Posts Tagged ‘ian gillan’

Scum on the water!

October 12, 2018

Warning. This post contains a link to the Daily Mail. Look away now if this upsets you.

Yes the scourge of, well, everything came up trumps with a detailed investigation/ rehash of a syndicated news item / cure for cancer (delete which is applicable) about the sad saga of Ian Gillan’s one time hotel which I raised here a couple of days ago, and Peter Cross sent me the full details.  It seems the place has been empty for some time and has been left unloved and unheated for four years now.  Nothing a good renovation cannot sort but if this was anywhere round here it would have been trashed by vandals by now. Sic transit gloria mundi as people once said while popping a silly hat on someone.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6227487/Old-home-Deep-Purple-lead-singer-Ian-Gillan-Wallingford-Oxfordshire-left-rot.html

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Hope springs…

October 10, 2018

I was trying to find Ian Gillan‘s old hotel complex the other day as someone wanted to visit, and looking at the web map sites the guitar shaped swimming pool appears to be still in situ; not quite viewable from space but almost!  But it seems the hotel itself might be struggling. It closed a couple of years ago, was reopened to offer deals for golfers using the near-by course, but has not been able to compete with online booking site discounting. There seems to be no operating website. Mike Galway says he saw some film of it on the BBC recently shot by someone who had sneaked inside (one of those empty building explorer types; I’m saying nothing). Not sure if he took his trunks or if there is water in the famous pool – it looks a bit green here.  If anyone lives around that way let us know.

The Springs from air

 

 

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…

Unveiling

July 9, 2018

Montreux 4th July 2018 – Plaque Unveiling Ceremony at the Former Grand Hotel.

 

Ian Gillan by the plaque

Tim Summers has managed to pen us a few words about the event itself, for more see the two posts below…

With the proceedings due to kick off at 11 am, we hopped off the train at Territet with about 25 minutes to go and strolled across the street to the building itself. We struggled to recognise it at first due to it being covered in scaffolding; one reason for having the plaque located round at the unobstructed rear entrance – actually this made sense as this was where the mobile studio was parked – and it meant that we could hear the speeches (and not get run over!) shielded from the relatively busy road to the front.
As we arrived tables of food and drinks were being set up opposite the rear entrance, and a copy of Machine Head stood on a podium to the side, with a picture of the mobile studio parked there some 40-odd years previously on the wall at the other side. The good folk of Montreux made us feel very welcome, and we chatted with just the occasional craning of the neck to peer down the road to see if there was any sign of any Purple people arriving. Roger had promised to attend together with “whoever else he could drag along”. As 11 am approached, a sleek looking people carrier was sighted at the bottom of the slope; it drove up to the car park barrier and the doors opened – Roger was first out, followed by Ian Gillan and Paicey. They ambled up the road in the style of a royal walkabout, stopping to shake hands and chat with people in the assembled throng (of probably around 100 people).
Once at the top they went inside the foyer (which was open) and we followed them in – it was kind of awe-inspiring to be in such an historically significant building. They were happy to chat, pose for photos and sign anything thrust in front of them, and after a little while we ventured back out into the sunshine for the unveiling. There were speeches, including one from Paicey, who said that this was the first time he’d been back to the building since he finished work on the Machine Head album. He actually explained in terms I could understand the necessity of all that climbing out of windows/across balconies business too.
The plaque is a nice thing – not the sort of blue metal affair I was imagining, but rather a laser-etched glass creation, with a (surprisingly effective) button to back-illuminate it on command. As well as including a contemporary picture of the band from the time of recording the album, the plaque details the significance of the album and building too. I spoke to its Italian creator, and he said that he wanted to make something special for a band as important as Deep Purple.
Montreux itself is quite an amazing place, and it really comes alive for the annual music festival. Later in the day Roger did a sort of Q&A about the significance of it all, the fire and the recording of the album, and we spotted him again later just walking down the street (probably returning from the soundcheck for that night’s gig). Paicey summed up the sort of intertwined nature of the band and place in his closing remarks about the recording of Machine Head here: “Looking back on our career, probably one of the the most important 3 weeks of our lives”. –Tim Summers (thanks to Keith Sharp and Ian Edwards for the photographs).

Below, Keith’s picture of the plaque in situ. The text is a bit clunky but you should have seen it before we re-wrote it! It was supposed to have the album title and name off the sleeve too, not sure where those went…  But a very swish item which does the band proud.

