Dear Friends

DF 22 - Xmas 2001 behind the dashboard (December 2001)

Dec 2001

Have you noticed how the century is just flying by? Already we're at the beginning of year two and I'm getting prepared for the first tour, which kicks off in Dublin on Monday 4th February. (See front page).

It was just a few weeks ago that I was in Florida with Jon, Ian and Roger at Steve's place, working on some ideas for the next album. There was general agreement on the inclusion of some of it in the upcoming shows, so you may get a taste of the new stuff as well as the usual blend of who knows what. Also we ran through 'Child in Time' twice a day; we may even stick it back in the show, after all it is, once again, lyrically relevant. In any event I'm looking forward to the kind of tour we haven't done for quite a while.

I used to have a yellow car but I bought a new one; it's blue and knows exactly where it is at any given time, and also how to get to my destination. This is due to the fact that there's a woman hiding somewhere in the dashboard (it's Jamie Lee Curtis, I'm sure of it) who offers intriguing routes in a sensual voice. The journeys are often strange, but I've been seduced (I'd do anything for Jamie); so my blue car and I go where we're told, and sometimes we arrive; but seldom from the expected direction. Thus I intend to navigate the Feb/March tour, just Jamie and me (anyone with a map would also be welcome); it should be interesting in a Marco Polo sort of way.

It's good being home for a while with family and friends and with that in mind I'm going to keep this short for a change (sighs of relief all round).

Thanks for all your support and I hope to see you all in 2002, whether it's in Grimsby, Moscow, Beijing, Sao Paulo, New York or Vienna. We value your support more than anything, as well as the good vibes you always bring along with you.

Right now I'm going to the pub, so I'll leave you with best wishes for the New Year, may all your dreams come true, well, nearly, and I'll see you on the road.

Peace & love,
Ian Gillan
Copyright © Ian Gillan 2001

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