|Artist||Ian Gillan, STEVE MORSE, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice|
Ian Gillan, one of the greatest rock singers of all time is most renown as a member of Deep Purple, though he also led bands named after himself.
Gillan was the driving force of classic Deep Purple MkII that in the 70s changed rock fashions through a series of successful records - “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” (1970), “Deep Purple in Rock” (1970), “Fireball” (1971; number one U.K.), “Machine Head” (1972; number one U.K.; Top Ten, multi platinum U.S.), “Made in Japan” (1973; Top Ten, platinum U.S.) and “Who Do We Think We Are” (1973; Top Five U.K.; Top 20, gold U.S.).
In the meantime, he was also featured on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‘s concept album “Jesus Christ Superstar” singing the title role; the gold-selling double LP topped the U.S. charts in 1971.
As a solo artist, Ian Gillan enjoyed a lot of success too, in 1980, seven years after leaving Deep Purple (the band split in 1975, two years after Gillan’s
departure) Gillan signed to Virgin Records and scored a British single chart entry with “Sleeping on the Job“ in June 1980, followed by “Glory Road”, which peaked in the Top 5 and charted briefl y in the U.S. Thus established, Gillan scored a series of Top 40 singles and Top 20 albums in the U.K. over the next two years: “Trouble“ (1980); “Mutually Assured Destruction“ (1981);“New Orleans“ (1981); “Future Shock” (1981), “No Laughing in Heaven“ (1981); “Nightmare“ (1981); “Double Trouble” (1981); “Magic” (1982) and not to forget his successful latest studio album “One Eye To Morocco” (2009).
In May 1983, he surprised fans by joining Black Sabbath for the recording of their album “Born Again” and toured with the band from August to March 1984. In March 1984, the 1969-1973 line-up of Deep Purple, including Gillan reunited and soon after they cut the million-selling “Perfect Strangers“ and “The House of Blue Light“ (1987).
Originally released in 2006, nothing sums up Ian Gillan more, than “Gillan’s Inn”! Having decided to re-visit the classic songs by Deep Purple and his own solo career, Ian invited several of his friends to guest on the album to celebrate his more than 40 years spanning career as a singer while re-recording hits like ‘Smoke On The Water’, ‘When A Blind Man Cries’ and ‘Unchain Your Brain’ to name just a few.
“Gillan’s Inn” features re-recorded tracks from all eras with guest appearances of Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), guitarist Joe Satriani, Janick Gers (Iron Maiden), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Ronnie James Dio (Dio), Steve Morse, Jeff Healey, Roger Glover, Ian Paice and many more.
In a recent interview Gillan observed that, despite the number of participants and guest appearances, this was the easiest project he ever put together.