Made my night The band are on fire both nights and as for Glenn... just superb
Second night was an outstanding display of musicianship, but I have to say, Night 1, is my favourite by far. Hearing those H/T songs again, did it for me, seems like ages since they've been given an airing, so it was breath of fresh air for me
More of the same please - look forward to the next one
Have a good day chutsler
Good one purplemusic Thanks for the vid David, I think
Wonderful, really looking forward to whatever the historical gig will be
A very Happy Birthday to you Glenn, may the funk be with you
Oh yeah she was good. Powerful! had one of her cd's no idea where it has gone now!
She's married to Brian Wheat of Tesla I think.
For a brief minute, they divorced in the mid '90s. She's since remarried...to an actor and has 4 kids...gave up the music along time ago by all accounts.
Funny, although I can't imagine they are any worse than Ryanair!!
It's great to see Glenn so relaxed and his voice is just getting better and better
Thanks for this, my copy is still in the post, so it was good to get a sneek peek!
You tell 'em Glenn Love it when he gets right down to it and tells it how it is (was)
Must of missed this interview the first time around, so good to catch up with it now.
Nothing new to a lot of us, but for some, these tales might be of interest and get you ready for what might be in the book later this year
He's the former Deep Purple man who held a seance with Ritchie Blackmore, was threatened by Phil Lynott, autographed John Wayne's cowboy boots, and beat Keith Moon and Ron Wood in a cocaine-snorting competition. He's Glenn Hughes, aka the Voice Of Rock, and these are his stories.
Glenn Hughes moved in exalted circles during his time as a member of Deep Purple in the mid-70s. He befriended David Bowie, who wanted him to sing on his Young Americas album. He partied with Keith Moon - Nazi uniform and all. He met "big, girthy and massive" John Wayne. He pissed alongside Stevie Wonder. He shot the breeze with Richard Burton. And he got high with Exorcist actress Linda Blair. "I was loaded on coke and the champagne was flowing. But I've never smoked a lot of pot, so my memories of those times are pretty vivid," the bassist/vocalist declares. Hughes's cocaine addiction got so serious it threatened to destroy him. But he pulled himself back from the brink and has now been clean and sober for more than 15 years. Let those vivid memories commence...
When I got the gig as bass player in Deep Purple I was only aged 21. We went to Clearwell Castle to work on the Burn album. Ritchie rigged up my room with hidden speakers. In the middle of the night I woke up to the sound of all these ghost noises. I was scared shitless! The next night me, Baz Marshall [Purple roadie] and Ritchie held a seance. Baz was a farmer and he'd recently lost one of his cows. We started the seance and suddenly the room echoed with the sound of a cow mooing. Only this time it wasn't a wind-up! Blackmore freaked and ran out. When it came down to it, he was a bit of a scaredy-cat. But Ritchie was the king of the prank - we all know that. Even today, at 62 years old maybe, he always carries a water pistol around with him. I have it on the greatest authority.
Cameron was the 15-year old kid who wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, and now he's a major movie director. When Cameron was a writer he came on Purple's Burn and Stormbringer tours. We became good friends because we both loved R&B. We'd be in my hotel suite listening to people like Kool & The Gang , The Ohio Players, Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. Of course, Cameron also saw all the shenanigans go down with the chicks and the drugs...he was privy to all that. Stillwater, the band in Cameron's film Almost Famous are popularly believed to have been based on Lynyrd Skynyrd, but there are plenty of elements of Purple in there as well.
My first band was Trapeze, and I met Keith at one of our shows in 1969. It was in Carlisle, believe it or not. Later I joined Deep Purple and in the summer of 1974 we recorded Stormbringer. We stayed at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in L.A. One evening I got a knock on my door, and it was Moony. He was with Ron Wood and Mal Evans [The Beatles' road manager]. Keith was dressed as a Nazi war officer - the jackboots, the outfit, everything. I had a bunch of coke with me and I laid out four massive lines. We had a competition to see who could snort the fastest - and I won. I did half of Keith's line as well, which I thought was quite monumental. That night we hired a limo and went all across town. For 24 hours we were completely out of our minds. And Keith stayed in the character of the Nazi the whole time.
