Friday, July 7, 2017

Glenn Hughes to perform first full classic Deep Purple shows in 40 years

Glenn Hughes will perform his first full concerts of classic Deep Purple material in 40 years on a newly-announced tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The 2-week, 7-show run - which opens at the State Theatre in Sydney, AU on September 20 – will hit Perth, Christchurch, Willington, Melbourne and Brisbane before wrapping up in Auckland, NZ on October 3.

Hughes joined the Mark III edition of Deep Purple in 1973 alongside David Coverdale to deliver a one-two punch on lead vocals. The lineup recorded a pair of 1974 albums – “Burn” and “Stormbringer” – before guitarist Ritchie Blackmore exited, replaced by Tommy Bolin in the Mark IV version for 1975’s “Come Taste The Band.”

Deep Purple disbanded following a March 15, 1976 concert at Liverpool's Empire Theatre, only to see the Mark II lineup reform in 1984.

The 2017 trek will see Hughes joined by guitarist Jeff Kollman, keyboardist Lachy Doley and drummer Pontus Engborg.

“I’m incredibly excited to get out there and play tracks like ‘Burn’, ‘Mistreated’, ‘Stormbringer’ and ‘Getting Tighter’,“ says Hughes, “as well as some of those older songs that helped define the genre. With this band, I can assure you of a concert that’ll blow your mind."

More information regarding dates and tickets can be found at

Hughes and the early lineups of Deep Purple were inducted into the 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York alongside fellow honorees Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A.

The bassist has regrouped with Black Country Communion for a new album, which is expected to be released later this year.

Glenn Hughes
Classic Deep Purple Live 2017
Australia/New Zealand tour

Sep 20 – Sydney, AU - State Theatre
Sep 24 – Perth, AU - Perth Concert Hall - Perth, Australia
Sep 26 – Christchurch, NZ - Horncastle Arena
Sep 27 – Wellington, NZ - Michael Fowler Centre
Sep 29 – Melbourne, AU - Hamer Hall
Oct 01 – Brisbane, AU - Qpac Concert Hall
Oct 03 – Auckland, NZ - ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

See also:

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