & I thought of one way that could have stumped & slowed down the host a little, all be it briefly. When the Ian Anderson Jethro Tull plaque was shown, Gillan could have said’ The only Jethro Tull I know of was a 18th century agriculturalist who invented the seed plow”. We probably would have heard something similar to ‘Manuel’ from Faulty Towers. Qué. Cheers.

  7. 7
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    This guy tried hard to make the show look absurd, but succeeded only to appear embarassing.

  8. 8
    Tony says:

    As a professional singer and bandleader just part of the job, remember that deep purple is actually a business company and needs to be promoted,…..business as usual

  9. 9
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Tony @8
    On paper you argument is valid but in reality there are issues of integrity, pride and respect.
    If that was Bruce Dickinson he would have stuck the mic up the presenter hole ⛳ and told him where to go.
    You can’t justify this rubbish because the true fans are hurt from this tasteless interview.
    I think I am right in saying this but feel free to correct me.
    Peace ✌️

  10. 10
    Adel Faragalla says:

    At 77 he is fit, healthy with a Sharpe brain.
    I wish I could look like him at 77 if I am lucky to get there.
    Peace ✌️

  11. 11
    George Martin says:

    I stopped watching after a few minutes. I couldn’t take it anymore. File this under one of those things you want to forget.

  12. 12
    Peter J says:

    IG looking fantastic but what a dumb interviewer…

    Makes me think about the MTV lyrics in a way.

  13. 13
    Tony says:

    @10 …..Hey Cisco……
    Ian Gillan is invited in an show in Spain. He is just making the best of it, thats all.
    He doesn’t like it …….now what ! It’s like fans…..there all the same…..Deep Purple
    given fans the best at concerts for 54 years……he is given an interview, so what.

    Everybody got an opinion …..we are the same in the dark.

    See you later alligator !

  14. 14
    Tony says:

    @10 …….something else, for years they give interviews , all the band members…..interviewers always ask the same questions ,…. ask Roger Glover and Ian Paice…… aren’t you tired of playing smoke on the water”….. after more than 50 years they give a polite answer. They are doing their job professionally, and Ian did that on this show too, much hassle for nothing.

    no no no its just a game

  15. 15
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Tony @13,14
    No can argue or deny your true facts.
    Yes they are the politiest people in the business.
    I wish Sharon Osbourne gets invited to that idiot talentless comedian chat show so she can put him in the right place.
    Peace ✌️

  16. 16
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Also I recall the very short rude interview that Ian Gillan and Ian Paice did with Joel Holland in 2004 or so to promote ‘Now What?!’ in his BBC live show.
    I was so furious how he was so dismissive of their talent and they didn’t get any air time for a live song.
    I can’t find any clips of it on You Tube so but someone can find it so we can all laugh at his rudeness.
    Peace ✌️

  17. 17
    Rock Voorne says:


    I think JH is a supporter of Zeppelin. Plant said he hated Deep Purple and was on JHs show several times.
    Maybe,just maybe……?
    I think you meant 2013. 🙂

  18. 18
    MacGregor says:

    @ 16 – I doubt Jools Holland would be like what you are suggesting Adel. He is not a talk show host per se. As in hyped up, rude ‘shock jock’ & shallow attention seeking etc. He is a class act & his show exudes that. Cheers.

  19. 19
    DeeperPurps says:

    Rock Voorne @17, I hadn’t heard that before about Plant having some axe to grind against Purple. Have you seen interviews or transcripts on any sites that would provide some more insights about that animosity? I would be interested in learning more about what Plant’s reasons might have been, and why? Professional jealousy perhaps!?

  20. 20
    Gregster says:

    Yo, it isn’t too bad really, ( I only watched the 1st 3-4 minutes ), but the success of it all is based on the audience, & they seemed to lap-it-up, since they’re used to this Spanish type of hosting I suppose.

    Ian looked great & did well imo.


    Peace !

  21. 21
    Mike Nagoda says:

    Wow that was painful.

    To be fair, starting off with insulting the guy’s mother was probably not the best move on Ian’s part… And I’m glad he apologized, class act as always.

    But the way the interviewer continued to insult Ian, especially with the plaque, was so disrespectful. I am amazed Ian put up with that nonsense as well as he did.

    If it had been Blackmore instead of Ian, expect a plate of spaghetti to the guy’s face.

    And if it were me, I would have apologized as well and then just walked off. I still can’t believe this actually happened!!!

