A TV/DVD documentary special marking DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan's forty years on the road is currently being put together for a tentative summer 2005 release.
"I have been honoured by the contributions made by many friends and peers to a TV/DVD special, being made to mark my forty years on the road," Ian writes in a letter posted on his web site. "Joe Satriani, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Sir Tim Rice, Claud Nobs (Funky Claud),Luciano Pavarotti, Joe Elliott, Jon Lord, the current PURPLE guys and many others have generously given time for the camera. The team — producer Craig, along with camera and sound men, Barry and Brian — has gone to extraordinary lengths to capture material for what Craig confidently claims will be the best ever rock documentary. Filming will finish and editing begins in February. It should be ready by the summer.
"In February I am going to Toronto where I'll be making a record to go along with the documentary. With producer Nick Blagona ('Perfect Strangers', 'Accidentally on Purpose' etc.) I will be recording tracks from over the years — JAVELINS, EPISODE SIX, DEEP PURPLE, GILLAN, SABBATH, solo stuff etc. There will be quite a few special guest appearances." Read more.