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Glenn Hughes To Perform Classic Deep Purple Live In Australia & New Zealand

For the first time in 40 years Australia and New Zealand fans will witness Glenn HughesThe Voice of Rock and one of the finest musicians of his generation fronting a mighty handpicked band, as he revisits some of Deep Purple’s all-time greatest songs.

I’m seriously excited to get out there and play in Australia and New Zealand, and with my band, I know this will be a really incredible show.

Glenn Hughes played his last concert with Deep Purple on March 15, 1976, at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. On that night, the UK bassist and vocalist walked away from one of history’s truly game-changing rock phenomena and never looked back – until now – GET READY!


20thState Theatre – Sydney, AUSTRALIA
24thPerth Concert Hall – Perth, AUSTRALIA
26thHorncastle Arena – Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND
27thMichael Fowler Centre – Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
29thHamer Hall – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
30thCaloundra Music Festival – Kings Beach, Queensland, AUSTRALIA


1stQPAC Concert Hall – Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
3rdASB Theatre, Aotea Centre – Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Glenn Hughes (vocals/bass)

Deep Purple took a quantum leap when 20-year-old Glenn Hughes was seconded from British funk-rock outfit Trapeze in 1973. As bassist and co-vocalist (with David Coverdale), he helped steer the rock institution in the progressive direction of Burn and Stormbringer while touring the world for three years. His solo debut of ’77, Play Me Out, preceded albums with Black Sabbath and Gary Moore. The last 25 years have seen a rush of solo work and collaborations for the ‘Voice of Rock’ including Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham, and high impact with the Music of Cream tour and his 2016 album, Resonate. Glenn was inducted into the Rock’n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year along with other Deep Purple members.

Jeff Kollman (guitars)

The hallowed name of guitar god Jeff Kollman has graced too many greatest player polls to count these last 30 years. The Ohio punk turned jazz-prog virtuoso has run rings around the world since his ’90s metal band Edwin Dare gave way to prog heroes Cosmosquad and a gun-slinging resume that spans Sebastian Bach to Alan Parsons; Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats to UFO spin-off Mogg/Way. A classic guitarist’s guitarists, Jeff takes high praise from the likes of Steve Lukather in his estimable stride. On stage and record, he’s been a recurring foil for Glenn Hughes since the Songs In the Key of Rock LP of 2003.

Lachy Doley (keys)

Some call him the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond organ. Glenn Hughes calls him “the greatest living keyboard player in the world.” Australian soul monster Lachy Doley is a killer showman too, pumping and pounding the most astonishing sounds from the classic B3 Hammond and his uber-rare Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet. Lachy’s version of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” has clocked millions of YouTube hits and his latest album, Lovelight, has torched blues charts from Australia to the UK. Sideman to Powderfinger, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes and Joe Bonamassa, the world-touring keys prodigy cemented his place in Glenn’s band during sessions in Copenhagen for the Resonate LP.

Pontus Engborg (drums)

Hard-hitting funk-rock drummer Pontus Engborg barrelled out of Sweden to hit the LA session scene barely out of his teens in 2000. A fast and furious apprenticeship from the Viper Room to the Whiskey and the Knitting Factory would lead to stints with Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Toto’s Bobby Kimball and Journey’s Steve Augeri. Back in Sweden, he’s been the man behind the supremely versatile Confusion since 2007. It was there that he came to the attention of Glenn Hughes in 2010, and made his debut behind the Voice of Rock in Serbia that July, sans rehearsal or soundcheck, in front of 21,000 people. Seven years later, it’s fair to say he passed the audition.

Glenn Hughes - Classic Deep Purple Live

The Music Of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour – Australia / New Zealand

CREAM, was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow, featuring Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.

Now in 2017, Glenn Hughes, the “Voice of Rock” and legendary bass player and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will join The Music Of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour in Australia and New Zealand. The line-up features Malcolm Bruce (Jack’s son), Kofi Baker (Ginger’s son) and Will Johns (Eric’s nephew), alongside fellow special guest, Grammy-nominated guitarist Robben Ford.