I was in L.A and I got a call from David Bowie's personal assistant Corinne ['Coco' Schwab]. She said Bowie had been watching footage on TV of Purple playing the California Jam and he'd been impressed by my performance. SO I met up with him and we sat up talking all night. At the time, he was into his blue-eyed soul thing. We shared a mutual love of Luther Vandross! Later Bowie asked me to sing on his Young Americans album. Unfortunately Ritchie Blackmore was vehemently against it. He thought it would be bad for Purple's image. I was a bit pissed off about that.
I stayed friends with Bowie. We were both into blow, only Bowie's paranoia on cocaine was far greater than mine. And I thought I was pretty crazy! Bowie was very intelligent but he suffered bizarre mood swings when he was high. Our relationship was very intense in 1975 and '76. He lived at my house in Beverly Hills for a time. I was loaded on coke, so was Bowie, the champagne flowed...it was a great period. I've never smoked a lot of pot, so my memories of those times are pretty vivid.
Linda had been dating Tommy Bolin [Deep Purple Mk iV guitarist]. In the summer of 1976, just after Purple had broken up, some offers came in for me to re-form Trapeze and undertake a US tour. I decided to do it, even though this was a truly intense period for me. I'd broken up with my long-tem girlfriend and I was going off the rails. I was sick-thin, I'd cut my hair. I was wearing make-up and I'd been hanging out with David Bowie. David Bowie had even given me some of his clothes.
Just before a Trapeze gig in St Louis I got a call from Tommy, and he put me on the phone to Linda. She told me she was a big Purple fan, and she was getting ready to travel from L.A to New York to shoot a new movie [Exorcist II: The Heretic] with Richard Burton. She wanted to stop over in St Louis and see Trapeze. She turned up at my front door the next morning carrying an overnight bag - and a saddle. I thought: "Is this some bizarre sexual fetish?" No, it turned out that she was a keen horsewoman! Anyway, we quickly became an item. Like me, Linda was very addicted to cocaine. I was going completely off the rails, and I'd found the perfect mate to stumble along with. I was 24 and she was 15, 16, maybe 17.
We shacked up in L.A together. It's incredible to tell you this, but I broke up with her because she was doing so much blow, it was getting too intense for me to be around. We'd be driving down Sunset Boulevard, she'd have an ounce of cocaine in a bag on her lap, and she'd be doing bumps through a straw. I'm thinking: "any minute now they're going to catch us; whoever they are." I couldn't deal with it. A few weeks after we broke up she got busted. She got caught up in a deal involving major kilos of cocaine. Luckily she didn't go to jail because she was a minor. But I got out just in time. If I'd been busted with her, my life and career in America would've been over.
I went with Linda Blair to New York to watch her film some scenes for Exorcist II: The Heretic. Richard Burton played the priest, and I met him on set. I was in awe of the guy but I was so fucking loaded. When I started talking to him, all I could think was: "Does he realise that I'm completely out of my mind?" I don't know whether he knew I was high but he was very gracious to me. He wasn't the drunk, obnoxious Richard Burton of legend. He was very professional. We talked about where I was born in Cannock, Staffordshire, and how a lot of British rockers were moving to the States because of the high taxes; I think we were paying 83 percent tax back then. We also spoke about food - and of course I wasn't hungry at all!
In 1980 I was in L.A making record with Al Kooper called Four On The Floor. It was a disco record, to all intents and purposes. Thin Lizzy were in town and Phil, Scott [Gorham] and Gary [Moore] came down to the studio. Phil pulled out two phials - one was full of coke and the other was full of heroin. I remember thinking to myself; "They're both white, how can he tell which is which?"
Phil was a big character but he was also the kind of guy you didn't want to mess with. Shortly afterward Gary quit Lizzy in the middle of US tour. He showed up at my house and asked if I'd like to form a new band with him. It was going to be called G-Force and Sharon Osbourne was the manager. I said I'd love to - but I was still going through a difficult period, drug-wise. Gary stayed at my house while I thought about it. He needed a place to hide out. A couple of days later I got a phone call at three in the morning. It was Phil. He said: "If you've got Gary there I'm going to rip your throat out and shove it up your arse!" So there I am living in fear of this crazy Irishman coming round to knock my block off. I had to lie and say Gary wasn't there.
