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Just before starting his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” 2018 UK Tour, Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, announces a new set UK tour dates for 2019.
The eight date UK 2019 tour promise to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple – one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups.
“I’m excited to be touring the “Classic Deep Purple Live” in the UK in May 2019. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm. We’re currently touring a first set of dates in the UK and are looking forward for a second round in 2019,” says Glenn Hughes.
Special guest on the tour will be Laurence Jones is tipped as the future of Blues Rock, killer riffs, towering
solo’s and dynamically fuelled vocals.
26-year old British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Laurence is often labelled as “the future of
the blues”. He’s won several major awards and accolades and has sold over 50,000 albums across four
albums. He’s supported the likes of Status Quo, Gary Clark Jr, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, James Bay, Van
Morrison, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa, Jools Holland, Eric Burdon, and many more.
Hailed as “one to watch” by all corners of the music industry, including press, concert and festival booking
agents, blues fans and various musicians. Over the past five years, Laurence has really come into his own,
and with his new album The Truth, he has now developing his own creative skin by writing and performing
songs that are distinctive to his unique sound and identity.
Deep Purple took a quantum leap when the then 20-year-old Glenn Hughes was seconded from British
funk-rock outfit Trapeze in mid-1973. As bassist and co-vocalist (with David Coverdale), he helped steer
the legendary rock group in the progressive direction of Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974) and Come
Taste the Band (1975), while touring the world for three years.
His solo debut album Play Me Out (1977) preceded later albums with Black Sabbath and Gary Moore.
The last 25 years have seen a rush of solo work and collaborations for the ‘Voice of Rock’ including
mega hit America: What Time Is Love? with the KLF in 1992, and four critically acclaimed top selling
studio albums released between 2010 and 2018 with rock super group Black Country Communion
featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. Glenn was also inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 20l6 along with other members of Deep Purple.
Taking a page and inspiration from the Blackmore/Coverdale/Hughes/Lord/Paice Deep Purple MK 3
California Jam and Made in Europe era, the upcoming live show features the Purple classics Burn,
Stormbringer, Might Just Take Your Life and Mistreated, amongst others, plus tracks previously never
performed live by the original MK 3 line-up.
Classic material from the Tommy Bolin MK 4 period is also featured, including Getting’ Tighter – Hughes’
funk rock extravaganza extraordinaire, plus the brooding Coverdale /Hughes masterpiece You Keep On
Deep Purple MK 2 hits Highway Star and Smoke on the Water are also featured, because, as Glenn points
out, ‘’I did play both these numbers during my time with Purple and they were mainstays of the live set
when I was in the band. As my manager pointed out to me, the first time Smoke on The Water was ever
played live at Madison Square Garden was when David and I were in the band in 1974. I love singing
Highway Star, too.”
Glenn continues “A few years back, I cut a barnstorming version of Highway Star for the Machine Head
anniversary tribute album with my good friends Steve Vai and Chad Smith. I’m not playing anything on
the forthcoming tour that I didn’t either play live or record in the studio with Purple.”
Before the GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE World Tour, the last time Glenn has
performed a show solely of Deep Purple material was his last show with Purple at the Liverpool Empire on
March 15th, 1976. Not one wallow in nostalgia, hence his extensive and varied career post-Purple, Glenn
feels the time is right to acknowledge and pay homage to his past, his musical legacy, and, most
importantly, to one of rock and roll’s most acclaimed, influential and successful rock bands.
MAY 2019 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST LAURENCE JONES
Tuesday 14 May – The Picturedome, Holmfirth
Wednesday 15 May – The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Friday 17 May – O2 Institute, Birmingham
- Saturday 18 May – UEA Student’s Union, Norwich (www.uea.su)
Monday 20 May – Alban Arena, St Albans
Tuesday 21 May – City Hall, Salisbury
Thursday 23 May – O2 Academy, Liverpool
Friday 24 May – Rock City, Nottingham
For more information or to book call the Box Office on 08444 780 898 or visit www.thegigcartel.com.