Apr-30-2011, 4:29 PM
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From: Clermont Ferrand
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Glenn's interview from Paris (13-04-2011)
I have the pleasure to have an interview with Glenn Hughes at Paris two weeks ago... great moment, very interesting and so cool...
here it is :
(FCH is Coverdale-Hughes-French-Forum
FCH : hi Glenn ! How are you ? Aren't you too tired ?
GH: I’m doing 18 interviews a day so now, you know, when you ask a question, I have to try and answer it different from the last one.
FCH: don’t worry, that’s a problem.
GH: for me this album is so special, and this band is so special that I am the one, the chosen guy; the one’s to talk about how special this group is. Joe is a purist, Joe would rather play to you and I would rather sing to you but there has to be promotion.
FCH: that’s necessary.
GH: and I’m the guy, the rock n roll guy here so, here I am.
FCH: so here we go?
GH: please, ask your questions.
FCH: you have released two 70 min. albums in 6 months, that’s very impressive. How can you be so inspired?
GH: It’s easy for me to be inspired after the first album. What I did on the first album when I came in with "Black country", "One Last Soul" and "Beggar Man" and "Stand", when I came in with these epic rock tracks, it proved to me that I didn’t have to just do funk and soul which I love. But when I put my rock n roll vibe, my face, rock n roll face you know, because I come from the seventies with Jagger and Keith Richards, and David Bowie, I’m from that, you know guys, you know that. So I said ok, I want to be in a rock band. I’m going to now become rock. It was easy for me to focus on the second album. It was too hard for Joe to write because he was gone. I was alone; I took a lot, lot of time away from my band last year to write '2'. What you hear on '2' is the bones of Glenn Hughes’ music that’s given to the band to play on. So I was inspired. "Man in the Middle" inspired me, "Save Me" inspired me and you know "Cold" I mean you know, I was inspired to write "Outsider". The dark lyrics, you know, "kill the ripper, feed the flame" I mean I just wanted to go dark. I wanted to act like a great actor in a great big film. I wanted it to be big. I wanted it to be, you know, cinematic.
FCH: I think we can feel that when you sing on that second album that your voice seems to be darker.
GH: yes, definitely.
FCH: For me there is something of "Addiction" in this album.
GH: (surprising and smiling) yes, this is exactly what I was thinking.
FCH: the first album has known a certain success, especially in France. It did extremely well in terms of sales. I just wanted to know how you composed the songs of the second album. Well, did you compose them in the same spirit as you composed for the first one?
GH: musically yes.
FCH: musically speaking.
GH: but not lyrically.
FCH: oh really ?
GH: first album, you know, "Black Country", "One Last Soul", "Great Divide" was very uplifting. And very sort of like happy. I said to myself on the second album: I can’t sing about love and boy & girl, I have to sing, I have to go back, like "Addiction", I have to scratch, you know. Rock fans want to go dark you know so "Cold" is dealing with friends dying and grieving, "Save me" is about seeing myself die. It is dark you know, it’s dark s**t.
FCH: well that’s why it’s more intense and more aggressive.
GH: more visual. When you get the booklet and you read the lyrics of "Man in the Middle", it’s very very very visual. Very visual.
FCH: in a few words, could you describe Joe, Derek, Jason and Kevin?
GH: Joe rises you know. He is the greatest new guitar player that we have alive: sweet, kind, purist, and musician. He doesn’t care about cars and jewellery or material things. He just wants to play. He is a hero, man. He’s a hero and he deserves his success. Jason Bonham, I’m his uncle Glenn, I’ve known him since he couldn’t speak. He was on my lap as a boy and now I’m playing in a band with one of my best friend’s son. So I would say Jason is a family member. Derek is a guy that I saw playing in 1993 with Dream Theater and I was very impressed with him. So when we put the band together, we thought he would be perfect to have the Hammond and he would be the perfect guy. Well, Derek is a great family man. He’s changed his life style. Derek used to be a crazy party guy. But now he’s got a child and a wife, he’s very cool. He cooled down. And Kevin Shirley, we have to talk about Kevin. He’s the greatest rock producer of our time: a full visionary.
FCH: I just want to know if a band like BCC is a long-lasting group or is it just a short-lived project.
GH: I hope it’s long. You know, what BCC means to me is, I want to be honest with you guys, don’t take this the wrong way. It’s my group, it’s my baby; I take this s**t very serious. Jason with Led Zeppelin Experience, Joe’s solo, Derek who’s been with Billy Idol, I’ve taken my career, you know, no solo album out for three years. I’ve got to be the Mick Jagger of this group. I’ve got to ****ing be the mouth and the frontman, and drag this band to the stage, put the flag in the ground and let if fly. Because this band live will be a mind blower. This band live will come in July on the 19th at the Bataclan, it’s going to be a mind blower. It’s a great band, great musicians; I mean these ****ing guys can really play. These guys can really play. So my dream is to be the "Man in the Middle" and keep trying.
FCH: you’ve got a very powerful band, really.
GH: it is what, how do I say this. It is everything that Deep Purple should be. It is everything. We are making the records. If I was in Deep Purple, I would demand the quality of songwriting like this. You know. We are, we will probably never become as big as Deep Purple but we will become bigger than Deep Purple now. I think we’re really becoming faster. The motivation behind that band is very strong.
FCH: I think it’s in terms of quality of songwriting.
FCH: you’re right. Ok, question about Derek now, I think, in my opinion, Derek is more present in '2', in the new album.
FCH: from the very first song, immediately, you know. Did you intend to display that aspect due to the fact that some people could have been disappointed of his relative absence on the first one?
GH: first album honestly, we knew Derek’s position on the first album was going to be as a backing. It is very guitar oriented. When we started making '2', we weren’t sure how it was going to be on the keyboards. We weren’t sure, we weren’t sure and then we wrote that part in "Outsider", that Lord and Blackmore part (Glenn sings). It could be like Highway Star, you know. And then we realised you know, we were missing that on the first album. There’s an element of keyboards on this album that is very strong so hopefully, people will understand why we’ve done this.
FCH: I think in the first album, we talked about it, "Songs of Yesterday" was really a milestone, very important song.
GH: wonderful song.
FCH: yes a wonderful song, well in my opinion I think that "Save Me" plays that part, seems to play that part.
GH: on this one yeah.
FCH: it’s a very important track.
GH: everybody loves that one.
FCH: beautiful song.
GH: isn’t it great?
FCH: it touches us, really.
GH: thank you, thank you.