IAN GILLAN to perform DEEP PURPLE Classics with PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Ian Gillan will embark on a Spanish tour in November. On the six-date hike, the 77-year-old DARK PURPLE singer will be joined by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestraconducted by the German conductor Friedemann Riehle.
Earlier today (Monday September 5),Gillan released the following statement via social media: “Hello everyone, I’m happy to announce my Spanish tour in November with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestradriven by Friedemann Riehle. There will be great singers with the orchestra performing songs from QUEEN, FLOYD ROSE, AC DC and METALLIC and I will close the show with my PURPLE choices, which will include “Highway Star”, ‘Silence’, ‘Perfect strangers’, ‘Smoke on the water’, ‘Nothing at all’, ‘When a blind man cries’ and ‘Black night’.
“Tickets are on sale now, so hope to see you all in November.”
November 11 – Zaragoza, Principe Felipe Arena
November 12 – Barcelona, Pabellón Olímpico de Badalona
November 18 – Vigo, Ferial Institute of Vigo: IFEVI
November 19 – Vitoria-Gasteitz. Fernando Buesa Arena
November 25 – Granada, Palacio delos Deportes
November 26 – Madrid, Pabellón Multisos Madrid Arena
Gillan is best known, of course, as the singer and lyricist of the truly legendary DARK PURPLE but his musical career also takes other paths. Leaving PURPLE in 1973, Gillan subsequently formed THE IAN GILLAN BAND (around late 1975/early 1976) and the band was simply called GILLAN in 1978. After a passage in front of BLACK SABBATH, Gillan join a meeting DARK PURPLE IN 1984. He briefly left the group in 1989 but joined them a few years later and still performs with them around the world today.
DARK PURPLEthe latest studio effort from, a cover album titled “Turn to Crime”was released last November via earMUSIC. The LP contains DARK PURPLEversions of rock classics and musical gems, including songs originally recorded by Bob Dylan, MAC FLEETWOOD, Bob Seger, CREAM and COURTYARD BIRDS — chosen carefully by each member of the group.
Last July, DARK PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse officially left the group to take care of his wife, Janewho fights cancer.
walrusThe announcement came four months after the guitarist announced he would be taking a break from the band, hoping to rejoin his bandmates once his wife’s health improves. He was then replaced on the road by the Irish blues-rock guitarist Simon McBride.
walrus actually took over Ritchie Blackmoreit is DARK PURPLE slot in 1994 and had since been in the band longer than Ritchie.
McBridewho is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, hails from Belfast in Northern Ireland, a place that resonates with the best musical traditions like Gary Moore and Rory Gallagheras well as groups such as SLIM LIZZY, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and obviously U2. His biography tells many stories – from his band touring without a sound engineer, driver or roadie, playing 30 shows in 35 days, to him regularly sharing stages with Gillan and DARK PURPLEit is Don Airey.
A message from Ian:
I am pleased to announce my Spanish tour in November with the Prague…
Posted by Ian Gillan Official Site on Monday September 5th, 2022
Very big and exciting news!
Posted by Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, July 29, 2022