Ian Gillan Talks About The Credit Crunch
A recently conducted interview with Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan about money reveals he ‘hasn’t seen his bank statement in 30 years’. Get your Deep Purple tickets!
Mark Anstead of Telegraph.co.uk recently conducted the interview with Ian Gillan, and when asked about money, he revealed, “I’m completely irresponsible [with money], I’m afraid. I’m ignorant about money as a commodity — I have never really understood it. Years ago I decided to delegate running everything to my management because I’m only home three months every year and the rest of the time on tour. I need people paying my bills while I’m away or I’d come back to find everything cut off. Now if I want to buy something I simply ask my manager, Phil Banfield, whether I can afford it. His team looks after my bank account and I haven’t seen a bank statement in 30 years. I’ve been with him since the Seventies and I trust him completely
Also when asked about whether he was feeling the effects of the current recession he claimed, “No and it’s bizarre. We are playing to larger audiences nowadays than we were in the seventies and we are doing more gigs. The average age of the audiences now is 18 and I haven’t seen any long hair in a very long time. Record sales have been steadily declining, but people are prepared to pay a lot for concert tickets and we certainly give them a good night out.”