The shows start in Melbourne, Australia, on May 23, wrapping up in Auckland on June 2, and celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Cream’s all-too-brief heyday via the bloodlines of Messrs Bruce, Clapton and Baker.

More information about the tour can be found at and the dates are as follows:

23 May AUSTRALIA – Melbourne Hamer Hall
25 May AUSTRALIA – Sydney State Theatre
26 May AUSTRALIA – Perth Concert Hall
29 May AUSTRALIA – Brisbane QPAC Concert Hall
31 May NEW ZEALAND – Wellington Opera House
1 June NEW ZEALAND – Christchurch Isaac Theatre Royal
2 June NEW ZEALAND – Auckland ASB Theatre

Glenn Hughes LIVE in Australia 2013

The legendary Voice Of Rock Glenn Hughes will be performing 2 special solo shows along the East Coast of Australia in late April 2013.

Glenn will be hot on the heels of his one-off performance at the Stone Music Festival as part of super group ‘Kings of Chaos’. This whirlwind solo tour will see Glenn stopping off in Melbourne and Sydney, and audiences can expect a real treat as Glenn performs a spectacular two set career spanning show.

Glenn will be playing a dual set, kicking off with an intimate acoustic solo set that will allows fans to get up close and personal with the man himself before ripping into a full electric show. You can expect to see and hear some highlights from his time with Deep Purple MKIII, Black Country Communion and songs from other solo projects.

Support for the two shows will be Melbourne up and coming rocker’s ‘Massive’.

Glenn Hughes 2013 Australian Tour



Tickets on saleTHURSDAY APRIL 14th @ 9:00AM.

For more info go to:



Glenn will be dropping by Readings Books (Carlton) on Tuesday April 23rd at 5:00pm where he’ll be signing copies of his autobiography.

NOTE! It’s strictly limited numbers and bookings must be made to attend this event.

Get in by calling: +613 9347 6633.


A VERY special opportunity is on offer to a miniscule number of fans!! 100 fans, yep.. only 100, have the opportunity to attend a 2 hour spoken-word ‘storyteller’ session with Glenn Hughes. 20 tickets are allocated to VIPs and the promoter…. leaving just 80 tickets available to the general public!

This once-off Melbourne event will occur on Tuesday April 23rd from approx. 8:00pm at the Whole Lotta Love Bar in East Brunswick.

In an informal environment, Glenn will take to the stage and field questions from the MC of the night, Mr. Alan Howe. Expect to hear some out there stories as Glenn recounts the high’s, low’s and memorable moments, of his long and colourful career.

NOTE! It’s strictly limited numbers and tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Ticket price is $20.00 + booking fee. To secure your ticket, buy it now!

*Alan Howe is executive editor and columnist with Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper. He was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, to Royal Air Force parents, but is proudly an Australian. The Queen has been fortunate enough to meet him twice.

Glenn Hughes ALIVE DRIVE update coming soon…

An update to the audio portion of the Alive Drive is due any day now, so be sure and keep an eye on it…

Live in Australia, on the 18th of June 2006 at Melbourne’s Manchester Lane, Hughes brought his unique brand of rock-funk to a new audience.

These live tracks document his first ever *Melbourne* solo show. Indeed, this is one of Britain’s greatest rock singers in acoustic mode; intimate and live, and his soulful, distinctive voice is in top-notch condition throughout: he pleads, he soars, he rocks and he croons.

– I Found A Woman
– This Time Around
– Nights In White Satin
– Last Mistake
– Frail
– Whiter Shade Of Pale

+ Tour Poster

For more details, visit the Alive Drive page over in The FUNK Emporium!

Spicks and Specks TV show, Australia

Perhaps a little late (due to time differences), but re-runs will be forthcoming!

Glenn’s appearance from back in April on “Spicks and Specks” is now being broadcast on the ABC television network within Australia – so for those of you in Australia, get your video recorders at the ready!