Montreux Plaque 2018

From your local newsagent

December 19, 2017

Planet Rock Deep Purple

Spotted the new issue of Planet Rock magazine lurking behind a newsagent’s counter in Chesterfield at the weekend with a familiar cover image; the In Rock sleeve (foldout and embossed no less!)  They only had one copy and it was reserved, but a nose about suggests a 15 page “epic” interview with the Messers Gillan, Glover and Paice amongst other things. The magazine is newish (I think this is issue 6), so not as well distributed as more established titles, but looks like it’s worth hunting down.  And it hasn’t taken them anything near as long as Classic Rock did to get them on the cover either!

Glenn has also blagged himself another cover story, the American magazine Bass Player dated jan 2018 but on shelves now. “The toughest man in rock” apparently! BCC also made the front of Interactive Guitar Number 53, but this is an online only magazine. Can you collect those? Will anyone want to look at real things in the future? Thanks to Stephen Clare for the info.

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Surprising

November 19, 2017

Roger Glover, Manchester Arena, November 2017. Photo Vince Chong

Some early DTB jottings on the shows so far [warning – UK set list spoiler at the end.]
Well Manchester for us certainly served to make the fast fading BBC show [incidentally the red button version has now been re-edited to around 15 minutes with an Ian Gillan interview between songs… but better audio] seem even more subdued and muted, and it was a treat to properly experience the group again. Those people who were able to resist watching the TV slot so as not to spoil the actual shows probably made the right call. Every tour we worry it’ll disappoint, but so far they’ve managed to largely over-ride those concerns. There is no doubt Paice’s illness brought the group down for a time and, back on European soil after the disappointment of the later US shows, with a revamped set, they do seem to have bounced back, and as Ian Gillan reportedly said at the first show in Birmingham (that’s IN Birmingham, for all the lost souls who ended up at the Little Mix show by mistake) they’re hoping to eek this Farewell Tour out a little longer.
And on the form they showed at Manchester it would be hard to begrudge them. The opening triple blast is designed to set the scene and by the fourth number in they were really beginning to motor. Curiously it was the double reunion blast of Perfect Strangers and Knocking At Your Back Door which really seemed to hit the nail for me; expected highlight Birds Of prey appeared to falter a touch, though the hard core suggest it was more epic at Birmingham.
In short we thoroughly enjoyed the show even from our eerie up in the gods, and from what people say it was even more in your face on the arena floor. And while it wasn’t a total sell out, it was pretty packed – this mob would have filled the old Ardwick Apollo twice over. So while I used to merrily moan about them not doing the smaller venues, these days we all need a bit more give and take. And the show was also clear proof that doing new tracks isn’t necessarily the kiss of death here; most of the audience knew what was what and just confirms that there is life after 1972 (and it doesn’t have to be Contact Lost!).

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My only real disappointment was the band could not find a moment to thank the staff; after Birds of Prey perhaps? I’m no fan of arenas and avoid them as much as possible, often skipping bands rather than use them. But it takes organisation to run a place like this smoothly, and as we wandered around outside and inside before the show, we couldn’t help think many of the staff here would have been on duty back in May and have to cope with that memory every time they go to work. We had a number of issues finding the right entrance to collect our tickets, and at the security where our friend Vince, who’d just flow in from Canada, kept setting off the alarm, which we eventually realised was steel in his yomping boots! Every member of staff we approached was polite and helpful. Credit where it’s due.
And another star docked for not doing Hip Boots. It’s a bee. And it’s in my bonnet. I’ll just have to crank up the album again, and isn’t that the best response to a show?
Hello to everyone who said hello and good to catch up with so many people (and a big thanks for the photos from Manchester supplied by Vince Chong.) Special thanks to Roger Glover who gave up two hours of his afternoon to be pushed hard on Machine Head (John Humphrey style) for the upcoming book; some things we couldn’t get to the bottom of, other stories emerged which more than made up!
Simon Robinson

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Excellent show (at Birmingham), though they did footle about a bit too much during the encore. Gillan sounded fine when pushed through a massive PA – he gets by on studio recordings, and live in the flesh. Live recordings with him sound… not so good (BBC In concert the night before).
It was all a bit of an adventure for us, we booked hotels at the NEC, and had a look around the complex during the afternoon of the show. Not many Purple fans in evidence though, oddly, quite a few girls with glittery make-up and pink hair extensions. And crowds of people in costume arriving for Comic Con the next day (middle-aged Wonder Woman is not a sight I’ll easily forget…)
At around 5.30 I wandered into the Genting Arena box-office to ask about timings for the evening. A very helpful girl said: “Little Mix will be on stage at 8.30.” Can’t remember my exact reply, after a shocked silence it was something stupid like “Oh… what about Deep Purple?”
Turns out they were at Birmingham Arena, 45 minutes away, somewhere in the city centre. I’d never heard of the venue before. The Arena is NOT well signposted, even when you’re standing outside it on the steps. Apparently it was the Barclaycard Arena until recently, until some clever tit decided it would be less confusing to call it “Arena Birmingham.”
Dave Browne

