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SoundExchange Influencers Series at the Rock Hall : Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains)

Alice in Chains guitarist, Jerry Cantrell and former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes will take part in the next edition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s SoundExchange Influencers Series. The event will take place June 2nd, 2016 in the Cleveland museum’s Foster Theater. Visit for ticket info.

The Rock Hall’s Influencers series “brings music legends and stars together to demonstrate the impact that one artist or band’s music has on future generations”, as well as providing a forum to address issues currently facing our music legends, namely, fair pay and recognition for all sound recordings across all mediums and all eras of music.

Glenn Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple earlier this year and will headline his own shows in the USA and South America, in addition to a co-headline tour of Europe later in the year with Grammy award winning Rock band from New York, Living Colour.

Hughes joined hard-rock legends Deep Purple in 1973 following the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover. The following year saw the release of Burn (featuring David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes on vocals), which has since been re-released on its 30th anniversary. This stunning album rejuvenated the band and stands tall among Deep Purple classics.

In the halcyon days, Purple headlined at the famous California Jam in 1974 in front of quarter of a million people. After world tours via Purple’s own jet plane, “The Starship” and two more studio albums, (the Hughes influenced Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band), Deep Purple finally split in 1976. In 2016, Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. In addition to his touring schedule, Glenn Hughes is currently preparing a new solo album, and recently announced the return of Black Country Communion (featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian).

Meanwhile, this Summer, Jerry Cantrell and Alice in Chains will be opening for Guns N’ Roses on the reunited rockers’ Not in This Lifetime tour. They’ll also embark on a headlining tour of their own.

Cantrell is most recognized as the lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist for mega-platinum-selling rock band Alice in Chains. The band’s most recent release was the Grammy nominated album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 2 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums Chart. Rolling Stone gave the record three stars, as did USA Today, who praised it as an album of “undeniable power.” Spin called it “an assured, diverse, heated record with galvanized hooks,” Pitchfork said it’s “as insistent as [landmark album] Dirt,” and the Seattle Times wrote, “Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney continue to defy expectations” and that “Alice In Chains is better than ever.”

Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice in Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions. They remain one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.

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