As a group, Deep Purple has always been apolitical. Not intentionally, but through experience as we toured more extensively over the years and embraced a multitude of cultures, we became, I think, somewhat humbled by their variety of educating beauty and respectful to most of them; I can't say all.
And the other reason we don't take sides is down.........." HERE
In time you'll see the line
The line that's drawn between
Good and bad
See the blind man
Shooting at the world
If you've been bad
Lord I bet you have
And you've not been hit
By flying lead
You'd better close your eyes
You'd better bow your head
Wait for the ricochet
As a rule, Deep Purple is apolitical, but on this occasion...
Words of Roger Glover:
'Like many performers, we have occasionally performed private concerts for fans in various countries. We are an apolitical band and in no way, was our intention ever political. It was music.
These days are different. We condemn Putin's military for the atrocities to innocent men, women and children in Ukraine. and we apologize to our Russian and Ukrainian fans that the shows have been cancelled. We live in hope that we can fulfill those dates in the future. '
Words of Don Airey:
Watching the news that Russian missiles have just destroyed the Opera House in Freedom Square Kharkiv, where DP played almost exactly 20 years ago, memorable for Ian Gillan donning a tutu he found in a dressing room cupboard and proclaiming himself "Deep Purple in Frock", for the gear arriving at 7pm and somehow the show starting at 8pm, for an old apparatchik single-handedly trying to make the young audience sit back down during the set with such zeal that he had a seizure, and next day on the way back to the airport my asking about a statue "Is that Lenin?", Roger Glover replying, "Well it's definitely not McCartney".
A different day today
I have just written to Dmitri Medvedev, former President and now head of the Russian Security Council, returning the autograph he gave me at the dinner for Deep Purple at the Gorky Palace in March 2011, in protest at his various statements post invasion.
Words of Ian Gillan:
If speaking out means we shall never see our Russian friends again, then that is a big sacrifice, but nothing compared with never again seeing our Ukrainian friends who are being killed to satisfy the psychopathic ambitions of the Russian leader.
I would like to see Russians on the streets in their millions, to show their disgust at the Ukrainian invasion, and I'd like to dream that very quickly, Russia can find some modern leadership that will bring them back into the world as friends. We have so much in common.
Words of Ian Paice:
What's happening is beyond distressing. It's criminal and should be treated as such.
The invasion of Putin's army into Ukraine, (because that's what it is), I hope will turn out to bring his ultimate downfall.
And that someone who is "functioning mentally in the 21st century", can lead the Russian people back into the fold.
Words of Steve Morse:
I've always thought music should be non-political, and cross every border as the universal language. As a citizen of a deeply divided country, one thing here that everybody agrees on is: Stop this attack on a Country who voluntarily disarmed their nukes to satisfy all the big players. Stop, lower your guns, turn back, help others on the way back!
DEEP PURPLE announces new album "TURNING TO CRIME", out November 26th on earMUSIC
...click above for the Turning To Crime site, click below for a vid and click to pre-order...
May I say thank you for all the wonderful birthday greetings that I received through Caramba and IGOS.
It took me ten days to read them all and I'm still amazed by the good vibes that are flying though the air; it is a warm feeling.
I can't tell you how much this means to me.
Things are looking up, ig
Ian Gillan & the Javelins
A brand new wing has been added to Caramba Towers for the Javelins.
Everything to do with the 2018 release of the mighty Javelins album can be found there.
Links where you can buy a copy included.
So, click on the image or, if you're 'image averse', you may click HERE.
Ian Gillan - Contractual Obligation
Why have one extra wing when two are possible. Everything to do with Ian's 'Contractual Obligation' tour from 2019 are similarly HERE.
Along with links where you can buy copies, should you not have done so already.
The "Whoosh!" mission crew is looking for members! Take your chance and win a virtual interview with the band!
Joining the crew is simple:
- participate in the Deep Purple quiz and test your knowledge on the band. You will get an official crew member certificate as a reward. If it doesn't arrive immediately, don't worry. The process can take a few days.
- 50 crew members will win an exclusive collector's t-shirt.
Furthermore, we are looking for your questions for the band. Let us know what you always wanted to know from the band. Two lucky crew ambassadors will then get the chance to interview the band and get the answers to your questions!
Ian talks to Radio Rock about the imminent release of Whoosh!
NOTHING AT ALL
New single release today from the new DP album .......Whoosh!
"And the old lady smiled
It's nothing at all
Then she blew all the leaves off my tree"
The new special edition single "Throw My Bones/Man Alive" is out TODAY! Let us all celebrate this day by supporting our local record stores. Head out now and be one of the first to listen to "The Power Of The Moon"!
