DEEP PURPLE lead singer Ian Gillan has told the Edmonton Sun that didn't hesitate to join the Live 8 lineup after he had sorted out the logistics of appearing. He does, however, tend to differ slightly from the views of Live Aid and Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof."It's not so much the overall thing, but just actually how to go about it," Gillan said. "I agree with him totally in the basic concept of raising consciousness. This is a front-on assault at a time when an awful lot can be done. I think if you can put massive pipelines across Siberia and Alaska to extract oil then it wouldn't be too difficult to build a few pipes to get some water into places (in Africa)." Gillan said staging several concerts on one day will not be lost on elected officials. "No matter what the reactions of the politicians are, they must be aware that it's going to become an issue as much as green issues and social issues have become," he said.
"I think they have to stop underestimating the intelligence of the people in the countries where these concerts are taking place."