Origin: England  
Genres: Hard Rock, 70's Metal
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Gillan

Gillan was one of two solo bands led by famed vocalist Ian Gillan following his departure from Deep Purple in the mid-seventies (the other, earlier, band went by the longer name Ian Gillan Band). They achieved great success in Europe and Japan (though not in America), but internally the band suffered from financial and personal problems, resulting in a relatively short run. Gillan himself drew the ire of his bandmates by disbanding the group for health reasons (his vocal chords required surgery, threatening his singing career) only to turn around and accept the offer to join Black Sabbath for that band's 1983 album Born Again. Later still, he went back to the rejuvenated Deep Purple, where, apart for a few years' absense, he has been active ever since.

Stylewise, Mr. Universe (the second album, released in 1979) more or less continues in the Purple vein (apparently not like his Ian Gillan Band work), though reportedly the mid-period albums were a bit heavier, owing a bit to the NWOBHM movement that was taking hold at the time.

Last Lineup

Ian Gillan

vocals (ex-Black Sabbath, Deep Purple)

Janick Gers

guitars (ex-Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden, ex-White Spirit)

John McCoy

bass (ex-Rogue Male, ex-Samson)

Colin Towns

keyboards

Mick Underwood

drums

Former Members/Guests

Steve Byrd

guitars

Bernie Torme

guitars (ex-Atomic Rooster, ex-Rogue Male) RIP: March 17, 2019, pneumonia , age 66

Liam Genocky

drums



Discography


Gillan  
1978
  1. Second Sight
  2. Secret Of The Dance
  3. I'm Your Man
  4. Dead Of Night
  5. Fighting Man
  6. Message In A Bottle
  7. Not Weird Enough
  8. Bringing Joanna Back
  9. Abbey Of Thelema
  10. Back In The Game
  • Ian Gillan
  • Steve Byrd
  • John McCoy
  • Colin Towns
  • Liam Genocky



Mr. Universe  
1979
  1. Second Sight
  2. Secret Of The Dance
  3. She Tears Me Down
  4. Roller
  5. Mr. Universe
  6. Vengeance
  7. Puget Sound
  8. Dead Of Night
  9. Message In A Bottle
  10. Fighting Man
  • Ian Gillan
  • Bernie Torme
  • John McCoy
  • Colin Towns
  • Mick Underwood



Glory Road  
1980
  1. Unchain Your Brain
  2. Are You Sure
  3. Time And Again
  4. No Easy Way
  5. Sleeping On The Job
  6. On The Rocks
  7. If You Believe Me
  8. Running, White Face, City Boy
  9. Nervous
  • Ian Gillan
  • Bernie Torme
  • John McCoy
  • Colin Towns
  • Mick Underwood



Future Shock  
1981
  1. Future Shock
  2. Night Ride Out Of Phoenix
  3. New Orleans
  4. The Ballad Of Lucitania Express
  5. No Laughing In Heaven
  6. Sacre Bleu
  7. Bite The Bullet
  8. If I Sing Softly
  9. Don't Want The Truth
  10. For Your Dreams
  • Ian Gillan
  • Bernie Torme
  • John McCoy
  • Colin Towns
  • Mick Underwood



Double Trouble  
1982
  1. I'll Rip Your Spine Out
  2. Restless
  3. Men Of War
  4. Sunbeam
  5. Nightmare
  6. Hadely Be-Bop
  7. Life Goes On
  8. Born To Kill
  9. No Laughing In Heaven
  10. No Easy Way
  11. If You Believe Me
  12. Trouble
  13. Mutually Assured Destruction
  14. New Orleans
  • Ian Gillan
  • Janick Gers
  • John McCoy
  • Colin Towns
  • Mick Underwood



Magic  
1983
  1. What's The Matter
  2. Bluesey Blue Sea
  3. Caught In A Trap
  4. Long Gone
  5. Driving Me Wild
  6. Demon Driver
  7. Living A Lie
  8. You're So Right
  9. Living For The City
  10. Demon Driver (Reprise)
  • Ian Gillan
  • Janick Gers
  • John McCoy
  • Colin Towns
  • Mick Underwood




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