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Nothing sums up Ian Gillan more, than Gillan's Inn, a career retrospective DualDisc like none other! Having decided to re-visit the classic songs made famous by Deep Purple and his own solo career, Ian invited several of his friends to guest on the album including 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 and the rest of Deep Purple. Lending his ears & talent, Gillans Inn is produced by Nick Blagona (The Police, Bee Gees, Chicago, Rainbow and Deep Purple).
Ian GillanWho is Ian Gillan? He?s a true rock legend-he was the original Jesus Christ Superstar, and co-wrote Smoke on the Water (one of the most popular songs of all time) among dozens of other hits. He has played to tens of millions of fans, and sold over one hundred million records. He IS the voice of rock and roll, and has inspired generations of singers. He?s an author, a playwright, a screenwriter, a songwriter and a philosopher with a wicked sense of humor and a bit of the devil in his eye. Pavarotti said he is a genius, and David Gilmour said as long as Gillan is singing, rock and roll is not dead. And most of all, he?s got a seasoned impassioned voice and lyrical sense still better than any in rock and roll after forty years of giving it his all.Ian Gillan was one of the foremost vocalists of the heavy metal style of rock that emerged in the 1970s, earning his greatest renown as a member of Deep Purple, though he also led bands named after himself. When he left Deep Purple in 1972, Smoke on the Water from Machine Head was making its way up the U.S. charts, where it would peak in the Top Five and go gold, becoming Deep Purple's biggest career hit.Gillan's next solo album, Naked Thunder, was briefly in the British charts in July 1990. He followed with Toolbox in October 1991, embarking on an extensive tour to promote it. In December 1992, he again returned to Deep Purple, convening with the old lineup in a German recording studio to make The Battle Rages On, released in July 1993 and followed by a world tour that ran until early December. He left yet again but had returned by the time of the 1996 album Purpendicular. In 1998, he released a new solo album, Dreamcatcher, while remaining with Deep Purple, which issued Abandon that June. Cherkazoo & Other Stories was released a year later and as of late 2000, he was still touring with Deep Purple. Another solo piece entitled No Fire Without Smoke was issued in fall 2000. Sole Agency & Representations followed in early 2001. A slew of live recordings, rarities compilations and greatest hit anthologies would flood the market shortly after 2001, but in between this time Gillian released 2003's Poor Boy Hero and the double CD Second Sight in 2005.
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