Here is an appealing idea.
How about buying a T-shirt or even maybe two or more for family and friends? These are no ordinary T-shirts but a special edition raised in honour of Deep Purple's wonderful road crew. Needless to say, but I will anyway, they have been off-duty since mid-March and will not be working again until the end of May next year. So hopefully this effort will help in some way to cushion the impact and alleviate any extreme hardship.
Most of our crew have been with us for ages. They are friends as well as colleagues. They are highly skilled and perfectly suited to our music; irreplaceable.
I think the shirts are pretty cool and they are certainly exclusive, and suit you? Yes, right up your alley.
Please consider this worthy cause, it will be much appreciated.
Thank you, ig
Click on a crew member to buy and support your crew!
Gillan fans special
IG - sings, Tommy Eyre - keyboards, Steve Morris - guitar, Ted McKenna - drums, Chris Glen - bass, Dave Lloyd - additional singing, Mick O'Donahue aka Mick O'Duff, except when in Odense, Denmark when he was Mick O'Dense - second guitar
Credit: Ara Tadevosyan at Media-Max, Armenia
Little Richard, the great Little Richard has left the building. One of my greatest heroes has died, but he remains in my body and soul. I can still hear every note of all his great recordings on the Speciality label. But perhaps the song that impressed me and my friends the most was Jenny Jenny. Always pushing himself to the limit, Richard went beyond the point of gasping for breath on this one, he was choking the life from his lungs, drawing breathe below his knees. I saw him perform in L.A. in the '80s. and met him after the show as he blessed me from his throne. I thought at the time, 'this is better than a knighthood.'
Thank you Little Richard for all you gave us, absolutely amazing.
The advantage of our lofty Caramba Towers is that we have the ability to see so so very clearly, all down the years.
This from 1997 - Anecdotage 25:
..."Hello, 'ello, what's this the?" says the lab tech. to his supervisor.
" I dunno, it's a weird looking little item of some chromosomal value. Put it into one of the 'anomaly pending' jars."
"Yippee! free at last" yells the new life form. "This town ain't big enough for the two of us!"
Within a week or two the human race embarks on a worldwide bout of sneezing, coughing and aaarrgghhing .......
.....end of another micro-intelligence.
Caramba Legal also wish to make it very clear that rumours circulating that Caramba is primarily a Time Travel research facility are wholly without foundation, or at least it was when we last looked.
MAN ALIVE single
TWO unicorns in a row, the Wordography returns with the second song in the Whoosh! line-up: MAN ALIVE
MAN ALIVE single released today 1st May!
Click on the image to the left to go directly to the MAN ALIVE single.
(Do we refer to this repeated unicorn phenomenon as a 'brace of unicorns' and consider at what point the whole concept of the collective noun has to be used... and what would that be..... 'a well I never' of unicorns?
Gnus bulletin from IG
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...well, not exactly in this case; more cause and effect, where the latter is often greater than the former.
Production lines (the physical manufacture of CDs, vinyl, cassettes (?) etc) and retail outlets are closed until The Dreaded Lurgy* gets indigestion.
Therefore, as there are still so many of us who love to hold a new record in our hands, and following advice from our magnificent label, we have decided to delay the release of Whoosh until August.
During my quarantine I'm listening to a lot of music and guessing that it's the same for many of us during this scary disruption to our lives.
We know, don't we, that music will play a big part in our celebrations as we step back into the light.
But, health comes first, so I must stuff my excitement about sharing Whoosh with you back into a box for a little while.
The single is accompanied by a music video that pushes the boundaries of time and place. It is an invitation to take a step back and see the bigger picture, a call for action and an invitation to observe the planet and the current situation on earth.
Deep Purple's brand-new studio album "Whoosh!" follows their worldwide chart-topping albums "inFinite" (2017) and "NOW What?!" (2013). For the third time, Deep Purple joins forces with producer Bob Ezrin, and together they created the most versatile album in their collaboration, "stretching out in all directions" without any limitation, letting their creativity go.
"Deep Purple is putting the Deep back into Purple" was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on a path to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current situation of the world and addressing all generations.
"Whoosh is an onomatopoeic word that, when viewed through one end of a radio-telescope, describes the transient nature of humanity on Earth; and, through the other end from a closer perspective, illustrates the career of Deep Purple." - ig
"Whoosh!" will be available as Limited CD+DVD Mediabook (incl. the 1h feature "Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin in conversation" and, for the first time, the full live performance at Hellfest 2017 as video), 2LP+DVD Edition, Limited Boxset and Digital on June 12th, 2020 on earMUSIC.
