"It's always a great pleasure for me to play in the UK. I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, but my career started back in the UK," says the 62-year-old who was born in Cannock in Staffordshire.
"I love my fans and personally interact with them online or at venues on my travels. There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fanbase."
He adds that he has known Doug Aldrich, who also played in Dio, for some time.
"Ronnie James Dio introduced me to Doug years ago and I felt it was time to ask him to rock with me,'' he says. ''It's gonna be epic!"
"Two weeks after I got an electric guitar I was on stage with all of these old cats from Chicago playing the blues," he recalls. "The music immediately resonated with me. It was all about the feeling and the soul behind it. None of these guys were music nerds. They were true blues guys playing what they felt. That power and reality struck a chord in me."
Soon, he found himself practicing 12 hours a day and ended up sharing the stage with legends including Buddy Guy, Honeyboy Edwards, and Big Jim Johnson as well as opening for Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Derek Trucks.
By his 21st birthday, he had logged over 500 gigs. After a short stint at Berklee School of Music in Boston, he headed to Los Angeles where he garnered accolades at the world-renowned Musicians Institute, winning the 2010 Jerry Horton guitar contest, the 2011 Les Paul tribute contest, and the 2011 Outstanding Guitarist award.
"I want people to get excited," he concludes. "I want them to feel like anything is possible in this music. I want them to know great blues rock exists. If I can give someone the same inspiration I was blessed with, then I have done something right."
Glenn Hughes/ Jared James Nichols 2015 UK tour dates:
Oct 17: Engine Rooms, Southampton;
Oct 19: Waterfront, Norwich;
Oct 20: Tyne Theatre, Newcastle;
Oct 22: Limelight, Belfast;
Oct 23: The Garage, Glasgow;
Oct 25: Picturedrome, Holmfirth;
Oct 26: Robin 2, Bilston;
Oct 28: Fibbers, York;
Oct 29: Club Academy, Manchester;
Nov 1: Electric Ballroom, London.