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50 - quiz bafflement, sorry, drunk on Cologne, ...rioja & chianti, near Perihelion,           
India, Peel & beans

From: (Richard Malt)

Hi Caramba!!

First of all it's time I said thanks for the great show at Bradford St Georges Hall (better late than never!)

Can you help me with a problem??

In a recent pub music quiz a question was asked as follows -

"Who or what is the link between Deep purple and The Bee Gees?"

Now I'm fairly sure Ian never danced a la John Travolta to "Night Fever" - so it has to be something else.

The only thing I could get out of the person setting the quiz is that it to do with a song written by but never recorded by the Bee Gees...........

The question had every one stumped for an answer so it has been carried over to the next quiz evening.

Who better to ask than you?

Here's hoping you can be of assistance - I'll buy you a pint next time you're in Bradford if you help me with this one!

All the best,

Hello Rick,

Thanks for the letter, I enjoyed Bradford too, great venue isn't it.

Unfortunately I can't help you with the quiz answer. I am baffled. I wrote to Roger Glover (who knows everything like this) and he hasn't got a clue either.

So when you find out could you please let me know.

Cheers, ig

From: (Jim Collins)

Hi Ian,

Last year I bumped into you during your summer tour of America at the hotel you stayed at in Omaha, Nebraska. I was in the lobby, turned around and there you were. I was initially speechless, since I'd waited 30+ years for an opportunity to tell you a few things. I'd always imagined what I'd say if I got the chance, and here you were, in the flesh. I intended to tell you how much I'd appreciated your music for the majority of my life (since 1970, when I was 13), I wanted to explain how I'd collected virtually every album and single you'd ever put out, and how often I played your music to family, friends, strangers, anyone who I could get to listen to it, and to tell you how your music and lyrics had carried me through good times and bad, and how when I became the father to a son, I was proud to name him Ian. It was the only way I could think of to honor a man who had inspired me through so much of my life. Yet all those words and thoughts escaped me, because here you were, unexpectedly, standing right beside me in the lobby. So all I could muster to utter was, "Ian Gillan! I'm a huge fan!" and tried to shake your hand. You responded, "I'm sure you are", then turned your back and walked away from me, like I was a piece of trash or something.

So my question is, what does one have to do or be to meet your standards? A cute female? Someone rich? All I wanted was to thank you and to tell you how much you and your music had meant to me for the past 31+ years. What I got was something completely different. I find it very hard to listen to my collection of IGB and Gillan albums without remembering that moment, when a chapter of my life was slammed shut. Maybe it was time to grow up, remember that I was 44, not 13, and to get on with it. I don't know. I just had to ask what I could have done different to have avoided that situation, and to avoid the feeling of immense disappointment that I still carry today. I'd appreciate that very much.

Thanks, Jim C.

Hello Jim,

Thanks for writing to explain what happened.

This is awful. Must have been a mess in my head, and I'd like to think it was out of character, but that is no excuse for such boorish behaviour.

I apologise without reservation.

In answer to your question, you were correct and I was wrong.

Cheers, ig

From: "Richard J. Nelson"


I was looking at the Black Sabbath tour dates when Ian was in the band and there is a discrepancy. I know the Black Sabbath play in Madison Wisconsin most likely around the time of the Michigan and Illinois dates. I am not sure what the date is but I saw them there and they were on tour with Quiet Riot. Perhaps there is someone who can come up with the actual date.


(I suppose veracity is lost within the mists of temporal effluxion. Steve)

Hello Rick,

Thanks for your letter and we'll see if there's anyone out there who can help with this anomaly in the 'Gigography'.

The words in red are there to show the importance of having an alert editor.

Cheers, ig

From: (Schmitz´s Optik)

Hi Ian,

last year we`d been drunken during your birthday party on a nice boat on the rhine. Hopefully we can see each other tonight with all the other members of the group. Enjoy cologne,it`s on of the best metropols of the world.

Your biggest fan Thomas Monreal

Hi Thomas,

So, it was you that was drunk eh? Whilst I, of course, was a model of sobriety. I will be forever grateful to my friend Ilya for providing such a treat, a night ride on the Rhine, it was wonderful, and yes you are right, Cologne is a great was the first German experience for me in 1965, when I went there with Episode Six and played at the Storyville club. Five shows a night, eight on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cheers, ig

From: (Jonathan Cornick)

hi Ian,

Back in '97 my (now) wife and I were lucky enough to briefly hang out with you after Steve Morse's wedding in Chicago. I don't remember exactly what you talked about, except that it was very funny and involved your bank manager. Bizarrely, a few years later it turns out your bank manager's daughter works for my mother.....don't worry this is going somewhere....and also a few years later we had our own pre-wedding party in Devon (the real wedding was in Central Park, long story) . My mother, knowing we are both Purple fans, surprised us with a case of Argentinian Shiraz called "Deep Purple".

Later we found out that the wine was made by a British wine-maker who moved to Argentina, I think his name is Alistair Maling, and he'd named the wine after the band because he was a fan. So my question is, have you tried this wine and do you like it? I think the British distributor is Tesco. And what are your favourite wines?

Also, The Rolling Stones have rehearsed 150 songs for their latest tour, and already played 70 different songs in about 25 shows with completely different setlists every night. One cool thing they do is have album themes where they play 4-5 songs in a row from "Exile", "Let it Bleed", "Sticky Fingers" , "Some Girls" etc depending on the night. It means the hardcore fans who follow them around get to see different shows, but there are also enough greatest hits for the casual fans who are seeing one show.

