Ian Gillan – The Day I left Deep Purple

In der letzten Ausgabe von TeamRock (20. September 2016) hat sich Ian Gillan zu den letzten Stunden bei Deep Purple geäußert. Das war keine schöne Zeit, Ian bezeichnet sie als bizarr. Niemand hat mit ihm geredet. Es war der 29. Juni 1973, das letzte Konzert von Mark 2 (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice). Nach dem Konzert flog Ian allein nach England und das war es …

BRAVO - 30 / 1973

BRAVO – 30 / 1973

Ian Gillan: The Day I Left Deep Purple

On June 29 1973, Ian Gillan left Deep Purple and no-one said a word. The singer tells Classic Rock the full, sad story …

It was bizarre, actually. Because I had actually handed in my letter of resignation to the band months earlier, while we were in Dayton, Ohio. I told them in this letter that I intended to leave Purple at the end of the next tour. But, at the time nobody said anything at all to me about my decision. We just got on with making the new album Who Do We Think We Are and then we went out on the road.

We went to Japan in June 73, and the last date was in Osaka on the 29th. That was the end of the touring schedule, and therefore my final show with the band. Still no-one said a word to me. We got onstage, did the gig, and… well, that was it! I left the venue on my own, and went back the hotel. There were no goodbyes from anybody connected to Purple. None of the other four in the band, none of the crew, nobody from the management. It was almost as if it had been swept under the carpet. As I said, the whole thing was bizarre. I never expected a farewell gift or an emotional outburst from anybody, but just to ignore the whole thing was really weird.

I never said anything after the gig. It just didn’t feel right that I should say something. The atmosphere at the time in Purple was just horrible, and for me it was just such a relief to have it all done and dusted. To understand what was going on in the band you’d need to be a trained psychologist. Everyone in the line-up at the time behaved like an asshole – and I am including myself here. I was as bad as the rest of them.

What wasn’t helping us at the time was that a lot of other people got involved, and they had agendas which meant we were worked to the bone. If we had been able to take a break, then maybe it could have been worked out. But we were on a treadmill, and I got to the point when I just had to leave. Which is why I gave in my notice by letter.

Maybe none of the other guys knew what t say to me, and I certainly didn’t know what to say to them. So that night in Osaka we all acted as if nothing was going, and everything was fine. Which it clearly was not.

The next day, I left for the airport by myself, got on the flight alone and came back home. It was as if the moment I came offstage, I was no longer regarded as a member of the band. Therefore, I was left to fend for myself. But that was no problem. Once back in England, I half expected somebody from the band to phone. However, nobody did. They’d moved on. Eventually, Roger Glover did call some time later, to tell me he’d been fired from Purple.


Japan Tour Juni 1973

Rainbow – Memories in Rock – Live in Germany (2016)

Wie bereits von vielen Fans erwartet erscheint am 18. November 2016 eine Zusammfassung der Deutschlandkonzerte „Monsters of Rock“ von Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Es wird verschiedene Ausgaben davon geben (CD, DVD, Blu-ray und Vinyl). Somit hat man die Qual der Wahl, oder bestellt alle Ausgaben.


2 CD … amazon.de
DVD … amazon.de
Blu-ray … amazon.de
3 Vinyl … amazon.de
4 DVD (Deluxe) … amazon.de


Intro (Pomp and Circumstance)
Over the Rainbow – Highway Star (L)
Spotlight Kid (BB)
Mistreated (BB)
16th Century Greensleeves (BB)
Since You Been Gone (BB)
Man On The Silver Mountain (L)
Catch The Rainbow (L)
Difficult To Cure (L)
Perfect Strangers (BB)
Stargazer (L)
Long Live Rock ‘N ‘Roll (BB)
Child In Time (BB)
Black Night (BB)
Smoke On The Water (BB)

Bonus tracks:

Spotlight Kid (L)
Man on the Silver Mountain (BB)
Long Live Rock ‘N ‘Roll (L)
Stargazer (BB)

Japanese bonus tracks:

Since You Been Gone (L)
Catch the Rainbow (BB)


L = Loreley, 17. Juni 2016
BB = Bietigheim-Bissingen, 18. Juni 2016

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Black Night

Deep Purple – neues Studioalbum im Februar 2017

In einem Interview des Myglobalmind Online Magazine mit Ian Gillan, sagt Ian das das neue Studioalbum wohl im Februar 2017 erscheinen wird. Um das Album zu promoten soll es eine über 2 Jahre dauernde Tournee dazu geben. Der späte Veröffentlichungstermin soll Ian Paice bis dahin etwas schonen.

Das vollständige Interview auf Myglobalmind Online Magazine (18.Sep 2016)

KH: Whats coming up next for you Ian? What are your plans for the rest of 2016?

Ian Gillan: Well the new Deep Purple album is out in February 2017 and then I’ll be touring, I’ve a few dates with orchestras in November too but mostly for the rest of 2016 I’m going to be putting my feet up and doing a bit of writing – which is not music.

KH: I’ve heard that the latest Deep Purple album was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, was there any particular reason for this location?

Ian Gillan: Our producer lives there, Bob Ezrin – well between there and Toronto, so we do the work and he tidies it up, tweaks a few things… I actually only received the new album yesterday and I’m pretty pleased with it, so …yeah, not bad at all.


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