  22. 22
    al says:

    @4 it is funny that you are talking about being polite and throwing that stupid observation: he looks old” He is 77yo and looks graceful and sharp. i bet you will look the same when you reach his age ( if you get there)

  23. 23
    Adel Faragalla says:

    MacGregor @18
    Of course JH is a class act and a extremely talented musicians.
    My comments were only referred to that particular short akward interview with IG and IP when promoting ‘Now What?!’ and in no way I would suggest it’s his general character.
    Peace ✌️

  24. 24
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Mr Plant had lots of air time on JH show and performed live and got the red carpet treatment.
    I wish I could say the same when DP (Ian Gillan &Ian Paice)were invited to his show.
    No one likes to say who is better as each band has their big army of fans but it nice to treat big bands equally out of respect on your show.
    Peace ✌️

  25. 25
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I can’t believe the lack of humor in our comments, don’t be such sour pussies y’all!

    This was obviously a late-night show with a fast-talking smart alec host in stand-up comedy mode and I’m sure Ian had been made aware of the format, probably even by the host himself. None of it was disrespectful or mean-spirited. It was screwball and taking the piss out of Ian who held up well although it was all a bit fast for him (Ian can hold his ground in irony and sarcasm, but his humor is more subtle and takes time to develop, not as wham-bam as the host’s). Still, glee to have the singer of DP on the show shone through. And while Ian had to concentrate at times or was at loss for words, he also seemed to enjoy some of the deadpan humor.

    Ian sometimes had a hard time understanding the guy, but I didn’t think it was too bad if you are used to Spanish people and their machine gun delivery of both their own language and English – they just talk fast. I’ve noticed this in other interviews of recent years as well: Ian has become a little hard of hearing even with native speakers, if acoustics aren’t great he asks for repetition of questions more often than he used too. None of us are getting any younger and after decades before the DP backline it’s a miracle he still has any hearing left at all.

    And getting an interpreter in would have defeated the format which relies on quick repartees.

    I enjoyed it. It’s not the type of format where you expect any deep, no pun intended, revelations about Purple. And for Ian, it was the chance to show his face to a younger audience who can then on the weekend visit their parents and say: “You know I saw the singer of that band you always listened to on TV this week – weren’t they called Deep Purple or something? He is still alive and they are still touring!” PR mission accomplished.

  26. 26
    Adel Faragalla says:

    ‘PR mission accomplished’
    100 percent I agree with you as ther is nothing such as bad publicity.
    Coming from a very family orientated background I would say that involving the mother or the grandmother in such a joke manner is so offence.
    The Spanish cares about the values of mothers and grandmothers and you only have to watch the Spanish documentary ‘100 days with Tata’ to understand the unbreakable bond.
    Different cultures can be a blessing or a curse in an interview but you have to respect and admire Gillan for apologizing but it just got downhill from then.
    As you referred, They are all alive and healthy and life goes on so keep on going from strength to strength Mr Gillan 💪👍👏🤘
    Peace ✌️

  27. 27
    MacGregor says:

    @ 23- Adel I found an older THS article from 2013 for this interview on Jools. It appears that the longer version of the interview was much more interesting according to a few DP aficionados comments. Jon Lord was discussed & other DP things of course.
    I am not a fan of any show like this, too glitzy for me in many ways. I last watched a Jools tv interview in 2008 when David Gilmour & band were on there performing a tribute to Richard Wright who had recently passed away. However Jools did seem a nice chap, Jeff Beck was there also from my memory. I cannot believe that is 14 years ago. Cheers.


  28. 28
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Thanks for the link.
    I remember watching the short 5 min interview on the live show on BBC 2
    But I actually never realised that it was an edited version of a longer one.
    Peace ✌️

  29. 29
    Hollywood Joe says:

    Ian looked like he couldn’t wait to get the h*** out of the there !!!

  30. 30
    Alejandro says:

    Recent interesting interview with Ian Gillan. In Spain there are also fairly normal interviews, not just late nights


  31. 31
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Many thanks for posting the link 👍
    I really enjoyed the interview but the shinning part is Ian admition that they have at least 2 or 3 years on the road so the Long Goodbye tour is still growing and gathering momentum.

    Also I like the fact that he didn’t remember the name of the singer who joined DP after he left.
    Funny enough it’s the guy who is touring with orchestra doing DP and the similar shows to what he is touring in Spain.
    Someone by the name of Joe Lynn Turner 😂
    The battle rages on
    Peace ✌️

  32. 32
    Rock Voorne says:


    Dont remember.
    Recently I read he attended a Rainbowshow during Rising and he allegedly would have said he saw a contender.

  33. 33
    Chris says:

    This is more awkward that the bit Chris Farley used to do on SNL where he’d interview famous people in an awkward way. (Paul McCartney: “No, I wasn’t really dead.”)

