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Ian Gillan Admits He Used to Head Off to the Pub During Ritchie Blackmore’s Solos

The lead singer tends to get the lion's share of the spotlight in rock 'n' roll, but the gig does have its drawbacks, including the question of what to do with yourself onstage while your bandmates are soloing.

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John Gustafson with Ian Gillan, center. Photo: Island Records
John Gustafson with Ian Gillan, center. Photo: Island Records

Ian Gillan, Roxy Music Bassist John Gustafson Dies

John Gustafson, who memorably collaborated in the '70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72.

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Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan Leads Thousands of Guitarists Through ‘Smoke on the Water’

In 2013, the inaugural Guitars on the Beach event collected the biggest single gathering of guitarists playing simultaneously in the history of Britain.

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Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore
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Ian Gillan Rules Out Reunion with Ritchie Blackmore if Deep Purple Is Elected to Rock Hall

Ian Gillan would rather turn down induction than be forced to be on the same stage as Ritchie Blackmore again.

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Ian Gillan Has ‘No Desire’ to Reunite With Ritchie Blackmore

It's been 20 years since Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, and by all accounts, both he and the band are happier now. Still, some fans will never stop hoping for a reunion -- something that, according to singer Ian Gillan, will never happen.

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40 Years Ago: Ian Gillan Quits Deep Purple

By mid-1973, the bloom was off the rose for Deep Purple. Internal issues had risen to the top and long-standing lead singer Ian Gillan opted to leave the band. At the same time, bassist Roger Glover was told his services were no longer needed, by direct order of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. The Deep Purple lineup known as Mark II, was no more.

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