TONY FRANKLIN ON WORKING WITH GLENN HUGHES

Introduction

A while back, I stumbled onto Tony Franklin's web site, www.tonyfranklin.com, which he's maintaining himself. Franklin is just like Glenn Hughes - a guy based in LA, originally from Great Britain, and a bass player, too. I have enjoyed his fretless bass playing, especially on albums by, for example, Blue Murder and The Firm. Since I am a fan of his great bass playing, and considering the fact that he played with Glenn on the "Blues" CD, I decided to try to get in touch with him. Anyway, after exchanging a couple of messages with the very friendly Mr. Franklin, I asked if he would consider writing a paragraph or two about working with Glenn. Below you can read what I received back from Franklin. I would like to say thank you to him for sharing this with us all, and wish him all the best in his future projects and life in general. /Lennart (P.S. I borrowed the picture from Mr. Franklin's web site.)

Words From The Macrobiotic Rice And Vegetable Man

"I finally managed to write to you about my experience with Glenn Hughes. So here goes:

When Glenn Hughes asked me to play bass on his album "Blues," it was an honour and a thrill. We all know of Glenn's incredible vocal power and range, which I'd been a fan of since the Deep Purple and Trapeze days, but not only that, he's an amazing bass player! I wondered why he wanted me to do it, as he's MORE than competent. As it turned out, he liked my playing a lot, especially with my emphasis on the fretless bass, and thought it would add a nice flavour to the album. No problem! I was very happy to be there!

Glenn was incredibly gracious and supportive throughout the whole process (I didn't play on the whole album. I think he and I split the bass duties down the middle). I know that as musicians, we can easily get stuck into just seeing it "our" way, and this is especially the case when it is our chosen or main instrument. Yet Glenn was always encouraging me to just be myself with my bass playing. That takes some musical (and emotional) maturity. I know from doing my own album there is a fine line between remaining true to your vision and letting the fellow musicians have a completely free reign (This is where the producers role is vital, and probably on my own album why I chose to play most of the instruments myself!).

But Glenn pushed me, too. There's a couple of bass breaks on the album, and he was urging me on and encouraging to me to exceed my own expectations. He pulled some stuff out of me that I wouldn't have thought of doing. I'm grateful to him for that.

Glenn gave me a nickname of "the macrobiotic and vegetable man," as I was sticking to a fairly strict diet at the time.

So the macrobiotic rice and vegetable man... I've relaxed my eating habits since then!

I've recently appeared on some tracks with Glenn, though we weren't in the room at the same time! Such are the wonders (and sometimes the disillusions) of the technological age we live in. The first was a tribute to Queen, called Dragon Attack. I appeared with Glenn, Carmine Appice, and Jake E. Lee on a blistering version of "Get Down Make Love". Glenn was phenomenal on this. If you haven't heard it, it's well worth tracking down. The other was a song by Rocket Scientist's/Lana Lane keyboardist and producer, Erik Norlander. The album is not yet released. Glenn turned in another dynamite performance.

Glenn Hughes is one of the greats in rock 'n roll. I'm thankful and proud to have worked with him. I would love to see him become a household name. He has everything it takes. I wish him all the best.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences of Glenn Hughes. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do.

Very Best Wishes"

Tony Franklin, February 22, 2000


Addendum

I got another quite amazing message from Tony Franklin. I thought I'd share it with you all. /Lennart

"I had sent the message to you in the small hours of the morning, well less than 24 hours after that, I ran into Glenn in a restaurant in L.A.! Talk about a small world! He's looking great and I told him I'd sent an e-mail to you and was sharing my thoughts and experiences about when he and I worked together. It was great to see him.

We come from the same part of the world. Northern England, and there's a sense of humour and certain phrases that are only used by those people. So we had a good laugh together. We gave each other our latest phone numbers and we'll be staying in touch a lot more often.

So there you go. It's amazing how things work out sometimes."

Tony Franklin, February 23, 2000
www.tonyfranklin.com


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[ Another great place where you can check out loads of pix & video of Glenn's tours is in the Picture Gallery ]