Glenn Hughes made an emotional return to Dublin on Sunday night (30th September 2018), as part of his ‘Classic Deep Purple Live’ tour. Kicking off the Irish and U.K. leg of the celebratory trek, the show sees Hughes revisiting the Mk. III and IV line-ups of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.
Returning to the city he first visited as a teenager, the visibly elated singer told the crowd at Dublin’s Olympia theatre; “I will remember this night as long as I live”.
Kicking off with a thunderous ‘Stormbringer’, the Voice of Rock proved exactly why he is cited as one of the greatest singers in the genre, with his stunning voice in arguably better shape than when the album of the same name was first released, over four decades ago.
Greeting the crowd, Glenn said; “How are you Dublin? You look fantastic. It’s great to be with you tonight!”, before launching into the soulful groove of ‘Might Just Take Your Life’.
With plenty of on stage banter between songs creating a real feeling of intimacy, Glenn and band – featuring supremely talented guitarist Soren Andersen, who had the unenviable task of stepping into the shoes of both Richie Blackmore and late six-stringer Tommy Bolin – stormed through a set that veered from the funky (‘Sail Away’), to the dramatic (‘You Keep On Moving’).
Receiving a rousing reception, it was his outpouring of love for Dublin city, and the Dublin people however, that rose the biggest cheers. “You were one of the first cities I came to as a 16-year-old in a cover band”, he revealed. “I've never forgotten that love, and I'm bringing that back to you”, the Black Country Communion front man declared.
Fittingly, for an evening brimming with celebration, Glenn continued; “Dublin, you have my heart, you have my soul, and I love you dearly”.
Briefly stepping outside of his recorded tenure with Deep Purple, Hughes encored with a Mk. II classic, in a stratospheric ‘Highway Star’, before bringing the evening to a close back where it all began, with the title track from his 1973 debut with the classic rock icons, ‘Burn’.
Signing off, Hughes said; “Dublin I will remember this night as long as I live. I want you to believe this, from the kid that came here aged 16, to the man that's here now”.
Glenn Hughes Plays Classic Deep Purple arrives in the U.K. on Tuesday night (2nd October 2018), for a show at Bristol’s Academy. For a full list of dates, and ticketing, see below.
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Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live 2018 / 2019 U.K. Dates:
(Click links for tickets).
2 Oct - Bristol, Academy
3 Oct- Leamington, Assembly
5 Oct - Southampton, Engine Rooms
6 Oct - Cardiff, Tramshed
9 Oct - Leeds, University Union
10 Oct - Newcastle, O2 Academy
12 Oct - Glasgow, ABC
13 Oct - Manchester, Academy 2
15 Oct - London, Electric Ballroom
2019 Dates JUST ADDED:
14 May - The Picturedome, Holmfirth
15 May - The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
17 May - O2 Institute, Birmingham
18 May - UEA Student’s Union, Norwich
20 May - Alban Arena, St Albans
21 May - City Hall, Salisbury
23 May - O2 Academy, Liverpool
24 May - Rock City, Nottingham
Check our gallery from the Dublin show below. Click on the image to view. All photos by Darren McLoughlin.