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THE VOICE OF ROCK: Glenn Hughes On His Past, Present & Bright Future In Music!

THE VOICE OF ROCK: Glenn Hughes On His Past, Present & Bright Future In Music!

The legendary Glenn Hughes – Photo Eric Duvet

Vocalist/bassist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. He’s a man with a sound and presence all his own — so much so that Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer. Hughes first tasted notable success as a member of Trapeze. In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: “Burn,” “Stormbringer” and “Come Taste the Band.” Since 1992, Hughes toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups Black Country Communion, with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham, and California Breed, which also features Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham. Glenn Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple on April 8, 2016.

Upon the recent completion of a successful South American and European festival tour, rock and roll legend Glenn Hughes is bringing the Classic Hits of Deep Purple Live tour to the United States. The 18-city trek kicks off August 25, in Westbury, NY, at the NYCB Theatre and travels around the Northeast before wrapping up in Tarrytown, NY on September 22. The tour will make stops in Asbury Park, NJ; Lancaster, PA; Cleveland, OH; and Boston, MA to name a few. Hughes will perform various hits and deep cuts from the illustrious Deep Purple catalog including “Burn,” “Stormbringer,” “Sail Away” and “Smoke On The Water.” Glenn will focus on arrangements from the live albums – not studio recordings – for these songs, giving fans more insight as to what it was like seeing a Deep Purple show during the 1970s. Once the US run wraps at the end of September, Hughes will return to Europe to continue to bring his interpretation of the legendary music of Deep Purple to fans worldwide. All tour dates, VIP packages and ticket info can be found at www.glennhughes.com.

Glenn, it’s always a pleasure to hear your voice, no matter if it’s on stage, on an album or on the phone. Thanks for taking time out to talk to me today!

I always enjoy talking to you, Jason. It’s good to see you, man! Good to hear your voice!

I followed your story through the years and find you to be a tremendous inspiration. You have an incredible energy and unrelenting drive. You’re busier now than ever! What’s kept you driven through the years?

Simply put, it’s my love of the craft that was so freely given to me as a child. I was never a multitasker and I knew exactly what I would do moving forward. I knew that I would be a musician. I didn’t know anything about star power back then. All I wanted to do was learn my craft! Then I was plunged into the mainstream of being in a band like Deep Purple and being surrounded by my friends in The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. As a child, I weathered the storm and here I am all of these years later a little bit blustered and weathered but I’m still doing my thing!

Do you think drive is a generational thing or something instilled in you at an early age?

I come from a working-class family. My parents went without so that I could have. I’m the only child. I took care of my parents before they passed away and that’s when I became the parent and became the one that loved and took care of them as they couldn’t do it any longer. I was damned if I was going to let them down! Me being sober and clean all these years, all I wanted to do was continually give back to people who genuinely cared about music, rock music, how to play and how to write. I have people ask me, “How do you write?” Or “How do you warm up your voice?” I have to answer them! I can’t have some guy that I am employ answer these questions. This is going to freak you out, but I may spend four to five hours a day talking about this stuff to people! I know it’s not healthy to do that but dammit I have to do it at this moment!

Where do you look for inspiration? Your creative fire is burning hotter than ever!

I’m one to change! David Bowie lived with me for quite some time and he always told me, “Keep changing. Don’t be afraid to change.” I may have gotten into trouble over the last four decades, but I’ve never been one to sit in the same spot. I’ve always looked different, sounded a little bit different and I’ve never made the same album twice. Long may that continue!

Glenn Hughes – Photo by Neil Zlozower

When we see you on stage we see the culmination of raw talent and experience. When did you come into your own as a performer?

I think that was before Deep Purple. That would be when I was selling a lot of tickets with Trapeze. We started breaking out of clubs in 1970. By the time we hit 1972-1973, we were playing arenas in some parts of America. When that happened to me, kids were buying the music I had written as a teenager. So, when I joined Deep Purple I felt that I had earned my stripes! Yes, I joined Deep Purple when “Machine Head” had come out and they were megastars. Yes, we all know that, but I have been selling tickets and notching my way up the ladder, if you will. I think I was ready for that next step!

Take us back to those early days in Deep Purple. What was your headspace like and what impact did your time in the band have on you moving forward?

The guys in Deep Purple weren’t a glossy group of really pally, huggy type of chaps. They were men that didn’t like to hug each other — they liked to hug women! I’m a bit of a tree hugger and I like to hug men! There was a not a lot of camaraderie in Deep Purple. David [Coverdale] and I coming into it together brought a Northern English approach to it. We came in and sort of lambasted our way into it. We became the new guys and we gave the band, which I consider to be Ian [Paice], Jon [Lord] and Ritchie [Blackmore], a new lease on life. What happened with me and Deep Purple, as you probably know a bit about my life, is that I was a social butterfly. I did write a lot of those songs and sing them. Let’s just say, I was over served at the bar a little bit. Maybe things were going wrong behind the scenes that were not just drug-related. Maybe things were not going so well. It was difficult to replace Ritchie Blackmore. We had Tommy Bolin come in, bless his heart and soul. It was a beautiful thing but, as you know, it was also disastrous and a tragedy. The band somehow fell apart because it just couldn’t work. What I learned from it is how I became the person you’re speaking to now. As you know, I’ve done it all! I’ve got the T-shirt, I’ve had the heart attacks and I’ve gone through it all. Bro, I’m being a bit dramatic here but a lot of my friends, and you know who they are, didn’t make it. Bowie, Bonham and so on; an endless supply of my friends that are not here any longer and it’s devastating.

You’re about to launch a U.S. tour playing the music of Deep Purple. What made now the time to bring this tour to the masses?

I didn’t want to bring this to the stage with uncaring musicians. I asked myself, “Are these dudes going to give my audience what I would consider to be a great show?” Do I still have the Glenn Hughes Band playing Deep Purple songs? The answer is no! I’m changing it up and bringing people in that I think are more suitable to Deep Purple sounding songs. Look, do I like letting people go? No! I’ve been a guy who keeps a band together for at least five to six years. This thing is a two-year tour that basically takes us around the world twice. I wanted, if I may be so bold, to bring a band that sounds as close to Deep Purple Mark III and IV as possible. I’m being a little facetious here but why would I want to bring the band that didn’t sound as close to the original band? I just want people to maybe close their eyes a little bit and go, “Wait a minute! This is damn close here!” That’s the way it should be! This isn’t just something that came off the top of my head. When we talk about these kids Greta Van Fleet, forget about the way they look, when you hear that sound you go, “Dammit, that’s as close as you’re going to get!”

I’m bringing in an incredible guitar player named Jeff Kollman. He was with me 10 or 15 years ago and is an aficionado of the Stratocaster. I’m also bringing in a Hammond organ specialist from my band Kings of Chaos with Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Gilby Clarke and Joe Elliott. His name is Mike Mangan and he is a Hammond organ specialist as Jon Lord was. I have Ian Paice-style drummer, Eduardo Rivadavia from São Paulo, Brazil. They are all coming to bring that vibe into my band. I want to bring a band onto the stage that’s going to make people fuckin’ sit up and take notice! I don’t want everything to be tied up into a pink little bow where it’s all pretty and it sounds just like the album. No, no, no, no! It ain’t going to be like that! It’s can be blustery, organic, soft, loud, celebratory and in the raw!

For me, I’m not trying to have people look like Blackmore, Paice and Lord, but I would like people to say, “Dammit that sounds fucking close!” Wouldn’t they want that, and wouldn’t they want me to sound exactly like I did in 1974? Because that’s what’s going to happen! Bro, that’s what I’m bringing! I’ve never been in this fine a shape. I don’t think I’ve been in this kind of shape for a very long, long time. It’s a good time for me to expand, travel, take care of myself, get a lot of sleep, a lot of water and do what I have to do to bring my show across the planet!

