"Bild Am Sonntag", Germany, 21 January 1996
BAMS: You've left Deep Purple three times. Why the again the return? Call of the dollars?
GILLAN: the band-name is a trademark, and of course I like to earn money. But the band always played an important role for me, even if
I hated it. But I have no defense against this love/hate.
BAMS: A union for the whole life - like a marriage ?
GILLAN: No, I'm married with music and my wife. With Deep Purple it's like with a mistress - You could have good sex from time to
BAMS: The reasons for the earlier disputes with the band ?
GILLAN: Struggles for Power. When I returned tow years ago, there was a big quarrel with Ritchie Blackmore. He tried to change the
whole band, play Pop-music with Deep Purple. He acted like the big boss - that fed up the others.
BAMS: What do You think about Ritchie today ?
GILLAN: I don't care about him. He does his own thing with Rainbow
- and that's good for him. And especially for us.
BAMS: Are there differences to the last record "The Battle Rages
GILLAN: The last record was poor, a nightmare. This time it was easier.
Finally wer're sounding again like Deep Purple.
I never listened to one of our records as often as to the new one at home.
BAMS: Did Your deplorable family always have to listen to Your music ?
GILLAN: No, my twelfe years old daughter is a big fan of East 17 and Whitney Houston. But she knews all the lyrics of the Deep
BAMS: Do You sing with Your daughter in a duet ?
GILLAN (laughing): Of course, it sounds phantastic. If it sometimes doesn't work further with Deep Purple, I will go to a
studio with her.
BAMS: In march, You'll be on the road again, doing an extra-round with the rock-dinos...
GILLAN: I hope it will not be the last. When this band is playing, I would like to jump into the audience and listen - so much joy
means their music to me.
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