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26 - DP album, Paco, Fish & Rose, None the wiser, One is not enough?, Future Mk 2?

From: (Poustie, Richard)

Dear Ian,
There's a lot of whining, bleating, howling, yapping, screeching, moaning and crying going on at The Highway Star by cynics claiming a new purple album is not on the agenda. Now I know you've said it before, but please, just to give the rest of us some peace, tell them they are off-beam with this. Oh and by the way, how about "Purpetual" as a name for a concept album?
Your very good health Sir!

Dear Rich,
I am pleased to reconfirm that a new Purple album is very much on the agenda, in fact I shall be in Florida with the guys in November for a writing session. 'Purpetual' is a nice thought and maybe one for the future. We do actually have a title for the record, but I am not at liberty to reveal it.
Cheers, ig

From: (Lewis W Beard)

Dear Ian,
Thanks for all the many years of great music and charisma! Much appreciated. I noticed in a previous Q&A response you mentioned the diverse music you like, and you mentioned Paco de Lucia.

This question may be a little too specific for the Q&A, since it doesn't relate directly to you, but could you recommend a couple of Paco's albums to start with? I've been wanting to get into his stuff, and I need a recommendation.

A more general question I have is, are there any Ian Gillan and/or IGB videos that exist that may one day make it to DVD? Or is most of the material you are working on Deep Purple related right now? Sorry if this has been asked before.

Thanks, and fondest wishes,

Dear Lewis,
Thanks for your interesting letter. You could start with the Anthologies. Antologia Vol 1 & 2, mind you that'll be the best part of US$30.00, whereas you can pick up the1987 album 'Sirocco' for US$8.99 at Amazon. If you want broader picture then go for the excellent 'Duende Magic' which includes work by the man himself as well as other greats like Tomatito, Gerardo Nunez and (the little old man) El Viejin, also known as El Nino del Tupe (no comment). This album comes from Ellipsis Arts, the packaging is superb. For info their e-mail address is (ELLIARTS@AOL.COM).

There are no plans for any of my catalogue to go to DVD at the moment. When I get some time to spare I may look at this, it's a big job worth doing properly. Right now Purple is obviously high priority with some solo work squeezed into the gaps, there ain't enough hours etc.
Cheers, ig

From: Matt Cherry

I love purple, you guys kick f*ckin' arse. But, there is one song that I love, and thats from 'morning dew' from your Episode Six days. Its great track, howsabout exhuming it sometimes.

By the way chicken or fish....I promise this question has existential implications!

(personally I think you should have been named Matt or Matthew - ed)

Hi Matt,
It is/was a great (Tim Rose) song and one of our (near) hits. It got played to death on Radio One, so exhumation would be the right word, but, I don't think so. Nice idea though. Chicken, not for the flesh but for the fresh eggs and the ultimate wake-up call from the big feller. Fish need a bit of peace and quiet for a while, don't they. There's only about seven fish left in our coastal waters.
Cheers, ig

Hi Ian,
This question was posed on the Highway Star message board but no one seemed to know the answer. On the Scandinavian Nights video, from Tivoli 1972, you appear to shout at somebody during Highway Star, telling them to get lost while prodding them with your mike stand. What was that person doing so wrong?

PS. I have just got a recording of you with Black Sabbath from Chicago 83 and it is absolutely awesome. This Sabbath lineup rocked, no matter what Ozzy fans reckon!!

Hi Rahul,
I know this may sound strange, but I've never seen that video, and I don't even have the record. The record company didn't send me any and I never got round to buying one. One day maybe. I would guess that the only reason to prod someone with a mike stand would be if that someone was a security guy who was being over zealous.
Cheers, ig

From: Michael Elliott

Thanks for that. (lost in the mists of antiquity, presumably - ed)

One thing I would like to ask though, is, did you ever play with Deep Purple live with more than one guitarist on stage. I ask this because if there was an occasion and it was on general release, I would readily buy it.

All the best and keep on doing the right thing

Hi Mike,
No problem. There was one time. When Ritchie was ill we played one date atThe Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto with the very beautiful and now sadly departed Randy California. I don't know of any recordings, but I'm usually in the dark about that sort of thing. Who knows, maybe someone reading this will know how to get a copy of the entire show.
Cheers, ig

Dear Ian, I´m Damián from Argentina, and I went to see Deep Purple every time you came, including the last one with the Buenos Aires Sinfónica. I also saw you when you came to present Toolbox in 1992.

I really admire the way you sing, and you can´t imagine how I enjoy listening to your voice. I think I have listened to most of the things you´ve done (including solo career, the Sabbath album), and besides I love Deep Purple I have to say that Cherkazoo and Toolbox are excellent.

I agree with Arnaud (the french guy who send you that message) about " the range of emotion covered by your voice is unparalleled".

And the lyrics are incredible. What on earth inspired you to make a song like "When a blind man cries"? I mean, there ain´t a saddest tale. Did Roger helped out in that lyric. And least, what on earth were the five of you thinking to leave that song out of Machine Head? I know, "the singles".

On the other hand I also like very much the way Ritchie plays. I would like to see Mark II at least once. Is it so hard working with Ritchie? Do you think there´s any chance to see Mark II again? At least in anniversaries? We (South America) never had the chance to see the last living legend.

Hope you don´t find me too demandant.
Please, don´t you never die!!!!
(double negatives are dangerous things - ed)

Dear Damien,
Thanks for your letter, comments and questions. Roger Glover and I have been songwriting together since 1965. Sometimes we do the lyrics together and sometimes one or the other of us comes up with the idea and then we share the fine tuning. 'Blind Man', I'm sure, was a collaborative effort. Yeah, whatever happened to the hole in the middle, and B-sides? The Ritchie era is over. It has been for a long time. We are alive and very well with Steve Morse thank you. Reminiscence is fine. It was a wonderful time with a brilliant player and we treasure the memories along with the fans, but, as I've said before on these pages, the band was in serious decline when Ritchie left, and with the help (originally) of Joe Satriani, and then (on a permanent basis) our incredible Steve, were able to breathe life back into the group. To the extent that all of us are having as good a time as we were way back in '69-'72, the band has revolved into a musical beast. I think it was best said by Steve Morse himself some years ago, not long after he had joined. Someone asked him what it was like to fill the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore and Joe Satriani. Now Steve is the most humble of men, and has always spoken highly of Ritchie, and of course Joe (pretty amazing considering his achievements). So the reply, I think, has to be considered as wise and respectful. He said 'As far as I know, Ritchie and Joe took their shoes with them.' I hope this goes some way towards helping you understand our position.
Cheers, ig

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