I can hear the excitement in your voice! Like you said, you’ve been through it all, so it’s cool to know you are anxious to bring the best to the fans.

Bro, I’ve never been this excited! Let me just say this to my diehard fans across the world — there are three Glenn Hughes tours happening in the next 15 months. The first part will be the East Coast and in the Midwest, the second part will be the West Coast and Southwest in the third part will be more Midwest and Southeast. Of course, Canada will happen in April. I’m hitting every market in the next 15 months. Guess what? In 2020, I will do it all again!

I’m curious about the set list for this upcoming tour. What are you most anxious to sink your teeth into?

People reading or hearing this must know, if you’re coming to see me, I’m not phoning this shit in! If I’m going to sing “Burn,” I’m going to sing “Sail Away,” “Mistreated,” “You Keep On Moving” and “Smoke on the Water” with “Georgia On My Mind.” I’m going to be singing the songs and delivering them better than I delivered them in 1974? Ya know why, Jason? Because I ain’t drinking and using anymore! I’ve had my fill of it. I have been told that I have the same kind voice that I had back in the day. I say that with humility; it’s not an ego thing. Listen, you may be speaking to the most grateful artist that you will speak to this year. I’m bringing this show to rock fans to celebrate the music of my band, Deep Purple.

One of the things I admire about you is your connection to your fanbase. You have your finger on the pulse. How has a connection to the audience impacted you in recent years?

I’ve got a lot of fans on social media, I think I have a half-a-million at least. I don’t know if you follow what I do but I have a team. Most people wouldn’t believe it but when I talk to the people, it’s actually me. People say, “Is this really you, Glenn?” And, of course, it is! I’m inclined to speak to those people who may need help. Maybe they have been having problems with their health or had one too many drinks and want to talk about recovery. There might even be someone who wants me to teach them how to tune a guitar! I’m blessed to have a great relationship with my fans. My wife thinks I’m crazy and I shouldn’t be on the phone that goddamn much! [laughs] I spend a lot of time talking to my fans. I know a lot of my fans are out there listening or reading this, I want them to know that they can contact me if they need to. I’m here! Show up! Let me give you a hug! I ain’t going anywhere but to see you! You’re not coming to see me because I’m coming to see you! Just remember that!

You are outspoken on your struggles with addiction in the past. It’s no secret there’s an opioid crisis happening in America. As someone who struggled and overcame the odds, what advice do you give to those struggling right now?

Pick up the phone and call someone who is reaching out. Please don’t be frightened. This disease is waiting in the carpark doing push-ups and waiting for one of us to fall. I’m really concerned about the opioid thing right now and the lack of focus we put onto it. I’m involved with a group of people in Los Angeles that really do help people. I’ve seen so many people that I know not make it. These are very, very smart people but alcohol and drug addiction take out the most illustrious, educated people on the planet. It’s a disease that says, “It’s OK, Glenn. You can have one more drink.” Well, brother, let me tell you — that one more drink may kill me! So, anybody out there who is reading this or hearing my voice while struggling with a problem, let me be your agony aunt. Contact me and maybe I can give you a little advice. I love you all and please keep coming back!

Glenn Hughes: An unstoppable force in rock ‘n’ roll!

You live your life like an open book. What do you think most people would be surprised to know about Glenn Hughes?

That’s an interesting question. I think a lot of people will be surprised by the stamina I have at my age. I’ve got a good regime of athletic regiments going on. As I’ve said, David Bowie was my houseguest for six months in 1975. I learned from him that every time I step on stage that I become an actor. Jason, we are all actors, darling! All musicians are, in my opinion. I’ve had some reservations with certain girl singers who don’t agree with me, but I feel that I have to put on that actor role in order to step onto that stage and deliver the set of songs that will be the way it should be delivered.

You always look to the future, so where does that leave us in terms of new music?

I’ve got two things on hold at the moment. I have a vocal album with Joe Satriani and another Black Country Communion album with Joe Bonamassa. For those people who are deeply concerned about Glenn Hughes and my career, and you can understand this, what I can’t have happen over the next couple of years is to make commitments to other people and have them fall through. If I say to you I’m going to confirm a show, I’m damn sure going to show up! All the people buying tickets to Glenn Hughes shows across our planet must know that I’m going to show up! I’m going to be the first one in the building and I’m going to be the last one to leave!

Is there something musically you hope to experiment with in the near future?

Orchestra is a thing that you may be hearing about me doing. I’ve done Royal Albert Hall with two big orchestras to great success. I’ve also done some stuff in Germany and we’re looking at going to the Sydney Opera House and doing an orchestra there. I like to have my music transcend into different areas, as well as doing cover songs with orchestras. We have been offered a lot of touring schedules with an orchestra. I don’t travel with the orchestra, I will just use then in the cities that they are because it would take too much damn money to do it any other way. I do have a great director and conductor who will travel with me. So as for what you may see in the future, it may be Glenn Hughes’ Classic Deep Purple. You may see a Satriani-Glenn Hughes, you’ll see a Joe Bonamassa-Glenn Hughes album and a Black Country Communion album but what you are going to see, for the next 18 months at least, is Glenn Hughes performing classic Deep Purple live — blood, sweat and tears!

Last time we spoke, it was days before the 2016 elections in the United States. You stated in the past how much you love this country and what it has meant to you. What is your take on America in 2018?

I don’t know if you know this, but I became a US citizen in March! My mother and father-in-law are decorated Vietnam veterans, so you know who they support. My wife is not a Republican! [laughs] I don’t want to discuss politics specifically because it’s a little bit over-the-top for me and I think that artists should really stay out of it. People tend to get on soapboxes and anger people. I think it’s a situation in America where all Americans should vote. There’s a lot of bickering and anger between us Americans about who we should vote for, who is bad and who is good. All I know and all I care about is global warming, people starving, jobs and how we can prevent illness. I’m concerned with how can we solve these problems. Is it going to be a certain politician that is going to help us? I’m not quite sure. But I do know that as Americans we must stick together. We must be firm, strong and support one another because we are the greatest country in the world. Sometimes we think we’re not, but we are. At this very moment, there’s something happening that is unreal, and we have to make sure that changes. I’m very, very proud to say that I’m very honored to be an American citizen!

Glenn Hughes – Photo by Neil Zlozower

You’re making new fans each passing day. For the younger generation who are discovering your work, where is the best place for them to dive in?

Start with Trapeze, simply because that’s where it all started for me as a teenager. I was a teenager, 17 years old, writing songs that would result in me selling lots of records and 10,000 tickets a night in the Southern part of America. This was all before Deep Purple. Like I said, I made a name for myself before I actually got to play with this mega-band. Those were the moments for me when I could barely rub two stones together. I had no money, one pair of jeans and maybe two T-shirts. I had nothing except for the love of my craft. I would sleep with my guitar! I made sure it was polished and cleaned. I always made sure I would always show up on time, suit up and give my all to the audience! That is something that has never faltered!

Are there bands out there who excite you these days?

I’ve been saying this for five years and say it again! There are a bunch of kids who grew up down the street from me in Long Beach who are now signed to Atlantic records. That band is Rival Sons! I had a radio show five years ago at Planet Rock in the UK. These kids were unknown, and they came to me at a party I was hosting for my friend John Varvatos in Los Angeles. Jay Buchanan came to me and said, “Glenn, could you play one of my songs on your show?” I played “Pressure and Time” and I said, “Holy shit!” I’ve been campaigning for that band to go all the way. That’s the band I want to see succeed and hopefully they do. They have Dave Cobb producing them, who’s is a three-time Grammy Award winner and one of my producers. Anyone who hasn’t heard Rival Sons should go out and check them out! They are fantastic!

