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Glenn Hughes on world tour: vows Russia will ‘love the show’, sets sights on solo album

He said recording the new album "is difficult" as the musician is busy

MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Deep Purple’s former bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes may cut a new solo album in the summer of 2019.

"I’ll probably do something next summer. It’s time," the British rock musician said in an interview with TASS.

When asked if it will be a new album or only a couple of new songs, the rock musician said: "(This will be) an album. It’s difficult because I’m so busy, as you know records don’t mean so much anymore. But I will make another album."

However, he is not excluding that he may end up doing only several new tracks.

"I think it’s a good idea. Look, you’re talking to somebody who realizes that albums are dead now. I preferably would like to do a couple of songs like a mini-album, EP. Yeah, it’s a difficult world, record companies suck," the musician said.

Glenn Hughes’ latest solo album "Resonate" was released in autumn 2016.

Glenn Hughes performs Deep Purple

The musician is currently on a world tour titled "Glenn Hughes performs Classic Deep Purple Live." As part of this tour, he performed at Moscow’s International House of Music on November 19. He will play one more concert at this venue on November 21.

Talking to a TASS correspondent, Hughes said that the current members of Deep Purple tried to stop him from performing the band’s songs but could not because he wrote or co-authored many of those hits.

"The Deep Purple you know of with (Ian) Gillan, (Roger) Glover and (Ian) Paice are very upset with me because I’m doing this. They are upset that Glenn Hughes is doing this show but Glenn Hughes is the writer of these songs. He is not calling it "Glenn Hughes’ Deep Purple", he is calling it "Glenn Hughes performs Deep Purple". They have tried legally to stop me and they can’t. The songs I’m doing, they don’t do. The songs that I am doing, fans around the world want to hear. They can be as mean as they want I am smiling and…I’m not going to stop," Hughes said.

At the same time, the musician said he does not feel like a "hostage" of Deep Purple hits.

"I’ve never been done a show like this (performing Deep Purple hits - TASS) until a year ago. I don’t feel like a hostage. I could feel, if I wanted to, but I don’t feel that way because I’ve…had so much success as well, I wouldn’t do these songs as a hostage, I’m doing them to be free, and to set myself free," he stressed.

He went on to promise, "The audience by the way, globally, will love the show. It’s a strong show. You’ll see tonight. I feel I’m unlocking the door of fear. I’m giving global love to all the fans…Deep Purple fans are coming, expecting is he gonna be better than Gillan and Coverdale. Yes, he is, he certainly is. I’m smiling because it’s now my time, it’s my turn," the singer concluded.

Together with Glenn Hughes on lead vocals and bass guitar, the touring band features Soren Anderson on guitar, Jesper Bo Hansen on keyboards, and the new drummer for the project is Fer Escobedo.


Glenn Hughes and Classic Deep Purple


Deep Purple was founded in 1968 in Hertford and became one of the most prominent and influential of hard rock groups of the 1970s.

Hughes was with Deep Purple from 1973 until the band split up in 1976. He sang and played bass on three albums: Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974) and Come Taste the Band (1975). Hughes was inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame together with other Deep Purple members. In the 1980s, as a bassist and vocalist, Hughes collaborated with artists and groups such as Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi, John Norum (ex-Europe) and others.