Ian Gillan Biography

Ian Gillan Biography
Former vocalist for the Javelins and Episode Six, Ian Gillan joined Deep Purple in 1969. They recorded the legendary albums "Deep Purple In Rock", "Fireball", "Machine Head" and "Who Do We Think We Are", as well as a number of live albums.

He left Deep Purple in 1973 due to differences with guitarist 'Ritchie Blackmore', as well as exhaustion due to excessive touring with the band. He then formed The Ian Gillan Band around late 1975/early '76. They released two studio albums: "Child in Time" (1976), which included a "jazzy" version of the Purple classic "Clear Air Turbulence" (1977), and a live album, recorded at the Budokan.

He then disbanded The Ian Gillan Band, and formed "Gillan". They released five albums: "Mr. Universe" (1979), "Future Shock" (1980), "Glory Road" (1980), "Double Trouble" (1981) and "Magic" (1982) before disbanding due to Ian's throat problems. Ian then met Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler and joined Black Sabbath in 1983. They did one album, "Born Again", that same year and toured in 1984. At that time Ian got a call from Ritchie Blackmore, asking him to reform Purple MKII, along with band mates Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice. Ian left Sabbath and rejoined Purple. They recorded "Perfect Strangers" (1984) and "The House of Blue Light" (1987), before his problems with Blackmore made him quit Purple yet again. In 1988 he and fellow Purple band mate Glover made a record under the "Gillan/Glover" moniker, called "Accidentally on Purpose". Ian participated on various projects until 1992, when he formed a band and recorded "Cherkazoo and Other Stories".

In 1993 he was asked to rejoin Deep Purple yet again. He accepted, and recorded "The Battle Rages On". After a world tour Blackmore quit Deep Purple for good. They then made a couple of dates with Joe Satriani before finding a permanent replacement in Kansas/Dixie Dregs guitarist Steve Morse. The new Purple then recorded "Purpendicular" in 1996 and "Abandon" in 1998. In 1998, Ian released his solo album "Dreamcatcher".

Organist Jon Lord was replaced for the 2003 record "Bananas" with former Rainbow keyboardist Don Airey. Deep Purple MK VIII did a world tour for "Bananas", and went to work on their 18th studio album, "Rapture of the Deep", released in November 2005.

Ian released "Gillan's Inn" in 2006, and is touring with Deep Purple.
High-pitched vocal scream
Presented with the Medal of Honour from the Armenian president, for his support after an earthquake which took place in Armenia in December 1988.
Went to the Acton County Grammar School. Wife Bron and daughter Grace.
Lives in Sussex, England, UK. Used to live in a huge mansion near Wallingford, which now has been converted to The Springs Hotel and Golf complex (North Stoke, Oxfordshire). It had a guitar shaped pool.
Was the lead singer for Black Sabbath in 1983, recording only one album ("Born Again") with the band. His tenure with Black Sabbath led some critics to nickname the group "Deep Sabbath."
First album with Deep Purple was the Concerto for Group and Orchestra live album.
Has been a part of Deep Purple on three different occasions.
Singer for Deep Purple from 1969-1973, 1984-1988, and 1993-present.
When he left Deep Purple (the first time), Paul Rodgers was considered as a replacement.
When the Deep Purple Mark II lineup reunited in 1984, he refused to sing material from the three albums Purple recorded with vocalist David Coverdale.
He sang the part of Jesus on the 1970 album release of "Jesus Christ Superstar," by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Where Are They Now
(January 2003) Recording a new Deep Purple studio album in LA. Due to be released on Aug 1, 2003.
(August 2004) On tour with Deep Purple in support of the album "Bananas".
(March 2005) Recording the retrospective album ("Gillan's Inn") covering 40 years in rock business. Due to be released later that year. The recording started probably around mid Feb and lasted until April.
(August 2006) On tour with Deep Purple, supporting their new record "Rapture of the Deep".


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