A few years back you mentioned the possibility of working on another book in the next several years. Any update there?

I’m going to do a book but what you need to know is that I’m filming now. I’m filming something in documentary form, so that’s going to continue for a year because there needs to be a story on film. I think that should come before the next book. I’m going to be 67 in the next few days. I’m healthy but I really want to start getting things down on film. It’s time to do that!

You set the bar high in the past few years, Glenn. I’m not sure how often you hear that or get a pat on the back but — well done!

Thank you! My manager does. I have a group of people that I have surrounded myself with that are all Glenn people. I’ve let people go that weren’t on the same page as me because we are the ferocious fighting team of pirates going around the world! All sober men, all family men and we are fuckin’ ready, let me tell ya!

I know our time is short, Glenn! I can’t wait to see the show when you roll into Annapolis, Maryland in the next few weeks.

Are you kidding me? Ram’s Head is going to be heaving with my fans. That’s a very small club. That was my first show in 2016 and it was fantastic! All those kids at Ram’s Head On Stage must know that I’m bringing you the show of the year. You’ve got to believe me when I tell you this. You were also kind to me last time, so let’s double the fun this time!

Sounds great! Thanks again for your time today and I wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! I look forward to talking to you again soon!

For all the latest news and dates for Glenn Hughes, visit his official website at www.glennhughes.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

GLENN HUGHES 2018 US TOUR DATES:

DATE CITY VENUE
August 25th Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre
August 26th Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
August, 28th Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
August 29th New York, NY Sony Hall
August 31st Wilmington, DE The Queen
September 1st Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
September 4th Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
September 5th Warrendale, PA Jergels
September 7th Glenside, PA The Keswick Theatre
September 8th Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
September 11th Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
September 13th Saint Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
September 15th Westland, MI The Token Lounge
September 16th Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
September 18th Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
September 19th Boston, MA The Wilbur
September 21st Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
September 22nd Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall

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“The Voice Of Rock” Glenn Hughes To Continue “Classic Deep Purple Live” Tour

“The Voice Of Rock” Glenn Hughes To Continue “Classic Deep Purple Live” Tour

Upon the recent completion of a successful South American and European festival tour, rock and roll legend Glenn Hughes is bringing the Classic Hits of Deep Purple Live tour to the United States. The 18-city trek kicks off on August 25th in Westbury, NY at the NYCB Theatre and travels around the Northeast before wrapping up in Tarrytown, NY on September 22nd. The tour will make stops in Asbury Park, NJ; Lancaster, PA; Cleveland, OH; and Boston, MA to name a few. The “Voice of Rock” will be performing various hits and deep cuts from the illustrious Deep Purple catalog including “Burn,” “Stormbringer,” “Sail Away” and “Smoke On The Water” among other rock classics. Glenn will be focusing on arrangements from the live albums – not studio recordings – for these songs, giving fans even more insight as to what it was like seeing a Deep Purple show during the 1970’s. Once the US run wraps at the end of September, Glenn Hughes will return to Europe to continue to bring his interpretation of the legendary music of Deep Purple to the fans worldwide.  All tour dates, VIP packages and ticket info can be found at www.glennhughes.com.

At a recent stop in Wales, UK; Alter Bridge frontman and Slash vocalist Myles Kennedy dropped in on the show. Hughes and company alongside Kennedy on guitar and vocals performed a raucous version of the Deep Purple classic “Highway Star.” A fan video of that performance can be seen here: https://tinyurl.com/GHMKHighwayStar.

No stranger to collaborations, Glenn Hughes also collaborated with country music icon Eric Church at a concert last year that has been immortalized on Eric Church’s 61 Days In Church release. The audio of Glenn and Eric performing The Guess Who classic “American Woman” can be heard here: https://youtu.be/cQI_zuxdiRs.

Vocalist/bassist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer. The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: Burn, Stormbringer, and Come Taste the Band. Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups’, Black Country Communion with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham and California Breed, who also featured both Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham. Glenn Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple on April 8, 2016.

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GLENN HUGHES 2018 US TOUR DATES:

DATE CITY VENUE
August 25th Westbury, NY NYCB Theatre
August 26th Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
August, 28th Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
August 29th New York, NY Sony Hall
August 31st Wilmington, DE The Queen
September 1st Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
September 4th Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
September 5th Warrendale, PA Jergels
September 7th Glenside, PA The Keswick Theatre
September 8th Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
September 11th Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
September 13th Saint Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
September 15th Westland, MI The Token Lounge
September 16th Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
September 18th Derry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
September 19th Boston, MA The Wilbur
September 21st Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
September 22nd Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall

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Black Country Communion To Return With ‘BCCIV’ Album, Premiere Video For “Collide”

Black Country Communion To Return With ‘BCCIV’ Album, Premiere Video For “Collide”

Black Country Communion have just premiered the official music video for their first single “Collide” taken from their brand new album “BCCIV”, which is released on Friday 22nd September.

Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd, 2017.  This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

BCC play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4thJanuary 2018. These will be the only two concerts the band will play in the UK and Europe.  Planet Rock’s 48-hour ticket pre-sale runs from Wednesday 2nd August until Thursday 3rd August via www.planetrock.com.

TRACK LISTING – BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION “BCCIV”

  1. Collide (4:07)
  2. Over My Head (4:06)
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place (7:57)
  4. Sway (5:24)
  5. The Cove (7:11)
  6. The Crow (6:00)
  7. Wanderlust (8:18)
  8. Love Remains (4:53)
  9. Awake (4:42)
  10. When The Morning Comes (7:56)

BONUS TRACK ON VINYL EDITION ONLY

  1. With You I Go

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RESONATE: Glenn Hughes On The Creation of His New Landmark Album And More!

RESONATE: Glenn Hughes On The Creation of His New Landmark Album And More!

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The legendary Glenn Hughes – Photo by Georgina Cates

It has been a landmark year for “The Voice of Rock.” In 2016, Glenn Hughes was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of fame, thrilled audiences across the nation on a solo tour and hit the studio to create one of his most powerful albums to date. “Resonate,” which will be released via Frontiers Music Srl on November 4th, is the 8th studio album from the rock legend and serves another incredible milestone from his storied career. “Resonate” is a lyrically rich album that blends the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk with his astonishing voice. From album opener, “Heavy” to the last chords of the closer “Long Time Gone,” the new release promises to be a contender for numerous Album of the Year lists. It features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for opening and closing numbers. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Glenn Hughes to discuss his whirlwind year, the creative inspirations behind “Resonate” and what the future holds for him as an artist.

It’s great to speak with you, Glenn. Last time we spoke you were days away from being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What was that experience like?

The induction was incredible! To be up there with my dear friend, David Coverdale, was a great moment for both of us. To have been recognized into the institution where other members weren’t was very strange. However, we don’t get to choose who gets inducted. That is the Hall of Fame’s job to do that. It was a grand and glorious event for everyone! I have known the guys in Chicago for a long time and Steve Miller is an old friend from back in 1972, so I pretty much knew everybody who was getting inducted! It was a great, great evening and for the Hall of Fame to extend the love for me to become an ambassador and to be of service to those coming into the Hall of Fame is a true honor for me.

You followed that incredible night up with a tour of the United States. How was the trip?

It’s always an honor for me to play anywhere in America because it has been so long since I had done a tour. To play up in the northeast was a great way to start the summer. It is so, so beautiful up there! My god, it’s incredible! It was really hot but the fans turned out and we had great audiences and everyone was very receptive throughout the tour, all the way from the East Coast through the Midwest, all the way up the North and then back into LA. Every place we visited was incredible and the good news is that we’re making plans to tour again in the spring!

That’s terrific! It’s been an incredible year for you and you followed up the tour by heading back into the studio for a brand-new solo album! What drew you back to your musical roots for this one?

