DEEP PURPLE fan site The Highway Star
has posted the following update on PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan's upcoming DVD, tentatively due later in the year:
"The upcoming DVD with Ian Gillan is a two-and-a-half hour documentary, full of music, lost archive footage, tales from Ian Gillan and interviews from members of DEEP PURPLE (both past and present). It features Tony Iommi [BLACK SABBATH], Joe Satriani, Joe Elliott [DEF LEPPARD], Ronnie James Dio, Luciano Pavarotti, Jon Lord, Colin Towns, Sir Tim Rice, the late George Best and many others. It's filmed in Russia, England, Ireland, Wales and Italy. The 'Smoke on the Water' story is filmed in Montreux, Switzerland. On top of that, there's another documentary made by Ian himself. He spent three years travelling around the globe with DEEP PURPLE with his own camera. Then there's the music extras, filmed during the 'Bananas' tour. Enhanced by more archive footage of the GILLAN band in action (never released on video or DVD) and Ian on stage with Pavarotti. The music extras run to around an hour.
"And there's more. Even with the main documentary running at two-and-a-half hours, some of the best anecdotes and stories were still falling to the cutting room floor. So the best of the rest got compiled into mini-docs, some of which relate to chapters in the main film, others of which form their own sections. There is also another complete documentary: 'Ian Gillan on Tour with Deep Purple'. It's an up-close and personal film of Ian Gillan touring with DEEP PURPLE. It's filmed both on stage and off during DEEP PURPLE's tour in Russia and the U.K. It's filmed at the parties, on the tour bus, in the dressing rooms and on stage with Ian and the rest of the band. That tour documentary currently runs at around two hours.
"The plan is to release a triple-disc edition only over the Internet, a double-disc edition available at concerts and a single-disc available in shops."