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Singer and bassist performs Classic Deep Purple Live
One of the highlights of the recent Black Country Communion gigs in Wolverhampton and London was a storming encore of the Deep Purple classic Mistreated. It left fans wanting more – and that is just what BCC singer/ bassist Glenn Hughes plans to provide. The 66-year-old frontman will be performing Deep Purple-only material on a 2018 autumn Classic Deep Purple Live UK tour that visits Leamington Spa Assembly on October 3.
Storming: Glenn Hughes at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, January 2, 2018 (pic: Christie Goodwin)
Glenn joined Deep Purple in 1973 and performed on the classic albums Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974) and Come Taste The Band (1975).
The upcoming shows will feature the tracks Burn, Stormbringer, Might Just Take Your Life and Mistreated plus songs previously never performed live by the original Deep Purple MK 3 line-up.
Mistreated: Glenn Hughes (pic: Christie Goodwin)
Additional material from the Deep Purple MK 4 period will also feature, including Gettin' Tighter, Glenn's funk rock extravaganza extraordinaire, plus the brooding David Coverdale/Glenn Hughes masterpiece, You Keep On Moving.
Deep Purple MK 2 hits Highway Star and Smoke on the Water will also make an appearance, because, as Glenn points out, ''I did play both these numbers during my time with Purple and they were mainstays of the live set when I was in the band. As my manager pointed out to me, the first time Smoke on The Water was ever played live at Madison Square Garden was when David and I were in the band in 1974. I love singing Highway Star, too."
Continues Glenn, "A few years back, I cut a barnstorming version of Highway Star for the Machine Head anniversary tribute album with my good friends Steve Vai and Chad Smith. I'm not playing anything on the forthcoming tour that I didn't either play live or record in the studio with Purple."
Highway Star: Glenn Hughes (pic: Stuart Westwood Photography)
As well as Glenn on lead vocals and bass guitar, the touring band includes Soren Anderson (guitar), Jesper Bo Hansen (keyboards) and Fernando Escobedo (drums).
Says Glenn: "I'm excited to be touring Classic Deep Purple Live in the UK this October. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm. We're also touring the show throughout South America in April, and festivals throughout the summer. By the time we tour the UK in October, we'll be on fire.
''I can still sing the songs, in some ways even better than I did in the 70s. I can still perform them with the same energy that was on the stage back then, too. I feel that the time is right. It's fun to get back into character of my days with Purple. I'm looking back at my life and I want to remember the good stuff. I'm incredibly excited to perform these songs, as they helped define the genre. I can assure you, the new show is going to blow your mind.''
Looking back: Glenn Hughes (pic: Joe Lester)
The first important band that Glenn was a member of was Trapeze. Aged 20, in 1973 he joined Deep Purple, with the trailblazing hard-rock legends having just lost vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Glenn and David Coverdale.
Glenn's solo debut album, Play Me Out (1977), preceded later albums with Black Sabbath and Gary Moore. The last 25 years have seen a rush of solo work and collaborations, including mega hit America: What Time Is Love? with the KLF in 1992, and four top selling studio albums released between 2010 and 2018 with rock super group Black Country Communion, featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. Glenn and other members of Deep Purple were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
Glenn Hughes: Classic Deep Purple Live 2018 UK tour dates:
Oct 2: O2 Academy, Bristol;
Oct 3: Assembly, Leamington Spa;
Oct 5: Engine Rooms, Southampton;
Oct 6: Tramshed, Cardiff;
Oct 9: University Union, Leeds;
Oct 10: O2 Academy, Newcastle;
Oct 12: ABC, Glasgow;
Oct 13: Academy 2, Manchester;
Oct 15: Koko, London.