Last Sunday, Glenn was at his beloved English football team’s final game of the season, WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS, and celebrated their promotion to the English Premier League, as they were Champions of their league.
You can checkout a video where you’ll find him elated and surrounded by friends, plus a couple of pix during the celebrations!
The Voice of Rock
Apr 22nd, 2009
By Kate Hutchinson
While on his recent solo international tour, Australian Penthouse caught up with former Deep Purple bass player Glenn Hughes to discuss touring, his solo career and his former obsession with the colour green
Describe yourself in two sentences?
I‚m called the Voice of Rock and the Soul Mover, who lives for spiritual progression. See you soon Australia!
Tell us about the worst show you ever played?
It was in Memphis. My drink was spiked with LSD when I was playing with Deep Purple. It was a circus of horrors. Also on one tour I wore only green; even green eye shadow. I just loved that colour. I also had green lights, and this meant that you could hardly see me onstage with all the green. It seems funny to me now, but back then I was trying to make an artistic statement.
What have you been up to recently?
I‚ve been continuing on my world tour, ŒThe Voice of Rock Tour 2009‚. Over the past month I‚ve played in Norway, Sweden, New York and L.A. I‚m travelling a lot this year.
So you‚ll be away from home a lot?
I think I‚ll only be at home in L.A a handful of days. But this is what I do, and so I deal with it.
What songs can fans look forward to hearing you play in Oz?
The set list will cover the classic rock songs everyone knows. They‚ll also be few surprises from my “Hughes/Thrall” and the “Fused” recordings, where I worked with Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath‚s guitarist. Basically it will cover my recordings and my journey through 40 years of rock history. It‚ll be great. Deep Purple fans, classic rock lovers, and those who follow my solo exploits will love it. I‚m really looking forward to playing in Australia.
Tell us your favourite place to play on this tour so far?
Everywhere has been fun. To be honest I can‚t wait to play on the Manchester Apollo stage again. it‚s huge, and many of my best performances have been on that stage.
When Deep Purple split, why did you decide to start a solo career?
I wanted to run a band. I wanted to write, produce, and see my vision become a reality. I enjoy that – I‚ve now recorded over 15 solo albums.
Glenn is currently in Bulgaria and will perform in KAVARNA this week, at the invitation of his good friend Tsonko Tsonev, the Mayor of Kavarna, to perform a special free concert on WEDNESDAY, MAY 6th, 2009. This is also the Bulgarian National holiday of St. George’s Day.
The concert will take place in the evening at Dobrotitsa Square (Main Central Square) at approximately 8:30/9:00PM.
Glenn’s band will be JEFF KOLLMAN (guitars), STEVE STEPHENS (drums) and ANDERS OLINDER (keys).
This promises to be a very special show as part one of the set will be a unique and first time performance by Glenn of the entire BURN album in original album running order!!
Glenn is also scheduled to perform another FREE open air concert in Bulgaria, in KYUSTENDIL. The Mayor of Kyustendil, Mr Petar Paunov, has personally invited Glenn to play for the people in his municipality.
This will take place on SUNDAY, MAY 10th, 2009, at the Central Square Velbajd and start time will be around 8:00PM.
Here is the link for the Kyustendil municipality web site:
You now find a bunch of pix and links to setlists by visiting the “TOUR PIX” section of the web site:
The new album from MATTEO FILIPPINI and his MOONSTONE PROJECT is set for a worldwide release on JUNE 2nd, 2009.
It will feature a song written and performed by Glenn, called “CLOSER THAN YOU THINK“.
Glenn has been invited to join ROBERT WELLS and his RHAPSODY IN ROCK production for 6 shows in Sweden in July and August. Glenn will perform a few selected Deep Purple MKIII/IV songs with Robert and his rock orchestra.
July 13th – Dalhalla, Rättvik
July 14th – Dalhalla, Rättvik
July 15th – Dalhalla, Rättvik
August 14th – Kastellet, Vaxholm (outside Stockholm)
August 15th – Kastellet, Vaxholm (outside Stockholm)
August 28th – Dalhalla, Rättvik
More details will follow shortly.
Most recently, you may have heard of Robert’s work, as his music was chosen as the official television theme music for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Glenn will be doing a short electric set on behalf of YAMAHA guitars at this year’s GUITARFEST at the NIA in BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND on SATURDAY, JULY 11th, 2009.
He will play with Søren Andersen on guitar and possibly Mark Richardson on drums.
For further details, visit the GutarFest web site: www.guitarfest.net
Glenn will be performing as a special guest of Swedish band T.H.U.M.B.E (The Ultimate Blues Experience) on Tuesday, July 28th in Falkenberg, Sweden for the 2009 Grand Rock Festival.
Glenn and T.H.U.M.B.E will perform a set of Deep Purple MKIII/IV material.
For further info etc, please visit: http://www.grandrock.se
GLENN will be a special guest at the ChildLine Rocks charity concert at the IndigO2 venue, London, UK on Monday, June 1st, 2009.
Also appearing on the bill are:
Jon Lord, The Pretty Things, Hot Leg (Justin Hawkins/ex-The Darkness), Steve Balsamo (The Stories), Sons Of Albion, Jessie Hunter, Andy Newmark, Tyson Schenker and Molly Marriott and more special guests to be announced.
Tickets are on sale now:
You can also visit the event’s web site here:
You can now also watch a brief video promo clip for the upcoming gig on Wednesday, April 22nd in Melbourne, Australia by pointing your web browser here: