documentary is a close and highly detailed look through
Ian's back pages as it were, and is told in a series of
interviews in which Ian Gillan himself is refreshingly honest.
Many people associated with Ian Gillan over the years -
such as Tim Rice, George Best, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi,
Colin Towns, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Don Airey and Roger Glover
all give incredibly interesting, entertaining, and insightful
interviews about the man. We even have footage of Ian's
mum, bless her.
many people the vintage footage and of course the images
will be the real pull here, and this is where the production
works so well. Craig Hooper, the man behind the film, has
done an amazing job on the research. In fact I would go
as far as to say it is one of the best researched documentaries
ever seen. There are images and newsreel footage that I
had either forgotten about, or in some cases hadn't even
seen before, so for Ian Gillan fans this double DVD will
be an absolute treat.
almost two and a half hours the main feature also represents
value for money, and with the second disc clocking in at
around one hour and forty five minutes there is more than
enough for any self respecting Ian Gillan fan to get to
grips with. End Of Tour Blues is a fascinating look behind
the scenes of a recent Deep Purple tour. There are some
great performances captured here, and some amusing backstage
moments, along with Ian's philosophy on performing and touring.
thing I found quite amazing is that despite Ian's place
in the heirarchy of rock he is an extremely down to earth
and friendly guy. I personally have experienced Ian Gillan
signing autographs for hours on end. It is this accessibility
which has made him the much loved and respected musician
and artist that he is today. Unlike many rock stars Ian
has never forgotten the fans that have put him where he
is, and that counts a lot as far as the fans are concerned
run away with the idea that this DVD is an Ian Gillan love
fest however. This is no whitewash. All the relevant questions
are asked and answered with an unswerving honesty. Yep;
even the sometimes thorny questions concerning the Gillan
band and Ian's relationship with Ritchie Blackmore.
are some interesting clips from more recent tours that you
won't have seen before, and a large amount of backstage
and off the cuff footage as well. My favourite clip is that
of Ian Gilan and Luciano Pavarotti standing toe to toe singing
Nessun Dorma. Bearing in mind that particular song is Pavarotti's
calling card or theme tune, Gillan who comes off extremely
well here and Pavarotti who gives him a glowing tribute.
Hooper and his crew have to be congratulated for producing
a balanced and hugely entertaining film."