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Ian Gillan, Muehldorf, Germany, June 13, 2009. Photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA.

Rockpages Web Magazine in Greece conducted an exclusive interview with Ian Gillan before the recent band’s appearance in Athens. And as it is often with the Big Ian’s mind process it’s all in there — state of the British health care, prospects for a new album, the writing process, idiocracy, Cold War, and Darwin’s theory — mixed together and properly stewed in one big pot.

Rockpages.gr: Back to the 21st century and Deep Purple. Are there any plans of a new album?

Ian Gillan: I think it’s about time. Although, you can’t put the words “plan” and “new album” in the same sentence, when it comes to Deep Purple. I can smell it coming… there has been the occasional talk… we are thinking about October-November… that’s a good month for writing the new record.

Rockpages.gr: That means you don’t have any written material…

Ian Gillan: We never go into the studio with written material. We’d probably start recording next year. It shouldn’t take long… if you struggle to finish a song after 20 minutes, then forget it… destroy it… start something else. Otherwise, it becomes contrived and unnatural.

Perhaps Ian is just a tad too enthusiastic about the “October-November” timeframe, seeing as the band has only about 3 weeks free of touring commitments in the calendar between the September 24 Sunflower Jam gig (Paicey and Don Airey will be there) and the start of Steve Morse band tour in the US on October 15. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to hear that the thought of a new album wasn’t abandoned alltogether.

Read the rest of the interview.

Thanks to Sakis Nikas for the info.

55 Comments to “Gillan on Rockpages”:

  1. 1
    George says:

    Ian never dissapoints me. the greatest pleasure from reading interviews comes if I read Ian’s interviews. he always has to say something very wise, philosophycal, some about band’s plans, band’s past, something humourous, sarcastic and even a bit cruel 😀

    Calling Ritchie a banjo player during the recording process of WDWTWA, made me laughing for a while…

    I Still remember Ian’s interview where he talked that he had Candice Night’s mum’s pornographic pics in his house. ok, It was not polite from Ian, but whatever… he’s a damn wise, gentlemen and crazy person. You never know what to expect from Gillan haha…

    what about Purple’s forthcoming album, I had 30 minutes interview with Ian before Istanbul show, this summer… he promised that DP would record new album in February 2010…
    waitting… waitting… waitting…

  2. 2
    HZ says:

    Not cool about banjo player – still WFT and ML part of the concerts; no contradictions, not at all. OK.

  3. 3
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Uh… George, February of NEXT YEAR is months off yet.

  4. 4
    George says:

    hell… Purple guys keep on saying different things about the one particular subject. Gillan claims that they’ll be recording in October-November ’09, or at least in February ’10, while Don Airey says they’ll record new album in September ’10…

  5. 5
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Thats show business, George. It gets more understanding with time.

  6. 6
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    George you really need to READ a little more in debt. Number one, to split hairs over what month, day, or so on is absolutely irrelevant. Number 2, Both Gillan and Airey actually are close in time frame. They both state that Writing and recording will take place there and about November to Feb. Then the Album should be ready around September of 2010. Come on George, even YOU know that there is a long period between Recording and the actual finished Record…..


    This is going to be a LOOOOONG YEAR. Can’t wait for the NEW PURPLE ALBUM!!!!!


  7. 7
    andre sihotang says:

    haha..the interesting always come when reading Gillan’s interview..
    many things, many things he said, he seemed enjoy himself when done interview..nice guy..
    and I couldn’t be happier to hear such a news about upcoming Deep Purple new material

    like I said before, WDWTWA is less favorable album to me and not in DP standard way ( I said these thing several months ago here and people started booing my post) but here Ian Gillan perhaps have the same opinion with me…
    so I just stay on my own words about WDWTWA that it’s an uninteresting album (let alone Woman From Tokyo, it’s one of my favourite DP track)

    Also with Eagles(live 1980), Pink Floyd(The Final Cut), and Mr.Big (Actual Size)..I can’t enjoy album of my favourite band where the members and the environment were not in comfortable manner…
    It’s the way I love a band, their musicianship as well as their friendship..
    and for me Deep Purple is not only a band, but a group of friends and talented musicians..

    Can’t wait their new album..

  8. 8
    HardRockPete says:

    I wish Gillan could just leave Blackmore alone since he himself is just as much to blame for the ongoings in the past! Even he did admit that- see the interview on the TBRO DVD.

