DEEP PURPLE Frontman Ian Gillan On Joining BLACK SABBATH - "That Was The Longest Party That I Ever Went To"

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Posted on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 04:20:34 EST

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan is featured in a new interview with Mark Dean at My Global Mind. An excerpt is available below:

Myglobalmind: I read that you agreed to join BLACK SABBATH after a heavy night out with Tony Iommi. Looking back how do you view the period that you spent with Black Sabbath?

Ian: "That was the longest party that I ever went to. That lasted about a year the recording and the tour. I was at a loose end, I had no band and they had no singer. It worked out pretty conveniently for all of us really. Yeah we went out and got smashed one night, Tony, Geezer Butler and I. We ended up under the table and had to be swept out. My manager called me the next day and said if you are going to make career decisions maybe you should give me a call first. I said that I don’t know what you are talking about but apparently I had agreed to join Black Sabbath the night before. It was one of those things and I had a fantastic time. I have great memories of it and I am still in touch with Tony. We do a few bits and pieces together. I’m just following his progress on tour in America at the moment."

Click here for the complete interview.

On October 8th, Rhino is releasing Deep Purple's The Complete Albums 1970 - 1976. The ten-CD box set features the following albums:

Deep Purple With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Concerto For Group And Orchestra - 1969
In Rock – 1970
Fireball – 1971
Machine Head – 1972
Made In Japan – 1972
Who Do We Think We Are? – 1973
Burn – 1974
Stormbringer – 1974
Come Taste The Band – 1975
Made In Europe – 1975