It was like going home for me because the way I originally started out writing as a teenager was in my mother’s house. With this album, as you know, I was recovering from double knee transplants in the spring. I was writing the whole time in my studio. I wrote all the songs on “Resonate” in my studio and then took them to be recorded with my band. It was a really beautiful experience. It is probably one of the easiest albums I have ever written, simply because I had so much time to write. I write every day, even on Christmas Day I am in my studio! I just can’t help myself! [laughs] I’m in love with the art form of writing music and it is really the key center point of who I am.

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Is “Resonate” an album you could have written as a younger man?

I think everything I do in my older years is something I couldn’t do when I was younger. I think I’ve become more of a studious musician, as both a player and a writer. I think as I get older the channel is still open for me. I know a lot of my peer group, when they are in their 60s, sort of retire or just don’t feel it anymore. Perhaps maybe they just want to do something else? For me, I am in fine tune to what I should do. I know that I’ve been given a gift to write songs and share those songs with people across the planet, so it’s my pleasure to keep making music and keep it fresh!

It has been a few years since your previous solo album. That’s not to say you haven’t been busy in the meantime! What made this the right time to release a solo record?

It was definitely time for a new solo album. With Black Country Communion doing three albums and a DVD and then California Breed doing an album, it took about five years out of my life. With the surgery on my knees and the heart surgery, I was down for two years in recovery, so it was time for me to come back with this album. This is an album, like you said, where I’m going back to my roots. This is a rock record for rock fans. I think people are excited by the fact that I’ve returned to that element. It’s very dangerous, lyrically dense and heavy in lyrical content as well. I wasn’t frightened. I worked through some fears to do this album. You know, when I write, I can tell if a song I am doing is going to be completed. I don’t finish some songs if I feel it may not be right for a particular album. Every song you hear on this album was written in the spring in my studio and I knew that I was onto something. I knew I could take the songs into the Copenhagen and record this album with my band.

While the writing may have come easy, I’m sure you faced challenges along the way. What can you tell us about those?

As far as the recovery aspect of it, it took six months for my legs to become functional. I think we may have talked about this before but I had to learn how to walk again. Anything to do with my physicality was a little bit difficult. When you have two knees put in, it’s like a child learning to walk for the first time and it was difficult. It was not easy and I had to be in physical therapy for 10 weeks, which is pretty grueling and you’re being told you’re not walking correctly. I have videos of me trying to walk and it was pretty gruesome. The onslaught of the problem was all physicality. My mind and my spiritual condition was always there. I was always ready for the challenge! Being in recovery, whether it’s from drugs and alcohol, heart surgery or knee transplants, has always been a part of who I am. I’ve always maintained following recovery and here I am on the other side of that and feeling on top of the world!

The name of the album is “Resonate.” Which of the songs on this record resonate the most with you? Pardon the pun!

They’re all special to me and they are like mini movies to me. They are all visual. It’s like an actor reading the script. When I sing a song, I go into a certain role of where I am in this particular song. For example, “Heavy” has a heavy chorus and “Let It Shine” has a very light ingredient in the verse. There is also the denseness of “Flow” and “God of Money” is a really dark song, which is about the dangers of putting anything before your art. Be it sex or drugs or whatever, you can’t do that! I wanted to sing about the fears of doing things inappropriately. There are so many things I’ve learned in the course of these last 50 years about what I can and cannot do! One thing I wasn’t when I was 22 was wise but I am now because wisdom comes with age. I have learned from some great doctors, meditational readers and therapists. I really do believe in spiritual progression and believe we can be kinder, calmer and more considerate if we use the spiritual condition.

I’m sure some songs come easier and others are harder to nail down. Which ones came easiest and which were the harder to wrangle onto the record?

Wow! That’s a good question. I have to be careful the way I answer this question. All of the songs wrote themselves. I would go into the studio and play a certain chord and out of that chord would come a verse, a title or a riff. Each song would kind of write itself right in front of my very eyes! It would sort of just appear! I have really been blessed with not having writer’s block in the last 20 years. I’ve been very fortunate to have a huge stockpile of songs. There was not a song that was difficult on this album. There are songs with two or three different arrangements like “Long Time Gone” or “When I Fall,” which is a little bit different. They all came pretty easily. I’m actually kind of laughing while I’m telling you this because it has never been so easy for me to write something!

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Glenn Hughes – Photo by Georgina Cates

I also wanted to focus on the people who work with you on this album. What can you tell us about them and what they brought to the table?

These guys are my band! Soren Andersen [guitars and co-producer] and Pontus Engborg [drums] have been with me for 10 years. Lachy Doley is an Australian guy who plays with my friend Jimmy Barnes. He played with me in Australia a few times when I played over there and I brought him into play keyboards. He’s just an amazing keyboard player! Of course, we also have Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, who is my best friend. He has been on my last six albums. We have an unwritten law where whatever I record he is always there, so I’m very fortunate to have my best friend on my album. These guys are very much in tune with what I’m doing. What I did was bring each song to them on a different day and play the songs to them one at a time. From there, we recorded each song and focused on the album track by track. We didn’t rehearse the entire album. We would rehearse one song and then another song and that is the way I wanted to do it. I feel it worked out really well that way.

How did you and Chad Smith cross paths and forge a friendship?

In 2003 at the NAMM show, a friend of mine who was an endorser at the LA show in January, asked me if I would like to play with Chad. I was doing a show the following evening. My friend said that Chad was going to be with him and asked if I would like Chad to come up and play some songs with me. I asked him if he knew my material and he said, “He knows all of your material!” I thought that was hilarious! I met Chad in the afternoon on the show day and he was going to play on two songs but he ended up playing on eight songs of a 12 song set! From that moment, we have kind of been inseparable. We are best friends, our wives are best friends and I am the Godfather to one of his kids. He’s such a very, very cool man. He’s a funny guy, very musically intelligent and an insanely good drummer. He is a very musical drummer. When he plays with me he gets to go off and gets to be Keith Moon and Bonzo and gets to do what he wants to do. I think it’s really cool that he gets to do that!

Earlier this year, it was revealed Black Country Communion will make its return in 2017. How did you guys get back on the same page after the past few years apart?

One thing I want to make clear to everybody across air nation is that Joe Bonamassa and I never fell out. It just happened that after “Afterglow” was recorded and released in the fall of 2012, there was no touring schedule set. Being that there was no touring schedule set, I decided to leave the band simply because I needed to go back to my solo career. There was never falling out. Joe was continuing with his solo career and it just never worked out that we could do a lot of touring. Over the course of the years, we have spoken to each other and we had lunch the spring. We said, “Wouldn’t it be great to make another record? Maybe the time is right to do that.” There’s certain times when people get back together for reunions and if they have their material, they have a good insight. We are actually writing now and we have written half of the album. Joe is coming next week to finish up the songs and we will be headed back into the studio in January.

While it is early in the process, what’s the direction you see yourself moving sonically?

You know, it’s a combination of all three albums. It will sound like Black Country Communion. When you hear the first few bars of the song, you will know it’s us! We are not making any severe left turns or opening up any new doors of trying to do something that is different from the way we started. We are very focused on what we should do. We are making a rock album for rock fans. We’re not making anything different than pure rock music in the tradition of what Black Country Communion set out to do in 2010!

I know you have an autobiography but the past few years have been an amazingly productive time for you. Any plans to do another book of some sort in the future?

Oh, I think so. A few people have come to me about doing another book. I think when I have the time, maybe sometime in the next five years, I will do that. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve never been this busy! I’m writing the new Black Country Communion album, “Resonate” comes out in the next two weeks and my tour starts in Europe on the eighth of November, so I’ve never been this bloody busy! Thank God I’m in good health, good shape and good state of mind! Long may that continue!