  9. 9
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Nice to see no fuss over this one, but on one particular forum the right wing sect is up to the same old games, showing their inability to handle what is obviously the usual hype factor designed to ignite them in particular. Classic, Ian pours salt on their wounds and they can’t refrain from reacting as usual.

    Cheers to the shameless self promoter, it seems to work every time.lol!

    Rock Pages still sucks! Blame them, as they’re the culprits and Ian falls for nothing, he just obliges because he knows it bothers the sect.

  10. 10
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 7


    BOTH WDWTWA and HOBL are packed to the rafters with classics, dont care what Mister Zero says.
    He is or filled with sour grapes or likes to annoy people, I dunno….
    CG seems to know. He knows everything.

    Whats that song I used to like?!
    Used to like ML AND Vavoom, actually….

    After a while they got over exposed on stage

    WFT is a cool song but even more so…..Heard it too much.
    Claiming that THAT was the only one on the album with quality!!!!

    Man you are entitles to say what you feel but…..

    Do you really think that the following tracks are unworthy?!

    Place in Line
    Rat bat Blue
    Smooth Dancer

    According to Gillan On Accidentily On Pur¨pose was one of his classics.
    Well, ………..


  11. 11
    T says:

    Ian says, “There were some empires that were not sustainable… the French or the Spanish Empire… they didn’t leave much in comparison with the Greeks, the Egyptians or the Romans.”

    No empire is indefinitely sustainable and thus run their course; however, the Spanish Empire did indeed leave an indelible legacy on humankind that superceded the aforementioned ancient cultures which are now in ruins or covered in sand: What would eventually become the Americas, and the United States in particular.

    El castellano: “…no lengua del imperio, sino lengua de la imaginación, del amor, y de la justicia.”

  12. 12
    T says:

    When asked which albums to recommend, Ian said, “Without any doubt, I would not suggest ‘Who Do We Think We Are’…” and proceeds to reminisce about the negative circumstances surrounding the recording of the record.

    He is mistaken that “the whole vibe is not right… [it does not] captures the spirit of the band.” Once again, the subjective comments of a band member spills over into the overall impression of a work. People believe “Who Do We Think We Are” is bad because the singer–or any band member–said so, based on some bad memories surrounding its production.

    Just because the musicians had a bad time making the final product does not mean the work itself is inferior. In fact, it is this internal stress that represents Deep Purple at their best–a dislike for Blackmore notwithstanding.

  13. 13
    elprupdeep says:

    OK Ritchie live in his own world Ritchie DIDN’T respect his band mates but calling him BASTARD or BANJO PLAYER…. I would thought that mr Gillan should be a bit more of a gentleman on mr BLACKMORE, now ,that all this story is from the past. forgiveness maybe, it doesn’t hurt anyone or at least respect each others, thinking of the good moment they had together once.
    long live Ritchie and DP.

  14. 14
    Jeffs says:

    “Banjo Player?” He always calls guitarists banjo players…As a guitarist I do find this terminology mildly offensive, but of course Ian uses this label for all guitarists and sometimes as a term of endearment.

  15. 15
    HZ says:

    Well, it’s not about Ritchie doesn’t respect others, it was Gillan doesn’t want his lead, and want’s to bee “leader” or “like Ritchie” – but that will not be, and the truth is that Ritchie came with best of Deep Purple, even TBRO is full of great moments and innovation, Burn is as good as Machine Head. Nevertheless, it’s meaningless now.

  16. 16
    andre sihotang says:

    #10 and #12

    Priest, T
    I didn’t say the album is bad…obviously it might be the last name (with MkI albums) to pick if somebody asked me which Deep Purple albums are my daily breads every time in order…
    I really didn’t have any right to criticize musical aspect of an album. It’s just me who follows (reading) the time line of my favorite band..wish I was born before 1973. Anyway, I’ve heard Rat Bat Blue and Supertrouper and maybe will caught me attention if I want to hear them several times again…I don’t know why Gillan / Glover choose Mary Long to be included in their recent past setlist..
    but once again, I didn’t hear much of WDWTWA

    But HOuse of Blue Light, it’s a techno rock album for me. And the album just doin’ me fine even I didn’t like all the songs. I became power up every time hearing Hard Lovin’ Woman (powerful track, Gillan nail it even it dubbed, and Blackmore wonderful inspiring riff like he can only did), Bad Attitude (great vocal by Gillan), and even Call of the Wild was fun (funny video)..


