Posts by Arnito

    Must...resist...can soundbytes....

    I have listened to soundbytes of some albums before, but this time I decided not to. If there was a complete song, then maybe, but not clips. For me it seems that they don't describe a lot how the song really is, they have usually left me kind of disappointed... Or maybe I just didn't give them enough repetition :)

    Anyways, I'm going to wait until I can buy the album and take my time to listen to it as a whole and without a hurry.

    Thank you so much, great vids!

    What can you really say... It's such a joy to hear Glenn being able to give these amazing performances and clearly enjoying what he's doing. You just have to respect him for being where he is today given that the odds must have once been anything but good. I hope things go his way and he can continue to write and perform music from his heart and soul for at least as long as it will take Finland to win the Soccer World Cup. Ok, that is a wee bit exaggerated... Someone could change "Finland" to "England" and add "again", but in this context that would be too daring, since it seems this time only one man can screw it all up and that is the one hailing from Sweden... ;)

    Listening to Whiter Shade... and Mistreated makes me cross my fingers for this orchestra thing to become reality. I have hoped for something in that vein to happen, Jon Lord and Uli Jon Roth as possible partners have crossed my mind. Glenn's abilities deserve to be heard and recorded with a proper orchestra and hopefully the performances will feature material that lets all the colours in his voice shine. Maybe also a duet with some great female singer...

    It's really a pitty if this tour doesn't happen... I think they could make a killer live album with the songs Tony and Glenn have written together. And maybe throw in a few others, like Neverafter, Death of Me, Die Young or Neon Knights.

    ...that Ronnie & Co. are in form, since we are looking forward to seeing them 9.12. in Jyväskylä, Finland, together with Uriah Heep and Asia. I would prefer just two bands and thus a longer set from Dio, but we'll see how it turns out.

    Great to hear your kid loves good music, maybe it's genetical... :) Must have been quite a memorable experience as it was his first live show ever. Next time maybe Glenn & Tony? Thanks for the review!

    Christmas will be heavy. ;)

    - Arnito -


    I had this dream the other night and wrote it down, it certainly gave me a smile in the morning and I just had to share it with you. I mean, this really is the only place to share something like this and maybe get a smile as a response instead of "Look, if you need to talk to someone I know this... professional" or "Oh my, look at the time, gotta run..." :)

    It would be great if you have stories fitting under this thread, it might give a whole new perspective to the term "GHCP". Anyways, here's the dream...

    So I'm sitting with Glenn Hughes in some room. He is playing a great bass line with a fretless acoustic bass guitar. He's playing it over a guitar sound that came from somewhere; I somehow think it is Iommi’s playing. Glenn is kind of practicing, trying to find a suitable bass line, because he starts it over again and doesn't play perfectly in rhythm with the guitar all the time. I say, "It's a very nice bass line." He smiles and says "Well yeah, it's nothing really, just a simple part, nothing complete." "Yes, but I mean it's very effective", I replied, to which he kind of nods.

    I ask him "By the way, do you know the Scorpions song Holiday?" "Yes I do." "Could you maybe play it for me?" So he picks up a guitar and plays a couple of notes. Then it gets strange, since he takes out a bow and starts to play the guitar like a violin. This of course not being enough in dream world, the bow itself turns into some kind of an instrument, which produces sound as he draws it across the wooden armrests of the chair he's sitting on.

    Unfortunately, as the intro in Holiday is quite long, he doesn't get into singing before I wake up.

    Maybe I need a vacation.


    I have a size M (unused of course) official Soul Mover tour shirt, with a right hand profile picture of Glenn singing and above the picture "GLENN" and below "HUGHES". If someone is going to buy this shirt and needs the size M, I would be soooo greatful if he/she could by a size L and then trade it with me!!! We could send the shirts to each other via snail mail and I could pay your expenses. Sweden shows, anyone?

    If this exchange is not possible, I would also be willing to buy a size L shirt with "76" in the back and a picture of Glenn in the front. I would pay shirt + mailing expenses.

    This is my first post, so a couple of words about why I'm on this forum. I got hooked to Glenn's voice listening to Burning Japan Live some five years ago. I've seen him twice on HTP tour in Helsinki, 09/2002 & 03/2004. Great shows, but they left me wanting to see him tour solo.

