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Let the good times roll

Here is a trailer for the Access All Areas video that will be on the DVD accompanying some formats of the new album =1, once it is released on July 19, 2024.

47 Comments to “Let the good times roll”:

  1. 1
    Gregster says:


    Looks good, I can’t wait for my copy to arrive in around 23-days, but who’s counting ?…

    Let the good times roll indeed !

    Peace !

  2. 2
    AndreA says:

    Maybe there is something that has stopped working forever 😔 https://youtu.be/v3QqmKnyPQg?si=SM__53Bc4hMZulTO

  3. 3
    Martin says:

    @2 AndreA
    Man, that really doesn’t sound good. It‘s known, that Big Ian isn‘t a big fan of warming up, but this voice sounds nothing but sick. Best case would be that he‘s infected, worst case you might be right.
    But… given the age… nothing to be ashamed of. The instrumental section on the other hand is really tight.
    As much as I still miss Steve (has to be said!), there is no doubt that Simon is doing sublime.
    Let‘s wait for the album. One of the german magazines has a review printed that gets hopes high for a strong one!

  4. 4
    AndreA says:

    Ciao Martin
    but of course it’s not a question of shame…but perhaps of suffering, for him, for the band and for the fans, especially for his fans. It’s from the beginning of the tour that you understand that something has changed. I’m not angry but just sad. This is reality. It cannot be remedied only with affection and respect .

  5. 5
    Peter J says:

    IG has caught bronchitis after the gig in Toulouse, where he sang very impressively, just like in Madrid and Bilbao… and it’s getting worse and worse… Good recovery to him !

  6. 6
    Reinder Dijkhuis says:

    I’ve seen a lot of recent footage of the band and while it’s true that Gillan’s voice is showing its age, it usually isn’t like this. This sounds like one of those very bad off night’s he’s always had.

  7. 7
    AndreA says:

    so let’s hope it’s just a temporary situation, but I really hope..

  8. 8
    Uwe Hornung says:

    No doubt, he sounds respiratorily ill and, really, management shouldn’t let him sing like that. If he worked in an office with a voice like that, people would say “go home, get on the couch, throw over a blanket, watch Netflix and cure yourself, you’re in no state to work”.

    Also, and this has been stated by others before, two background singers wouldn’t go amiss. I fail to see why this should be anathema to DP, when he had no issues doing it 30 years ago on the Naked Thunder Tour with a prominently featured background and support singer (which initially should have been John Gustafson).

  9. 9
    QuelloCheHaRagione says:

    Not mind Ian voice.. Simon Guitar tone i terrible.
    Need a large dose of rinazina.. don’t blame Bob Ezrin for the mix..this guitar tone is a pain in the ass

  10. 10
    Pier says:

    They should just stop playing Highway Star altogether. This song is too much even when Ian is in perfect conditions. In fact there has been a period when they stop playing it.
    It seems to me this is just a sore throat. Hear this.

  11. 11
    Jean-Christophe says:

    It really makes me wonder. Is it safe to perform a complete show with his voice in such a bad shape? Shouldn’t he take some rest instead? I’m affraid he could damage his pipes… I’ve heard IG’s bad off nights by the past (Magic era, Toolbox era). But never like that.

  12. 12
    Marty says:

    I love them, in all incarnations, I buy vinyl and keep up to date – but I keep my memories of great live performances and won’t refresh them.

  13. 13
    Rock Voorne says:

    Some nice snippets incl a Let the the good times roll where IG sounds ok.

    Roger showing Ritchie s ghost is always there.
    On top of that…..starting with that riff, Black Night……

    Trying not be a sourpuss here.

    Since TOOLBOX and some more moments Ian G. surprised me, somehow rising from the ashes, literally I m afraid….

    Since these Moments I ve kept on hoping he would seal my mouth….

