Archive for the ‘Ian Gillan’ Category

Bernie Tormé

March 18, 2019

Sad to learn that Bernie Tormé has lost his battle with Pneumonia.  He died on Sunday 17th. Bernie of course featured in arguably the classic Gillan era, and cut the albums Mr. Universe, Glory Road and Future Shock (both of which were top three releases) and sneaked onto a bit of Double Trouble. Few who witnessed those album tours will forget them. Certainly to me they were some of the most enjoyable post-Purple live shows thanks to their anarchic energy which derived in no small part from Bernie’s own Punk era career dating back to his days playing at the Vortex Club. Bernie had numerous post-Gillan projects (including a trio with John McCoy for a time) and was always busy; his last solo album came out in 2018.

The photo below shows his guitars on stage in 2014 before a special concert for rock promoters Mundell Music…

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Rock, meet Classic

March 4, 2019

Here’s the flyer for the Rock Meets Classic event in Switzerland this week, sent by Denis Zuercher. The concept is celebrating a tenth anniversary this year, and while I’ve not checked back IG must have done a fair few of them!

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Sharp suit

February 7, 2019

Who is the dude in the sharp suit? It’s Otis Redding. What’s he doing? Trying to get tickets for an Episode Six concert by the look of it!  We were looking for the release date of (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay recently, and hadn’t realised it was only issued after his early death in 1967.  But there were some promo photos and one of them showed him looking at a this great poster showing upcoming concerts.

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I like an archive hunt so went looking about. The poster suggested it was The Upper Cut Club, and sure enough there was such a place on Woodgrange Road in London. The name? It was opened in December 1966 by boxer Billy Walker, who with others ploughed money into converting this former East End skating rink into a music night club.  The opening week was to die for, with The Who, The Animals, Jimmy Hendrix (sic) (Boxing Day afternoon, 5/-!), Pretty Things, Spencer Davis Group and more.  Otis himself played there on March 18th the following year when this snap was taken for the NME, and Episode Six were there the night before.

The club itself apparently suffered by being in an out of the way spot, and didn’t get the crowds needed. It turned into a bingo venue after twelve months. The building has survived and is now marked out by one of those blue plaques. Thanks also to Tonny Steenhagen.

Ted and Ian and co.

January 23, 2019

I came across this video of the Gillan number Puget Sound yesterday while I was looking for the studio version to check something (I can’t say what yet!), and it shows Ian Gillan with Ted McKenna (going all sports casual), Chris Glen, Steve Morris and co. grinding through the track live like they mean it.

YouTube have finally done a deal to pay labels and artists for their material. It’s not massive but it is a start. 

Sunglasses after dark

July 16, 2018

For those with long memories, The Javelins release their long awaited (almost twenty five years!) follow-up / difficult second album in late August through Ear Music. This is another 16 track romp through the music of the Fifties and early Sixties. Once again it has been overseen by Steve Morris and features Don Airey guesting on piano. The band remain as they were in 1963: Ian Gillan; Gordon Fairminer (Lead Guitar); Tony Tacon (Rhythm Guitar); Tony Whitfield (Bass Guitar); Keith Roach (Drums).
It was cut in Germany at Chameleon Studios in Hamburg during March. CD and vinyl editions are due.
There is an official audio stream of the lead track Do You Live Me on YouTube:

The first album recorded in Liverpool was issued by RPM back in 1994…

Montreux ceremony

July 6, 2018

Couple of photographs from the July 4th Montreux event, kindly sent by Claude’s friend Jean Paul. Jean worked with Claude during the Machine Head sessions, and is on the right in the photo with Roger.

Glover at Montreux JPM

The photo below is from outside the former hotel foyer, and shows Gillan and Glover busy signing sleeves. Yvon Welt on the right of this photo has been instrumental in helping get the plaque put up, which you can see on the wall behind Ian. From today anyone visiting can at least be sure they are at the right building and the ceremony got lots of coverage in the Swiss press and further afield.  More information to follow!

Gillan and Paice outside foyer JPM

Vinyl Guide

September 18, 2017

height_90_width_90_deeppurple-iangillan-02‘The Vinyl Guide’, a podcast for fans and collectors of vinyl records, interviewed Ian Gillan recently about his records, his time with Black Sabbath, his avoidance of nostalgia and the history and future of the Deep Purple. Ian says they have dates next year and confirms that they have talked about another studio album. He also mentioned that if and when DP get around to actually finishing, his retirement plans include … solo albums and tours! Thanks to Tim Summers for spotting this, and if you fancy a listen the link is below. Not sure how the current set sits alongside the “avoidance of nostalgia” mind you!

http://www.thevinylguide.com/episodes/ep092-the-long-goodbye-with-ian-gillan-of-deep-purple