Glenn Hughes - Photo by Georgina Cates

Glenn Hughes – Photo by Georgina Cates

As I mentioned, I love you’re such a force for positivity in all you do. It is a strange time here in America right before this election. Seeing as you do have such a positive world outlook, I wanted to get your thoughts on America at this point in time.

Obviously, we are in a position right now where we have two candidates that may not be the ideal view for Americans. We are facing reality. We are less than two weeks away from the election. I’m not going to talk to much about who I think should be president because everybody’s got their own opinion and I think artists and actors should stay out of it. With that said, we are in a bit of a mess here. We have to hope that Congress and the things we move forward on, the stability of our economy, protecting our borders and keeping Americans free in all four corners of the world, is very important to our nation. We stand at the abyss right now where we have to be very, very positive. It’s very, very clear to me what’s going on in the political race. It’s just a nightmare with what we’re facing. We have to stay positive. America is the greatest country in the world! I only hope and pray that in the next couple of weeks, when it comes down to the election day, that we have guile and some insight on how we can move our country forward. I have been living here for 43 years and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

You’ve seen changes in the music industry throughout the years. What excites you most about being an artist in this day and age?

As I am a songwriter, that keeps me busy. I have always been a songwriter and in the last 20 years I’ve written more than I’ve ever done. I think that’s because of my sobriety years. It’s songwriting that keeps me focused. As you know, I tour a lot and travel all the time. It’s always the songs that center me! It’s these songs on “Resonate” that I carefully write knowing they will be recorded and listened to by a lot of people. Look, I have been freely given this gift to carry the message. The message is all about love and healing. I say again, music is simply the greatest healer in this dark time. Music is something that we can all relate to. It will help you, save you and keep you warm, safe and cuddly. Music will never change the world but it sure can heal a lot of people!

For all the latest news and dates for Glenn Hughes, visit his official website at www.glennhughes.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Legendary Glenn Hughes Releases Music Video for Debut Single “Heavy”

The Legendary Glenn Hughes Releases Music Video for Debut Single “Heavy”

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Glenn Hughes, the legendary “Voice Of Rock,” has released the first music video from his upcoming 8thsolo album, Resonate. The video for the debut single “Heavy” is now available worldwide and can be seen below! The music video also features a guest appearance by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, who also played on the track. Resonate is scheduled for release on November 4th by Frontiers Music SRL.

“It’s time to bust out the big grooves,” explains Glenn Hughes when asked about the track.

Resonate will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. The album is available for pre-order via Amazon), iTunes) and Google Play. The single “Heavy” is also available on Spotify with the full album streaming on release date. Resonate wasproduced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.

From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”,  Resonate promises to be a contender for ‘Album of the Year’.  The album features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards). In addition, long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), added his drumming skills to the tracks ‘Heavy” and “Long Time Gone.” An EPK talking about Resonate can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JCz34DX40l8

It might well be the most-heavy sounding of his solo albums, but as is his trademark, musical diversity shines through and as Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording, “This album is the first kind of a complete Glenn Hughes album”.

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Rock Icon Glenn Hughes Announces New Solo Album “Resonate”

Rock Icon Glenn Hughes Announces New Solo Album “Resonate”

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the highly-anticipated, twelfth original GLENN HUGHES album Resonate – scheduled for release worldwide on November 4th A true vocal and musical icon of our times,

Glenn is back with his heaviest solo album to date. Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording: “this album is the first complete Glenn Hughes album“.  Resonate will be available in two configurations: regular cd and deluxe edition including one bonus track and DVD. The Deluxe Edition includes the bonus track “Nothing’s The Same”, plus a bonus DVD disc featuring the “Making of” the album documentary – “Heavy” (song video), and “Long Time Gone” (song video). A vinyl release will be made available via the Frontiers’ label partners Soulfood Music. Resonate was produced by Glenn Hughes & Soren Andersen.

2016 was the busiest year yet for Glenn Hughes. Glenn was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Deep Purple in April, recently wrapped up his successful sold-out US headline tour, and now finally Glenn’s first solo album in over 8 years will see the light of day! Resonate is truly a triumphant return to form for “The Voice of Rock”! No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card and the new album, Resonate will shine as a true Glenn Hughes landmark release.

From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, the new release promises to be a contender for numerous ‘Album of the Year’ lists. It features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers. Check out an EPK with Hughes discussing the making of Resonate below.

Make no mistake. The “Voice of Rock” never left the building!

‘RESONATE’ TRACKLISTING

  1. HEAVY
  2. MY TOWN
  3. FlOW
  4. LET IT SHINE
  5. STEADY
  6. GOD OF MONEY
  7. HOW LONG
  8. LANDMINES
  9. WHEN I FALL
  10. STUMBLE & GO
  11. LONG TIME GONE

More About Glenn Hughes:
Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was TRAPEZE. In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups’, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham and CALIFORNIA BREED, who also featured both Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham.

Glenn Hughes was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: Burn, Stormbringer, and Come Taste The Band. Hughes and other members of Deep Purple were in attendance to receive the honour. This achievment was a culmination of a 40+ years career which saw Glenn leave his indelible mark in several musical endeavours and bands.

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FORCE OF NATURE: Glenn Hughes Talks Life, Longevity And His Bright Future!

FORCE OF NATURE: Glenn Hughes Talks Life, Longevity And His Bright Future!

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Glenn Hughes needs little introduction. He is a multi-faceted artist who lives, breathes and embodies rock and roll. Hughes spent more than five decades in the music business carving his niche. He developed a distinctive and infectious style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. This incredible style, coupled with his one of a kind voice, earned him the moniker of “The Voice of Rock” by fans around the globe. As an artist, his musical legacy was forged by his unforgettable work in bands ranging from Trapeze to Deep Purple to Black Country Communion to California Breed. In 2016, Hughes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the members of Deep Purple. The ceremony is set to take place April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, this doesn’t mean the end of the road for Glenn Hughes. In fact, to hear him tell it, he is just warming up!

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Hughes to discuss his musical legacy, the challenges he faced along the way, his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and what the future holds for this unstoppable, musical force of nature!

I want to go back to when your amazing career started. What went into finding your voice as an artist early on?

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It was simply serendipity. I was like turning right on Fifth Avenue, instead of turning left. Let me just say, very quickly, I was in a band when I was a mid-teenager. I was a guitar player and the singer had to go away on a holiday with his mom and dad, so I had to stand in for him. We were playing cover songs from the Beatles and the Stones and blues songs. I might have been only 14 years old, this is around 1965 or 1966. I remember sitting in with the band and playing these songs the best I could. I had never sang before. My dad was in the room, which was a pub in England. He had his back towards the stage and was ordering a drink. He said to me, “All of a sudden I heard the voice of an angel. I turned around and it was my son!” I’ve got to be honest with you, it was so sweet but I was so young, I didn’t quite understand the compliment. I was just doing my singer a favor and, when he came back, he could have went on with his gig, ya know? I joined a couple of other bands as a guitar player. I was doing a little bit of lead singing. When Trapeze formed, I was only like a background singer in the band. The band had a meeting one day and said, “We think that you are better than the lead singer.” I said, “Really?” I was always flabbergasted by that. It was almost like God or something like that was forcing me to sing or showing me a door to grab that mic or take that bass and do my thing. I never had any idea when I was a child that I would be a lead singing bass player. I started out playing the bloody trombone because I was named after Glenn Miller. I played guitar for three years and then found myself playing bass. The next thing I knew, I was lead singing playing bass. It was a bit of a five year journey to get to that place.

You spent most of your life playing the music you love. When you hear the words rock and roll, what does it mean to you?

