Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is a big Ian Gillan fan and said in an interview with BBC Radio that the Deep Purple frontman is his “Rock God”. The musician recalled that he vomited shortly after meeting Gillan, when he was still singing with Samson.
“We’ve done an album in Ian Gillan’s studio. We’ve all been up the pub and had a few pints. In walks my god, Ian Gillan, and goes, ‘Hey, what a great vocalist. Who’s the singer?’ At that moment, I felt the sudden urge to vomit. I ran out of the room [and] puked up for about 45 minutes in the toilet.”
“In comes my idol, kicks the door and goes, ‘Come on, mate. Out you come. Let’s get you wiped down with a towel.’ He put me in a taxi and sent me home. I’ve never forgotten that – and he’s never let me forget it either.”
“There I was as a young spotty teenager … there was this noise coming through somebody’s door. So I opened it and I went, ‘What on earth is that?’ And it was ‘Speed King’ by Deep Purple off Deep Purple In Rock. And that was what got me started.”
During an radio interview a few years ago, Bruce revealed his favorite Deep Purple song: “It’s just one of those tracks, that is not played very often, but it’s got some phenomenal bits in it. And of course, it’s also got. So I mean, having been a drummer or at least aspired to being a drummer, I have huge respect for drummers. Also Ian Paice is simply one of the finest drummers in the world, he really is. I suppose if you’re going to be a drumming nit-noid type guy, it’s his foot, it’s all down to his foot.”
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