13 - US tour, Lennon, flamenco, IG's instruments & Perfect Strangers
From: email@example.com (Jessi LaVay)
I was recently turned on to Deep Purple music.I was looking thru my older brother's record collection. DP and everything connected with you dominated it. Now I can't get enough of it. I live in Alaska and one of my questions is. Has DP or any of your solo bands made it to Alaska?? Any chance in the future? I know Alaska must be a small market to do a show here.
Were the lyrics to Puget Sound true?? Would you rather tour a country on a bus or fly around by plane? You and the and the rest of DP have brought a lot of enjoyment to me and my friends.
Thank you so much,
I'd like to explain something about the philosophy or the ethos of Deep Purple. You know, in simple terms, we really enjoy our work. We don't look back much because it's challenging to be expressive and the band is in a dynamic phase (it happens from time to time). I could never imagine hearing Jon, Steve, Ian, Roger or myself saying 'let's just do the hits'. The only limitation on this tour is time. Both DP and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be doing 75 mins, so we'll just have to be more creative than usual. The band attitude is very confident right now so if we need to space out on 'Fools' or get lyrical on 'Mary Long' or get down on 'No-one Came' then I'm sure we will, with those songs or similar, right along with 'Smoke' and 'Highway Star', 'Ted the Mechanic' and 'Perfect Strangers' and I'm sure that if Steve gets his way (as usual) there will be 'Hush' (Oops, that's a big hit). There will be horses eyes and bits of improvisation. In that sense I suppose you could say the show will be like the one in Australia, and by that I mean in essence.
From: "Sommer" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did you ever meet John Lennnon, or have any contact with him? What is your favorite John Lennon song, and why?
From: Gajic (email@example.com)
I remember listening to "Child in Time" and "Fireball" for the first time when they were released, it still is great to spin those CDs - I never seem to get tired of them. I met you at the Elmacombo in Toronto when you had your solo band. I was a committed rocker with long black curly hair in a Deep Purple cover band who inspired to play in your band after Purple broke up, but I didn't express this to you at the time of our meeting. Thanks for being very receptive and positive in your conversation with me. It was most impressionable and left me with a very positive image of who you were.
Keep singing to us all, I'm sure that there are hundreds of thousands of us out there who feel the same as I do toward your melodies. You are the fireball male vocalist of the twentieth century!
From: Frank Fitzgerald
I was at the concert in Mansfield MA during the last US tour and it was sooo much fun!
To Ian Gillan:
You ask the question that perhaps troubles performers around the world and throughout time as they ponder their mortality and fame and influence: Can you remember my name as I flow through your life. You are aware of the significance of your art, and art it is (I do not mean that as compliment, but as a statement of fact) and how for the die-hard fan the music does indeed flow through their lives. It becomes a point of reference and comparison. The interesting thing is that as a performer and yourself a fan of Elvis, for one, you stand in the position of being able to relate to that admiring "fan feeling", and all that it means, while at the same time being the object of that feeling. A feeling, I guess, that can be both satisfying and uncomfortable when you are on the receiving end of it. In this sense not only is it true that I am the echo of your past, but it is also true that "we are the echo of your past".
The next verse talks of the experience of standing on stage when the stage lights go out across the audience. As a bass guitarist in a small-time cover band, I remember doing a New Years gig in Kalbarri on the back of a flat-top semi-trailer. When the stage lights flashed out across the audience indeed I saw the distant faces shine. And so it must have seemed that a thousand warriors I have known for you. It took a year for me to make the connection between my personal experience and the distant faces shining in Perfect Strangers. But that seemed to give me the key to understanding the song.
And the spotlight, the old Super Trouper as I recently discovered, shining upon you would be like a strand of silver hanging through the sky. And I guess it would be touching more than we see as you go through the all-giving persona of the performer, the blur between who you are and what you do. And for the audience (and the performer), the ambience of a rock concert summons unknown spirits, the voice of ages.
Every time you use the word "you" in the song there is a distinct ambiguity between referring to the audience and referring to yourself.
Finally, as we (the fans) listen to the music, to the words, on the radio, on CD, or at a concert you implore with us giving the melancholic warning "If your hear me talking on the wind, you've got to understand: we must remain perfect strangers. The fact that this song is the only one of the Perfect Strangers era to survive gives a clue as to the significance of this song. There must be a stunning poignancy every time you sing it.
Okay Ian, that's me done. I'm 31 years old, and I have been listening to Deep Purple since I was 11 (or younger) and the band really has become an echo of my past. Thanks for the performances through the years (I saw you in Perth in '84, and in '99). Thanks for the wise lyrics, and the wacky ones, the clever ones and even the dumb ones. All the best for the new Album, see you in Perth in March I hope - haven't bought the tickets yet, but they're still advertising so I guess they're not sold out.
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