Wednesday, 11 May 2016
More musical memories
Gillan were around between 1978 and 1982 before disbanding in acrimonious circumstances over money. During this time they toured extensively and released a string of successful albums including "Mr Universe", "Glory Road", "Future Shock", "Double Trouble" and "Magic". Following Bernie Torme's departure, future Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers joined the band until they split up. In the end singer Ian Gillan rejoined his former band Deep Purple after a bizarre spell with Black Sabbath. Bassist John McCoy and Bernie Torme formed a group called GMT, Colin Towns became a film/tv composer (including writing the theme tune to "Doc Martin") and drummer Mick Underwood is currently performing in "Mick Underwood's Glory Road", who play all of the old Gillan tracks.
I love their music and I still enjoying playing their albums, "Future Shock" is probably my favourite of them all though. Bernie Torme is one of my favourite guitarists and along with Rory Gallagher remains one of Ireland's best musical exports.