Glenn Hughes Is well known as the legendary singer/bass player of Deep Purple in the line-ups known as MK. III and in MK IV shifting vocals with another legendary singer David Coverdale,
He played his last Deep Purple show with them on March 15th, 1976 at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre.
Now more than 42 years later Glenn performs these songs in a way only he can during the current European leg of this Classic Deep Purple worldtour.
So on Nov. 14th the Hughes Clan invaded the Dutch city of Hengelo at venue Metropool.
A nice packed modern venue gave Glenn a warm welcome when they started the first song "Stormbringer". The perfect way to kick off a show with a blast.
Instantly the whole crowd was hooked by the energy of the great performance on stage. Pure power and quality musicians.
During the show which is a fantastic journey passing loads of wonderful Deep Purple songs such as "Might Just Take Your Life", "You Keep on Moving", "Mistreated" "Smoke on the Water" and a couple more Glenn shows his amazing vocal elasticity. Unbeleavable considering his age (66).
This man's voice is truly an instrument and he deserves the title of "Voice of Rock" (I think it's a tie with Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant though).
Each bandmember had enough space to show their amazing skills.
Mike Mangan (USA) is a true master which he sshowed while playing his Hammond standing on the opposite side of it. Pure magic.
(Grandmaster) Ash Sheehan (UK) Is truly a human version of The Muppets crazy drummer Animal. Just as crazy playing around with the sticks and showing funny faces while doing his amazing solo.
And then you also have a true master on guitars in the person of Soren Andersen (DK). This man lives for his music 100% He is a true master of the six strings. One of those guys who would be on the same height as Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton if active in the 70's. this guy has a perfect timing and does very original things with the strings.
Apparently during the soundcheck, as was reported Glenn sounded a littlebit rusty because of not feeling 100% fit while having a cold. This was not noticeable at all during the actual show. Although he did skip the title lines during "Smoke on the Water" to let the crowd sing along. But the following song "Georgia on my Mind" again was amazing with groovy bluesy low pitch to very high pitch vocals.
During the whole show Glenn showed he still very much enjoys playing a kickass show.
A band should always finish a show with a high to leave the crowd eager to want more. "Burn" kicked in to give us dutchies exaclty what we needed to leave Metropool with a huge smile.
I think it's about time to release a live album with this line-up.