Talking Music: Glenn Hughes Revisits Deep Purple
Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion will play Cardiff’s Tramshed on October 6.
Glenn recently took time out to discuss his career and touring.
What’s the best gig that you’ve been to or has inspired you the most?
The best gig I have ever been to would have been Prince in Stockholm 1994. It was inspiring, soulful and very, very groovy.
What is your favourite part of touring and what is your least favourite part of it?
My favourite part of touring is the time I spent on stage with my band giving the love back to my fans. The most difficult part of touring is the time zones I am travelling where I may lose a little sleep.
What’s your favourite UK venue so far, and why do you like it so much?
My favourite venue in the UK is the Royal Albert Hall. I have been playing there for five decades, it’s a wonderful venue and a wonderful evening.
Do you have a pre-show ritual? If so what is it?
My pre-show ritual is warming my voice up, spending time alone, preparing for my show, meditation, a lot of water and prayer.
How do like to relax on a day off during a tour?
Relaxation for me is spending time in nature, getting away from the city if I can, spending time outside, allowing myself to feel free within the universe.
On this tour you are revisiting your Deep Purple past. Tell us more about how the idea
for the tour came together. In early 2017, I was asked by many promoters across the world if I would be interested in doing an evening with Glenn Hughes performing Classic Deep Purple Live. After few months of debating this, I went to Australia and New Zealand as a trial-run. It was a success I loved it, I was dedicated to performing these great songs. So now, here I am on this worldwide tour and I am very happy.
You are touring all over the world at the moment. Are you looking forward to bringing
the tour to the UK / Ireland? As I am from the United Kingdom but have been living in America for so long returning home for me, to where I was born, and to play the marketplace that gave me my life, I’m very, very grateful to be coming to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. So here we go, it’s going to be a great, great time. I can’t wait to bring it to you and give the love back you freely given to me.
What are your plans after touring “Glenn Hughes performs Classic Deep Purple Live” all over the world? Anything you can tell us about?
To be honest with you, all I can think about is the touring of this particular cycle. It will be around two years long after then, not sure what I’ll do. What I won’t do is sit back and relax. I’ll take a short period of break and then I’ll be onto the next thing, whatever it is and I will embrace it and I will give it love.
Can you give us a preview of what songs people can expect to hear during the show?
Primarily it’s the album Burn, Come Taste The Band and Stormbringer. These albums are so important to Classic Rock fans and for MK3 and MK4 Deep Purple fans. So here we go, those songs we’ll be presenting.
In 2016 you were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Deep Purple.What was like?
My induction with Deep Purple in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2016 was a monumental occasion. I’m truly grateful to be given the gift of music, to be a songwriter and performer. Thank you to all the fans, the Hall of Fame for this amazing honour.