Concert Reviews

Glenn Hughes Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 03, 2011    
0.0 (0)
7267   0   1   0   0   0

Glenn Hughes - Grand Opera House, York (UK) - 23rd of May 2011.

As a longstanding Glenn Hughes fan who has all his albums and has seen many shows, I was thrilled at the chance to get to see him at a great venue like the York Opera House, somewhere Glenn had never played before. It was much closer to where I live and much nicer than Bradford Rio's or some of the other less than charming venues he has played in the past.

Glenn told me this tour would find him in full rock mode as a precursor to the upcoming Black Country Communion gigs. I deliberately avoided reviews because I wanted to be surprised - I love the funky side of Glenn but I'll admit in the past set lists have maybe been a bit unbalanced, trying to please Purple fans with old songs and funky fans with new. Hughes kicked this show off with 'Muscle And Blood' from the classic Hughes/Thrall album, and not only did it rock, it was a much more toned down vocal - much closer to the album version than the vocal gymnastics he performed on the 'Burning Japan Live' version. The old Trapeze favourite 'Touch My Life' followed before Glenn unleashed 'Orion' from 'Soul Mover'. By this point four things were very clear in the set - one, it certainly did rock. Two, the sound was the best I'd heard at a Glenn Hughes gig. Three, Glenn's backing band of Soren Anderson on guitar, Pontus Engborg on drums and Anders Olinder on keys was the best I've seen Glenn perform with. Four, Glenn vocally sounded amazing, and better still, while still throwing in the odd scream, kept his vocals controlled and consistent.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

If I'd tried to predict the setlist, I'd have come off very badly indeed, with surprises like Purple's 'Sail Away' and Trapeze's 'Keeping Time' rocking the house alongside 'First Step Of Love' and 'Cant Stop The Flood'. Glenn started a story about going to America when he was eighteen and he was going to play one of his songs from that period. I expected 'Coast To Coast', but instead we got 'Medusa', recently revived thanks to Black Country Communion. It got a rousing reception, to which Glenn grinned "He's an overnight sensation, that Glenn Hughes!" That also stood out from previous gigs - Glenn seems much more at ease now, striking poses as the frontman for the band, telling stories, making jokes and still being a world class singer and quality bass player. An awesome (but not overblown) vocal intro led us into 'You Keep On Moving' before the band exploded into the best live version of 'Stormbringer' I've ever heard.

After 'Soul Mover' the encore was led, to my glee, with a powerhouse rendition of 'Addiction' before the evening ended with everyone singing along to 'Burn'. It was a great sounding show, Glenn was in the best form I've seen, he sang like a bird without the Mariah Carey tendency to throw in too many notes just because he can, his band were phenomenal and the set list rocked hard. What's more, Glenn looked like he enjoyed playing it. The best Hughes show I've seen by a country mile.

James Gaden


Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  July 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 3 weeks, 4 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site