Sure looking forward to hearing all about this evening's very special gig in Wolverhampton
Glenn mentioned earlier, he was planning on playing 5 songs electric tonight (the rest acoustic), plus he would be playing lead guitar, on "Coast To Coast" and "Superstition" and with some very special significance, as he'll be using Mel's very own "Black Beauty" (1968 Gibson Les Paul)
David...why aren't we there right now?
I knew this would turn out to be a special show. I hope we get lots of photos and video of tonight.
The gig last night was amazing! Glenn kicked ass!!!!:D
He is soooo lovley!
I asked him a question .. lol at him refering to the 'Cannock girl' thats me LOL
i said 'What was it like for you growing up in & arround Cannock when you were a kid' as im kind of in the same boat as he was coz thats where i live!
He is the greatet man ever! Glenn you rock!
For what is now nearly 36 years I've been hearing the line "I won't last...., without lovin' " in the song Will Our Love End. Glenn's clear enunciation of the line last night put me right. I've often wondered why the title didn't seem to feature in the song. Please feel free to call me dim, but it does change my perception of the song.
It was a really good show. Fabulous Getting Tighter in the electric set with a great bass solo and "riding your range" section. My favourite version of that is on the 1974 Kilburn Space Trucking, but I reckon he equalled that last night. Other highlights were acoustic versions of Black Cloud and Holy Man. Holy Man had an introduction added that was part of a song on the first Trapeze album.
The Q and A section was entertaining. Glenn kept telling us that we'll find out more in the book, so it should be a good read when it comes out. Good to hear that he still gets on well with David Coverdale.
I have seen Glenn 20 time's or so over the year's and to my eye's and ear's last night was the GREATEST show I have ever seen him put on. The pure emotion coming from Glenn was caught by everyone in attendance. Highlight's of the night, which is going to be hard as the whole set was incredible, were, 'I Found A Woman', and the best version of 'This Time Around' I have ever heard. 'Seaful' and an electric 'Coast To Coast' from the Trapeze catalogue with Glenn playing Mel's Les Paul were simply awsome. Stevie's 'Superstition' had Glenn paying homage to one of his hero's, and if you closed your eyes you would of believed Stevie was on stage alongside Glenn and the band it was that good. 'Gettin' Tighter' and 'This Time Around' from CTTB rounded off what was a show that is going to take some beating. A few minor gliche's with Glenn's bass near the end didn't detract from what most who were in attendance will agree, was a one of a kind gig.
Come on guys, where are the reviews and photos?
Just back home ... alot of fotos ...
The show was amazing as usual, but a very special evening
Thank you, I'm going to try to put fotos on line next week
For GH : We love you
And the set list was.....
Acoustic set :
I found a woman
It's about time
Will our love end
This time around
Q & A
Electric set :
Coast to coast
You keep on moving
Glenn played Coast to coast & Superstition on Mel's Black Beauty (yes, we have pictures...tons of pictures...). That was amazing !
In fact the whole show was amazing. Glenn was superb.
I'll try and write a longer review this week.
Hope everyone got back home safely. It was really cool to see you all
Just a teaser ...
The gibson is Mel's one ...
2 fotos, very emotionnal ...
The first one during the show :
The second one at the after :
Big daddy with Annette Galley
We love you
Heres a few of my pics, most of them came out with red eyes & were blury, hers the best ones
Thank U Kayleigh,
2 others for tonight
Thanks for the reviews and pix everyone, sounds like one that shouldn't of been missed
Would have loved to have heard Glenn sing those songs on that setlist,would have got a big from me.
Maybe another day !!! please
Astonishing evening.....Many,many thanks to Carl for sorting out the photopass again.
Those pictures are just stunning.....just makes me want to upgrade my digital camera! And how cool is it that Glenn played Mel's "baby" onstage that night? I got a tear in my eye just seeing the pictures of Annette Galley at the show..it must have been a very touching moment for those lucky enough to be there that night..a very special homecoming!
To Lee and Jerome....thanks for the fabulous pictures!
This is review which has been sent to the website Get Ready To Rock. Thank you for these great photos. I may be mugging one or two of them and credits will be given. Let me know if you'd rather not have them used. You read it here first folks:-Quote
Hughes Excels in Black Country
Glenn Hughes made another triumphant return to his Midland UK fan base last night with a special gig at The Robin to mark its anniversary. Ever confident Mr. Hughes strode on stage on his own with a red acoustic and set to work on the Trapeze back catalogue which don’t normally see the light of day with a full band.
Apart from the venue’s own celebrations, this was also a homecoming for the late Mel Galley who passed away earlier this year. Galley, founder of Trapeze and guitarist for Whitesnake, was one of Glenn’s stable friends and confidantes through all the trials and tribulations of this often crazy business.