    Haha…these ‘Gillan vs Blackmore’ thing were made rock’n roll really rock’n roll. Like ‘Axl Rose vs Slash’, ‘Lee Roth vs Eddie VH’, ‘Hetzfield vs Ulrich’ and ‘Liam vs Noel of Oasis’. It’s always fun to read what all those rock’n roll star made, make, and will make on or off stage..
    ‘Gillan vs Blackmore’ just stand the test of time, can you tell me how far it will go on (altough I believe if not wrong since 90’s Gillan put so many words than Blackmore did)

    Anyway, I enjoy to read every Gillan interview..he’s a speakable person. Wish I could chat with him, it would gimme a life.

  17. 17
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Did the Banjo player not start with the sentence in Ted The Mechanic?
    Or is it, like someone else said, a long term thing?

  18. 18
    Crazy Horst says:

    Ian is an emotional man – how could he be a good singer otherwise – and this is not the first time that his judgements are blurred by emotion and personal memory. He’s also notorious for claiming that the last tour with Ritchie was played in half empty venues when in fact the ticket sales were quite good.

    Having been involved in the whole process, maybe it’s hard to stay impartial to something. Remember, this comes from the man who professes that he has been unable to listen to the MK III records to this day!

    It’s very easy to criticise “HOBL” – especially with hindsight, knowing what was to come afterwards. But in comparison to “PS” and “TBRO” I often feel “HOBL” fares a bit too badly, the other two reunion records are not THAT much better.

    “WDWTWA” is another thing. It just pales in comparison to the sheer magnitude of the other 4 releases of the early 70s.

    And Ian is not the only one with somewhat irritating judgements. Didn’t the man in black himself express on several occasions that “IR” and “MH” were the only two Purple albums that he liked?

  19. 19
    Moreblack says:

    Uaaahhh,since Deep purple was Ritchie’s band i think he could show up at any time he wanted to record.They have to wait,what’s the problem.The banjo player played the mean role in the act.

  20. 20
    james jay says:

    #11 and #12–nice piece of writing and well thought out–enjoyable reading.

  21. 21
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 18

    I just make up my own mind.
    How great they may ever be…..

  22. 22
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I know you like to just get up the noses of those who don’t see it that way, but it never was that way, it’s your opinion and thats all it is, no use putting it as if it’s a fact!

    More like:
    Since when was it EVER *HIS* BAND?
    Advice – stop confusing DP with Rainbow and BN.

    Break time, Morblack!

  23. 23
    Moreblack says:

    You’re right.Actually the band belonged to Tony Edwards and John Colleta.
    But it funny don’t it?lol.”i’ll be your Ritchie you can be my Gillan”.

  24. 24
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    I would have to give a lot of lee-way to Mr. Gillan regarding his treatment over the years by the tyrant Blackmore. He was sacked 3 times. He left on his own in ’73, partly due to the touring and recording pressure and also due to the drama Blackmore brought in. Then, Blackmore agreed to the Re=union in ’84 Only if it was the MK2 line-up with GILLAN. Then, Gillan was Fired in 1990 and replaced by Poof Boy (talk about a low blow), then rehired when it was obvious Poof Boy was the Wrong Boy for the job. Gillan came back with a Vengence. And upon his return, decided to make it his Last Stand. He stayed long enough for Blackmore to turn sour again, and once TMIB left, Gillan took the reigns and that’s now the Purple we have. A Happy Purple whom are doing a magnificent job forging ahead, making their own music still, without the Dark Cloud of the Grumpy MIB. I’d say Gillan has every right to hold some animosity toward those days. Yes, it may blur his overal view of the quality of music that existed, but his head is his head and he sees things through a much more involved entity than the non-participating fan. Oddly though, Blackmore is a smiley little Banjo Player now that he is in his little forest with his happy little wife….(Happy Wife, Happy Life). As a matter of fact, after watching a few interviews and seeing “Blackmore’s Night” live, he is as smiley as Deep Purple’s Fiddler, Steve Morse. All is well in the land of Purple and Blackmore…

    seems the only unhappy blokes are the self centered fans whom only want to live in the past.

    A Fairy Tale with a Happy Ending…for the rest of us….but it ain’t over just yet. Looking forward to next years PURPLE ALBUM, and to seeing ‘Blackmore’s Night’ in North Carolina on November 1st.


