Here's a couple of articles that appear in the Boston area in promotion of the upcoming gig in Foxboro, MA.
this Friday, March 27th, 2009 at Showcase Live, 23 Patriot Place, Foxboro
The Sun Chronicle
VOICE OF DEEP PURPLE VISITS SHOWCASE LIVE
FOXBORO - Legendary '70s rocker Glenn Hughes, who replaced vocalist Ian Gillian as the voice of Deep Purple, will be bringing his latest solo project to Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro 8 p.m. Friday.
Hughes, who has played everything from LA clubs to quarter-million-person festival audiences still has that distinctive vocal sound and a rocking attitude on his latest album "First Underground Nuclear Kitchen."
A native of Cannock, England, Hughes absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and American soul and R&B.
Originally a member of Trapeze, while in 1973 he joined one of the most popular bands in the world, 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. Now living in Los Angeles, Hughes's first solo album Play Me Out was released in 1977. Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of a string of solo albums.
Jim Sullivan INK
GLENN HUGHES: EX-DEEP PURPLER BEYOND AND BACK
Fri. March 27th
I first came aware of Glenn Hughes with the band Trapeze, and this mostly obscure, but barn-burner of a hard rock record, "You Are the Music - We’re Just the Band." Back in 1972. He joined Deep Purple not long after that as bassist and singer, contributing mightily to "Burn" and "Stormbringer." He later recorded with Tony Iommi in Black Sabbath, KLF He toured America and lived the rock life: He partied with Led Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham, the Who’s late drummer Keith Moon, Purple’s late guitarist Tommy Bolin. Sex, drugs, fame - addiction - near death - and recovery. Hughes, who talked with us Wedesday in advance of his gig at Showcase Live Friday March 27th, has been sober since 1991. Not that he takes being clean and sober for granted.
"If I was to tell you I licked it," Hughes, now 57, says of his addictions, "I'd be lying to you. We [addicts] are lying, cheating thieves. I stay in tune by spiritual progression. I never get too cocky to think I’ll never drink. I have a great wife, a great career, play all over this great world, have great fan base, and making great current new music."
Which is to say Hughes and his backing trio of three years will play some classics from the catalog, but he’s focusing on his latest CD, "First Underground Nuclear Kitchen," which featuring another recovery guy Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, Chad Smith. "I really wanna play new music," says Hughes. "I don’t want to play an artist just playing big songs from the 70s." (He certainly wouldn’t be an artist playing much from the ‘70s - doesn’t remember much of it.) The album, he says, "is a rock, funk and soul hybrid, a genuine Glenn Hughes solo album." The title? "I wanted to come up with something funny too, first and on the edge, nuclear and make it look like cooking in the kitchen. It means something to me."
But back to his first big break with Deep Purple. "I said I would only join if I could sing some lead vocals," he recalls. (David Coverdale sang most of them, replacing Ian Gillan, but Hughes got in his licks). It’s vocals that he comes back to now, when he talks about what he believes people remember most and what he likes best. "I bring something to the table that no other rock singer has," he says, "a lot of emotion in the old bank account. I die a little bit when I’m on the stage. It’s a very emotionally charged vocal performance."
How is the kick he gets from performing now different from the kick he got back in his misspent youth? "I would lie if I said it was the same," says Hughes. "In my teens, it was blow-your-hair-back time, it was incredible as teenager." (He was that young in the Trapeze days.) "Now, as a man and adult who understands the way humans work, what I do is I’m a servant out there. We have a service to do with our voice and guitar. I don’t bash people over the head with it."
He’s writing a book about the life, back then and now, what he calls "an honest account of a lad growing up in the North of England, coming to America, making a name for himself, joining the biggest band in the world in 1973, going through larger than live [stuff], private jets, sex, all the women you can have, and addiction which put it's head in there and screwed it up. What's it like to survive and get through drug addiction and how great it is. "The greatest gift with recovery is to remember how awful it was to come to, not wake up. We weird addicts and alcoholics lived on the very edge. Some of us died and some ended up insane. My manager doesn’t know that Glenn, and he says ‘My God!’ It’s a whole other lifetime. Let Me, Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper and Nikki Sixx be the poster children."
Hughes says the deaths of his pals Bonham and Bolin served no wake-up call to him. "It’s awful to bury your friends. But when you’re in the thick of your disease you are screwed. It takes a lot of wisdom and serenity and courage to get sober."
Hughes has played mostly in the Far East and Russia. This trip to Showcase Live is his first time in Boston in eons. "Boston is an area I have not played extensively in," he says, "and it’s a great part of country with great bands there. I want to play America and this part of America."