Archive for the ‘Glenn Hughes’ Category

Flyer

September 29, 2017

At the risk of turning into a GH fan site, thanks to Roel Glas in Australia, here’s the A4 flyer put together to publicise the Glenn Hughes Deep Purple tour. We’ve also learned that Glenn “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee” Hughes (as Guitar World insist on calling him!) and his compadre Chad Smith are forming two noisy thirds of Joe Satriani’s power trio backing for Joe’s new album (his 16th) What Happens Next, due out in January (CD / LP). There is a very miserly clip on Joe’s website. I guess this needs to go in the discography as a GH session, though that hardly seems to do it justice. Thanks to Tim Summers; Tim says there have been rumours of Glenn being in a band with Joe for some time but Joe’s next tour is a G3 set in the U.S. with no mention of Glenn.

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Warning, contains Georgia!

September 22, 2017

Here’s the Glenn Hughes Purple tribute set from one of the Australian shows on the current your there (Sydney). We’ve nicked it from one of those set list sites but it does tally with other reports. A taster for the shows was aired on local TV and can be seen online here:

Not a bad set either; he’s done a few of these during various tours over the years but a couple I don’t recall. Digital audio of some shows also doing the rounds if you know where to go. Thanks to Mike Richards and Tim Summers.
Can’t help wishing Ritchie could take a pay cut and join in but Jeff Kollman has worked with Glenn on these songs before and does a good job. And with the fuzzy picture quality and long hair, it could almost be the 70s again at times!

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The black crows circle

September 8, 2017

The fourth Black Country Communion album is due around Sept 22nd on both CD and vinyl (thanks to Tonny Steenhagen for the info.) From the taster track studio video I found on the Ultimate Guitar site (Link below), it seems to be more of the same, and just as Zeppy too (check Joe’s solo out!). So if you were up for it before, you’ll not be disappointed. Glenn delivers a solid performance as always but I’m not sure what all this hard work actually adds to the pantheon. It all starts the build up to the tour which reaches us in January, let’s hope it’s more of a band thing than the last one which came over to me as Joe Bonamassa plus guests.
Title? BCCIV.
Actually that’s probably meant to be some sort of a phoenix on the front, sorry crows. Glenn is interviewed in this months Record Collector magazine too.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/upcoming_releases/black_country_communion_is_back_with_first_new_music_in_4_years.html

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Purple People

May 15, 2017

Glenn Hughes bootleg

A wedge of Glenn Hughes back-catalogue is appearing through the new Purple label run via Cherry Red.  Some offer no extras over and above what has been out before, but Feel gains a bonus disc of live material from Holland, Germany and Japan recorded in 1994.  Source is not known, the shows have all appeared as bootlegs but they may have gone looking for original tapes.  Addiction, one of my faves from the man, has a live show from Holland in 1995 as a bonus disc. Again this has appeared as a decent bootleg before (one of the boot sleeves is shown above.)  Thanks to Mark Maddock.
(A few people keep asking but this is nothing to do with the Purple label as run by Simon which was closed a few years ago now after Tony Edwards died.)
Also busy on the archive front is Graham Bonnet, with a new Anthology CD/DVD combo any time and there is a more recent CD/DVD set taken from a festival slot in Italy in 2016 also on the way.  His biography is in the very final stages of production and is expected to be in print during June. Check the publisher’s site for more info or to register for early details.  Thanks to Stephen Hines for the info (and owner of one of the best email names I’ve seen so far!).

In Church

February 2, 2017

Some great reviews from Glenn Hughes‘ UK tour, and after last night’s show in Leeds at The Church, it’s not hard to see why. A tight, gritty and heavy barnstorming performance, with a tremendous rendition of Soul Mover which I will remember for a long time. Quite how Glenn managed to find the energy to even do the show given the personal news he’d had to cope with earlier in the day I don’t know.  Nobody would have complained if he’d decided to cancel, or if the show had been subdued, but not a bit of it; Glenn seemed to draw strength by being on stage, and told the audience his mother had made him promise to finish the tour come what may.  And while the venue’s immediate spiritual associations are long gone, with the stained glass windows and the stage lights mingling together, it was perhaps as fitting a place for him to be last night as anywhere.

Fantasy Camp

October 12, 2016

Ian Paice Glenn Hughes Rock n Roll Fantasy camp

Three members of Deep Purple have been booked to help celebrate the twenty first anniversary of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp next year; Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Glenn Hughes. The four day event enables people to jam with, learn from and listen to the musicians and rock star councillors, and the final night will be hosted at the Whisky A Go Go, a show by Glenn Hughes and some of the attendees. March 2-5, 2017 in Hollywood, California if you’re feeling flush. It is being billed with a “Celebrate the Music of Deep Purple” theme this time, and “in memory of Jon Lord”. Glenn has done this event before, but I think it’s a first timer for the other guys.  There is no indication that they will perform on stage together, but you never know. For additional information, visit www.rockcamp.com

Thanks to Tim Summers.

Glenn CD, tour, vids…

September 23, 2016

Glenn Hughes promo photo 2016

The GLENN HUGHES roadshow is getting into gear with his new studio album Resonate due in late October.  A promotional video – all arty monochrome – was posted this week on his site for the track ‘Heavy’, and is… just that, although Glenn is filmed separately from the band who are all in the studio, with Chad Smith featured prominently.  I quite enjoyed it while it was on, a touch vintage Purpley in some ways. There is a special edition of the CD with a three track promo DVD, and it looks like the Japanese get a bonus track. A vinyl edition is also promised. The tour reaches the UK in November, supported by Living Colour.

