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Ian Gillian
-Gillian’s Inn-
By Bob Silvestri

Legendary Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillian has released a CD with a decidedly local flavor titled Gillian’s Inn. The cd/dvd dual disc features a photo of Gillian in front of The Old Pink on Allen Street which became a hangout of sorts for him while in town recording the disc at Chameleon West/Trackmaster Studios. Marc Hunt and Allen Farmelo acted as engineers while Nick Blagona produced, mixed and mastered the disc at his Metalworks Studios in Toronto. A who’s who of local and national artists help Gillian rip through some classic rock tunes. The core band here consists of local artists Michael Lee Jackson, Rodney Appleby, Don Airey and Michael Lee. “Unchain My Brain”, “Hang Me Out To Dry” and “Speed King” features Joe Satriani on guitar while Steve Morse displays his fret work on “Men Of War” and “Loving On Borrowed Time”. Jeff Healey and our own Tommy Z add guitar muscle to “When A Blind Man Cries” with help from Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord. Purple’s rhythm section of Ian Paice and Roger Glover on drums and bass respectively keeps time on “Sugar Plum”, “No Laughing In Heaven” and “Trashed”. Tony Iommi adds guitar on “Trashed” as well. Worth the price here are the tracks “I’ll Be your Baby Tonight” featuring Joe Elliot along with Charlie Quill, Ron Davis and Howard Wilson and “Smoke On The Water” with an all star lineup of Morse, Lord, Paice, Glover, Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac, Emil Lattimer and more. Check out www.gillian.com for more information.

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