    Which is what happened this Wednesday in Nosturi, Helsinki. Long was our wait but was it worth it?

    I went with my brother and a friend. We arrived in time to see the whole set of The Lizards. I didn't know their music beforehand, had only read some descriptions from previous shows. I must say it was a positive experience. Not enough to make me buy their cd at the show, but still. Most of the songs they played had something good in them, although as a whole I think many of them could have been a bit shorter and thus would have worked better. Dunno if album versions are different to what they played live. Not too many people were watching the show, although a bit more came in all the time. The Lizards handled the gig nicely though and welcomed all to come say hi to the band after their set. I couldn't leave my spot though, since I wanted to see the next performer well...

    About half an hour later the intro, a different mix of Soul Mover, started to play. Nice intro. Then the curtains were opened and the band got on stage and started to play Soul Mover, a song which me thinks is a killer opener! Great stuff. After that they went straight into Orion. The studio version was the first song on the album to really get my attention and it worked very well live also. It was clear from the first moments that energy levels at the venue were taken to new heights with Glenn & band entering the stage!

    After this song Glenn did a bit of talking between the songs, like telling something about the songs and their meaning or just commenting something funny. He also explained what this tour means to him as a solo artist, why there aren't too many Purple or old songs on the setlist (which was the same as before) although he knows many DP fans are coming to the shows and so on. And the audience understood and responded with cheers hearing SM to be Glenn's best selling solo record so far.

    Glenn's between-the-songs - talking gave a very nice feeling to the show, which was further richened with his way of performing: very much in contact with the audience, noticing everybody and giving big smiles. We watched the show from Nosturi's second floor "loft", right corner from the stage which was partially obscured by loudspeakers, and yet GH observed our reactions to the music several times and was pleased to see our thumbs up and clapping, I guess! He was in a very good mood, humorous, energetic and pouring his soul into the performances, in a different level compared to the HTP shows I had seen before. Those high notes and the power with which they are delivered just make your jaw drop! And his moving around the stage is great to watch. I had a discussion after the HTP shows about Glenn's and Gene Simmons' similar moves and it was so funny to read on the forum recently that Gene had actually copied the posing from Glenn. Gabi was at the show too, I guess we have to thank her also for her husband's good vibrations :)

    All new songs worked very well live and old & older ones we're performed brilliantly. Land of the Livin' was great with upper register chorus singing, Let It Go an intense autoanalysis moving ahead with an irresistible rhythm coupled with those beautiful calm parts, Don't Let Me Bleed emotional and, as a surprise highlight for me, High Road groovier than a midnight blue soul train with its steam engine driven by Austin Powers and rockier than Mr. Balboa. Can't Stop the Flood is very good live and lyrically fits Glenn's current situation as a witer and performer, I guess. Medusa - what can I say, a true classic masterpiece! Wherever You Go wrapped up the main set nicely.

    And as already mentioned by others, Mistreated was...just amazing. Well worth its own thread. Intro by J.J. was short this time but the "vocal acrobatics"- part in the end by Glenn was even greater than I dared to expect. I guess it lasted about 2 minutes or so and not a second was in vain. Left us speechless. I wonder if it was recorded... You can see the intensity with which it was performed from the photos sent by others. Seventh Star & Burn made a great encore and after Burn it was as a thunderstorm had suddenly stopped.

    I was pleased with the setlist, although it could have been a bit longer (as you all think, I guess). There are so many songs I'd like to hear... About many SM songs, I think this is just what a creative and actively writing & recording artist should do: play new songs. Would have liked to hear even more from SM.

    All in all, a very enjoyable and energetic show absolutely worth seeing. It was great to see Glenn enjoy what he's doing and I'm sincerely happy for him being able to perform at this level. He's no youngster anymore. His voice, maybe a bit darker than in the 70's, remains untouchable and this man IMO certainly is the most relevant artist today amongst his contemporaries and, needless to say, wipes the floor with many a today's big name. Well, I hope The Flood keeps gathering momentum and the next time we'll see Glenn in Helsinki it will be in the Icehall.

    Go see the show. And take your friends & relatives with you.