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C’mon, mate, out you come

Bruce Dickinson was a guest on BBC’s Rock Show with Johnnie Walker on Saturday, April 3, during their regular Rock God segment. His pick is Ian Gillan:

So there I was as a young spotty teenager and there was this noise coming through somebody’s door, and I opened it, and I… ‘What on earth is that?’ It was ‘Speed King’ by Deep Purple off Deep Purple In Rock, and that was what got me started. Having said all that, I met Ian Gillan. Not only did I meet him, I actually went on tour with him when I was in a band called Samson.

I’m in a studio. We’ve done an album in Ian Gillan’s studio. We’ve all been at the pub and had a few pints, in walks my god Ian Gillan and goes, ‘Hey, what a great vocalist. Who’s the singer?’ At that moment, I felt the sudden urge to vomit. I ran out of the room, puked up for about 45 minutes in the toilet when in comes my idol, kicks the door and goes, ‘C’mon, mate, out you come. Let’s get you wiped down with a towel.’ He put me in a taxi and sent me home. I’ve never forgotten that, and he’s never let me forget it, either.

The show is available for listening on BBC website for 30 days, starting April 3, 2021. Dickinson’s segment starts at around the 35 minute mark into the hour long show.

Update: Here is the relevant bit:

Thanks to BraveWords for the heads up and the quotes, to Raised On Radio for the youtube clip and to Blackwood Richmore for pointing it out.



6 Comments to “C’mon, mate, out you come”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    And here in his own words:
    https://youtu.be/umGRFNd6Tek

    And again here, from some years before:
    https://youtu.be/Zn-ClB6vNis

    Now here’s a few old geezers having a bit of a sing song with their toys!:
    https://youtu.be/xdQ68Dlcnmo

    What a wonderful world! 🤗

  2. 2
    Adel Faragalla says:

    BTW has anyone heard a similar story said about Ritchie?
    I have met Ian Gillan once when he was signing his realised autobiography (just a collection of great funny photos with letyle comments on each) during the Bananas tour at the Waterstones store behind the Brighton Center in England and I have to say my stomach was rumbling. The guy is a gaint of a character and Carisma and I still have vivid memories of the meeting after nearly 20 years because he took the time to chat and take pics with everyone.
    And later that night Ian performed with DP at the Brighton Center and even though I saw DP several times I think this show was the best one I ve seen and also Peter Frampton was great that night.
    I can’t wait to get see them again one all this Corona S*** is over
    Peace

  3. 3
    Zbigniew Kłusek says:

    Hi,
    The story of Speed King is not quite so. In his autobiography Bruce says in was Black Night that started it all.
    The rest is correct but who cares?

  4. 4
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Look what we found:

    https://youtu.be/AW4GdAYi3lc

    Who’da thunk it!

  5. 5
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Blackmore Richmore @4
    F****** H*** that pure gem my man. Amazing find 💎👍

  6. 6
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    For anyone amongst you that may, for even the slightest of reasons, still feel some lingering doubts as to the superlative musical talents of the most distinguished Don Airey… Check this out!:

    https://youtu.be/k3QpK45MCxo

    WOW!!! 🎹🎼🎵🎶🤩🤗💜

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