GLENN HUGHES | 10.10.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

GLENN HUGHES | 10.10.2018 | Newcastle O2 Academy | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Glenn Hughes – 10th October 2018 – Newcastle O2 Academy

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

Glenn Hughes is my Robert Plant … there .. I’ve said it!!! Whilst millions will argue the toss about Plant being the voice of rock music, from the moment I heard the album Burn, Hughes has been the one voice I will always love in the rock field! His range and power has always been top drawer through the Purple days and beyond with Sabbath, Hughes/Thrall Phenomena and many solo outings but the last few times I’ve seen him he has somehow got even stronger! This latest venture is a night of Deep Purple classics and seems to be based around a mix of the set performed at the California Jam (Mk3) and Long Beach 76 (Mk4).

Kicking off with a blistering version of Stormbringer, Hughes is all smiles and comfortably hits every note with ease! The familiar Hammond intro to the groove of Might Just Take Your Life has the crowd stomping along in delight with Glenn prowling the stage taking it all in.

Glenn has a long history with Newcastle having some close friends here which he frequently acknowledges through the night. He is a man thankful for his fans staying with him through thick and thin and he has seen the extreme ends of both !!! After another Mk3 gem ( Sail Away ) the set moves to the Mk4 Come Taste The Band era and as always an emotional dedication to the late great Tommy Bolin before Soren Andersen gets funktastic with the Gettin’ Tighter riff!

As the set is based around sets of old there are the obligatory solo spots during You Fool No One and snippets of old favourites Lazy and High Ball Shooter thrown in to tease everyone.

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GLENN HUGHES – January 2017 – Newcastle Riverside – REVIEW and PHOTOS

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Glenn Hughes – 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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