Posts by thetubthumper

    Hey Glenn,

    JEEZ it's gonna be great to see you back in Liverpool again - my beloved home city for the last 44 of my 46 years. It's easier to get home from town than it is from London, or Dudley, or Amsterdam, or Barcelona, or any of the other places I've seen you (do you remember The Wheatsheaf in Stoke, or the Dance Factory in Preston? Goddam those were the days - handful of people there...)

    So, "disowning your past"..?? That made me laugh too - if he'd bothered his arse to follow your career like most of us in here have he'd realise that for the past 15 years all you've done is look forward, whilst always tipping a thankful wink to the past. It's clear which elements of your career are reflected in this album (like everyone's saying, Feel, Ply Me Out etc.), but this is as fresh as a daisy as well. We've even got Funk Metal in there fercrissakes!!

    Keep up the VERY good work, and keep the faith, our 'Funk Soul Brother'

    Al

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    When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars.............
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    Messrs Hughes, Lord, Paice, Blackmore is all it needs. That's my fream ticket. Mr Coverdale? Well, still got a damn fine set of pipes, but he can stick to Whitesnake...

    I am prepared to discuss this over beers though... Almost anywhere...

    Wolfy dude,
    we gotta sit down and talk. Almost my entire gig going life has just flashed before my eyes. Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Gillan (in the club in Birkenhead amongst other places), and almost every possible link to the might Purple - I've seen 'em all. I am a very, very lucky boy. Oh, yeah, and I've seen Glenn the man maybe six times...

    How about Glenn, Mr Lord, Mr Paice, Mr Blackmore. What the HELL would we call that band?? Is this perhaps for another thread? Called 'Dream Ticket' perhaps ha ha?

    Eeeeeh, I can't wait for June...

    Sorry it's taken me a while to catch up here...

    I was at that gig. Stood just behind Tony Iommi. I've still got the empty plastic pint 'glass' he drank his beer out of. Some of us know how to collect gig souveniers eh???

    Yeah, the gig was cool as well. I danced like an idiot :bouncer: Well, in my head anyway...

    OK, I've changed my mind. I wasn't going to mention my fave Glenn gig but, hang it all, I think I jolly well will. There are some great stories in this thread about some great gigs. There need to be some regular GHCP gatherings (BIG gatherings - not just before or after Glenn gigs...) around the globe where everyone can just sit round and tell stories of gigs they've been to :cool: and how they got there and who did what and who fell on their ass because they were drunk :lol: and all that stuff.

    So, where are we going here? Now I must put this into context, so bear with me... this could get emotional.

    In 1974 I discovered Rock music through the medium of Made in Japan. Blew me away - RIGHT away. Mr Lord and Mr Blackmore - nothing like it. I was 12 years old. In 1976, when Glenn and Purple imploded like a collapsing star at that gig in Liverpool, I was still not allowed to go to gigs (too young) so, as a massive Deep Purple fan, when I eventually started going to see gigs you can imagine how I felt to eventually see Whitesnake, at the same Liverpool Empire Theatre, with Mr Coverdale and Mr Paice and Mr Lord in tow. It was the Lovehunter tour I seem to recall. Second number in, Jon Lord starts the opening bars of 'Might Just Take Your Life'. I can still see it now, still hear it, still feel the rush, still smell the Patchouli oil ha ha - I'm gonna start cryin' here ha ha - I went BERSERK - I screamed, ran up and down the aisle, jumped about like a Mexican Bean on a hotplate. I was, er, excited...

    So, you all still with me here?

    Now jump forward with me about 15 years or so. 6th October 1994. Glenn has started touring solo from '93, and these dates are the first 'proper' Glenn Hughes solo UK dates as far as I can remember (please, correct me if I'm wrong here anyone)... I go to see Glenn with a friend of mine in Stoke-on-Trent here in England. Not too far from Cannock. The Wheatsheaf. Basically, it's like a pub without many tables - a smallish live venue. The band were, as far as I can recall, at 'floor level' - no stage as such - set up along one wall. Glenn Hughes, THAT voice, and the AMAZING band he had with him on that tour are no more than ten foot away (three metres for our European friends). It was SOOOOOO GOOOOOD. So, by 1994 what was one of my favourite songs ever (still is)? Burn. And Glenn Hughes, with THAT voice, sings Burn ten foot away from me. Ten Foot. It was that Whitesnake gig feeling all over again. Everything I said about 'Might Just Take Your Life' above exploded in my head, only ten times more - except I couldn't move. I was transfixed. I can't remember much about the actual gig now - it was like a sensory overload. I couldn't take it in.

    I got to talk to Glenn briefly after the show, just to ask him to sign a CD and my wife's copy of 'Play Me Out'. For some reason, as I shook his hand as we were leaving, I just said 'Keep the Faith'. There was just a split second of a recognition of something there, and then we went. I've been keeping the faith ever since.

    I'm a 46 year old headbanger, rock and roller, still drumming in a rock band and a blues band, and I'm sitting here crying like a baby. Mr Hughes, it is clear that You Keep On Moving me...

    Thanks for listening, and see some of you in Liverpool in June.

    Al.

    ... Ringo's just not good enough to play on the same stage as Glenn Hughes. And I'm a drummer from Liverpool...

    I'm now moving to a commune in Outer Mongolia to avoid the inevitable flak I will get for that comment... but there you go... you heard it here first...

    Al the Brave ;)

    p.s., COOL interview, and WHAT A TRACK THAT WAS!!

    OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME... Love Communion absolutely KICKS ASS man!!! WHAT a return to fine F.U.N.K. form. What a groove. Watch out for the fat bald dude dancing like a complete lunatic at the UK gigs - it'll be MEEEEEEE...

    Sorry, I was just out there for a while then...

    WHAT a track. Great interview as well. Keith, VERY good work my friend.

    Al

    Greetings good fellow!! As Keith said, it's always good to have more of the 'locals' on here. Listen, check out as much of Glenn's stuff as you can - you won't regret it!!

    You HAVE to be there at the Carling Academy on June 7th - a certain other scouser has worked hard to get him here for the first time since Purple split after their then last gig at the Empire 30 odd years ago... Tell ALL your friends who like even a sniff of Rock music. Let's pack the place to the rafters and rock it's goddam socks off... Not that a building can wear socks, but you know what I mean...

    Later dude - get in touch, and we can meet and sing 'All I need... is BURN' somewhere very loud ha ha.

    Al

    OK, let's talk wishlists... A purple line-up with Paicey on the tubs, Mr (that's MISTER) Lord on the keys and that beautiful battered old Hammond, the inimitable Mr Blackmore, and Mr Hughes. Now, if Mr Coverdale would be happy to get involved, so much the better, but for me it'd have to be on a 'vocals shared' basis, because there are times when I think that Purple didn't need Mr Coverdale when Mr Hughes was around. Yeah, yeah I know, Glenn was much younger then and maybe his awesome set of pipes maybe hadn't quite developed into what they've become in the last 14 years or so, and maybe David did have that bluesier edge that Purple needed, BUT... that was then man and, hell, this is my wishlist!! SO, where are we going here? There are many, many of us Glenn that will have Purple Mark whatever wishlists but, when it comes down to it, seeing, watching, listening to you being comfortable in your own musical skin is just something else. Hell, I'd cry for weeks if I saw you live and you didn't do 'Burn' (that's just my favourite song of all time) but, BUT, to know that every time we see you it'll be something new, fresh, something that your heart and souls is 'all in'?? Priceless...
    Anyway, DC had spots when he first joined Purple ha ha... but what that's got to do with anything I have NO idea!!
    Later dude...
    Big Al