  14. 14
    Thorsun says:

    IG was always prone to the bad throat nights and he had them every now and then from 1969. This sounds more like a sickness though which is no good given how I intense their gig schedule is. They don’t seem to be adopting the density of the concerts well to their age. Which I’m not sure about being the right practice. Get well soon, Ian!

  15. 15
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    Roger’s great! Ritchie did it, Why can’t I!! LOL

  16. 16
    Ivica says:

    Why doesn’t Simon sing backups and support Big Ian in some parts, he is also a singer. There is no microphone in front of him? strange?

  17. 17
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Good question, Ivica, it would be the obvious thing to do. But if Ian doesn’t ask him to, he’ll never bring it up himself. For some reason, Gillan seems particular about people singing with him. As if his voice didn’t stand out no matter what. And coming from a harmony vocals band like Episode Six even if that was a while ago.

  18. 18
    Tony says:

    All the best for Big Ian and his health….

    I can’t help about the shape I’m in
    I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty and my legs are thin
    But don’t ask me what I think of you
    I might not give the answer that you want me to
    Oh well….

  19. 19
    Thorsun says:


    Leslie, this is the funniest moment. And tells us that Roger did watch Mk III at some point despite declaring no love to that version of DP.

    I hope Ian is recovering. 4 days of break until Saturday. I hope they get him out of the trouble properly. It’s different to have bad throat while you’re 25 (as we hear on Montreux ’69 and London ’70) Vs when you’re about to turn 79.

  20. 20
    Steve says:

    @ AndreaA 2

    This is really painful to watch and really sad .
    There is absolutely no need to be doing all this ridiculous amount of shows anymore…its not fair on Gillan …and its not fair on the fans .
    Ironically, Debbie Harry ( Blondie ) is having a similar experience and they are about the same age.
    This was always my biggest fear, that the legacy of the band will get tarnished .
    They’ve given us some fantastic memories and a catalogue of music that will be forever in our hearts …and generations beyond …come on Mr Gillan .Lyme Regis and Portugal is calling you

  21. 21
    Jean-Christophe says:

    @8 + @16:

    May I suggest my humble point of view?

    I think the Deep-Purple-featuring-Ian-“Mister Universe”-Gillan-On-Vocals-Concept is something deeply printed in the band’s DNA.
    Back in Purpendicular days, RG & SM could joined IG during “Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming” chorus, and IG would even share his microphone with Steve Morse and today Simon McBride for some SOTW snippets, but that would be just like short some tongue in cheek segments.

    I mean, if Ian Gillan is there on stage under the DP baneer, no one else could be seriously singing.
    He’s THE singer. This is not CSN&Y. Period.

    But, if it’s not the DP flag flying, then it’s another story : Dear Herr Uwe (To Read Him Is To Love Him) is perfectly right (as always). There was a backup singer during the Naked Thunder tour, and also during the gigs with the Don Airey band (featuring his daughter among the backing vocalists) and not to forget John Gustafson (on the Child In Time album).

    That said, I’m seriously puzzled by the lack of health care. I can understand there is a LOT of money at stake (venues reservations, tickets sales and so on), but f… off, it a Dead Or Alive matter, let’s take some days off ansd let our beloved vocalist restore his health.

    Well, Money Talks… 

  22. 22
    George Martin says:

    I’m sure Ian will get better soon and be back to normal. I think he just has a really bad cold that’s affecting his voice. I saw the Scorpions years ago and Klaus had the flu and powered through the show rather than canceling it and he was pretty bad that night. Shit happens, what are you gonna do? I would think that they would have a contingency plan in place. Maybe take out a couple of songs and do a 12 minute version of Wring That Neck to give him a break. Also, maybe extend Don and Simon’s solos a little bit. I know it’s not ideal but it’s not a bad idea.

