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Glenn Hughes to support Whitesnake

Local media in Norway reports that Whitesnake is announced to play the Rock Fæst in Halden on May 22. What’s more interesting, they will be supported by Glenn Hughes and the Come Taste The Band tribute band.

A couple of weeks ago Glenn offered this caustic comment in his Twitter blog on the possibility of supporting his former bandmates:

Dear me…a promoter in Sweden wanted me on the same bill as Purple, but they said no…like I have said B4 move over Rover, G’s takin over

Glenn performing Sail Away with Come Taste The Band at the Skaanevik Bluesfestival on July 3, 2008:

Thanks to Daniel Bengtsson for the info.

43 Comments to “Glenn Hughes to support Whitesnake”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Well, would that not be something……
    DC and GH performing Mark 3 and 4 material

  2. 2
    purpletemple says:

    Not sure about his comment, but it sure would be great to have a show like that with Glenn and Whitesnake!

    Soon the Purple Family festival with Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Blackmore’s Night, Glenn Hughes and Over The Rainbow?

  3. 3
    Ole M says:

    Shure, as long as they stay away from Mark 2 stuff!

  4. 4
    Bo says:

    I hope this is true. Then we just need Mr. Lord and the guitar player in black. Then a dream comes true.

  5. 5
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Judging by the performance on the DVD which is better quality btw… Glenn’s age is beginning to show like all the others. He is past his solo peak point on stage if you ask me, his voice is beginning to lose a few screws.

  6. 6
    Knud Pedersen says:

    Oh my god – that Glenn boy can still sing, what a voice, what a voice…..

  7. 7
    SEVEN-47 says:

    HOLY SHIT! A portion of my dream is coming true. MARK 3 please!!

  8. 8
    stefan says:

    If true I´ll be there faster than you can say “You fool no one”,YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!!!!!!

  9. 9
    Roberto says:

    Sail away, what a wonderful song!never played live by Deep purple…
    so It’s time for a mkIII reunion…

  10. 10
    hiza says:

    Hi all!

    The most interesting thing of course is: You´ll never know what´s going on (t)here…The fact is that the world is so small and they´re all touring quite a bit. Don´t forget RJD.

  11. 11
    andre sihotang says:

    What song will they do together on stage(as an encore i predict)

    I expect David and Glenn to sing ‘You Keep On Moving’ together at that concert. It’s one of the best DP song ever (/w Tommy Bolin on guitar, not Mr. Blackmor-s-e). And both of their voices really blended perfectly on this track, very intimate ballad..

    Burn? Stormbringer? Noooo, David has lost his voice on those ones
    Another choices preferably Might Just Take Your Life, Highball Shooter, or The Gypsy. I just want to dream right now…

    And I hope Glenn Hughes use his white shirt and trousers again, hehe.. (read : Mk3/4 reunion)

  12. 12
    tom fox says:

    nothing wrong with mr huighes voice in wolverhampton this year!

  13. 13
    Thomas Vikabo says:

    Glenn and David on the same stage!!!!!!! In one word; FANTASTIC!
    The best Whitesnake linup ever and Glenn Hughes with Come Taste the Band This gig will rock!
    I`l be there!
    And Sail Away is a wonderfull song yes thank you and a nice version posted here!

  14. 14
    Crimson Ghost says:

    That particular show was worth seeing, I’m sure. The convention in Bedford as well.

  15. 15
    T says:

    “Sail Away” is an underrated cut and an example of the direction Purple should have explored at the time.

    This is a fine performance from Glenn, considering the quality of the recording. “Sail Away” is a difficult number as he has to sing both parts–David Coverdale’s deeper tone as well as Glenn’s own register. It’s nice to hear more unusual Purple cuts outside of MkII from time to time.

    Overall, although age is perhaps starting to show, Glenn’s voice has held up better than Gillan’s as far as range and timbre are concerned. Glenn’s is very close to what it was back in the day.

    As far as playing on the bill with Whitesnake, I would consider that an historic event.

  16. 16
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Glenn has a couple of advantages and disadvantages as an artist. He hasn’t even played 1000 live shows in his career so he hasn’t destroyed his voice in that realm. When he was drinking and drugging at his all time best, he wasn’t touring to go along with it much to speak of. And record companies and promoters have never let him do what he’s wanted, of course till he did something about it record wise. I’m not the biggest fan of his songwriting but I do like a fair amount of it, but there should be no mistaking his abilities as a singer and bass player, he’s blessed with huge talent in both areas.

