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21 - Ta x2, Brrm whoooosh & next DP album, Sydney 99, CIT, Donnington

From: (Brian Smith)

Hi Ian,
Just wanted to say thank you for the second great show I have been able to share with my son [ 1999 and Last night March 15] I never would have thought all those years ago when I was listening to Made In Japan that one day a long way into the future I would be sharing the experience with my son. In fact he really loved it.

He made the comment to me that one day he would hope to share a similar experience with his son [ he's got to get one first]. I just said he has got to get one of his bands to stay together long enough to do it.

Also I got the DVD of the 1999 tour last night and enjoyed your comments, one day if you are back this way and want to see some more of the natural wonders in this area I would be happy to be your guide for a day or two.

Anyway thanks again, and good luck with the rest of the tour.

Brian Smith

Hi Brian,
Thanks for the letter and comments. It is always my intention to go exploring and I try to make the time. In' 99 I arrived two weeks early with that in mind, but I got sick and it all went pear-shaped. Maybe next time.
Cheers, ig

From: (Daniel Kois)

Dear Mr.Gillan, I read Your book My life with D.P.It is wunderful.Just now know I the story of Deep Purple alltogether,I know something about Your career like a singer.Thank for it,thank for Your music,thank for the existing of D.P.

Your and D.P.s great fan Daniel from the Slovakia.

Dear Daniel,
Thanks for your letter and comments. The book was obviously written from my perspective although I tried to be as objective as possible. It was interesting to discover that my Mother remembered many things differently to me. So it became clear to me that everyone has there own view of life no matter how close you may be. For example musicians in a band. Even now, Paicey, Roger, Jon, Steve and myself all approach life with different philosophies and values. That's what makes it so interesting I suppose. As the French say, 'vive le difference'.
Cheers, ig

From: (Ian Gowland)

Dear Ian Gillan,
Hi' I read that you follow the GP F1, what do you think of the brits who ride the bikes in the WSB? (world superbikes) far more exciting than F1 surely?

When are you guys going to be heading to the North East of England to Newcastle to do a gig at the telewest arena then?


Dear Ian,
Good question. I was at the Melbourne F1 GP. Brrm, brrm, neeeeeeeeeeow, whoooosh, what happened? Very exciting though. However I must agree with you that two wheeled racing is the most thrilling spectacle of all. From superbikes to trials, and after all they doing encourage overtaking which seems to have been outlawed from F1. If I had to make a guess, I'd say we'll be in your neck of the woods in Spring next year. I only say that because I think that's when our next album will be out and hopefully we can launch it with a decent tour in what is home territory (for four of us)
Cheers, ig

From: Colin Hadden

Hi Ian,
I was at Selina's in Sydney in 1999. What I saw then I still rate THE best concert by ANY band EVER. It was amazing. That is because of the overall excellence of the band but I do rate Ian Paice the star that night. Roll on Sydney 2001. That concert now slips into second place due to one thing - Ian Gillan.

Your performance that night was the single greatest exhibition of singing, interpretation, communication and entertainment I have seen in my life. You were out of your skin and the others needed a stepladder to reach you. My question - how did you feel when you went off stage? And thanks for 30 years of bloody good music.

Colin Hadden

Hi Colin,
Thanks for the letter and the kind comments. I remember the Selina's show well and yes Paicey was great. He always is of course, but there's something special when you can get near to the drummer. That's why the smaller shows are as important as the bigger ones, and I think, for that very reason, we all got a kick out of the 'House of Blues' tour in the U.S. a few years ago. We all get lit up, when the spirit is high and the adrenalin is running and the other elements all fall into place. Like the sound and general vibe in the room and we are, of course, interdependant. After the Sydney show I felt totally drained, physically and emotionally. Fortunately I recovered in time to get a couple of green ones down my neck before the bar at the hotel closed.
Cheers, ig

From: Ted

Hi Ian, I am still recovering from the Adelaide concert! Your voice was in top form!! First question, where did you come up for the idea to go bare feet? Was this a tribute to Oz? I went to the Ian paice drum clinic ere in Adelaide, there was a question about doing Child in Time and Ian's answer was that you have to ave the confidence to do it these days, would this be right? Do you think the new manager at QPR will have a positive affect on the team? There is a rumour that you are working on a solo album, if this is true what will it be like and will Steve Morris be on it and will there be a real drummer on this one (said tongue in cheek). I have been a fan of yours since '76, I have seen you in '81, '84, 92, 99 twice and '01 thanx for the memories and good music which have been with me for all this time. Thanx for signing my Gillan book and 92 photo of you and me at the Adelaide airport, but you have to come back downunder cos there is more to sign.

Cheers Ted

Hi Ted,
Thanks for your letter and questions. I often go bare feet. I'm not that keen on clothes in general but my right foot is pretty badly busted up from an old football injury that I never got fixed and shoes are sometimes painful. As was my voice when I used to do 'Child' back when Ritchie was with us. As I've explained before it is quite a strain as you can imagine and to be honest it does more harm than good as it's likely to wreck my voice with no chance of rest and recovery during the kind of schedule that we keep. There used to be a tacit agreement in the old days that if I felt it was beyond me we'd drop it on the night. Then Ritchie decided to play it every night and once the damn thing was started there was no going back as the audience got into it. This resulted in some poor performances and I grew to resent what I saw as an unfair challenge. Naturally enough that uncertainty or lack of confidence began to affect and be reflected in the other material and for quite a while I used to dread going on stage. I am enjoying my singing again and feel in better form each year. I don't want to jeopardise that, so it's the price I have to pay and from the conversations I've had and the letters I've received I think the vast majority of DP aficionados understand that, for which I am very grateful. I hate to say it but I think Ian Holloway has got a monumental task at QPR. If Gerry Francis (don't forget he was in the frame for the England job just a couple of years ago) struggled then you have to look behind the coaching and examine the structure. I am told that Chris Wright (of Chrysalis fame) is a QPR fan. I'm sure he is but that very fact may cloud his objectivity as the club owner. I will always support the club but I would like to see some more dynamic administration. Yes I'm working with Steve on some new stuff and at this stage I have no idea what kind of drummist will be needed.
Cheers, ig

From: Spencer

Well, 20+ years ago as a young American kid growing up in Yorkshire I was turned on to your music by a local music fan. To this day I can't thank her enough for the favor! My question is this. It seemed for quite some time that Donnington was THE show to play, that it would elevate or make any bands status if they made the bill. To think of all the bands that played at these shows is fasinating. Why do you think Donnington is held with such reverence amongs rock fans? What was your opinion on the event? Will it come back?

See ya in LA

Hi Spencer,
Thanks for you letter. Good question. At that time I think there were two major festivals: Reading and Donnington, both special because the punters always had such a good time with very little hassle. I don't know quite so much about Donninton from an out-front point of view but Reading was my local festival and that was one big party out-front and back-stage. Unlike promoter Jack Barry's broader approach at Reading perhaps Donnington was a little more specialised in it's booking policy which is why it fronted the Heavy Metal thing, and for that reason I think it's unlikely to happen again in the forseeable future. You never can tell though. Yes I'm told we're playing L.A. in June, see you there.
Cheers, ig

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