What rock and roll was to people of an older generation would have been Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley, of course. What rock and roll was to me was “Twist and Shout.” Remember now, the Beatles didn’t even bloody like it! I didn’t know that for quite some time! One day I was coming home from school, a pre-teen, and I saw this rock and roll band called The Beatles on TV. My inner voice said, “Whatever that is I want some of it!” It wasn’t about the girls screaming or anything other than the music and the fact they were playing something called a guitar. That was an interesting thing to me at that age. My parents went out and went without so I could have a guitar. I slept with that guitar and made my way in life!

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It took you down an amazing path. You have been so successful in your career. To what do you attribute your longevity?

Honestly, coming to grips with the fast lane and coming to grips with when someone has a tremendous amount of success and starts to have profile. Remember, this was before the internet! This was 1970. When someone has something in their hands that they have worked hard for since they were 12 years old and, all of a sudden, overnight, they become known. I attribute everything to hard work. I realized at some point in my life, after making a lot of records and starting to move into the fast lane of drinking, drugging and chicks that everything was getting in the way of my music. I think I was very lucky to have been one of the guys who was able to realize that my gift in life has been music and something else had begun to take over. You know brother, when I was a young man, I never grabbed onto my mother’s skirt and said, “Mommy! When I am an old guy, I want to be a drug addict!” It wasn’t like that! Let’s be clear, in the ‘70s, we were getting drunk with famous people and executives and that doesn’t happen anymore. What I am trying to get to is that I am really grateful that I have been able to walk on that fucking highway and not fall off! A lot of my friends didn’t make it, ya know. I have had a very long career because I have been honest, I have been in acceptance, I don’t have any resentment and I always, always keep changing. My friend David Bowie, when he was living at my house years and years ago, said to me, “You have to continually change, change, change, the way you play, the way you write and the way you look.” He was right! That is exactly what I have tried to do!

You shared friendships with and worked alongside some tremendous artists. Who had the biggest impact on you personally and as an artist?

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Stevie Wonder. We all know that I love him. When I met Stevie in 1974, we kind of fell in love with each other as humans. I was very, very lucky to go into the studio with him and he came into the studio with me. I fell in love with him as a person because of the way he conducts his life with family and children, along with how he treats his people and staff. The man can’t see but he taught me not only how to sing but how to breathe. I will never forget that! Everyone on this planet has an idol or a mentor. Mentors in life are so relevant today. He was my mentor and still is. We still see each other. Well, I see him but he doesn’t see me. [laughs] It is very simple. Some people in the rock world will go, “Oh, there is Glenn again, talking about R&B music.” I can’t lie to you. I don’t want people to think my mentor was somebody else. My mentor is someone I chose because of the way he conducts his life, the way he handles situations and his spiritual progression, not perfection.

When you look back on your life, in a creative and personal sense, how have you most evolved?

My answer would have to be spiritually. When it comes to my musicianship, I am one of these guys who plays all the time and writes all the time. I am not going to name names but there have been other people who have stepped into the fast lane, done some damage to themselves and lost the ability, hunger or magic moment and have never gotten it back. I never ever stopped playing or writing. I got sober a long, long, long time ago. When I first got sober my sponsor said to me, “You are going to write better songs and sing better.” I said, “Really?” He said, “Trust me.” I was really encouraged by that. I stayed on that path, ya know. Music to me is the center of the universe. Again, I music, because we live on a dangerous planet. All the shit that is going down not only in America but around the world with terrorists, dolphin killing and everything else. We are all in a strange bloody place. My world is, hopefully, spiritually healing. Hopefully, I can help one person or two and move through my life with that which has been freely given to me. It is a gift. They call me the Messenger and I hope that I can carry a message to people. That message is really simple, man. It is about love. Yeah, call me a hippy. I am one!

That is one of the things I love about you, Glenn. I follow you online and you are always so positive and bringing positivity forward. That is rare these days and I love your authenticity when it comes to the message.

Well, thank you! I do go online but I don’t read comments or anything like that. By the way, Jason, it is none of my business what people say or write about me. I am not a hate guy, it’s just not who I am. It is none of my business what people say about me. My business is how I conduct my life around my family and how I can move spiritually through my life. People take shots at people who have profile. They can shoot as much as they want but I am someone who is really, truly grateful to be standing on a stage in New York City in April to get a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award, which not many of my peers get. I can name you 10 bands that should be in there and they are not. So, I am truly grateful that I am a member of a band that is getting in there!

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Deep Purple Mark III getting off their plane The Starship

It is a tremendous honor to be headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How did you first get the news you were being inducted and what were your initial thoughts?

I was in Tokyo in December when I heard the news. In November, I knew they would soon be announcing the inductees. I knew the voting was going pretty well for us from the fans votes. Jason, this is really important, I would split this award in half with Tommy Bolin and I would spilt in another half with the fans. This award really goes to the fans. They have stood by the band steadfastly for 40-something years. This award is all about fans and the grace that I have been given because of the fan base. It is really truly amazing!

Even with this prestigious award on your shelf, you won’t be calling it a day anytime soon! First of all, you have a headlining tour coming up this summer! What excites you about that?

You know, I have played all over the world but I really haven’t played anything in America for quite some time. I am playing a run in August and I am really looking forward to playing in the country I have lived for 43 years. Part one of the tour is from August into September and part two will be next spring. I am concentrating more on America and I am going to keep building, building and building because I live here. I am always traveling to Australia, Malaysia and Japan. I play a lot in Europe. Bloody hell, I play Eastern Europe so much! It is really important for me to play in the country that I absolutely love! I live in the greatest country in the world and I really want to play here! There is not a city or town in this country that I live in that I don’t love. I love America and I love Americana. That might sound a little corny to you but it is not to me. This is a country where I had success very, very early on as a teenager. It is the first country that accepted who I was and the first country where I had real fans. I have been really, really grateful for that. I fell in love with Texas, all those years ago, in 1971. I had a place down there in Dallas. When I joined Deep Purple, we all moved to LA and I have been here ever since 1973. I love Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Chicago and New Orleans. The fact of the matter is, I am an Englishman living in America, man! I am more American than British and this is the country I love. This is where my blood is!

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You always have a bunch of irons in the fire as an artist. Where do you see yourself headed musically?

I am going to make an album this year! I did three with Black Country Communion and one with California Breed but I haven’t made a solo album since 2008. I am now going to go into the studio and make a Glenn Hughes album. I am going to Copenhagen in late June to make a Glenn rock album — groove based rock music, which is my forty in my solo thing. After Black Country Communion blew up and was successful, I realized my fan base really wanted the rock side of Glenn but they know it is groove, you know? So, I am going to give my fans kind of what they want and I am going to have fun making it!

What can you tell us about your songwriting process? Is there a method to your madness?

Normally, it is all the same as far as the style of the way I write. It starts with picking a guitar up and I have guitars in pretty much every room in my home, some with amps and some acoustic. There is never a moment where I don’t have one in my hands really. I might hear a melody and I might pick a chord that will fit the tone of the track or it might just be a groove. I’ll be in the car and I might hear a groove in my head. I am a very groove-oriented songwriter. Even in Black Country Communion, the songs are very groove-oriented. What I will do normally is come up with a verse or a chorus. It doesn’t matter which order it is in or I might come up with an intro. Sometimes I may even come up with a song title and then write a song around it. For example, “Soul Mover,” first I wrote the title and then I wrote the song. It is all sort of entwined. I do like to write with other people but I do a lot more work when I write alone.

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You have seen the music industry and musical landscape change exponentially over the years. How have things changed for you along the way and what is the best lesson we can take from your amazing journey as an artist?

