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From Elvis to Pavarotti

While doing his tour with Don Airey Band and the local orchestras earlier this year, Ian Gillan appeared on a talk show in Serbia (recorded November 6, broadcasted November 11). There were few (if any) “Mr. Gillian” moments during an hour long show, as the host apparently did his homework pretty well. And don’t be too quickly put off by the language barriers — the bulk of the show is actually in English.

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12 Comments to “From Elvis to Pavarotti”:

  1. 1
    MacGregor says:

    Another wonderful interview with Ian Gillan, enjoyed it thoroughly! Cheers.

  2. 2
    Ottar Pettersen says:

    Wow! That was great! Not much new for the die hard fan. But everything comes down to the host that obviously did his homework. Kudos!

  3. 3
    Adel says:

    Is it me or is it a fact that Gillan is talking more than singing in his songs now. Is he tired of the long touring!!!
    Maybe that’s why he is hinting at retiring.
    Don is playing great and he the winning card in the band now.
    I love what Gillan said about Bob Dylon winning the Nobel prize.
    It’s the most comfortable interview that Gillan ever did I think.

  4. 4
    LRT says:

    @3 – Lack of rehearsal = safe performing

    Great piece with a sharp host, but has done the rounds much already. He still sings and you know it.

  5. 5
    DeeperPurps says:

    Interview well done! Looking forward to more interviews of Mr. Gillan and company in the lead up to the release of In Finite!

  6. 6
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I’ve already seen this one, Ian was looking & sounding tired, but still very entertaining. A little drink before bedtime!. Be happy.

  7. 7
    Tommy H. says:

    @ 3:

    Retirement is very well deserved at this time around, don’t you think? Considering all the greats who passed away only this year who were as old or even younger than him, I’m happy that he’s still able to do what he does best. At some point it’s just unessential and petty to argue about the stamina of a singer at his age. My observation is that he’s giving everything he’s got and that’s what matters to me, it’s very appreciated indeed. He’s not skipping singing parts because he’s getting lazy or bored. A two hour hard rock performance is physically very demanding even for the youngsters.

  8. 8
    Nick says:

    This interview has depth and substance; a rarity these days. Ian seemed to enjoy it and handled it beautifully. Due credit to Ivan Ivanovic for a thoroughly researched and intelligent interview.

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    Perfect Street Ranger says:

    That just might be one of the best interviews I’ve seen Ian Gillan partake in. Helps so much that the host seemingly enjoys Ian’s work & has done his homework. As for the talk of retirement? Eventually every singer loses range & power as they age, heck Pavarotti himself retired from singing at 70. So if feels that now is the time for him to call it quits, then who are we to stop him

  10. 10
    LRT says:

    26, it’s impossible to see when you’re blind. That goes for your hearing as well.

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    Roberto says:

    For all those DP & Ian Gillan’s fans there’s a movie on Youtube called “bootleg cowboys” which tells the history of the guys who used to film concerts in the 80’s and 90’s. There are a lot of interviews and live stuff. Ian appears on 0:35m (at very beggining) and on minute 25:30. He talks about bootlegs and it’s a very nice film. Ronnie Dio appears on minute 33:00. Cool stuff!

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    Rock Voorne says:

    Poor old Larry still believes in the idea that when you keep repeating the same old lies over and again, putting out the same drivel as before people never will notice.

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