  23. 23
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “To read him is to love him” – cher Jean-Christophe, where may I kiss you first? 💕🌹🤓

    We have to remember: When IG made DP mega-sales-worthy in 1969/70, no one thought he would still be singing a large part of their repertoire 54 years later. In 1970, there wasn‘t a single rock singer even of the first generation who was 60 years old, much less approaching 80. Elvis was 35, Chuck Berry 44, Little Richard 38, Bill Haley 45.

    But Ian can be stubborn.

    Simon has a fine voice, why no one puts up a mike before him for some harmony and chorus parts is beyond me.

    So there is this iconic image of a young Ian Gillan with a Jesus-look fronting DP without any vocal support screaming his lungs out – that was perfectly fine then – and then there is today’s reality. Does anybody expect Arnold Schwarzenegger to do the same stunts today he did 40 years ago? What‘s wrong with getting some help? If DP returned Child In Time into the set and IG just stuck to the verses and had two background chicks belt out the ooohs and aaahs, I for one wouldn‘t complain.

  24. 24
    George M. says:

    The new album sounds promising. Enjoyed all the Morse-era releases. I say spend more time writing and recording, put out an album each year, and play 25 or 30 shows per year with two days off between shows. I live in New England and last attended a Purple concert during the “Now What” tour. I no longer attend for two reasons: In the US, we get almost entirely a “Greatest Hits” setlist, very little new stuff, and Gillan’s voice doesn’t hold up when they’re playing every night or every other. The only reason for this kind of touring schedule at their ages is the money, and unless they’ve mismanaged their finances, they can’t possibly need it. I also think Gillan could hold a tune better if they played smaller venues at reduced volume.

  25. 25
    Jim Sheridan says:

    I stopped seeing Deep Purple for the same reasons I stopped seeing the Stones: too many Greatest Hits songs, too many songs played that the band just doesn’t do justice too.
    However, all that being said, I see that the Stones on this tour are leaving a few days between many gigs, even at the same venue; as an example, they played at Giants Stadium (MetLife) in NJ on a Thursday and then Sunday. This was clearly for the good of the singer’s voice. Purple should consider the same.

  26. 26
    janbl says:

    Ian Anderson did have a co-singer (Ryan O’Donnell) on “Thick as a Brick 2” and “Homo Erraticus”, and I think it worked well, see “Live in Iceland”:



  27. 27
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Singing with a chest infection 🤤 that guy is indestructible 💪
    At his age singers would have been crying and cancelling shows.
    Just ask Ozzy 😂
    Peace ✌️

  28. 28
    Reinder Dijkhuis says:

    I agree that the reputation of the band is something to be worried when there’s an off night like that… but let’s not contribute to that! Let’s not act like it’s the curtain call just because IG is performing while sick. He shouldn’t, it’s bad, and it’s bad that the material realities of touring with a large band make it very difficult to cancel gigs – all of these things are fair game to talk about. But as long as he bounces back from these nights, it’s not over.

  29. 29
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @22: If DP made the money RS does, they might have planned their tours the same way.

  30. 30
    Reinder Dijkhuis says:

    “Ian Anderson did have a co-singer (Ryan O’Donnell) on “Thick as a Brick 2” and “Homo Erraticus”, and I think it worked well, see “Live in Iceland”

    It did work well, but that didn’t stop fans from whining about it endlessly. Once the name Jethro Tull was fully restored, doing that again became impossible, because Jethro Tull is Ian Anderson more than Ian Anderson is Ian Anderson.

  31. 31
    Thorsun says:

    I still say that for the band where 4 men are 70+ – the tour schedule looks overtly punishing. If it was done in residences (as Gilmour will do in autumn), maybe it would be justified more, but they seem to be dragged on through continents like they are still 40. And they ain’t. I wonder on how much of that indeed has to do with Ian’s natural born stubbornness. “Like everybody knows, I might be slow – but I never quit…”. Jon Lord, bless my Hero’s heart said himself that one day Gillan would die on stage during a live show, he’ll drag on literally until his last breath… Is that sensible? It’s probably like trying to decide if you should shout on a kid wiggling on the bar stool, risking the fall and head hit on the floor, or just letting him fall and learn from it. I just wouldn’t like to be on THAT show that Jon envisaged.