David Coverdale and I were walking through the Beverly Wilshire hotel and we spotted John Wayne in the lobby. He was a big man, girthy, massive...he completely filled up the room. We walked up to him and said we were fans of his. He asked us who we were and we told him we were in Deep Purple. He said: "Oh my daughter would be so happy to get your autographs." So David and I got John's autograph on a piece of paper and we both signed his cowboy boots so he could give them to his daughter. We still talk about that incident.
Tommy and I were kindred spirits. It wasn't just the drug thing; we were very much alike as people. But I was never into heroin like Tommy. It was pretty much a private drug for him. We auditioned [Humble Pie guitarist] Clem Clempson to replace Blackmore in Purple, but that didn't work out. When Tommy walked into his audition, he had these red, blue, green and yellow feathers in his hair. He blew us away with his playing and I knew straightaway that he was the man for us. He never really got the kudos he deserved in Purple. When Tommy died [in December 1976, after a cocktail of beer, champagne, cocaine and heroin] it incensed me because six or seven people could've called an ambulance to save his life.
I was in the bathroom of the Record Plant in L.A taking a whiz...and in walks Stevie Wonder with his assistant. Stevie's standing next to me taking a pee! I introduced myself, ushered him into a small studio and played him You Can't Do It Right (With The One You Love) [the Stormbringer track that can only be described as Deep-Purple-play-Stevie-Wonder]. Stevie said: "Man, you've been listening to my records." He touched my face and my hair and said: "I gotta call you Leo, cos your hair is so outrageous." Later that year I picked up Circus magazine and Stevie was quoted as saying "Glenn Hughes is my favorite white singer." He said it in Ebony magazine too. That's quite an accolade, coming from your hero.
Just wish they'd hurry up and release something, whether it be live or in the studio
But thanks for the clip
Some of you might enjoy this NWOBHM article that appeared in last week's The Guardian, of all places! Nothing really new, but got a kick out of it being in print
Bring it on
Great job Glenn
These are the "Glenn Hughes remix" short samples that have just been made available via dpas
The results are in and Glenn came in at No.25. I didn't know that U2 were considered a rock band, guess that tells you, all you need to know about Planet Rock and their listeners
The Top 40 positions were as follows...
01. Robert Plant
02. Freddie Mercury
03. Paul Rodgers
04. Ian Gillan
05. Roger Daltrey
06. David Coverdale
07. Axl Rose
08. Bruce Dickinson
09. Mick Jaggar
10. Bon Scott
11. David Bowie
12. Jon Bon Jovi
13. Steven Tyler
14. Jon Anderson
15. Bruce Springsteen
16. Steve Perry
17. Ozzy Osbourne
19. Peter Gabriel
20. James Hetfield
21. Janis Joplin
22. Brian Johnson
23. Roger Chapman
24. Phil Lynott
25. Glenn Hughes
26. Joe Cocker
27. Jim Morrison
28. Alex Harvey
29. Alice Cooper
30. Ronnie James Dio
31. Sammy Hagar
32. Meat Loaf
33. Rob Halford
34. Geddy Lee
35. Biff Byford
36. David Gilmour
38. Dave Lee Roth
39. Chris Cornell
40. Neil Young
American Matador, Bonilla’s second Reprise album in 1993, showcased the guitarist’s technical mastery and stylistic versatility. It was mostly instrumental, but Bonilla did make a rare vocal appearance on “Wake the Baby.” Though he recorded with a small ensemble of Troy Luccketta of Tesla and Anastasios “Toss” Panos, Bonilla contributed the bass parts himself. Frank Zappa alumnus Mike Keneally plays organ on a cover of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” which appears in both vocal and instrumental versions. The former features the distinctive voice of ex-Deep Purple/Trapeze member Glenn Hughes.
That's a bit of good news, hopefully it'll be remastered too. That one can be a little hard to find these days, so it'll be handy to have it more widely available.
By all accounts, Glenn just made 2,500 new fans in the Czech Republic tonight!
A fantastic reception was given to him and he returned the favour by playing 3 of his songs with
- Soul Mover
- Love Communion
- Video Killed The Radio Star
"Video Killed The Radio Star" - crikey, I'd love to have seen that live, such a shame about the awful video quality above, but look forward to the proper release Has he ever played it live before, I don't think so?
Great to hear so many new fans were in attendence