Photo of Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan included with music gifts story.
World famous musicians Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell) and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, Ian Gillan Band) visited a music school in Gyumri, Armenia in October of 2009. They saw the conditions under which the N 6 Music School has been operating since their former building was destroyed during a 1988 earthquake. Since then, classes have been hosted in temporary shelters. Recently, Iommi and Gillan had musical instruments and supplies shipped to the school as gifts in order to ease some of their financial burden, while they're still trying to get back to a normal situation. The following news entry about these events was posted to Tony Iommi's web site on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.
Tony Iommi and Ian Gillan Give Musical Gifts
to Armenian Music School
World famous rock musicians Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) and Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) sent musical instruments as a gift to the N6 musical school in Gyumri.
Professional musical instruments from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation were supplied to Yerevan: 4 acoustic guitars of the Japanese Takamine Company and a Blackhawk drum kit of the Gretsch Drums Company. The musicians also gave Paiste сcymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks, presented by John Henrys Ltd.
On October 1, 2009, Ian Gillan and Toni Iommi visited the N 6 music school in Gyumri within the framework of Armenia Grateful 2 Rock project, realized by Mediamax and Australian “Do Something” organization. The director of the school, Harutyun Asatryan, spoke with the rock stars informing them that the pupils would love to have new musical instruments to practice with. The N 6 music school in Gyumri was destroyed during 1988 earthquake and is still hosted in temporary shelters.
“We express huge gratitude to the great musicians for their attention towards Armenian children, who study music in difficult conditions. Almost 5 months have passed from the time of Gillan and Iommi’s visit to Armenia, but this present is evidences that their sincere wish to help the Armenian school has not become weaker to any extent. I want to also sincerely thank the managers of the musicians Ralph Baker and Phil Banfield, who directly dealt with acquisition of the instruments”, Mediamax Director Ara Tadevosyan stated.