  32. 32
    AG says:

    I think it’s admirable that they don’t use tracks as a rule, but they might want to consider having some vocal tracks prepared for use in emergency situations, such as when, due to temporary illness, the singer’s capacity reaches an intolerably low level.

    As a ticket buyer, I would much prefer being “cheated” by a lip-syncing vocalist than having to hear a singer attempting to sing in spite of being clearly physically unable to.

  33. 33
    Errol Arias says:

    What all this shows is that Gillan is nothing more than a stubborn old man who is sinking a magnificent band along with the decline of his voice, without even stopping to think that his time has passed and that it is time for the band for a change of vocalist. His voice is embarrassing most of the time and no longer does justice to the greatness of Deep Purple. I think that Gillan should have resigned a long time ago and made way for some new talent to take his place. It’s shameful what he’s doing.

  34. 34
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @32: I’ll let someone else step up and say that what you are suggesting is inexcusable! 🙂

    But I will say that tracks will need click and in-ear monitors, two thing that I am sure no one in DP would want to touch.

  35. 35
    Thorsun says:


    AG, with your statement you clearly show that you don’t understand what makes a band like Deep Purple as great as they are. In fact you insult any good band that thinks that playing live regardless of circumstances is worth more than pre-recorded tapes and playback. You have plenty of that shaite all over the world, go and pay for being cheated, if you need. They will take your money gladly for cheating you over ‘live experience’.

  36. 36
    Fla76 says:

    as someone from the “greatest hits setlist” wrote, I haven’t seen Deep since the Bananas tour for this reason.
    but if the songs from the new album were making me want to see them live again, this disastrous performance by Gillan made me fall into oblivion.
    I really hope it’s bronchitis, but I’ve never heard Big Ian sing so badly, in fact, don’t sing at all!
    he gasps non-stop.
    I hope he doesn’t hide a serious illness, but he really can’t carry on like this, it’s clear that he needs a break to recover something from his vocal cords.
    guys, if you have such good ears, you can’t say that Ian’s voice is presentable in the slightest.
    finally, in my opinion, Deep Purple cannot exist without Ian Gillan on vocals, so when he is no longer there, it is right that Deep Purple will no longer be there.

  37. 37
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Those complaining about Big Ian, obviously haven’t heard DC live in the last 20 years – when he was not using pre-recorded vocal tracks.

    Ian has rough nights, but nothing like David.

  38. 38
    AndreA says:

    yes, of course, then let’s put the oleogram directly

    You don’t believe: no Gillan, no DP.

  39. 39
    Rock Voorne says:

    Arnold Schwarzenegger became woke as a person and as well the last “Terminatorfilm” showed such nonsense.

    I used to be in love with Linda Hamilton.
    And you must think he s gone bananas but I d swear once, many years ago I saw her coming out of a car in Rotterdam.

    I still wonder if it was her twin which made an appearance in Judgment Day.

  40. 40
    AG says:


    We should distinguish between two types of commitment: (1) ”playing live regardless of cirumstances” (to quote you) and (2) having Gillan go out there every night and sing in spite of being physically unable to.

    The band rightly subscribes to (1). However, as a matter of fact, they historically have not subscribed to (2) as evidenced by the fact that, in the 70s, they did a show with Rog on vocals due to Gillan having hepatitis. The reason they didn’t subscribe to (2) back then is presumably that they recognized it to be untenable. Yet it is precisely that untenable principle they seem to be committed to today.

