March 6, 2007
Legendary rock drummer Ian Paice, described as the best in the world by none other than Sir Paul McCartney, played a one-off show organised by the University of Glamorgan on Friday night, 2nd March.
Paice, the sticksman for rock giants Deep Purple, held a drum clinic in Treforest in partnership with ATRiuM the University’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries.
ATRiuM will open this September in Cardiff city centre and will bring together the creative disciplines including arts, media, design, music and performing arts.
Ian Paice said, “ATRiuM will be a great place for young musicians to learn their craft, not to mention all the other things they’ve got going on there. This drum clinic of mine will hopefully demonstrate that drummers are also musicians, despite the jokes!”
Paice was a founding member of rock pioneers Deep Purple, who have sold more than 110 million albums worldwide. He was also a member of Whitesnake and Gary Moore’s band, as well as being chosen to form an all-star band with Sir Paul McCartney.
Some other famous faces – including former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable and Bob Richards of Man – were also at the event at Toms in Treforest.
Stuart commented, “It is fantastic to be taking part in this event which will raise the profile of the University’s new Cardiff campus. ATRiuM is a much needed training ground in Wales for people wanting to break into the creative and cultural industries. I look forward to seeing and hearing about the wealth of new talent that will inevitably be nurtured there.”
Ian Paice is renowned throughout the world for his unique technique and blurring speed and also his amazing one-handed drum roll which has to be seen to be believed.
Organiser Lloyd George, a Music Technology lecturer at the University of Glamorgan, said, “At ATRiuM we sincerely believe in integrating our students work with that of industry and our relationship with Tom’s live music venue and international stars such as Ian Paice only goes to show the level of commitment and professionalism that the University has for its clients in the community and of course our students.”
The event also saw the world premier screening of a new documentary on Deep Purple, which follows the career of their frontman, Ian Gillan. The film – ‘Ian Gillan: Highway Star – A Journey In Rock’ was made by Welsh production company Coolhead, and features contributions from Luciano Pavarotti, Sir Tim Rice and the late George Best (thought to be the last interview he did before going into hospital).