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What Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan once said about God

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What Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan once said about God

Rock stars are not always only asked about music in interivews and sometimes they reflect about some more philosophical questions like the existence of God. In an interview with Radio Rock 106.6 (Transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage) back in 2017, the legendary Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan talked about God and gave his opinion on it’s existence.


When Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan gave his opinion on God

“The subject of God is well with the theological (need) of the human spirit to have something to relate to, which bad ideas catch on. So, for me man created God. That’s the bottom line of all that side of it. That’s why we all have all these problems, because we don’t understand. We don’t obey God, we are obeying ourselves. Yes I do (Believe in God) and I believe in God because man created God. It’s a paradox, right? But it works for me.”

“I don’t believe in God all my life until I realized that man created god. I thought well, of course it makes sense. It make sense, this takes care of our spiritual needs. In the old days was the witch doctor and the chief. One took care of the physical side and one took care of the mental or spiritual side. So it’s still the same, the offices of the church ‘Do as I say, God speaks directly to me and I will tell you what to do,'” Ian Gillan said.

Born in Chiswick, London, England back in 1945, Ian Gillan first achieved fame as the vocalist of Deep Purple, band he joined one year after it was formed. He was a part of them for the first time from 1968 until 1973, then from 1984 to 1989 and returned in 1992. He helped them to record some of their most famous albums like: “Deep Purple in Rock” (1970), “Fireball” (1971), “Machine Head” (1972) and “Perfect Strangers” (1984).

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