DEEP PURPLE Singer Ian Gillan Arrives In Armenia To Perform With State Philharmonic Orchestra; Report, Video Available

March 27, 2010, 9 years ago

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According to, legendary DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan is in Yerevan, Armenia this weekend (March 26-27) giving charitable concerts jointly with the State Philharmonic Orchestra. The proceeds from both concerts will go to reconstruction of Gyumri music school #6.

DVDs from the Yerevan concerts will be released in the international market, Gillan said at the press conference in Yerevan today.

Gillan also expressed his admiration with professionalism of the Armenian philharmonic orchestra. “Orchestra having no rock experience played professionally. I was surprised that musicians knew all our songs,” Gillan added. The musician underlined that he considers Armenia his spiritual motherland.

On March 27th, RA President Serzh Sargsyan received Ian Gillan and Rock Aid Armenia project initiator Jon Dee (all pictured). On behalf of Armenian people, RA President expressed his gratitude to the rocker for his assistance to Armenia since 1988. Sargsyan also thanked Jon Dee for his efforts aimed at uniting renowned musicians to help Armenians to overcome bereavement of the 1988 earthquake.

Check out a brief (and very poorly filmed!) snippet of the Deep Purple classic 'Smoke On The Water' featuring Gillan with the State Philharmonic Orchestra below:

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