  25. 25
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 24

    It has become very clear you like to twist the truth and or simply just not able to count.

    Like you imply Gillan left in 73 on his own accord.He kept on saying then and later that it was for the best because DP had become a stagnating formula and so on……
    Roger WAS sacked then, NOT Ian……
    Feel sorry for old Rog and Nick,the ex Gillan band members…. people like that.

    In 1990 or a little earlier indeed he was sacked by ALL of the band INCLUDING Roger

    I count only once at best.

    I m finished now.

  26. 26
    Crimson Ghost says:


    Nice spin, but no cigar Moreblack. In fact if you ask all of them including Ritchie, you’ll find that they thought those guys were “Bloodsuckers.” They didn’t “own” them, they only managed them. As I said, it’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it, but you’re also entitled to the facts, and the fact is that he was not DP’s leader, he was their lead guitarist, which can be considered close to leadership in many ways, but at the end of the day it’s just his instrument and writing position being utilized as one fifth of the quintet, and that does not equate a leader, neither does being a control freak. Does it sound like I have an axe to grind with Blackmore? If so, I stand misunderstood… there is not a bone in my body that dislikes him. I understand him, but that doesn’t mean he’s been things he hasn’t.

    On with the opinions…. we’re all entitled to them.

  27. 27
    Rascal says:

    Tracy….You hit the nail on the head.

    I certainly couldnt be happier than with the DP that exists today.

    Although some people seem to enjoy living in the past, creating an ‘unreality’ and losing sleep over the unfairness of life…….

    Id rather enjoy the DP we have………

  28. 28
    Moreblack says:

    @ 26
    yeah,it was only a bad joke.’Living in the past’ is a great song,the first in he odd time of 5/4 to hit the top charts.t’s still a good message.
    The guitar players are allways the leaders.A good rock band needs a way,a musical direction.It usually comes from them.
    That’s why we don’t have a rock direction now,Steve is not rock player,so Big Ian and Rogg have to fit the role,so something is allways missing,allways squary,when it suposed to be scary.
    It’s a good band at all but…what if they had choose Michael Shencker instead eh?

  29. 29
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I enjoy things because they are good, not because they are all there is at the moment ….

  30. 30
    andre sihotang says:

    Better look up front rather than rely on the past!!!

    Yes Tracy, Rascal. I will love Deep Purple now even they get much older till their hands couldn’t pick the instruments again!!

  31. 31
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I disagree, obviously Ritchie himself does too, unless he was just joking when he said and I quote: “direction? Nobody has a direction” when asked on film about Gillan’s compliment that Ritchie has a clear direction. I guess you don’t have the TBRO Interviews DVD boot.

    Opinion is all it is, in fact Ritchie also doesn’t even see himself as an artist, but thats going quite overboard if you ask me, perhaps THAT was indeed a joke, but as far as the direction thing goes in depicting him as DP’s leader… give it up, you’re beginning to slit the symantic hairs.

  32. 32
    Moreblack says:

    Well,what had happen to the In Rock sessions such an exanple,was a dramatic change of…direction don’t it?And it was a conscious move.It was projected like that,of course,as you took some interviews as a trusty statement,all was said about those sessions show us that Blackers knew exactly what he was after.
    Ritchie have this self depreciative side typical of the false humble person.Eventually he outs with some”oh i’m not a real musician” or “i don’t know where we going” or whatever.
    I did learn how to doubt on some statement here and there.
    They’re allways ready to treat some serious issue(for us)as business talking sometimes.

  33. 33
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 28

    Slit the symantic hairs…..

    As often thoughtfully put Larry.

    I do not own that boot unfortunately…….

    Jokes aside…..

    You did not everything, although you very probably have done on the same issue in the past on different boards, adress of MoreBlack s words.

    1 Steve is not really a rockplayer
    2 Something is missing……

    And here it comes, very to the point…..

    Allways squary , when its supposed to be scary.

    The DANGER is lacking

    And how on earth a committed performer can put on a grin during serious heavy songs…….

    Here we tend to say…..

    Someone who allways grins is or dishones or insane.


