20th January 2017 – Newcastle Riverside
After the chaos of the cancelled co headline tour with Living Colour I wasn’t sure if Glenn would reorganise live dates so quickly but he did and pretty much at all the same venues! Tonight was the first night of the tour and apart from the odd bit of feedback there were no telling signs of nerves or bum notes etc.
The set is a lot punchier and straight ahead than the last time he played Newcastle where a lot of solos and jamming extended versions of songs left a lot of fans cold but not tonight a set of 13 songs banged out with no messing about, dipping into Glenns’ varied past (Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall Black Country Communion and solo albums) Glenn turns 66 years old this August and his voice is stronger than ever even with a cold he hits those notes no bother and the crowd loved every bit of it screaming along to every word of the set closer the timeless rock classic Burn!
The word legend gets bandied about a lot these days and sometimes loses it’s impact but the life this man has had and the bands and and music he has been a part of he has earned that status ! He has gone back to his old mates Soren and Pontus on guitar and drums respectively and added a keyboard player to beef out the live sound on the old Hammond and they all having a whale of a time smashing it out of the park on every tune! Great way to kick off 2017’s gigs for yours truly
By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)
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