  17. 17
    Roberto says:

    Gillan should have done ‘perfect strangers’ ‘the battle rages on’ and ‘purpendicular’ tour and nothing more…His voice would be now as good as the one of Glenn Hughes…

  18. 18
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Has anyone heard Glenn’s new album First Underground Nuclear Kitchen (F.U.N.K)? Phenomenal….

    But just my humble opinion, eh?

    How cool would an album with Stevie Wonder be with Glenn producing? :>



  19. 19
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Yes, but I think it’s a personal album for him and he isn’t pushing it much, he finds it hard to contain himself as it is… I like the album and it’s the type of songwriting of his I like best because it suits him and it shows mostly on ‘Love Communion’ ‘Satellite’ and ‘Imperfection’ particularly, those are hypnotic groovy tracks. He doesn’t make enough albums like this but he braved it and will likely do something completely different on the next one.

  20. 20
    Roberto says:

    I really don’t like last Glenn Hughes album.His best are:
    -play me out
    -building the machine

    with others:
    -seventh star and dep session (with Tony Iommi)
    -hughes turner project 2

    and the one with Gary Moore.

    and than you can stop here…

  21. 21
    Crimson Ghost says:

    His best work was with Trapeze imo. It’s been hit and miss ever since, but his chops are his biggest weapon, so he should be judged on that mostly. He can still belt, but his tone is getting shrill. Nobody’s perfect.

  22. 22
    George Fotis says:

    It’s not really spoken about but Glenn made an album with Tony Iommi called Fused which sounds very modern & heavy .Have heard song’s on you tube & they sound very good just like it’s Black Sabbath, sounds like it’s a top album.

  23. 23
    beardawg says:

    I see Glenn still has “The Voice”; and can still jam that bass! I’d love to see DEEP PURPLE MK3 get back together! A dream come true indeed! Or at least a Hughes Coverdale cd would be good also!

  24. 24
    stoffer says:

    Roberto..please go away!!!!!

  25. 25
    Stefan says:


    I second that………Thanks!

  26. 26
    Roberto says:

    I forgot Trapeze , that is true, sorry…
    but You are blind fans because you accept anything from you hero and you never criticize…
    I will be always here lo open your eyes stoffer and stefan ahahahaha,I wish you well!!

  27. 27
    stefan says:


    You´re one confused little f**ker!I can´t speak for all,but I for one have a hard time follow what you´re trying to say!

    Most of the time it seems to me that you´re completely losing the plot, and I don´t have a clue what you´re babbling about!Do you have a clue yourself???Maybe a english dictionary would help??? Take care Roberto…..Wherever you are!!!

  28. 28
    stoffer says:

    Roberto, if you are 29 I have had my eyes open almost TWICE as long as yours, I don’t need any help thanks anyway. I too have a hard time trying to understand you and if you are really a “true fan” of Deep Purple, past, present or future. Maybe try a little less bashing of the band and more respect for them as they been around for a hell of a lot longer than you.
    Cheers Roberto and goodnight!

  29. 29
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Speaking of “FUSED” for those who don’t know, Glenn has done a lot of under exposed material that many don’t know about. There is the Dokken/Hughes album that’s unreleased, then there is the album with Gary Moore that I hear was recently released, and he even did the original vocal tracks for Motley Crue’s ‘Hooligan’s Holiday’ but of course it was scrapped for some reason.

    Nice long list there Roberto, I wonder what the short list looks like.
    Btw, how far removed is F.U.N.K. from Play Me Out, not a whole lot… which is better… well now that’s up to the individual, as long as they’ve listened to both enough to in order to opine.

  30. 30
    Roberto says:

    Stefen and Stoffer
    thank you fot the help!and sorry for my english!
    but please: is impossible that you accept anything from you hero and you never criticize…
    Crimson Ghost:
    my Glenn hughes list album is not short:9 albums not considerign the masterpieces with deep purple…

  31. 31
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I always thought RUN FOR COVER was the album by Gary Moore on which only about 4 tracks with Glenn appeared.
    Has there been an update with more material I missed out on?

    It still boggles my mind knowing GH was in years of trouble with his addictions, including the suggested candybars, and still able to sing like a GOD on for example Seventh Star.

    That album and Face the truth with John Norum really won me over for Glenn.
    Before he always had been the guy for me who was part of wrecking DP during the MK 3 and MK 4 days.

    During the 1994 tour I spoke him shortly in his dressingroom in Utrecht and honesly told him how much my view of him had changed since then.

    I think that his albums since then contain too many classics to mention.

    Unfortunately live he started to scream more and more and the sound since the 90 s always was too loud.
    A big shame because without those 2 earwrecking aspects every show before was a milestone.