  34. 34
    Moreblack says:

    Congrats on the objectivity.
    Smilling faces are very in demand nowadays.Business wise they say.Deep Purple is a very different band,then they say the band is evolving.They say i’m livining in the past,then DP starts a Machine Head Tour 2006 or 07,Ritchie did play a crap solo,or dodn’t solo at all,then Steve plays a piece of mechanically well oriented solo Every night,allways the sameeven the smsiles he seems to be so inside the music that don’t matter the musical enviroment,… the same musical pattern repeats.
    It’s just a matter of opinion.It has it’s limits though.

  35. 35
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I see it the same way with Gillan, so those who take him so seriously should take him with that same grain of salt… ya think?

    News flash… they both put their trousers on one leg at a time like the rest of us.


    Well then… ever hear of “labels, managers, talent agentcies and promoters?”

    I’ll quote Gillan this time and you can try to spin this one all you like, but we both know enough about “Moronica” to understand exactly where he was coming from when he said “THE BUSINESS IS COMPLEX, AND VERY POWERFUL!” IG

    About the saminess of Morse, throw “The Spanish Archer” on and tell me how many times Ritchie does not repeat the exact same run throughout that song… now what?
    My point is that there isn’t one guitarist that doesn’t repeat himself quite often. It can’t be argued that it’s a signature thing with all veteran players.

  36. 36
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 35

    Uptill IG points taken and agreed.

    After that about the SAMINESS problem.Which it truly is.

    Are YOU really picking out that song to prove your point?!

    Apart from the fact that its just ONE song …..

    I think the SAMINESS PROBLEM is not about some repeating which Ritchie does ofcourse.
    Steve shows, explores and so on a WEALTH of diversity throughout his work while Steve , repetition is his middel name, shows and explores just a fraction of that world.

    I must laugh now because yesterday I reran that piece of Interview on The Tube in which HE with tongue in cheek explains how he ripped off Beethovens 5th by using CONVERSION, hahahaha

  37. 37
    purplepriest1965 says:



    First mentioning of Steve should be Ritchie ofcourse.

  38. 38
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Hey CG, in the vein of Repeated segments of songs….None are as repetitive as ‘Anya’ from TBRO. I at first thought my CD player was stuck when that one came on the first time I heard it…..

    #32….’Anya wanna point the repeat finger at Morse’????? Nice try..


  39. 39
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Again, singling out ONE song or example is not very proofworthy.

    Besides that Ritchie explained a lot about his intention to make simple things with repetitive outings to take the people with him.

    The difference lies in the fact he takes us with him on a journey far more versatile than what you suggest now.

  40. 40
    Moreblack says:

    @ 35 Spanish Archer???!!!No!
    Are you trying to give us the spanish archer Crimson??
    @ 38
    The part you pointed as repeated,is actually the song mean riff.It’s supose to be like that;repeating during the song structure,as in Burn,Stormbringer etc.

  41. 41
    Crimson Ghost says:


    I’m using that song as an example concerning the constant whine that Morse repeats him self throughout a song, not in the overall sense really, as thats only half the point… but Ritchie does do it to, as you mentioned with Anya, not only repeating himself but hacking already well used riffs.

    The complaint is this: Morse repeats the same runs all the time and plays the same solo in every song. But Blackmore does so as well, he’s just perhaps more interesting no matter what he does, and I don’t buy that it’s his playing that controls peoples minds as much as his x-factor magnatism. It can be totally explained, but as I said, all veteran players have a signature, and the signature constantly repeats and you either like them because of it or you don’t. Morse has one in the context of Purple that a lot seem to be bothered by. Blackmore does not…. so what!

    The biggest difference between them is one IS rock and roll, the other is a little of that and more…. not that the more makes him any better or worse, it’s just that one fits DP so much better. This is likely where the whining comes in.

    Btw, I can’t tell if you believe Ritchie about the ‘SOTW’ = Beathoven’s 5th inversion thing or not, it’s funny either way though.
    (they’re clearly not the same notes inverted)

  42. 42
    Moreblack says:

    Just one difference between Steve and Ritchie.One is a great guitar player the other one is a genius.

  43. 43
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 41

    I knew that already, CG.
    Learning all the time, hehehe

    Btw, I cant stand relativism.

  44. 44
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    OK, Ghost #41….

    I wasn’t pointing at you with my response. I was actually riding your wave. You brought ‘Spanish Archer’ to the forefront, I added ‘Anya’. For God’s Sake, how about I add the forbidden Icon Tune of All…..’Smoke on the Water’……Da Da Da….Da Da Da Da….Da Da Da…Da Da……….

