The next best thing?

Oct 2019 The next best thing?

By David Parker

As time goes by, we have to learn to live with many changes. It is difficult to accept second best, necessary when the first choice is no longer available.

It applies in all or most things, but in show business the stars are one-offs, never to be repeated.

So when we get the choice of hearing our favourite music played by other than the originals, how should we react? Is second choice better than no choice?

At present, the cover bands are emerging on the stage at a fast pace. Also, the sons and daughters of the original musicians and singers are taking up the parent’s role and trying their hand at being pop stars of the present and future.

Glenn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple Live. Glenn is the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion. He will be performing Deep Purple-only material with his nationwide UK tour in November.

The publicity states: ‘The 10-date tour promises to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple – one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups. Tickets are £27.50’.

Deep Purple took a chance when the then 20-year-old Glenn s was seconded from British funk-rock outfit Trapeze in mid-1973. As bassist and co-vocalist (with David Coverdale), he helped steer the legendary rock group in the progressive direction of Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974) and Come Taste the Band (1975), touring the world for three years.

His solo debut album Play Me Out (1977) preceded later albums with Black Sabbath and Gary Moore. The past 25 years of solo work and collaborations for the ‘Voice of Rock’ including mega hit America: What Time Is Love? with the KLF in 1992, and four top selling studio albums released between 2010 and 2018 with rock super group Black Country Communion featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. Glenn was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20l6 with other members of Deep Purple.

Deep Purple MK 2 hits Highway Star and Smoke on the Water are also featured because, Glenn said: “I did play both these numbers during my time with Purple and they were mainstays of the live set when I was in the band. As my manager pointed out to me, the first time Smoke on The Water was ever played live at Madison Square Garden was when David and I were in the band in 1974. I love singing Highway Star, too.”

November UK tour dates:
Saturday 16th November BEXHILL ON SEA –
De La Warr Pavilion
Sunday 17th November SALISBURY – City Hall
Tuesday 19th November CAMBRIDGE – Junction
Wednesday 20th November NORWICH – Waterfront
Friday 22nd November CHELTENHAM – Town Hall
Saturday 23rd November HOLMFIRTH – Picturedrome
Monday 25th November ABERDEEN – Music Hall
Tuesday 26th November INVERNESS – The Ironworks
Thursday 28th November MIDDLESBROUGH – Town Hall
Friday 29th November BIRMINGHAM – O2 Institute