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Paice and Hughes reunite in London

Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes took part in the ChildLine Rocks charity mini-fest at the indigO2 in London. This was the first time since March 15th, 1976 that they have appeared together on the same stage. More Black Than Purple reports:

With Thunder’s Luke Morley doing a solid job on guitar they cranked out ‘Mistreated’ and Hughes took the chance to show off his vocal talents with a lengthy improvised closing to the song that had many in the audience aghast by his immense range. Glenn’s keyboard player Anders Olinder kicked off the second number, a somewhat surprising ‘Might Just Take Your Life’ with Danny Bowes sharing the vocals and working well alongside Glenn.

Read more on the MBTP site.

Update (March 16th): Also check out Luke Morley’s diary (Luke is the guitar player in Thunder). Rehearsals on March 11th:

Ian Paice arrives @ 12pm and begins to set his own kit up which is not what I expected! I’d met Ian before albeit quite briefly, when we’ve worked with Deep Purple and he’s a really genuine and funny guy. He explains that 26 hours earlier he’d left Venezuela where Purple had just finished a South American tour. He’s obviously a bit spaced out so we ply him with strong coffee. It’s really good of him to have volunteered to do the gig and he doesn’t stop cracking jokes all day. Nice man!

Glenn Hughes arrives @ 1pm. He hasn’t played with Ian for 30-odd years and it’s 34 years since I saw them playing together in Deep Purple at Lewisham Odeon on the tour to promote ‘Burn’…….. weird!

We run through ‘Mistreated’ and Glenn finishes the song with an ad-libbed vocal work out as only he can! He sings so high that most of the dogs in London SE1 must have been very confused for a while. We then take on ‘Might Just Take Your Life’ and Danny assumes the David Coverdale role. It all goes so well that we only need to run the two songs once. Very strange how I get to be Pete Townshend and Ritchie Blackmore in the same 24 hours!!

Thunder will be supporting Whitesnake and Def Leppard on the upcoming UK dates in June and July.

10 Comments to “Paice and Hughes reunite in London”:

  1. 1
    Marcel says:

    Might Just Take Your Life

  2. 2
    T says:

    I would like to have been a fly on the wall when Glenn and Ian met and exchanged pleasantries. Certainly, Paicey must be aware of the stellar releases from Glenn Hughes over the past 15 years or so, and how much improved Glenn is since the last time they played together.

  3. 3
    Jaro says:

    MkIII I hope return!

  4. 4
    Arthur says:

    A Mark III reunion one off concert would be amazing, we can but dream but I wish I’d seen Paice and Hughes together.

  5. 5
    stoffer says:

    After viewing the YouTube performance of Might Just Take Your Life I was not very impressed with the vocals of GH, but I’m sure it was the equipment used?

  6. 6
    Bo says:

    PLEASE – Depp Purple Mrk III – now!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Together they can beat anybody these days – so please just one tour more.

  7. 7
    Sami says:

    Right, Bo…it would be a dream come true, but very unlikely, unfortunately.

  8. 8
    Dave P says:

    Blackmore would never do it. Would be great to see but only in our dreams I fear.

  9. 9
    perfectstringdangler says:

    Stoffer don’t be thrown by Glenn’s shaky voice in that video. He was coming off a bad flu/cold. It’s usually much stronger. I too would love to have overheard the Paice/Hughes conversation.

  10. 10
    Jeogger Junior says:

    It would be really nice to see some kind of a reunion with Glen, Lord, Blackmore & Coverdale now that they are no longer with DP…
    Believe it, it can happen!!!

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