    The most repeated Riff in a song of ALL TIME!!!!

    The MIB Worshippers will constantly point the finger, bitch and moan about all Purple without Ritchie, YET HE LEFT ON HIS OWN.

    Again….Poor Saps. Must be a total drag when the most important thing in life is the Lack of Blackmore in Purple…..

    “Might Just Take Your Life” then. Make room for those whom have room for MORE. See ya in the After Life.


    And One was awarded the “Best Guitarist” 4 years in a ROW in the World Renowned Guitar Players Magazine…..”Guitar Player”…..and he also wrote many columns for Guitar Players also……While the other was gearing up for his Romp in the Forest, while dressing up like a little Elf, along with his BOSS.


  45. 45
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 44

    I dont feel like a poor sap, hehehe

    I ve got a wall full of different creative recordings of the man in black.

    Your countering is hopeless

    Even a child recognised the difference between them both and not in a positive way…….

    Yesterday I was enjoying my repeated, hehehe, listening to Montreux 69.

    I must admit you make me laugh very often now…..
    Every time now when I listen to long and extended tracks like Mandrake Root I associate them with Tracy heading to the bar and moaning after a while that DP should quit all that boring solooing!!!!

    And now you re even whining about Smoke On The Water…..
    Did Steve write a legendary universal riff?

  46. 46
    Svante Axbacke says:

    “Did Steve write a legendary universal riff?”

    I guess time will tell.

  47. 47
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I think Steve has… “Cruise Control” and “Take It Off The Top” are two I can think of, sorry if they aren’t universal_pop rock, but as far as instrumentals go they’re up there with any standard and considered legendary in that field. But I think it’s quite a silly thing to be so obsessed in the way of who’s better than who when it comes to two such good artists. Keep them seperated and you might enjoy them both. Purple is not about the guitar player anymore, he’s (your preferred)not there to mention, don’t you get it Priest? You should just bag it if you don’t like it by now, nothings going to change from here out.

  48. 48
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 47

    Well, an optimistic mind can lead to too much expectations, I know.
    Apart from that I think they have it IN them to do better and more.

    Ofcourse I cant expect too much from the fiddlers progression ofcourse.
    He follows like a perpetuum mobile as the hired hand he is.
    Thats probably the reason they chose him.So that they could dominate instead the banjoplayer.

    It might be that Cruise control and Take it off to the top are memorable to a certain degree but….
    In numbers I d set your money on the contest with those 2 and the countless ones Ritchie wrote.
    From Smoke to Gates of Babylon and inbetween and after there are so many one cant stop and or choose really.

    Yeah, Larry, its kinda stupid indeed to repeat on forums this thing.
    Espescially because there is really NO COMPETION or TOPIC and certainly not one between equal players

    But I m not the only one here who puts a lot of time in that.

    Should I bag it?!
    Again that weak argument to lay low or bag it .
    Why dont YOU?
    Or Steve?

  49. 49
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I meant to say…..

    I d NOT set your money on……

  50. 50
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Priest, you always go back to the same thing…..not being thorough in your recollection of one states. I Never said Purple should not to any long Soloing…..I only stated that in TODAY’s Music, it’s OLD HAT. Most younger concert attendees these days don’t get off on it as we did back in the day. They want multiple well known tunes in lieu of one long doodle. Yes, I enjoy a long jam as much as the next, but I guess I have evolved into the present and too don’t wish to go back to the days when Purple played 8 songs with 3 or 4 being stretched out forever. On or two is fine and even then, don’t take up half the show doing it. It’s different today and you are hopelessly stuck in yesterday. Again, hard to be happy when all that is desired is gone….

    Also, I’m not complaining about SOTW. Just using it along with Anya regarding responding to the subject you brought to the table….Repetitiveness…..They all do it, and Blackmore is the master of it. You just happen to like hearing Blackmore do it. Just as ‘Son of Alerik’, one that you seem to drool over…..Possibly the longest repeat track ever beside “In A Gadda Da Vida”.

    “In A Gadda Da Vida” is a perfect example of a Riff that defines a band and is also Legendary……do you think it would be anything today, had it been put out 10 or 15 years ago? Of course not. Sign of the times and What Was. Timing and Era my friend. Music isn’t thought of today as it was yesterday. The Guitar Hero isn’t what it used to be……..but the Band Is.