Sofia

November 11, 2016

An audience video of Ian Gillan’s “Sings Deep Purple” tour with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra and the Don Airey Band on Nov. 4 has quickly found it’s way onto the web, and the set-list is quite interesting. Ian managed to include a number of tracks from his solo career, including Hang Me Out To Dry, No Lotion For That, A Day Late And A Dollar Short, and No More Cane On The Brazos.
The Deep Purple material also included a few goodies, and they got through Pictures of Home, Strange Kind of Woman, Lazy, Rapture Of The Deep, When A Blind Man Cries, Anya, Perfect Strangers, Hell To Pay and Demon’s Eye, plus the usual trio of Smoke, Hush and Black Night to end the evening. Ian even brought his daughter Grace (who appeared with support act Papa Le Gal) on for two tracks, You’re Gonna Ruin Me Baby and Candy Floss, while Don Airey particularly shone on a version of Difficult To Cure. It is a shame promoters in the UK cannot get their head round this sort of event.  My thanks to Tim Summers.
(And before anyone writes in, yes I know Ian also insisted on playing Razzle Dazzle, I’m hoping that this was just a moment of madness and not an attempt to get it into the full DP set!)

Ian Gillan sings Deep Purple

Message In A Bottle

October 7, 2016

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The death of Steve Byrd reported earlier this week, first by a social media message from bassist John McCoy, was something of shock to say the least.  Sheffield born, we might have been in the same class at school.
Steve’s long career reminds us how a musician with only a relatively small role within the Purple universe can have a huge impact. If pushed to list my favourite Gillan albums in some sort of order then the Japanese Album (as it tends to be known) would always come a safe first, while I would probably juggle the rest depending on when I was asked. I was more than proud to be able to work with Ian on the first ever (and only authorised) reissue of the album (on RPM), and listening to the tapes in a studio only strengthened my admiration of the record and the band.
Steve was offered the job when Colin Towns spotted his new-wave group Neo recording in Kingsway (my younger sister had their single!) and his contributions in 1978 helped define Ian Gillan’s new sound after the dalliance with jazz-rock. And while the album was never actually issued outside Japan, Australia and New Zealand, it acted as the best possible calling card and enabled the band to get a new deal in Europe and embark on a very successful few years both on the live front and in the charts, starting with the Mr. Universe album.
We were lucky enough to catch the Steve Byrd line-up on a wintery day in Salford in 1978 when they played there before an indifferent crowd of uncomprehending students and some hard core fans, and still remember it well (I would show a photo from the gig, but had my camera confiscated after five minutes before the dry ice had even cleared…). Others may have caught them at the Reading festival in August that year. By early 1979 though the moment had passed, Byrd went and Bernie Torme arrived to complete the best remembered Gillan line-up.
Steve eventually ended up working with Kim Wilde for over a decade (and can be seen in some of her videos) and she has posted a great photo of Steve from those early days on her website which I’ll show here, but he also played with many other big name acts in a session capacity, as well as worked on film and tv music.
Steve was in recent years getting back out there doing his thing on stage, working on his own production company and label, and connecting with fans regularly. He was always trying to get me to connect to his Linked In profile (I had to explain I’d joined that particular social media group early on but left almost as quickly!), and I know others he was regularly in touch with too (he and my brother were even discussing trying to get a gig going in Steve’s hometown of Sheffield earlier this year.)
I hope Steve took some pride in his contributions to the Gillan story and the fact that we should all recall the album so fondly almost forty years on. RIP.

The DPAS family tree gives more information on this part of the Gillan story

http://www.deep-purple.net/tree/gillan/gillan-1.htm

New album scheduled?

September 19, 2016

It looks like the new Deep Purple studio album has been scheduled for February 2017 according to Ian Gillan, and he expects them to be touring to support it from then onwards “for two years”.  I assume they have sensibly decided to hold it back into the new year in order to let Ian Paice have a damn good break; he has been relaxing down at his villa, so hopefully will be fit and well.  At least this gives us something to look forward to after some of the less than crucial releases this year.
Talking of which, Ian has actually been doing a number of phone chats supporting the new Gillan vinyl box set, one of these heavyweight hard-cased affairs which are currently all the rage (I was trying to lift the Rammstein boxed LP set up only a couple of weeks ago and decided I need to break the vinyl reissue habit, and started right there!)

Gillan vinyl box set 2016
This is the fourth or fifth UK vinyl edition for many of these albums; Demon themselves did them as picture discs not many months ago.
IGB are not included, one assumes they’re preparing another set for them, and most of us who still hang on to their collection will have at least one vinyl copy and quite likely the original first pressings as well, so I’m not sure who they expect will want this. At least those nice vinyl hardback editions from a year or so back tried something new and put a bit of effort into the pressing, packaging and presentation.
The set consists of LP1: Mr Universe, LP2: Glory Road, LP3: For Gillan Fans Only, LP4: Future Shock, LP5: Double Trouble., LP6: Double Trouble, LP7: Magic) and is out early October, coming in at around £80 – £90.  Needless to say the artful dodgers Amazon have got the world by the throat (or somewhere) and if you go to them you get a hard vinyl pressed 7″ version of the old flexi disc Spanish Guitar (which they couldn’t even be bothered to do a picture sleeve for) not available to anyone else. Nice one Demon, why not personally go round and shut every remaining indie record shop in person while you’re at it? Talk about turkeys wishing for Christmas.