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Glenn Hughes spoke to Guitar Interactive at this year’s NAMM. Here is the interview that they’ve posted.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.



12 Comments to “Act, believe, receive”:

  1. 1
    al says:

    Great musician Glenn,so talented but modesty is not his forte,more like “me,myself and Glenn”

  2. 2
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Is that Glenn?… or Ozzy?. 🍻

  3. 3
    Ganz says:

    Honestly , we had enough of Glenn. He caused always problems during his 2-3 years of life in DP and he cannot go out and sing and pretend to represent “classic” DP .

  4. 4
    Buttockss says:

    If i were Glenn, My son would be named Glenn Jr., And my daughter would be called Glennevere.

  5. 5
    Wiktor says:

    Im with Ganz…Glenns a joke… always has been..even in purple days…I think Mk 3 would have survived longer with just David Coverdale on vocals and Glover on bass…But my Purple will always be Mk 2….

  6. 6
    Joe says:

    @#3: stop crying and grow up! Maybe you had enough of Glenn, but WE love his music and admire this fantastic musician.

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    What’s to complain? He’s open about how First Nuclear Kitchen was a commercial flop (I liked both the album and the tour) and how Resonate was patterned to meet rock tastes. He’s not mincing words, bills need to be paid.

    It’s the story of his life, the people who might dig his funk are turned off by the ex-DP tag; yet the DP fan base will accept his funk outings only to a degree, Burn yes, Stormbringer no (referring to the albums, not the songs).

    I like both Glenns. But is it just me that hears on the more puristic funk albums he does about one of every 15 to 20 years (Play Me Out, Feel, First Nuclear Kitchen) just a bit more conviction, heart & soul than when he is in rock mode? Mind you, even a funky r’n’b Glenn still has a rock feel to him that sets him apart from the pack. You can get the boy out of the Midlands, but you can’t get the Midlands out of the boy.

    I’ve always said it, he should have joined Mothers Finest and sang co-lead with Joyce Kennedy – that is his type of music. Or Living Colour. And one day I’m gonna get Nile Rodgers and him in one room … ; – )

  8. 8
    Kosh says:

    Glenn is an utter legend… putting the rest of the touring versions of Purple/Rainbow/snake to shame with his current show. I’m sorry but he’s the only one whose pipes ain’t shot, he’s still got it and is a FAR better bass player than most give him credit for. I love MKII, but adore MKIII.

    I’m at a loss as to why people go for Glenn so much, as I think his vocal histrionics are part of his ‘act’ which remains well worth catching.

    Rock on Glenn.

  9. 9
    stoffer says:

    @6 sorry Joe but not everyone “loves” the music and I for one don’t really “admire” him for using his short lived stint with DP for so long. His best stuff was with Purple and Trapeze, the rest is just OK with an ocasional + tune. I do however admire the man for kicking the drugs that almost ruined him that is a bonus for everyone!

  10. 10
    Tommy H. says:

    I’m quite sure that Glenn’s personal baggage kept him from the really big success. After all, he’s extremely talented.

    Honestly, it’s not fair at all to accuse Glenn of being solely responsible for Purple’s split in 1976. He might have played a role in the process but there’re other issues as well which had nothing to do with him.

    IMHO, “Burn” is among the strongest albums Purple ever recorded. It’s on par with “Machine Head”. “Stormbringer” also had some great tunes to offer – not a bad album at all. It’s really hard to offer something of similar quality.

    Despite his short time with Purple, the output was very significant. The only issue was that these albums by far didn’t receive as much attention because Gillan didn’t want to perform that material later on. For a fan it’s win-win situation anyway if Glenn keeps performing the Mark III and IV songs since Purple’s has taken care about the other material for decades anyway. In addition, he still got the pipes to do it justice.

  11. 11
    Tord Engström says:

    Can only agree with comment 8,9,10 saw him last year and he was amazing.
    The whole band was, but i wanted more Purple songs and now he is doing it.
    Great.

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I find the whole Mk II vs. Mk III debate tiresome. I like both for different reasons:

    In DP history, Mk II was of course the defining line-up. It was these five guys that took DP from a band with a freak US hit, but no immediately identifiable current musical style to the pole position of early 70ies rock bands. Blackmore-Gillan-Glover-Lord-Paice forged an individual sound, gave the band an image and were also the line up that existed when DP was actually regarded as current and in synch with the times. By the time Coverdale and Hughes arrived – through no fault of theirs – DP was a stadium rock band/money making machine reaping the rewards. But that doesn’t mean that the music they made then was crap and everything Mk II did automatically anointed.

    I’m one of those people for instance who think that In Rock was a pivotal statement of intent and sound – it created the Purple sound -, but not the greatest collection of songs you can strip down to acoustic guitar and they still work. Afer the experimentally searching Fireball, DP’s songwriting skills perked up considerably for Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are (an underrated album in my view and held in low esteem by band members mainly for the unhappy memories surrounding it).

    But Mk III was not a case of “more of the same, only less” at all. It brought harmony vocals, twin lead vocal attack, blues elements and – thanks to Glenn – a funkier edge to DP which also led Ian Paice to take a giant leap in his drumming (in my view, his drumming was at its prime in the Mk III/IV and PAL era). Also, Mk III hardly relied on Mk II material at all, which for band with as famous a back catalogue even then was quite a brave/bold move. My main gripe with Mk III were the lyrics – David is no Ian (Gillan) as a lyricist. Glenn isn’t quite as bad, but still not in Gillan’s stream of consciousness/wordplay/witty/interesting league.

    And to all these people always complaining that Glenn brought about the downfall of the once mighty DP singlehandedly: Have you ever wondered that – if the Glenn Hughes bass playing experience was so horrible for Jon and Little Ian – they immediately went out to form PAL after the demise of Mk IV and how that new outfit featured a hand-picked bass player (Paul Martinez) who was VERY similar in style and sound to enfant terrible Glenn while he was miles away from Nick Simper and Roger Glover?

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