  34. 34
    DeeperPurps says:

    Thanks Rock @ 32. I have looked for various comments by Plant through the years and didn’t find much Deep Purple or Rainbow-related. However I have found this nugget in Louder / Classic Rock Mag which speaks to a certain mindset:

    Robert Plant: “It’s not only that we think we’re the best group in the world. It’s just that in our minds we’re so much better than whoever is number two.”

    His colleague JPJ is also said to have added this little pearl:

    John Paul Jones: “At our very worst, we were better than most people. And at our very best, we could just wipe the floor with the lot of them.”

    So, I don’t know if they were referring to Purple specifically or not, but those tie-dyed Zepsters certainly seem to have thought very highly of themselves.

    Perhaps a lesson for those youngsters would have been:

    “Self-praise is no recommendation”

  35. 35
    Uwe Hornung says:

    My continuous digs (in jest) against Led Zep here aside, I don’t believe there was ever a heightened animosity between Zep and Purple. While they both toured the US in the same era, their paths hardly crossed, both lived in their own touring bubble. And their very different approaches to music are not really that comparable.

    Plant was a cocky young man and certainly not above arrogance, Zep would refer to both Purple and Sabbath – viewed as lesser, more limited bands – as collectively ‘Purple Sabbath’ that were somehow beneath them, but that was all a very long time ago: Jon Lord himself inducted Led Zep for the Polar Lifetime Achievement Award (02:12) decades later


    and Robert Plant would offer his services to the Spouses Paice for the 2006 Sunflower Jam:


    Around that time, Plant said to Jon that he felt bad about his attitude towards Purple in the past and that he really hadn’t known their music all that well in the first place. Water down the bridge.

    Ritchie has said in interviews that he appreciates Bonzo’s drumming and listening to the Led Zep debut made him realize that DP Mk I needed a new singer pronto.

    Glenn Hughes has always gotten along well both with both Percy (a vocal acrobat much like him) and Bonzo, fellow Brummies as they are:



    And Bonzo, Percy and Page all appreciated Tommy Bolin (Page as early as in Tommy’s Zephyr days, Bonzo for the groundbreaking work on fellow drummer Billy Cobham’s Spectrum):


    Bonzo was also infamous for stage-crashing an Mk IV gig once in NY State and making a drunken announcement about the then imminent new Led Zep album (Presence) as well as wishing to jam, I don’t think he would have been either at the gig, nor backstage, much less allowed on stage (a bemused DP watched him deliver his speech) had they not liked him.

    The episode has been described in the notorious ‘unauthorized’ Zep bio ‘Hammer of the Gods’ by Stephen Davis (which all Zep members have derided as not worth the paper it is printed on) as follows:

    “While the sound mixing was underway, Bonzo was on the loose, taking care of buisness his own way. One night he showed up backstage at a Deep Purple concert at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Bonzo was drunk and in very high spirits, and was wobbling on his feet in the wings when he noticed a free microphone during a lull in the music. Staggering forward, Bonzo walked out onto the stage before the Deep Purple roadies could grab him. The group stopped playing, amazed, as Bonzo grabbed the mike and shouted, ‘My name is John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, and I just wanna tell ya that we got a new album comin’ out and that it’s fuckin’ great!!’ Then Bonzo turned to leave, but before he went he turned back and gratuitously insulted Deep Purple’s guitarist. ‘And as far as Tommy Bolin is concerned, he can’t play for shit!!”

    Whether Bonzo was trying to pull Tommy’s leg (given that he had appreciated his previous work) or simply talking crap in drunken stupor, who knows …

    *** *** ***

    PS: The only real animosity was between Plant and Coverdale, but that had nothing to do with Purple, rather Plant lashing out for the overt Zeppelinisms of late 80ies Whitesnake and the Coverdale Page project which he must have felt to have intruded on his own plans with Page.

  36. 36
    MacGregor says:

    I have never bought into the tabloid media & the circus ‘rivalry’ that they perpetuate. It never was anything but young men with a degree of success playing a game. The WDWTWA album cover insert says it all. The Who & the Stones laugh at it all the time & continue to ‘bait’ the tabloids & they fall for it every time. Comical. Cheers.

  37. 37
    DeeperPurps says:

    Uwe @ 35. Yes I had seen some of those mid-70’s interactions between the Zepsters and the Purps. I agree, the only sour grapes I had been aware of was the rift between Plant and DC in relation to the song Still of the Night or some such, and the subsequent pet name that Percy gave to David “CoverVersion”.

    MacGregor @36….agreed, have to take all the various scribblings in the music industry/media machine with a healthy grain of salt.

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