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Glenn Hughes is an English singer, bass guitarist and songwriter, known for being the lead singer of Black Sabbath during the 80s, as well as being a member of Deep Purple in the 70s. His distinctive style blends hard rock, soul and funk, drawing influences from British rock and American soul and R&B. Deep Purple headlined California Jam in front of a quarter of a million people in 1974. His first solo album came out in 1977, after Deep Purple split. Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums such as Blues, From Now On..., Burning Japan Live, Feel, Addiction, The Way It Is, Return Of Crystal Karma, Building The Machine Songs In The Key Of Rock and Soul Mover. 2010 promises to be one of the most exciting and prolific years in Glenn’s career as it will see him recording and touring in a new supergroup project, Black Country Communion.
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Glenn Hughes tickets at - your link to everything Glenn Hughes - concerts, tours, tickets, news and reviews.Glenn Hughes started out as the bassist/lead vocalist in the band Finders Keepers in the 60s, as well as being a member of the British fun-rock band Trapeze.In 1973 he became the bassist and vocalist for Deep Purple, and went on...
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    Glenn Hughes
      5 stars, from 2 Fan reports
  • London - Roundhouse


    A Knockout Evening from Shipscook, 02/11/10
    Having only ever seen Alice at stadium gigs before, I was really looking forward to seeing the man in the intimate surroundings of the London Roundhouse, itself a place with fond memories of Sunday gigs in the 70s. The show didnt disappoint, kicking off with Schools Out Cooper powered through a set mostly culled from his classic early seventies albums. Songs like No More Mr Nice Guy, Im 18 and Billion Dollar Babies got the crowd grooving accompanied by theatrics that included three executions and a nurse with an angle grinder. after a blistering Under my Wheels the band returned for a rousing Elected followed by a reprise of Schools Out - not bad for a pensioner!
  • EXETER - Phoenix Theatre


    What a Night! from Eddie6string, 06/10/10
    You would be mistaken if you thought any of the following about Glenn Hughes; Too Old to be relevant or capable of giving a quality Live performance. Too frail for his self confessed abused body to generate the energy levels required to hold an audience in his potent hands, whilst his voice performs audio acrobatics that a songbird on the wing would be envious of. Yes, Mistaken you would be, to suppose you could afford to stay at home if this particular Voice of Rock show came within a Light year of your town. This was the first time at seeing Glenn centre stage & I left the Phoenix theatre at Exeter on October 2nd 2010 very impressed with the Man on every level & the band gave evidence of their Affection & respect for this consummate musician by giving a faultless & equally impressive performance in support. From the moment the band hit the stage a musical barrage ensued, Heavy Rock, Deep Blues & the Funkiest Rhythm patterns were stitched together with melodic threads & decorated with dazzling dynamics that kept the inexperienced fan in a constant state of shocked ecstasy, like the proverbial Rabbit in the Headlights of a speeding Tour bus! Songs from Trapeze to present day featured in this slick two hour display of a Master class for performers from any era - timeless! One fan stood next to me, was so taken with the bands performance that he forgot to visit his much love Pint of brew using his laden hand to clap - Ill never wash the stain out & thank goodness Beer makes a good shampoo! Several others expressed their surprise at the quality of the performance given by Glenn (Vocals & Bass), Soren (Guitar), Pontus (Drums) & Anders (Keyboard) VERY solid. Given that Glenn seems to add the occasional stop within a tune or two, the guys were kept on their toes & responded in unison - who said musicians couldnt unite the world? Glenn: was sporting a 1950s Fender Precision Bass & no matter how fast or complex a run of notes, he seldom needed to look at the instrument, choosing instead to keep audience contact, eliciting high velocity waving & more Alcoholic showers as he positioned his guitar neck over the heads of the stage huggers who responded like Vikings toasting a Pagan god or two. Glenns vocal performance left one wondering how such a gentle sweet & yet Powerful Spider Silk voice could reside in one person? Glenns ability to embrace the Soulful melodies & Primeval Screams (often attributed to Youth at the pinnacle of competence), & often spaced within a few beats of each other, gives evidence as to why his collaboration with Black Country Communion is deservedly currently enjoying great commercial success - you cant keep this kind of talent down! Drug addiction couldnt! Alcohol & the rigors of recovery couldnt! So, maybe Glenns trust in the Divine isnt so misplaced after all? Something that defines GREAT in Rock n Roll terms is how a performer continues his desire & obligation to perform to his/her audience despite the rafters falling around them & the sky dropping in for a closer look - You just know that in such a scenario, Glenn, would come out on top & still be willing to sign CD covers for all. Just a word or two about the band; Soren: plays guitar like he wears his skin - the two were made for each other! Great variety in Tones & technique that would have budding guitarist studiously learning how to unravel their fingers after attempting an imitation. For the Deep Purple fans among us, Soren tastefully paid homage to Ritchie Blackmore in accommodating the Masters original method of playing Sail Away & Burn whilst adding his own flamboyance, returning at the end of Burn to RBs copywrited technique of sliding his toe cap along the fret board, most entertaining! Anders: seemed more than happy to let the other members of the band do the Acrobatics, after all, Keith Emerson has cornered the market in turning a keyboard into Firewood whilst performing a solo or two. Glenn is rigorous in demanding a high standard of performance & Anders frequently received a smile of approval from centre stage. Great tones & voicing for the wide variety of styles visited by this band! Pontus: Daytime TV producers are missing out big time where this man is concerned, his ability to tenderise the toughest stake on a celebrity cooking show, is second to none - and that would be with sticks - no mallet required! What a Powerhouse! What finesse! Like using a Jack Hammer to tickle a Babe in arms Pontus has the ability to ride any Musical Dynamic Glenn requires, like the Silver Surfer riding a tsunami! I had to see what super strong material his drum were made of only to find normal skins - no Kevlar - what a surprise! Who needs an atomic clock? this boy has absolutely solid time keeping that kept the band right in the groove - so essential for the Funk elements. All this & the guy knows more drummer jokes than is healthy. What more can I say? Do yourself an enormous favour & catch these guys before they start charging what theyre worth! £20 to £30 a ticket - BARGAIN! Cheers