I can breathe easier, travel easier and relate to people better. When I was 24 years old, one thing I wasn’t was wise! I might have been a wise guy but I wasn’t wise! What I am now, after open heart surgery and two new knees, I have become grounded and calm. That is really important for me. Somebody is probably out there reading this and drinking a Jack Daniels at 19 years old going, “Fuck that shit!” Trust me, I have lived most of my life in my garden with my hands in the soil. I love to see shit grow. When I was 24 and heard someone like my father say that, I would have said, “That’s bullshit!” But it’s true! There are two Glenn’s. There is the one who travels and plays around the world and the one who sits at home with his wife. You have to have separate lives. With what I do, I am pretty much an actor on stage. That is the way I feel about it. I turn into something else when I am on stage. I think that is what it is for me, there are two different versions of Glenn.

You know, people often say, “I wouldn’t change a thing.” I am lucky, Jason, because I have survived a heart attack and open heart surgery, as you know. I still wouldn’t change a thing. There have been some really diabolical things done to me in my life. I have been hurt by people and I may have hurt others along the way with my behavior whilst I was inebriated but I have made amends to people. Being a rock ‘n’ roller or being a modern day troubadour, if you want to call it that, means you have to have stamina, strength, determination and soul but most of all you have to be real. You can’t ride that fakeness. You have to be honest. I think my lyrics, when I was writing lyrics in Deep Purple, some of them were OK but I don’t write like that anymore, man. I write about really deep things. There are songs I wrote for Black Country Communion like “Cold,” “Faithless” or “Soul Mover,” which show the way I really feel about life. It is really important for me to carry that message.

As a fan I appreciate your openness as a songwriter and the positivity you bring to the table, Glenn. I want to sincerely thank you for your time today. I am sure we will talk again soon and I am sure you will have even more to tell us about the tricks you have up your sleeve!

Trust me, Jason! There is more news coming!

Awesome! Thanks again and I wish you continued success, friend!

You’re welcome, Jason! Have a good day, man!

For all the latest news and dates for Glenn Hughes, visit his official website at www.glennhughes.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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CALIFORNIA BREED: Glenn Hughes On Breathing Life Into His Latest Project!

CALIFORNIA BREED: Glenn Hughes On Breathing Life Into His Latest Project!

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Think of California and you think of brilliant colour and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it’s all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed and you have the most exciting new band of 2014 — California Breed! At it’s core is the legendary Glenn Hughes. Hughes is an artist who has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Jason Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer’s own studio in Nashville, they were able to capture a breathtaking range of sounds and melodies, typically unheard of for a three-piece. Even though the band is multi-generational, they clearly have no issues speaking the same musical language had have formed a uncompromising collection of 13 songs that simple dazzle and will surely serve as the next exciting music chapter in their ever-growing musical legacies. Jason Price of Icon vs. Icon recently caught up with the legendary Glenn Hughes to discusses his deep-rooted love of music, the creation of California Breed, the challenges of bringing their debut album to life and more!

I always like to go back to the beginning to give your readers a look at what helped to shape an artist. What are your earliest musical memories?

I grew up in a house that was booming with Frank Sinatra. My Mom and Dad were not musicians but really had great voices and still do. I grew up listening to radio. Funny enough, I grew up in the Elvis period but it didn’t strike a chord with me. Frank Sinatra’s voice, even when I was a very young man, still a boy really, had an incredibly melodic feel to it. That was the first thing to really affect me. I was named after Glenn Miller, the famous trombone player that died in the Second World War when his plane went down. I actually played trombone in the school orchestra. There was no mistaking what I was supposed to be doing!

Was there a particular catalyst that made you pursue your passion as a career?

Of course! When I was eleven years old, I switched the TV on during the black and white period back in 1962 or 1963. There was a kid’s show on at 5 o’clock and I saw The Beatles. They were singing “Twist and Shout.” I said, “I’ll have some of that please!” Six or nine months later, my Mom bought me a new guitar for Christmas. It was very cheap and inexpensive wood with no designer name to it. I learned to play when I was thirteen or fourteen. I figured my way around the guitar and had lessons for about three months and I was on my way! I befriended Ringo Starr and John Lennon, well before he died, and told them my story. How many musicians have told The Beatles that? If you were a kid growing up in the north of England in the 1960s, you had to be a Beatles fan or a Rolling Stones fan, so it was The Beatles that got me started.

Obviously, you have accomplished quite a lot in your career. What is it that has fueled your creative fire through the years?

Everybody knows that I sing and play bass but as I have gotten older and wiser, I have more stories of real life to tell you about. With that said, the ability to be as songwriter is something I truly enjoy. I enjoy picking a guitar up, recording that song and then giving it back to the fans. Songwriting is really the key for me.

California Breed is your latest project. You are coming off the heels of Black Country Communion but what really got this project up and running?

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When Black Country Communion broke up in September of 2012, it was kind of a private disbanding. It wasn’t made public until the spring of 2013. Jason [Bonham] and I decided we would continue playing together but not under the umbrella of Black Country Communion Part 2. We wanted to go back to an organic feel of more British Rock based guitar, bass and drums. We wanted to strip away the keyboards. When you have three guys playing, when one of you over play, the other two under play and that is the way it is. That’s the way it is. That really only happens successfully in trios. Jason and I were certain we would play together in a trio but the question was “Who will play guitar?” Everybody is going to think “Why didn’t they go with somebody who is famous?” We could have chosen someone who is famous, one of our friends, but they have their own bands and successful careers and it would be hard for us to tour with those guys. Low and behold, my friend Julian Lennon had a party the night before the Grammys in 2013. He introduced me to Andrew Watt and the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history!

Both Jason and Andrew are hugely talented. What do these guys bring to the project?

The one thing I expressed to Jason, even on the last two Black Country Communion albums, was that I really wanted him to push more as a songwriter. We all know he can play drums but what I want people to know is that he has a good voice and he is a really good songwriter. I think he was really happy to complete “Save Me” on Black Country’s “2” album, which is a really great song. On this album, I would write a song and then Andrew would finish it and Jason would finish our songs. What I really wanted with this band was for it to be collaborative. I think all the bands we all like are all collaborative effort. I think when you have three or four guys writing together or finishing each other’s songs, it really means something to the development of the band and to the songs.

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I couldn’t agree with you more. How did the name California Breed come about?

I will tell you, man. From last April until last September, we were really trying to come up with a cool name. At the last minute, I went into my lyric book to look for a line or a word from a song for something to pop out. In the song “Solo,” which is a bonus track for Japan, I wrote the line “A California breed acceleration…,” which means a fast moving person. I thought, “California Breed?” I wanted California to be in the title and Breed means fellowship and brotherhood to me, which we are. Every band I am in, I like to think we are a family. Me being an only child, I have always liked to honor brothers. That is where it came from!

Did you have any goals or expectations in mind for this project as you started out?

Ya know, man, I have to tell you, expectations are resentments under construction. Generally, when humans have expectations… let’s just say someone wants you to have a number one album and it doesn’t even get into the Top Ten, it is a bitter blow to one’s pride. The only thing I know is that we made a great album, we are promoting the album, we are going to tour on the album the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history. I really believe in karma and fate. Listen, man! When people listen to this album, I don’t think they are going to say “Which one of those guys is sixty and which one is twenty?” I don’t think you are going to hear that. I don’t think we set out to make a three generational album. I don’t think you can hear which one of us is twenty, forty or sixty. That is the great thing about the very spontaneous recording of these songs. They were chiseled out and recorded very quickly in a very live environment.

Did you approach the songwriting in a different way for this album?