    Arguably at least, they should return to their wise former selves and stop doing untenable things. That means, keeping up their admirable commitment to ”playing live regardless of circumstances” while also not forcing Gillan to perform while temporarily (we all pray) incapacitated. Preferably, that would mean doing something similar to what they did in the 70s (maybe having Simon handle most or all vocals). But if that is ruled out and cancellation is ruled out, then it’s hard to see an alternative to resorting to *exceptional* *emergency* usage of tracks vocally, while, instrumentally, keeping the band as live as it ever was. (And keep in mind that, as Gillan himself has often stated, this is a band where the vocals play a secondary role anyway).

    (yes, you can raise various quibbles about this, such as, you obviously can’t equate hepatitis to a sore throat, etc. True, but beside the point).

  41. 41
    AG says:

    Another reasonable objection would be: do you seriously think he’s suddenly gonna start lipsyncing at 79? Not to speak of the whole click track issue. To that I would respond: fair enough, it’s almost certainly not practically doable at this stage, so it’s an academic discussion. All I’m saying is: in principle, it might, under truly exceptional circumstances, be the correct move, in lesser evil terms, and, in particular, as a business decision (which is what it all comes down to in the end, folks.)

  42. 42
    Uwe Hornung says:

    You really should have asked her, RV!


  43. 43
    Uwe Hornung says:

    AG @32: I don’t mind if a dance/lavish choreography act employs pre-recorded vocals to some extent, sensisbly you don’t expect Olympic figure skaters to sing live either, just look at their heavy breathing after they are done.

    But with a rock act, I expect vocals to be live. And if the singer can no longer sing them in the original key, there is no shame for me in transposing the song into a key he/she is more comfortable with. The flak Led Zep caught for making life easier for Percy on a few songs of their O2 outing was uncalled for (yes, I just defended Led Zep!) and if you think about it in essence also unmusical because it is certainly the more musical act to transpose to comfort as opposed to having someone fight with the limits of his range.

  44. 44
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Can Glenn H and David C do some back vocals for Ian G 😁
    After all let’s keep it in the family.
    It’s not a family tree it’s a fucking jungle’ as IG once said
    Peace ✌️

  45. 45
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I don’t know about mixing Ian’s and DC’s voice, but Ian and Glenn? Ian’s voice works well with blacker voices as his duets with John Gustafson showed.




    And Glenn has always been a much sought after backing vocalist who has provided backing vocals to countless hard rock and metal acts (eg Pat Travers, Whitesnake, Heaven, Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, Lynch Mob, Night Ranger, Jeff Scott Soto) or even Climax Blues Band and C&W artist Billy Ray Cyrus (dad of Miley). He’s a bit to the heavier genre what Timothy B Schmit is to mainstream rock and pop, the high backing vocalist to go after. Somehow and contrary to Glenn’s reputation of being more of a shrieking than a shrinking violet, no one seems to fear being upstaged by him.

    In Mk III, Glenn could have range-wise done the high parts of Child In Time easy, yet for some reason it was never attempted, possibly because the legacy members had grown tired of it, felt it was identified with IG too much, Glenn didn‘t want to do it because it wasn‘t his type of music or because DC did not want Glenn featured THAT prominently! Though Glenn tends to underplay it these days, I don‘t believe that their relationship was entirely jealousy- and competition-free even in 1973/74, that would have been too much to realistically ask from two guys in their early to mid twenties.

  46. 46
    MacGregor says:

    43 – yes indeed, transposing the pitch for an ageing (but original in this case) vocalist is a no brainer. If it is more comfortable to sing it must be done. Many of the classic era lead vocalist do it these days, well at least for certain songs. I noticed a few years ago Mr Grumpy Steve Howe mentioned that in regards to Jon Anderson doing it. No doubt Howe’s personal dig at Anderson & he mentioned the original Close to The Edge song at the very end section. Apparently only one line or word never sung in the original key since the studio version from 1972. Anderson ain’t silly, if he had attempted to sing that for eons his voice would have been destroyed. Gillan is another example, use it or lose it as Roger Daltrey has always said. Cheers.

  47. 47
    Henrik says:

    Are there any new releases under way from 1968-1976?

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