The “Evening With” market has burgeoned over the last few years and Glenn Hughes slips nicely into the natural role of witty raconteur with “backstage” accounts about luminaries such as Jon Lord, Sharon Osborne and David Bowie. Once the Joel McIvor biography is out in early 2009, I can see many peeping over their cosy country parapets with some anxiety prior to this kiss and tell account. Jools Holland would do well to get his teeth into some of this before the book is released.
Not that Glenn is dishing the dirt for the sake of it. He sees it as a story long overdue. Purple’s PR machine went into overdrive in 76 perpetrating the myths of Hughes singlehandedly destroying Purple by fu(c)(n)king it up . Another perspective is in the pipeline and ready to burn those yellowed press releases. Garry Moore’s famous jibes about Glenn’s penchant for Colombian imports, have gone thus far unchecked. People in glass houses spring to mind.
But it’s the music that always counts. Glenn Hughes is a proficient guitarist and in fact started out with the instrument before Mel Galley said he could join Trapeze on bass. Imperfection off the F.UN.K album was all the more soulful for losing some of the production layers off the original. Anders Olinder supplies a perfect foil with his Fender Rhodes interludes which underpinned Glenn Hughes’s jazz vocal intonation.
Hughes’ early Trapeze songs such as Seaful , a highlight of the acoustic part of the set, showed the incredible maturity of a song writing teenager when they were stripped down to unplugged essentials. Glenn Hughes revealed that some years later he adopted the practice of writing his songs in the dark. This was the case with his first post Purple solo offering, Play Me out from which the last track I Found a Woman was well received.
Holy Man which closed the acoustic section was a revelation. What a quality song, often reviled by many Purple fans who saw it as instrumental to Ritche Blackmore’s departure from DP Mark 3. Claptrap! Ritchie Blackmore has been planning 100% control of a band long before he left the studio to Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale’s so called double time tango or worse, “shoeshine music.” Wasn't this about musical differences and not scapegoats?
By the time the full band of Matt Goom and guitarist Tony Rennie joined the fun for the full band set, an impressive back catalogue had already been revealed. Glenn Hughes’s song writing ability was gathering pace in the early 70’s. Trapeze’s ballad Coast to Coast was the first of the quality standards which had matured by the time of Deep Purple’s Come Taste the Band.
I hadn’t heard This Time Around live for some time and was almost startled as to how bold this song actually was. Sometimes you have to ask yourself whether you are liking a piece simply because it has associations with a grand brand. But no. This Hughes Lord collaboration typified the potential that Mark 4 had before the Kali Mist displaced the spotlights and dry ice.
An emotional moment when the late Mel Galley's wife joined Glenn on stage for a presentation. There was no doubt to whom this show was dedicated.
Instead of grabbing his familiar bass, Glenn announced that he was going to play the holy grail of guitars, Mel’s black beauty, his Gibson Les Paul. Highlight in this section was Superstition in which Glenn played all the signature fills associated with that blockbuster. Trapeze’s Black Cloud showed why that band could regularly hack it on bills with the likes of the Moody Blues in America’s stadia before international stardom with the mighty Purple beckoned.
Once Tony Rennie and Glenn swapped to their more comfortable roles, Misreated was broadly the same version that Hughes took on the first leg of his European tour and a crowd pleaser at that. The Bolin/Hughes song, Getting Tighter, again from Come Taste the Band, was a further example of the hit single that might have occurred had the outfit survived its pressures. This ten minute version must stay in the set plans. It further accentuates Glenn Hughes’s claim to be the godfather of funk based rock which makes the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers so popular now.
The Q&A in between was a soft diversion with ever efficient Tour Manager Tonio, affectionately known also to fans of UFO, strict in his 10 questions rule. When Hughes was pressed about who he would like to work with, Stevie Wonder was the main hub of the reply. Jeff Beck on guitar. Anyone else? Glenn shrugged and Tonio jumped in and said “yeah Stevie Wonder, next question please,” to hearty laughter from the audience. There was no joy for those looking for a firm reposte to the possibility of collaborating with Coverdale. Hughes revealed that they email each other seven days a week and it seems that will be the sum total of the relationship.
And so once the back stage ticket package had been fulfilled, punters went away happy that the Voice of Rock (is there really a challenger on the same planet in 08?) was in good a form as his beloved Wolves who lie on top of the division. If you want a taste of the full band which will include the addition of Luis Maldanado, they play four dates in Spain next week followed by a whole Russian tour when they take on the current Deep Purple town for town. Don’t bet on a tired Mark 8 getting their own way on ticket sales!
I may be mugging one or two of them and credits will be given. Let me know if you'd rather not have them used.
Keith, you can use as many pictures as you want. If you want us to send you a CD of all the pictures, just give me you address and I'll do it this week.
A big thank you, man. This review is absolutely great. No need for me to write one
Sounds and looks like everyone had a fantastic time! the pictures are great! xx