here's the link.
Chip, unfortunately i havent managed to get a "hard copy" for you (or me)
Glenn hits a Purple patch
John Ogden talks to Cannock-born rocker Glenn Hughes ahead of his 'hometown' gig in Dudley next week
Feb 5, 2005
It's been a rocky road for Glenn Hughes, but now he's on a roll. When the Cannock-born 'Voice of Rock' returns to JB's, Dudley, next Friday it will be to as much excited speculation as when he announced he was joining Deep Purple all those years ago.
Glenn Hughes - "All that hard work I was doing earlier is now paying off"
Suddenly the top names in rock's new pantheon are enjoying playing with a guy they idolised when their own careers were starting out, none more so than Chad Smith, drummer with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose funky thunder graces both Soul Mover, Glenn's new album, and his DVD Soulfully Live in the City of Angels.
Chad also features on two mind-boggling film commissions with the singer-bassist: can you believe him, Chili guitarist John Frusciante and Glenn doing a new version of Nights In White Satin? It's already in the can!
An even less likely scenario for Glenn was doing a Led Zeppelin song, Misty Mountain Hop, again with Chad and guitarist Jerry Cantrell formerly of Alice in Chains. The song is apparently bound for the soundtrack of a movie called Lords of Dogtown.
Yet another of Glenn's new mates is Dave Navarro, lead guitarist of Jane's Addiction, who features on the title track of Soul Mover. The CD also includes a DVD film showing him, Glenn and Chad thumping out the track in the desert.
But just so the kids don't scoop all the glory another guitar great, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, has teamed up with Glenn to cut a new album which it is hoped will see them doing an accompanying tour together.
The rock world already knows how well they work together from the long-lost DEP sessions, rediscovered by Tony and released last year, and hailed as one of the ten best albums of 2004 by Classic Rock magazine.
Says Glenn: "All that hard work I was doing earlier is now paying off.
"It's gone all one way since I decided not to make any more records with anyone else in mind but myself - to do what I wanted to do, not what some bloke behind a desk in Japan, Germany or France thought I should do."
Chad Smith's open-hearted backing has helped Glenn's climb in no small measure.
They met two years ago at a huge music trade fair in Glenn's adopted home town of LA, where the singer formed a new band to showcase some of his new songs.
"When we started playing together it was stunning. We looked at each other and we both thought 'Wow' and we've been playing together ever since. When he's not playing with the Peppers he's playing with me, either in the studio or onstage.
"He's just great company, a nice guy and great drummer.
"Chad insisted we record Soul Mover live in the studio, as we did with Trapeze, all playing together," says Glenn.
The result is an album showing the singer right back on top form.
His two month tour of Europe was originally scheduled for December, and Chad had agreed to do the tour, but the Chili's recording commitments meant a last-minute cancellation.
The rescheduled tour will feature Glenn's long-standing "European" band featuring guitarist pal JJ Marsh, Kjell Haraldson on keyboards and Thomas Broman on drums.
Says Glenn: "I am so looking forward to returning to Dudley. This is my hometown gig. I have played there a few times now and I am confident my old friends and some new faces will help the Soul Mover tour get off to a great start."
The new faces he mentions are support bands The Lizards, featuring ex-Rainbow and Blue Oyster Cult drummer Bobby Rondinelli, and Lunar Mile who are fronted by Tony Iommi's daughter.
The latter gives some clue as to whom the old friends might include.
On the subject of lead guitarists, Queen's Brian May is another long time friend, and invited Glenn to the opening of their musical We Will Rock You, in Las Vegas, possibly for the party afterwards, when May and Roger Taylor formed an impromptu band which also included Glenn, Meatloaf, Chad Smith and Steve Vai, giving all the favourite Queen songs a powerful reworking.
Glenn is now as focused as at any time in his career, and works on new songs every day in his studio at home.
Fighting back from an horrendous, near fatal and very costly cocaine addiction was a lesson learned the hard way about the value of life, and now at last he's having fun.
He's released at least one new original solo album every year since then and made numerous other guest appearances and projects. Last year, as well as Songs In The Key Of Rock (where the stupendous In My Blood is one of his best ever recorded performances) Glenn did a commercially successful tour promoting a second album with Joe Lynn Turner (another Deep Purple former player and Rainbow star) as the Hughes Turner Project.