GuitarGuitar announces Glenn Hughes signing

20th May 2011 | 11:10

Exclusive event in association with Laney Amplification

PRESS RELEASE: GUITARGUITAR in association with Laney Amplification is proud to announce an exclusive signing with legendary bass player - Glenn Hughes.

Glenn Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound from Detroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. The band's early '70s albums included Medusa, Trapeze and You Are The Music... We're Just The Band.

In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Any skepticism was squelched with the 1974 release of Burn, which has since been re-released on its 30th anniversary. This stunning album rejuvenated the band and stands tall among Deep Purple classics.

In the halcyon days, Purple headlined at the famous California Jam in 1974 in front of quarter of a million people. World tours via Purple's own jet plane, "The Starship" and two more studio albums later, (the Hughes influenced Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band), Deep Purple finally split in 1976.

Now living in Los Angeles, Glenn's first solo album Play Me Out was released in 1977. He joined former Pat Travers guitarist Pat Thrall to form Hughes/Thrall, which released an acclaimed self-titled album in 1982.

Throughout the '80s and '90s, Hughes made countless guest appearances (both credited and un-credited) as a vocalist, bass guitarist or songwriter on other artists' albums.

Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums such as Blues, From Now On..., Burning Japan Live, Feel, Addiction, The Way It Is, Return Of Crystal Karma, Building The Machine, Songs In The Key Of Rock and Soul Mover.

One of the most important collaborations in Hughes' career occurred two decades ago when he began working with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi on the legendary guitarist's first solo album.

The result, 1986's vastly underrated Seventh Star, was officially credited as 'Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi' to satisfy the record company's marketing desires. (Technically, this makes Hughes a former member of Black Sabbath too.)

Hughes and Iommi remained friends and, in 1996, they began writing songs and recording together again. Those recordings were widely bootlegged, but they were eventually finished and released in 2004 as The 1996 DEP Sessions.

2005 saw the release of two albums that were greeted with commercial and critical success; Fused with Tony Iommi, and another solo album Soul Mover.

Soul Mover saw the continuation of the successful creative partnership with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith that began with Glenn's live DVD Soulfully Live in the City of Angels (2004). Soul Mover was voted 12th best album of the year by highly influential magazine CLASSIC ROCK.

Glenn's next album - Music For The Divine - was a rich tapestry of the soul, funk and rock, which have always influenced his music.

Again, featuring Chad Smith on drums, (and fellow Chili Pepper John Frusciante on guitar for an incredible rendition of the perennial classic 'Nights In White Satin') it was commercially and critically well received, and the album again made Classic Rock magazine's top 20 albums of the year.

After his successful Music For The Divine European tour in 2006, 2007 saw Glenn make successful tours of Russia, South America, Italy, Norway and Spain, along with solo dates in London - at the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire - Bulgaria and Greece.

2007 also saw Glenn headline at festival appearances in France and Norway. Glenn also took part in the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in New York, which was highly successful and he also appeared as a guest presenter at the Classic Rock Awards in both 2006 and 2007.

Another highlight of a diverse and colourful year were the two sold out solo shows at the famous Whisky in Los Angeles and BB King's in New York.

2008 saw Glenn undertake another extensive European tour; including a month long trek across Russia, festival appearances, and his first live shows in Belarus, Estonia and Romania.

Another highlight was Glenn's appearance in London at the Childline Charity concert in March 2008 where he performed a short set of Deep Purple classics with Purple drummer Ian Paice.

This was particularly poignant as it was the first time the pair had played together since the Purple days. Ironically, in June 2008, Glenn played in Liverpool, England for the first time in over 30 years; a triumphant and emotional return to the city where Deep Purple Mark IV played their final ever concert before disbanding in 1976.

Other highlights of 2008 include Glenn's live on air performance on the USA radio show Rockline, and his first appearance in New Zealand since 1975 with Deep Purple, when Glenn brought the house down at the G-Taranaki Festival in July.

Glenn's most current studio album, the 2008 release First Underground Nuclear Kitchen is the latest chapter in an extraordinary musical evolution, and is quite possibly the most compelling and positive musical statement in a distinguished career already abundant with highlights and milestones.

Chad Smith again plays out of his skin on the drums, and Glenn has rarely - if ever - sounded more inspired, written with such grace, or sung with more passion.

Another world jaunt accompanied the release, carrying on into 2009 with tours of Europe, Russia, South America and selected shows in the States including sell out shows in LA and NYC.

2010 was one of the most exciting and prolific years in Glenn's career as it saw him recording and touring in a new supergroup project, Black Country Communion with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham.

The band released their first album on September 20th, 2010. Produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Black Crowes, Page and Plant, Journey etc), this was another world-class musical statement that raised the bar for rock singing yet again.

The band's eagerly awaited second album 'BCC 2' will be released in June 2011.

Glenn Hughes currently plays Laney NEXUS-TUBE stack x 2. This is what he has to say about the nexus bass amplifier.

"The crazy thing is, I've been looking around for the right bass equipment for 10yrs and all along, my dear old friends at Laney have been developing the perfect GH sonic amplification experience. This rig is amazing, exhilarating... I've gone back home, to the Black Country and Laney"

The signing will take place in the Birmingham store at 1pm on Sunday 29th May 2011:

100 Hagley Road

Edgbaston

Birmingham

B16 8LA

WIN 2 ticketsto Glenn's Birmingham gig on Sunday the 29th- everyone attending the signing will be entered into the prize draw.


Information taken from official press release, for more visit GUITARGUITAR


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