“Yes, of course, I’ve invited him, but he is a very busy man, so I’m not sure whether he’ll be able to come, but I called him, naturally,” Gillan said. “I would also like to see my friends, but time is very short: I need to check in at the hotel, meet with the journalists ... I’ll have a long day, so we’ll see.”
Gillan, accompanied by an orchestra, will perform Deep Purple hits and his own songs, such as “Day Late and A Dollar Short,” in the Kremlin.
Ian Gillan has been to Russia a number of times as a member of Deep Purple and other bands. “I have travelled from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, been to Makhachkala and Armenia, to the former republics [of the USSR], been everywhere,” Gillan said.
In 2011, Medvedev, who at the time was President of Russia, met with members of Deep Purple. While talking to the musicians, Medvedev admitted to being a fan of the band for over 30 years.
Gillan, 71, has also been a member of such bands as Moonshiners, The Javelins, Wainwright's Gentlemen, Episode Six, the Ian Gillan Band and GILLAN.