  32. 32
    stoffer says:

    You are welcome if any advice helps you. I have to make clear that the guys (past and present) in DP are not heros to me. They are in my favorite rock band and that is all,yes they do things I’m not fond of , but I know I do things people do not like either. With age you will find out it does not do much good to critisize so much and you try to enjoy the things in life that give you the most pleasure. I learned the hard way and still learn now.
    Have a great day Roberto…….Cheers

  33. 33
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Not sure about the Moore album but Glenn did record with him, my interest isn’t high or I’d have a copy. I do think he demo’d more than four tracks though.

    Roberto, read more carefully, I’m not interested in how many records you have of Glenn’s, you must be confusing what I wrote pertaining to the list you posted… but you do seem to have enough there to voice an opinion of his body of solo work it looks like, but apparently you made some bad purchases there. 5 goodies out of nine for you is fair enough I suppose.

  34. 34
    Roberto says:

    I have ALL Glenn Hughes albums but I like 9 of his albums + the ones with Deep purple…The rest is not good…

  35. 35
    Tracy Heyder aka Zero the Hero says:

    Glenn played bass and sang on 4 tunes, plus bass only on the title track…’Run for Cover’.

    GHOST: I ask you to dig up a copy and play the 4 Hughes tunes. ‘Nothing to Lose’ is one of the BEST Hughes tracks of all times as far as I’m concerned. I was an avid Gary Moore collector and fan (still am). When that record came out in ’85, it was just around the time Purple finally got back together and Ian Paice had already played with Moore on 2 of his albums (Corridors of Power and Victims of the Future) plus toured with him. When Blackmore finally left again in ’93, I reflected back to when Moore was a Rock musician and still to this day wish he had taken over. Not that I don’t like Morse, but at the time, Moore was my first choice. Listen to these tunes and you will see my point. Not to mention that during the period when Purple didn’t exist, I fantasized about a Moore, Hughes, Paice, Lord line-up. They were all available during the early eighties, while the rest of the band was otherwise tied up doing their own solo stuff. Purple was dead. Both Hughes and Paice were already working with Moore. Jon Lord had also done some work with him. This will surprise PRIEST but, aside from Blackmore, Gary Moore is my favorite guitarist. They are probably equal in my little world of music. Yes PRIEST, believe it or not, Blackmore and Moore are my FAVORITE guitarists. That doesn’t mean I don’t respect and totally enjoy other players. There is a Right time and a Right place for everyone…..


    Hey, just a ‘What If Moment’.

  36. 36
    Roberto says:

    I love Gary’s early 70 blues rock progressive and late 70 jazz rock albums and the 80 hard rock albums (especially ‘dirty fingers’ and ‘victim of the future’) but I find boring the 90 blues albums…

  37. 37
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I m surprised, that true

    Lord and Moore?

    On what kind of record?
    One of Cozy s solo albums?
    What did I forget?
    I do own Before I forget, it s not that one I think……

  38. 38
    Crimson Ghost says:

    Powell’s Octopus featured Lord and Moore. Killer music on that.

    Moore for Purple would have been good, but I don’t think it would have lasted, what they wanted more than anything was long distance reliability to go with chops, and they succeeded in finding just that. Dismay to many but fine for the supporters who haven’t let them down yet.
    I will have to dig it out because I swear there were more than four tracks on my demo’s boot.

    Personally for me, Thin Lizzy and Grand Slam are my favorite works of Moore, anything with Lynott.

  39. 39
    John H says:

    Sorry guys, Glenn will not be opening for Whitesnake. His webmaster David has posted this over at GHPG.net:

    “No, that isn’t happening. The media have got it wrong again, Glenn will NOT be on the bill for this particular festival. There will be some appearances with Come Taste The Band in 2009, as there were earlier this year, but not at this festival.”

    Please remove the news item off the front page.


    John H

  40. 40
    Roberto says:

    Grand Slam???

  41. 41
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Wasnt Grand Slam the band by Phil Lynnot or the first name but withdrawn name of the the first Ian Gillan Band incarnation?

  42. 42
    Roberto says:

    to me the rythm section of the Ian Gillan Band is awesome and maybe the best of the story…
    Clair air turbulence is a masterpiece and I have no words to describe drums and bass parts…

  43. 43
    Bela Drake says:

    It’s would be a dream to see a concert with
    both of Hughes/Coverdale. Big fan of both &
    have many concerts on dvd/video. I haven’t
    seen either but would love to before it’s
    too late. The Purple material with them is
    my favorite & would be great to see. Hope
    someone videos a show so I can see. Great
    rock like this is dying. Both have new material that is awesome so if you haven’t
    listen to it get it now.

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