OK, it's no news flash that I might be slightly prejudiced
in favor of our boy.
I remember that the first time that I saw GH at Birch Hill, New Jersey,
there were three (count 'em three) opening acts before Glenn started his performance.
What I remember is that the first group wasn't too good, but at the end of their set,
they explained that they had only been together for a short time, and they wanted
to thank the audience for being polite. Another group had a pretty good female lead singer,
with Janis Joplin overtones, and one of the group's name was "The Spider Monkeys."
I also remember thinking how everybody has to start somewhere, but why
here and now?
When Glenn did the BB King's show in New York, the opening act was a good guitarist,
(sorry, but I don't remember his name) and I think that the crowd knew that this guy
was in a tough situation, and the audience did a good job of cheering /applauding for him.
(Yes, we GH Crazy People have lots of class
So, OK.......Glenn decides to be an opening act for somebody.
*Does he risk getting booed off the stage because the crowd wants Hanna Montana?
*Does he open for the Beach Boys, and hurtles his career back 20, 30 years?
(My local PBS station has recently broadcast Do-wop Golden Oldie shows. Does Glenn
belong sandwiched in-between Little Antony and the Imperials, and the Duprees?)
*Does he emphasize his jazz ability by opening for Anita Baker?
*His ballad ability with a show "starring" Michael Bolton or Celine Dion? (Yuck.)
*Does he do one show with, let's say, a "new farewell concert" with The Police,
and get thrown out because he's too good?
*Can you imagine the audience reaction if Glenn and Tony Iommi walked onstage together
and did "7th Star, 8th Star, (OOPS, I mean The Dep Sessions) and Fused" as an opening act
to a Black Sabbath show? After noticing the comparison....an awful lot of Sabbath fans would
drop dead from shock.
Glenn enjoys doing the Rock & Roll Fantasy Camps?
But I prefer to see Glenn not
as part of an onstage crowd.
True, our boy isn't a houshold name, or there wouldn't be that ~
"Glenn (formerly of Deep Purple) Hughes" label.
But where does he fit in, as an opening act?
I tried to come up with a few names...............
Couldn't do it.