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mick underwood

Mick Underwood is a seasoned drummer who has played with many of rock n' roll's greats. From receiving drum lessons at a very young age from none other than the recently departed Jim Marshall, playing with Ritchie Blackmore in the Outlaws, Episode Six, the short lived Quatermass and with Paul Rodgers in Peace, but he is more fondly remembered for when he joined up with his former buddy from Episode Six and Deep Purple's legendary singer Ian Gillan in the much underrated, much loved and highly successful act Gillan.

A band who between 1979 and 1982 made five infectious albums, all of which made the UK Top 20 with the 'Glory Road' album hitting number three in August 1980, kept off the top by Roxy Music's 'Flesh And Blood' and AC/DC's 'Back In Black' mega seller. Just eight months later 'Future Shock' went straight in at number two, beaten the the top slot by Adam And The Ants 'King Of The Wild Frontier'.

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Gillan toured the length of the country, including a headlining slot at the Reading Festival in 1981 as well as many memorable TV appearances before it all ended at Wembley Arena on the 'Magic' tour before Ian Gillan controversially joined Black Sabbath.

Since then little has been heard of Mick Underwood, although he has been happily playing near his home in the West of London, most notably in Raw Glory with Cosmo from the Heavy Metal Kids. Many would love to see a Gillan re-union but with Ian Gillan still coining it in around the world with Deep Purple, that's highly unlikely to ever happen.

Mark caught up with Mick at his recet London gig and here's what he had to say...

Click here for the review of Mick Underwood's Glory Road's recent London gig...

mick underwood

mick underwood



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