Already the content of the Limited Box Set has been revealed yesterday. It will contain the 2LP Gatefold, the CD+DVD Mediabook, three 10" vinyls containing previously unreleased live recordings from Deep Purple's performance in Rio 2017 "The inFinite Live Recordings, Vol. 2", an exclusive Deep Purple Collector's T-Shirt as well as three Art Prints.
SPECIAL: A History of The Javelins by Tony Tacon. HERE
Gillan on vinyl
Demon Records has announced the release of a new must-have Gillan vinyl boxset on 2nd September. 'The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982' will feature 5 chart albums - 7 LPs in total - including Mr Universe (1979), Glory Road (1980, 2 LPs, with bonus disc 'For Gillan Fans Only'), Future Shock (1981), Double Trouble (2 LPs, 1981) and Magic (1982).
Ian Gillan was delighted with the vintage feel of the finished product: "It's a wonderful thing, vinyl... Best held in two hands and treated with respect, as you place it carefully upon the turntable. You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves" - he comments, observing one of the records - "aren't they cool. Read the lyrics and enjoy the artwork, while you are in the groove. No computers involved in the making of this musicâ€¦enjoy".
The 180g heavyweight vinyl records will all be exact replicas of their first pressings; Future Shock, Gillan's highest scoring album, reaching No.2 in the UK chart, will include the same 16-page booklet as featured in its original release. An exclusive edition available via Amazon here http://smarturl.it/IanGillanExclusive will also contain a bonus 7" single for Spanish Guitar.
There I was, minding my own business on a diving holiday with my family in Grand Cayman in 1984 (I think; thereabouts anyway), when I bumped into Steve Jarrell and Sons of the Beach; a fine band who were performing a season of great sunshine music at the Treasure Island Resort on Seven Mile Beach.
They invited me to step up and do a 'couple of tunes' which I was happy to do and ended up with half an hour on a hand held camera which Steve Jarrell showed me when we met up again in Nashville on the DP tour 2015. He has very kindly given us permission to put it up on Caramba first as an exclusive for CTV.
I was surprised to get an invitation to address the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin on 14th December 2012. It caused great hilarity in the band dressing room; Roger actually burst into spontaneous laughter; not sure if it was the cultural or diplomatic bit that set him off. Probably both.
When the director asked for the title and a copy of the speech I told him it would be entitled 'The Parallax Effect on Long Hair' and that it would be off the cuff, so to speak.
Basically it's about perception or how things are viewed differently, depending on where you're standing.
I was a little nervous to start with as it was unscripted and I'd never spoken publicly before, apart from the usual gibberish delivered on stage each night with DP before being gloriously interrupted by a drumist not known for his patience.
But I did enjoy it and may do another, one day.
Rhino Poo Alert
RTL (a large TV station) announced the start of the sale for the Deep Purple tour in autumn 2012 in Germany. The message said that this will be the last tour of DP in Germany and therefore the last chance to see them live. what a shock! Is that true??? Is that an official/confirmed statement?
Yawning response from ig: "I must say that is an impressive heap of rhino poo!"
Coffee Kiev Some things in life should just be simpler
Deep Purple, Ian Gillan, Gillan, Gillan Glover....
Yes, all of them but the usual proviso of 'in due course' applies, of course. Such is the speed of this 'information age' that we could all know everything immediately but where would the fun be in that?
These don't replace the Wordographies, which also continue apace.
'One Eye To Morocco' - the lyrics
Caramba takes the greatest of pleasure in unveiling the complete lyrics for all editions of 'One Eye To Morocco'.
These don't in any way replace the Wordographies, as these are winging their way to your screen at a speed significantly slower than the speed of light.
These biographies may be used by journalists.
This has been updated to include edel's latest biog. This way for.... biographies.
Deep Purple's official website. Click above.
On sending things in to be signed:
A number of people have over time sent unsolicited stuff into either Ian's or DP's management to be signed and returned. Such things can so easily get mislaid or just simply lost in a very busy organisation, which can be very upsetting for those who have sent their items in. Please don't do this as no-one wants to feel responsible for having lost what can be, for the owner, very precious items. Thanks. Steve/ED.
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"There is nothing in the world that can prepare you for an interview with Ian Gillan! The British singer canâ€™t stop surprising you, even if the topic is WhoCares the fund raising project he is handling the vocals, while Tony Iommi, Jon Lord, Nicko McBrain and Jason Newsted fill the rest of the spots. Our talk went beyond the music, and ended up in a rather impressive, and up to date approach about the political situation in Greece, for which the singer seemed completely informed.