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Lucky Fan Can Sing Smoke On The Water On Stage With Deep Purple Frontman

By Newsferatu, Writer
Sunday, August 20, 2006 @ 9:05 PM


Ian Gillan Solo Concert Tour D

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Press Release:

Frontman for Deep Purple and a rock legend in his own right, Ian Gillan has joined forces with his record label, immergent, to offer a few lucky fans the opportunity of a lifetime – to win a trip to Las Vegas and join him onstage during his upcoming North American tour. The “Smoke This!” contest invites fans to upload their own version of “Smoke On The Water”, the classic anthem made popular by Deep Purple, to www.gillansinn.com, where winners from two categories (Best Vocal and Best Guitar) will compete to win the grand prize, a trip to the House of Blues in Las Vegas to actually perform the song on stage with Gillan on September 17th. A separate contest category allows bands or artists to simply record their own version of the song for a chance to win $2500 worth of music gear.

“Smoke This!” marks the first time that an artist has offered his fans the chance to take a classic song and become an integral part of it. Thanks to the power of the Internet, Gillan’s fans can collaborate with their idol who will also personally judge the final round of the contest and hear their work for himself. Contestants are encouraged to be as serious or as crazy as they want and simply have fun with this iconic song.

As an added facet to his North American tour, Ian and his record label are encouraging fans to tape, photograph and film selected concerts, and requesting that they upload their tapes to his site (www.gillansinn.com) so that the tour can be accessible to all his fans around the world.

The six-week tour launches in Buffalo, NY on August 16th, and will feature songs from his latest solo album, Gillan’s Inn, where he revisits his classic solo and Deep Purple songs as well as his personal career favorites. Gillan’s Inn is available on DualDisc which has both the CD and DVD on the same disc.

The DVD side of the DualDisc is loaded with interviews, videos (a “making of” the album and bootlegs) as well as an artist commentary by Ian. There are also photos and several versions of “Smoke on the Water,” each with a different guitarist putting his stamp on the classic guitar solo, including Joe Satriani and Jeff Healey. The collection also features guest performances by some of the biggest names from the past 30 years of rock history.

Ian Gillan North American Solo Tour Dates:

  • August 16 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
  • August 17 Toronto, Canada Music Hall Theatre
  • August 18 Montreal, Canada Le Spectrum
  • August 19 Sainte-Foy, Canada Salle Albert-Rousseau
  • August 22 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
  • August 23 New York, NY The Concert Hall
  • August 24 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
  • August 25 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
  • August 27 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
  • August 29 Chicago, IL House of Blues
  • August 30 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
  • September 1 Winnipeg, Canada Canada Inn Garden City (Silverados)
  • September 5 Calgary, Canada Cowboys Dance Hall
  • September 6 Edmonton, Canada Cowboys Country Saloon
  • September 8 Vancouver, Canada The Commodore Ballroom
  • September 9 Seattle, WA The Crocodile Cafe
  • September 11 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
  • September 13 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
  • September 14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
  • September 16 Scottsdale, AZ Venue of Scottsdale
  • September 17 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
  • September 19 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
  • September 20 N. Kansas City, MO Voodoo at Harrah’s Casino
  • September 21 Medina, MN Medina Entertainment Center (Minneapolis)
More dates to be announced.


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