Taken from the local TV guide…

“Coming up on Spicks and Specks – 26 August – This week the special guests on Spicks and Specks are fedora wearing singer songwriter Jason Mraz, chaotic comedian Jason Byrne, Deep Purple‚s GLENN HUGHES, and the wonderfully wrong Sarah Millican.”

The Voice of Rock – Penthouse Australia interview

The Voice of Rock
Apr 22nd, 2009
By Kate Hutchinson
Penthouse Australia

While on his recent solo international tour, Australian Penthouse caught up with former Deep Purple bass player Glenn Hughes to discuss touring, his solo career and his former obsession with the colour green

Describe yourself in two sentences?

I‚m called the Voice of Rock and the Soul Mover, who lives for spiritual progression. See you soon Australia!

Tell us about the worst show you ever played?

It was in Memphis. My drink was spiked with LSD when I was playing with Deep Purple. It was a circus of horrors. Also on one tour I wore only green; even green eye shadow. I just loved that colour. I also had green lights, and this meant that you could hardly see me onstage with all the green. It seems funny to me now, but back then I was trying to make an artistic statement.

What have you been up to recently?

I‚ve been continuing on my world tour, ŒThe Voice of Rock Tour 2009‚. Over the past month I‚ve played in Norway, Sweden, New York and L.A. I‚m travelling a lot this year.

So you‚ll be away from home a lot?

I think I‚ll only be at home in L.A a handful of days. But this is what I do, and so I deal with it.

What songs can fans look forward to hearing you play in Oz?

The set list will cover the classic rock songs everyone knows. They‚ll also be few surprises from my “Hughes/Thrall” and the “Fused” recordings, where I worked with Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath‚s guitarist. Basically it will cover my recordings and my journey through 40 years of rock history. It‚ll be great. Deep Purple fans, classic rock lovers, and those who follow my solo exploits will love it. I‚m really looking forward to playing in Australia.

Tell us your favourite place to play on this tour so far?

Everywhere has been fun. To be honest I can‚t wait to play on the Manchester Apollo stage again. it‚s huge, and many of my best performances have been on that stage.

When Deep Purple split, why did you decide to start a solo career?

I wanted to run a band. I wanted to write, produce, and see my vision become a reality. I enjoy that – I‚ve now recorded over 15 solo albums.

Australia 2009 Setlists, Pix & Video

You now find a bunch of pix and links to setlists by visiting the “TOUR PIX” section of the web site:

Melbourne, Australia TV promo spot

You can now also watch a brief video promo clip for the upcoming gig on Wednesday, April 22nd in Melbourne, Australia by pointing your web browser here:

Australia Live in 2009

Glenn is returning to Australia in April. Performing for the first time in Australia with a 5 piece electric rock band & a career best of; Deep Purple MKIII and IV, Hughes-Thrall, Iommi-Hughes and solo years!

MELBOURNE: The Prince of Wales
Wednesday 22nd April 2009
TICKETS FROM The Prince of Wales

Thursday 23rd April 2009

SYDNEY: The Gaelic Club
Sunday 26th April 2009

Further details at the Oz Tour info MySpace page:

Australia LIVE in ’09

PZM Touring Company (Australia)
Rob Pippan/ John Zak /Wilson Main
The Voice Of Rock
Glenn Hughes

Performing for the first time in Australia with 5 piece electric rock band a career best of; Deep Purple MKIII and IV, Hughes-Thrall, Iommi-Hughes and solo years. Glenn and band will perform hits such as Burn, Stormbringer, Muscle and Blood, Love Communion, Might Just Take Your Life, Gettin’ Tighter, Soul Mover, and much more.

Appearing at:

MELBOURNE: The Prince of Wales
WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL 2009 with support Electric Mary (Vic)
Tickets From The Prince of Wales

ADELAIDE: HQ (formerly Heaven cnr Nth Terrace / West Terrace Adelaide)
THURSDAY 23rd APRIL 2009 with support Almost Human (SA) and Electric Mary (Vic)
Tickets From Venuetix

SYDNEY: The Gaelic Club
SUNDAY 26th APRIL 2009 with support TBA
Tickets From Moshtix

All ticket agency details TBA – watch this space for details.