Would Purple ever consider doing anything like that? Of course I mean with Purple songs, though I wouldn't mind if you put "Paint it Black" back in the setlist :)



ello Jonathan,

Good to hear from you. I can't remember the Bank Manager conversation but I have tried the Deep Purple wine when it first arrived, I will buy some more next week. Doesn't matter what it tastes like, it'll look good on the shelf. I like a good Rioja or Chianti.

I appreciate what you say about The Stones repertoire. I wouldn't rule anything out but it's too early to say.

Cheers, ig

From: Carl_Miller@blanketyblank


I was watching the Perihelion DVD interviews and was amazed at your comments about not minding the cameramen getting in the way when filming, particularily as I was at the front of the NEC Birmingham show and watched you close down the front of stage camera and stop the hand helds from intruding. My questions then are:

1. What was the reason for stopping the camera's?

2. Why is this not sorted before the show? I was also at the infamous show when Richie threw water at the cameraman! Is the NEC jinxed as a filmed venue?

3. Will we ever get to see the film i.e. who was recording and why?

Thanks for a great show, oh and lend us a quid to buy the forthcoming box set!

Carl Miller

Hello Carl,

I haven't seen the Perihelion DVD yet, but here's the deal on camerapunks. We have them all the time and so long as they behave themselves I'm cool.

In Birmingham the brief was for a two camera documentary team to record for posterity some cameo shots of Jon and Don together. As Bruce Payne our manager said at the time...we have no particular plans to use it right now but in ten years time we'd be wishing we had a couple of shots for something or another.

Now that's a whole different thing to what these guys came up with. They were tracking right across the front of the stage like some major Hollywood production and, more to the point, blocking out the view of whole blocks of people in the front rows. So, I told them to bugger off. Three times.

Then they started walking on the stage with hand helds. It was all so pointless because Bruce was getting all he wanted from a robotic camera mounted over the keyboards, which was the whole point of the exercise in the first place.

I take exception to people being thoughtlessly intrusive, whether they are cameramen or over zealous bouncers. They blow the whole mood to pieces and don't give a damn.

If it's properly set up and everyone knows what they are doing then fair enough, even then we expect them to show some empathy.

So, as you can see, it was sorted out before the show, it's just that they exceeded their brief.

No, Birmingham is not jinxed, it was merely a coincidence.

Cheers, ig

From: Shridhar


I was in the audience both times you visited India ('toured' would've been an inaccurate choice!). The second time, which was in Bangalore on April 1st this year, I was accompanied by my 16-yr-old daughter - who, it must be said, did try hard to acquire a Deep Purple education some weeks prior to the event. Ever since she was in the womb she'd heard Highway Star at least once a day. But around the 31st of March this year, she knew the lyrics to at least a dozen DP songs, including Perfect Strangers and Speed King... and she thought the chorus of Sometimes....Screaming was incredible.

Yeah, the questions are coming.

I was stunned when I arrived at the venue (alas, a little too late to be within the first 50 yards): most of those present appeared to be between 16 and 25, the kind of crowd which I'd have expected at a Bon Jovi concert. And most of them seemed to know most of the songs (I must mention though, there was a restless inactivity during Hey Cisco).

The questions, therefore, are: Were you pleasantly surpised that

  • (a) DP drew such a massive crowd in the first place,
  • (b) that the crowd was so young and knowledgeable and
  • (c) did you regretfully wonder why you didn't visit India more often in the past?

Finally, let me help you identify me: I was the guy at the press conference at the Windsor Manor who got your autograph on an Episode Six shot of yours - a nice B&W picture. I thought I detected on your face a momentary bewilderment, as though you took a moment to confirm that it was indeed you in the photograph.

Ah, happy memories. Rekindled by the acquisition of yet another DP CD - DP in Concert, 1970-72 (BBC sessions with John Peel's mumbled and strangely unenthusiastic introductions). Amazing stuff. Do you think Ritchie lost his way a bit during the Highway Star solo, and then came back into it as though he'd planned the aberration?

Okay, that it. Keep touring and making tens of thousands of people happy.


Hi Shridhar,

Thanks for your letter, observations and questions.

  • (a) Always.
  • (b) That's the way it's been going in most countries, it's very encouraging.
  • (c) As I always say to this question, no matter which country or place is involved, it is nearly always the fact that we need to be asked or invited to perform by a promoter and sometimes they just don't book us, for whatever reason. We keep on pestering through our agents and sooner or later things work out.

    Generally speaking, once we've played somewhere new we build enough of a working relationship with good promoters to be able to return and when the time is right I hope we can come back to India for a 'real' tour.

    I think I covered the John Peel 'attitude' problem before, but briefly he was all over us when we started but hated us when we became successful, because he thought success was automatically corrupting. For example we got a bigger car when we could afford it so the six of us (inc. driver) could actually have a seat each on our long journeys. We had an argument over this at a service station on the M1. He said we were being image conscious (I think 'Black Night' was in the charts at the time) I pointed out that only someone either very image conscious (in the category 'reverse snobbery') or very stupid would regularly embark on journeys from London to arrive and drive around Liverpool in a clapped out Land Rover. That was the last time I ever shared a thousand on a raft (beans on toast) with the man, who has carved out a career for himself dumping artists once they have become successful.

    Now where have I heard that before?

cheers, ig

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