Fan-filmed video footage of Glenn Hughes‘s (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) February 20 performance at Conrad Sohm in Dornbirn, Austria can be seen below.
Hughes‘s new solo album, “Resonate”, was released in November via Frontiers Music Srl. It features his live solo band members, Søren Andersen (guitars and co-producer), Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to longtime friend Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers.
“Resonate” was made available in two configurations: regular CD and deluxe edition including one bonus track, “Nothing’s The Same”, and a DVD featuring a “making-of” album documentary, “Heavy” (music video), and “Long Time Gone” (music video). Vinyl release was made available via Frontiers‘s label partners Soulfood Music.
Glenn told Billboard.com about “Resonate”: “It’s possibly the heaviest record I’ve ever made. I don’t want to confuse it with horns-up heavy; it’s not metal. But it’s definitely fucking heavy. It’s dense. It’s dark. There’s some aggression on this record. Every bloody track is begging to be played live.”
While he was in the studio recording his new album, Hughes talked to Denmark’s Metalized magazine about the musical diversity that has been his trademark throughout his four-decade-plus career.
“I never make the same album twice,” he said. “Go back to the first TRAPEZE album. The second was different and the third one was different. And then you go to ‘Burn’, and ‘Stormbringer’ was different from that, and then ‘Come Taste The Band’. You got HUGHES/THRALL and that was different from DEEP PURPLE. And then you go to ‘Seventh Star’ with Tony Iommi. That was different from HUGHES/THRALL. And then the blues album and then the Glenn solo albums.”
He continued: “Although some of [my albums] have been very, very soulful and very, very funky, the key for me — as I am an Englishman that grew up in the West Midlands — is rock. But when I moved to America in the early seventies, I started to listen to what came out of Detroit. And I met Stevie Wonder. He became a very, very close friend and still is. He became my mentor.
“I need people to know that my success has come from the foundation of rock music. As much as I love THE BEATLES, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder, when you think of Glenn Hughes, you think of the guy who plays bass and sings in any register.”
Hughes added: “I am friends with a lot of famous rock stars and they are one genre. I wouldn’t say who, but they have a one-genre-dimensional sound. You know it’s them. And you know it’s me because of my voice.
“I have been cursed and blessed with the ability to switch very quickly from rock to soul to funk to acoustic and almost into jazz — without scaring people. When you mix those ingredients, that’s Glenn Hughes.”