If it’s any consolation David, we would have done just the same (gone to the NEC Arena that is, not ogled aged female superhero lookalikes!) Seriously, we just go round Birmingham these days, the signage and over complex road system is so inept it’s not worth arguing with them any more.

Ian Gillan, Manchester Arena, November 2017. Photo Vince Chong

Set my expectations (at Manchester) sensibly beforehand (caught a bit of the red button show on TV that morning, so that helped set the dial).
But what a surprise! I thought they were pretty good all-in-all, rather enjoyed it from our vantage point and, much to my surprise, really good sound.
Both me and Mrs. Judd thought the new stuff sounded pretty good live and a big thumbs up to the band for sticking so much into this show from the last two CDs. IG came across more animated and sounding a bit better (to my old ears) than on the beeb, with plenty of between-songs ramblings.
I thought Steve M. took a little while to properly warm up but was playing well later in the set. Where does Rog. get his stamina from? He had to be the most energetic of the lot of them with two or three bass solo type spots, and it is hard to believe Ian P. ever had his health scare of a wee while back, yes his playing isn’t quite as exuberant as yesteryear (and no solo spot), but very sharp.
Don is still all blizzard of notes at the keys (do wish he’d try a bit of less-is-more sometimes) but I thought the organ tone he used was a tad better than at times in the past (not so overly bright but maybe that was just the feed we were getting stage-left).
The massive stage-wide screen behind the band and two side screens where used pretty well (unlike the beeb who seemed to be pointing cameras at the wrong band member quite a lot, here you could see the important detail up there, if you wanted to).
Always enjoy a bit of keyboard/guitar lick trading, we had to wait until Hush for that but still quite fun.
So if that’s my lot for live DP (who knows when/if they’ll be around this neck of the woods again) then, for me, that wasn’t a bad gig to end with. My post-gig smile even survived the seemingly endless wait to get out of the car park.
Peter Judd

Travel tip; never use the M/c Arena car park for a gig. We put ours in the Lowry car park five mins walk away; a tenner for the whole day; security so tight, cars so posh nobody would give our crate a second glance, and no queues out!

Time for Bedlam / Fireball / Bloodsucker / All I Got Is You / Uncommon Man / The Surprising / Lazy / Birds of Prey / Knocking at Your Back Door / Keyboard Solo / Perfect Strangers / Space Truckin’ / Smoke on the Water – Hush / Black Night

Ian Paice, Manchester Arena, November 2017. Photo Vince Chong

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

Glenn, Gillan, Gigs

May 5, 2016

Following the August dates in America (details posted below) Glenn Hughes has announced European 2016 shows (vote stay!) including the UK in November, with nine shows right around the country. We quite fancy The Ritz in Manchester, which we’ve not been to since Ian Gillan’s Garth Rockett days. Support is Living Colour (who we also went to see back in the day) and the tour runs through into Spain in the middle of December.  Check the flyer (thanks to Tim Summers) for more info. This tour will probably support Glenn’s new solo album which he is working on right now.
There is also a promised return for Black Country Communion next year, despite the public spat which surfaced after the split!

Glenn Hughes UK tour 2016 Living Colour support

Meanwhile Ian Gillan is doing a couple more of those shows which have him fronting an orchestra belting out Deep Purple classics. Two dates are already announced, Bulgaria on November 4th and Hungary on the 7th. Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the flyer and info. He will also have the Don Airey Band on stage to provide the rock input.

A third show in Ukraine, at Kiev, has been added on the 11th.

Ian Gillan sings Deep Purple

Shades of

April 13, 2016

I could not resist putting up this photograph of some of the guys at their table during the evening. As far as I can recall the last time you could have taken this shot was back in 1975 at the Butterfly Ball concert.  I can sort of understand all the aggro and stuff which goes on between artists but it is nice to see them together like this.

Rock & Roll conference

And for people who collect Deep Purple and related programmes, there was one produced for the evening, shown here.  There isn’t much about the band in, and just a small montage of the 8 inductees.  But people are disposing of them online if you want to try and grab one before they all vanish.

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