Deep Purple’s Glenn Hughes to play live concerts in Britain

Singer and bassist Glenn Hughes is set to play a collection of shows in July. Hughes, who played bass with Deep Purple in the 1970s, has announced that he is going to perform the Burn album, alongside some other band favourites from different iterations of the band. Hughes will perform in Cardiff on July 18th (Tramshed), Norwich on July 19th (Waterfront) and Northampton on July 21st (Roadmender). Tickets for the show can be bought at the bottom of the article. 

Born in 1951, Hughes found fame as part of Trapeze, a 1960’s funk outfit, before replacing Roger Glover in Deep Purple in 1973. As well as bass duties, Hughes performed many of the more intricate vocal performances with David Coverdale. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple in 2016. 

Hughes was a popular addition to the band. “David Coverdale and I were walking through the Beverly Wilshire hotel and we spotted John Wayne in the lobby,” he recalled in 2021. “He was a big man, girthy, massive… he completely filled up the room. We walked up to him and said we were fans of his. He asked us who we were and we told him we were in Deep Purple. He said: ‘Oh, my daughter would be so happy to get your autographs.’” 

Hughes is also well known to Black Sabbath fans for his appearance on Seventh Star. Initially pencilled as a solo album for guitar player Tony Iommi, the album was packaged in 1986 under the banner “Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi.” Dave Spitz played bass on the album, allowing Hughes to focus on his vocals. Incidentally, Seventh Star was the first album not to feature any contributions from Geezer Butler, who had acted as lyricist and bassist on their prior records. 

Ticket information for the Hughes shows can be found here: https://www.thegigcartel.com/Artists-profiles/Glenn-Hughes.htm

Photo: Steve Ritchie