    Legendary Riff? Again, different time. If SOTW came out today for the first time…..do you really think it would be a Legendary Riff? Timing is everything. Purple and Blackmore have been around for 40 years. Twice that of Morse in the public eye. Smoke is Purple’s Great Riff accomplishment that derived from an accident and perfect timing. It wasn’t recognized as such upon the Studio release and only due to the great quality and performance on the ‘Live in Japan’ did it come to be noticed and as with many songs in that era which are highly over rated but a sign of the times, it is the song that defines them in the public eye, and that sir is a crime…..


  51. 51
    purplepriest1965 says:

    The saminess subject, not to confuse with our fellow man here, hehehe

    I think it was MoreBlack who brought it up again this time, I think.
    Does not matter.

    Apart from the fact that I m not busy with whats fashionable or not…..

    Whats OK today is very difficult to pinpoint.

    Things change all the time and I m not so sure that young people in general would or dont like the extended charactre of what DP ONCE exemplified.

    I can ask you……
    Are you sure?

    Its very possible the FLOW of things here are being interrupted time and again due to the mood of the Moderators at a certain moment.
    So I dont know now if people here do or dont respomd to something I or someone else wrote.

    Fashions change all the time and I feel ONE should stick to their guns or else one gets lost……

    Kierkegaard said something about that.
    Difficult to translate as beautiful as I ve heard but……
    In my humble perception…..
    If one follows Zeitgeist one risks to become orphaned one day because Zeitgeist changed again……

    In A Gadda Da Vida, great track too, yes.

    Rick Wakeman once replied in interview with a sceptical reporter about the long and old fashioned solos in his work……

    Yeah, great isnt it?!

    Wonderfully put, Rick.

    Thanx to the Americains SOTW became that legendary riff after it almost got neglected, so thanx to your fellow men and women, Tracy.

    I do know and understand your argument about the HISTORICAL CONTEXT of the SOTW riff but I know and understand that one for ages.

    I m not oblivious.
    I DID study History at University so something must have rubbed off way back then…….

    I guess its only interesting background for younger chappies around here, and not perse for us?

    What I also try to say again and again that SOTW became the main association for so many youngsters AND seniors is VERY ANNOYING.

    They and HE did so much more


    Do you like to lead yourself on or do you just like to stir up things so that we can write endlessly about these topics?

    I m VERY happy with my taste in music and other things, thank you.
    I dont care if my tastes in general are old fashioned or not.

    Do you?

    Cheers, Mark

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    Crimson Ghost says:


    There is nothing for me to bag, I’m not stuck on any guitar player and keep trying to justify that. I like bands though, and singers too.

    itchie wrote this and Ritchie wrote that, big deal, so have others… whats your point there anyway? Ritchie isn’t quite the songwriter you think he is, ask any songwriter. Without the help he’s had it would just be guitar playing.

    Gillan and Glover are key to many of his songs. They’re brilliant songwriters, but then again so were the Beatles. You must remember that the Beatles wrote great songs, but did they JAM like Purple?
    I’m just sick and tired of reading your constant common denominator as if we don’t care enough about Ritchie.

    Whats for me to bag, I let the past be the past and don’t let it rule my thoughts.

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    If nothing is going to change ………..why bother?

    I never said you to bag it, you started that……

    You know very much but your attitude is always that you re the only one……

    You come up with the weak argument that I m only pre occupied with the past.

    When one read everything I write its evident that that is nonsense to say.

    Good night Mister Teacher.

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    Crimson Ghost says:

    I’ll gladly quote you Priest,

    “Why dont YOU?
    Or Steve?”

    Thats a real mature approach, not! Rather than bag it, just get over the hangup, how’s that sound? You’re acting jealous and it’s just downright childish. Nothing to be jealous about, we’re all equals here and I’m sure you’re a decent guy in person, in fact I’ll wage money on that, compadre’.

    It doesn’t matter who started it, you say you “never said for me to bag it.” Did you not?

    The rest of what you say seems to be both a matter of misenterpretation OR just plain snobbery. If you have a language problem thats not my fault. But you’re always coming and going with the bull concerning who’s better than who on the guitar. Talk about rubbish! Get some rest… ggod night to you too, preacher!

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    Svante Axbacke says:

    *sigh* And once again this turns into a pissing contest. Comments closed.

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