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No. With Black Country, I did write a lot of it because Joe [Bonamassa] didn’t’ particularly want to write. I live in Los Angeles, Andrew is in New York and Jason lives in Florida. We all got together at my place or Jason’s place. I would write one of the songs like “Sweet Tea” or “Breathe” and then I would have Andrew finish it for me, He would do the same with me and Jason would finish both of ours. Like I said, I just really wanted to be collaborative. The bands I really love are very collaborative like Led Zeppelin or The Beatles. Even though Lennon and McCartney did write a lot of their songs, The Beatles were very collaborative in the arrangements and that is what you can hear with California Breed. I think that is the difference between our band and Black Country Communion. Also, Doug Kope being the producer on this, he brought a lot of his own vibe to this. Very early on with him, I think it was the night before, we were having dinner at the hotel and I said “Have you any fear doing this?” He said, “I have no fear?” I said, “Then drive the car, man!” Human beings; we are driven by fear. We are driven by a hundred forms of fear. There is actually no fear at all. There is no judgment day on our planet. We don’t know when we are going to die, when we going to have a car crash or whatever. Fear is “Fuck everything and run!” Isn’t it? There is false evidence that fear is real. There is no fear with this project and it is a very fearless album. I talk about fear a lot because fear gets in the way of a lot of things. Listen man, on stage, I am kind of a klutz. I man fall down or something but that is just the way. However, when I am in front of that microphone or have the bass or acoustic guitar on me in studio or on stage, I have to be fearless. Fear can stop a lot of things, man. It really can! People ask me about when I was on drugs. Yeah, it numbed me and I would numb myself because I was in fear. I really admire people who can be fearless in every art form, whether it is music, sport, architectural or whatever else they do in their life. You can see it, man! I think the older and wiser I become, the more I understand about the great out there, the universe and how this is done. I really have no fear and I am full of faith!

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How has that affected your evolution as an artist through the years?

I have no resentments. People might say “Why do you say you have no expectations? Surely you expect this album to sell a million copies?” Nope. If I have an expectation, it is resentment under construction. I just think when people have these great expectations and something doesn’t go according to their plan, life goes to hell in a hand basket. I have made a wonderful album with some wonderful guys. We are going to release it, go on the road, play it everywhere and promote this great band. My life and my career have been in moments of stages, stages and moments. Every year I have grown to understand how to live appropriately, how to talk to people and how to be a friend. Ya know, I think love is the answer, man! I am a bit of an old hippie and I love the concept of love!

There is nothing wrong with that! It has certainly taken you a long way!

It certainly has! I sing about the human condition. I don’t really sing about things I don’t know. I sing about what I have lived through. If you know anything about me or have read my book (Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography – From Deep Purple To Black Country Communion), you know I have been pistol whipped, I’ve been shot at, I have been stabbed, I have had a heart attack and I have been run over by a car but I am still here, man! A lot and I mean A LOT of my friends didn’t make it! I am one of the guys who did. I don’t think you will speak to a more grateful man this year than I!

What do you feel the future holds for you and California Breed? Is this more than a one-off?

I never like to plan too far ahead but I never like to do things in ones! I think if you look back at my career you will notice I do things in twos and threes. For me, I would like to keep this project together because it is extremely good and spontaneous. I really love working with these two gentlemen and we have a great management and a great promotional, so there is no reason why we can’t go one and shake things up!

As you mentioned, you have lived a very interesting and full life. What is the best piece of advice you can pass along to young people looking to you for inspiration?

Walk through the fear because fear is not real. Enjoy life. Live life, as every day comes, like it is the last day on Earth because love is the answer!

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Revolver Golden Gods Tour: Black Label Society To Headline

Revolver Golden Gods Tour: Black Label Society To Headline

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has been announced as this year’s headliner for the 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS TOURpresented by EPIPHONE. The tour will kick off the second week of April and finish up in early June. Supporting acts are set to be announced soon.

The band, led by guitar icon Zakk Wylde recently announced the release of “Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” their highly anticipated new LP due out April 8th, 2014. In addition to the album art and track listing, BLS released their first all new single titled, “My Dying Time,” heard here.

Zakk Wylde recently appeared on VH1 Classic’s That Metal show and stopped by The Artie Lange show while in NYC to talk all things “Catacombs of the Black Vatican.”

The Revolver Golden Gods Tour follows up last year’s Road to the Golden Gods Tour, which was headlined by STONE SOUR, and like that trek, it ties into the Revolver Golden Gods, America’s only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show. The details of the 2014 edition of that show will be announced shortly.

The Revolver Golden Gods Tour Dates:

Wed/Apr-16 Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Thu/Apr-17 Portland, OR @ Roseland
Fri/Apr-18 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Sat/Apr-19 Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Mon/Apr-21 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Fri/Apr-25 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Sat/Apr-26 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Tue/Apr-29 Ybor City, FL (Tampa) @ The Ritz
Wed/Apr-30 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Fri/May-02 Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
Sun/May-04 Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
Mon/May-05 Clifton Park, NY (Albany) @ Northern Lights
Wed/May-07 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Thu/May-08 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Fri/May-09 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/May-10 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Mon/May-12 Norfolk, VA @ Norva
Tue/May-13 Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
Thu/May-15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sat/May-17 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
Mon/May-19 Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
Tue/May-20 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Wed/May-21 St. Paul, MN (Minneapolis) @ Myth
Fri/May-23 Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theater
Tue/May-27 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Wed/May-28 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Sun/Jun-01 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Mon/Jun-02 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex – Rockwell
Wed/Jun-04 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
Thu/Jun-05 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fri/Jun-06 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Sat/Jun-07 Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater

PRE-ORDER ON ITUNES HERE
PURCHASE THE SINGLE ON ITUNES HERE

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is the first all new LP from BLS since “The Order of the Black”was released in 2009, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The band recently announced “An Evening With Zakk Wylde,” a 13-city Canadian tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album “Book of Shadows.

Since their late nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation.

Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes in modern history, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling “No More Tears,” for which Wylde wrote all the music.

In addition to holding Guitar World Magazine’s MVP four years straight Wylde has been bestowed with such accolades as “Best Rock Guitarist” from Guitar Player,  “Metal Guru” from the recently held Classic Rock awards in the UK, “Golden God” by Metal Hammer, the “Best Guitarist” Award from Revolver Magazine. Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with.

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Black Label Society “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” Album Art And Track List Revealed

Black Label Society “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” Album Art And Track List Revealed

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY have released the album art, track listing and first single from their forthcoming LP due later this year. “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is available immediately for iTunes preorder and the brand new single “My Dying Time” is also available for purchase.

Fans who pre-order the iTunes version will get the “My Dying Time” immediately as an instant gratification download.

Zakk Wylde recently appeared on VH1 Classic’s That Metal show. Wylde also stopped by the Artie Lange show while in NYC to talk all things “Catacombs of the Black Vatican.”

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” will be released Tuesday, April 8th, 2014.

PRE-ORDER ON ITUNES HERE
PURCHASE THE SINGLE ON ITUNES HERE

“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is the first all new LP from BLS since “The Order of the Black”was released in 2009, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Most recently, the band released  the 2-CD set Unblackened,” which found Black Label Society in a mellower mood in a performance taped at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last year.

The band recently announced “An Evening With Zakk Wylde,” a 13-city Canadian tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album “Book of Shadows.

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Black Label Society

Since their late nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation.

Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes in modern history, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling “No More Tears,” for which Wylde wrote all the music.

In addition to holding Guitar World Magazine’s MVP four years straight Wylde has been bestowed with such accolades as “Best Rock Guitarist” from Guitar Player,  “Metal Guru” from the recently held Classic Rock awards in the UK, “Golden God” by Metal Hammer, the “Best Guitarist” Award from Revolver Magazine. Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with.

Black Label Society continues to enthrall fans around the globe, and “Catacombs of the Black Vatican” is another incredible piece in the band’s catalog.

The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Fields Of Unforgiveness
02. My Dying Time
03. Believe
04. Angel Of Mercy
05. Heart Of Darkness
06. Beyond The Down
07. Scars
08. Damn The Flood
09. I’ve Gone Away
10. Empty Promises
11. Shades Of Gray
12. Dark Side Of The Sun (bonus track)
13. The Nomad (bonus track)

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