April Fools' Day lineup no joke
Friday, April 1, 2005
Ankaras most famous music and entertainment center, Saklikent is hosting two amazing groups plus legendary bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes
ANKARA - Turkish Daily News
Somebody tells you that Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes, The Lizards from the United States and Kangroove of Turkey will give a concert in Ankara on the same night and at the same place and adds, On April 1. Would you believe what you've just heard, or would you think this was an April Fools' joke? We don't know about your joker friends, but we are sure that they're going to play in Ankara tonight. And if you're one of those fans of good music, you better hurry to get tickets.
No need for words, the name is enough:
The legendary bassist and vocalist of Deep Purple, Hughes was born in 1952 in England. He has played in many groups, one of which was called Finders Keepers, which later changed their name to Trapeze.
In 1973 Hughes met two Deep Purple members, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, and with his amazing voice and the ability to play bass guitar Glenn followed their call and in turn passed up an offer to join the Electric Light Orchestra. Vocalist David Coverdale was enlisted simultaneously to replace Ian Gillan, and Deep Purple reached another zenith of their creative power. The "Burn" album is, without a doubt, one of the best Deep Purple releases of all times.
The end marks a new beginning:
Hughes also maneuvered Deep Purple into a more funky direction, and that was probably one of the main reasons why guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left the group in 1975 to form Rainbow. The end of the band was the beginning of Hughes' extensive travel through the whole hard 'n' heavy scene. The list of bands, projects and solo albums by other artists in which he participated over the course of the decades seems almost endless.
His solo albums have also been hugely successful, starting with "Play Me Out" (1977) to the legendary rock release "Hughes/Thrall" with former Pat Travers guitarist Pat Thrall in 1982 to his 1994 album "Burning Japan Live."
At the beginning of 2004 Glenn recorded a live show in Los Angeles in front of select fans chosen from his Web site. The set contains a trip through Glenn's career, focusing on his recent solo album Sitkor.
Legends strike back:
The second guest is The Lizards, a gathering of several veteran and respected musicians. The group plays classical hard rock and is composed of bassist Randy Pratt and guitarist Patrick Klein, who have performed with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Blue Cheer and others. The lineup is completed by Bobby Rondinelli on drums from Blue Oyster, Cult, and Rainbow. The vocalist is Mike DiMeo, who will be remembered for his successful performances with Riot. Quite an ensemble and one that does not disappoint.
Tough Turkish boys:
Tonight's third and last surprise is Kangroove from Turkey. The group was formed in 1998 with Mert Önal on drums, Bora Uzer on guitar and vocals and Alp Ersönmez on bass. It became complete when Can Çankaya joined the group on keyboard in 1999.
The group's repertoire includes R&B, funk and hip-hop, but sometimes they perform improvisations and covers by Jamiroquai and Lauryn Hill, which delight audiences. The band blends many similar musical types and creates a perfect sound for listeners.
If you don't want to miss this fantastic gathering, hurry up and get a ticket, available from Biletix. The venue is Saklikent in Ankara at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 1.