Glenn Hughes Resonate
Pat Thrall turned up for a couple of Hughes / Thrall numbers at Glenn’s Las Vegas show in August, and if you can’t wait for the tour there is a professionally shot video of Glenn’s gig in Buenos Aires doing the rounds online.
And it also looks as if Black Country Communion will be returning to the scene next year, despite all the brickbats they were throwing at one another not so long ago. Glenn, Jason and Joe are it seems now back on message.

Glenn, Gillan, Gigs

May 5, 2016

Following the August dates in America (details posted below) Glenn Hughes has announced European 2016 shows (vote stay!) including the UK in November, with nine shows right around the country. We quite fancy The Ritz in Manchester, which we’ve not been to since Ian Gillan’s Garth Rockett days. Support is Living Colour (who we also went to see back in the day) and the tour runs through into Spain in the middle of December.  Check the flyer (thanks to Tim Summers) for more info. This tour will probably support Glenn’s new solo album which he is working on right now.
There is also a promised return for Black Country Communion next year, despite the public spat which surfaced after the split!

Glenn Hughes UK tour 2016 Living Colour support

Meanwhile Ian Gillan is doing a couple more of those shows which have him fronting an orchestra belting out Deep Purple classics. Two dates are already announced, Bulgaria on November 4th and Hungary on the 7th. Thanks to Lutz Reinert for the flyer and info. He will also have the Don Airey Band on stage to provide the rock input.

A third show in Ukraine, at Kiev, has been added on the 11th.

Ian Gillan sings Deep Purple

Eddie Hardin

July 27, 2015

Eddie HardinKeyboard player and singer Eddie Hardin has died suddenly at the age of just 66.  Eddie’s connections with the Deep Purple scene spanned some 45 years, and he worked with members of the group directly across much of that time.  After a spell as a teenager replacing Steve Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group with Ray Fenwick (not an easy task) they did some interesting if often overlooked work in the late Sixties for Vertigo. After a couple of album, Eddie went off to form what seems an unlikely drum / keyboard duo, Hardin – York, with drummer Pete York in 1969. They became one of the most successful bands in Germany during the early 1970s and also supported Deep Purple on a couple of tours (check out the poster for a big 1970 German festival below), both joining Jon Lord and Ian Paice at occasional jam nights in London (while Pete joined forces with Ian on drum duels at some live Hardin – York shows).
Eddie got bored repeating himself musically, and despite playing stadiums in Europe, back in the UK Hardin – York couldn’t get arrested. So after a couple of years he went off to do his own thing and Roger Glover worked with Eddie on a couple of his post-Hardin – York solo albums and the pair were heavily involved in the original Wizard’s Convention studio project in 1976, along with Jon, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Eddie became a big contributor to Roger’s Butterfly Ball project too, co-writing Love Is All and performing on the album (mainly keyboards but also vocals on one track), then playing keyboards at the one-off Albert Hall concert where I first saw him live.
It was a nice touch to see Eddie invited to be part of the fabulous Deep Purple Concerto evenings at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999 when he and Roger did Love Is All, along with Ronnie Dio and Mickey Lee Soule.

Deep Purple Peace Pop World poster March 1970
I got to know Eddie in the early Nineties when our label RPM worked closely with him on the first in-depth reissues of some of his back-catalogue including the Hardin York material, the Spencer Davis Group albums and other odds and ends which he kept turning up, amazed that anyone was interested really!  Indeed to a certain extent that seemed to be how he viewed his career at times, happy to have the success when it came but with an easy come easy go approach to the music business in general.  A typical example was a pile of postcards showing a palatial stately house which I spotted on one visit, and wondered why he had them.  It turned out he’d bought the place with some unexpectedly large royalty cheques in the 70s, then had the cards made to send to friends. All too quickly he realised that he couldn’t afford to run or staff the place, and it had to go! Eddie did have his autobiography ALAB published a few years ago, and the house features on the front.
Apart from the stuff you probably know about (and people of a certain age mustn’t forget the theme tune to Magpie which Eddie co-wrote), do check out the early Hardin – York material, especially if you enjoy strong and inventive Hammond playing.  It was a time when rock music experimented in all sorts of ways and Eddie was in the thick of it.  And why on earth Catch You On The Rebop (on which Eddie again shares a writing credit) wasn’t a massive hit for Spencer Davis in 1973 must remain one of life’s great mysteries.

Power trio is back

June 24, 2015

Glenn Hughes Deep PurpleGlenn Hughes has sprung a decent looking live tour on the UK, back to a power-trio as well with Doug Aldrich and Pontus Engborg.  Just writing that and I can feel the bass slamming into me.
Glenn is promising to cover all of his career paths (which could mean a long night these days), indeed the man himself suggests, this is going to be epic. Sorry, E P I C.
Were fancying the Holmfirth gig so we can get an early tea at the Wrinkled Stocking cafe first, from the money we saved not bothering to go to the Slash support shows late last year.  Thanks to Tom, Tim and Classic Rock Revisited dot com for the news.

OCTOBER
Mon 19 Norwich – Waterfront
Tue 20 Newcastle- Tyne Theatre
Thu 22 Belfast – Limelight
Fri 23 Glasgow – The Garage
Sun 25 Holmfirth – Picturedrome
Mon 26 Bilston – Robin 2
Wed 28 York – Fibbers
Thu 29 Manchester – Club Academy

NOVEMBER
Sun 01 London – Electric Ballroom