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Interview:
Glenn Hughes at the Token Lounge, 5 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Glenn Hughes has a lot of music he could play at any given time.



The singer and bassist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee thanks to his 1973-76 tenure with Deep Purple, co-founded Trapeze and spent time in a version of Black Sabbath and with the late Gary Moore. His many collaborations include memberships in the all-star Black Country Communion and California Breed.



Most recently Hughes is focusing on the most famous part of his past -- the Purple part. He's put together a Classic Hits of Deep Purple Live, including iconic material such as "Smoke on the Water," "Burn," "Stormbringer" and more. He's still actively making new music -- Hughes' most recent solo album, "Resonate," came out two years ago -- but he's happy to make fans happy by rocking, not resting, on his laurels as well...



Hughes, 67, says that playing Deep Purple material has never been a stretch or a wrench for him. "I've done Deep Purple song in my show, whether it's solo or with Black Country (Communion)," Hughes says by phone from his home in Los Angeles. "I've always added some Purple, but I've never done a complete show, over two hours long, of Purple material. I thought it was time for me to go out and honor that legacy I was part of and do a whole document of that time. People love it and the promoters are ringing my phone off the hook, wanting to book it."



Hughes' show also features material that the current lineup of Deep Purple won't touch, which distinguishes him from the band. "With respect, the Deep Purple version that's out there with the guys from before David (Coverdale) and I were in the band is kind of dwindling down now. So that factored into this feeling like the right time for me to do this. And I'm willing to present more of that music from the entire history, which I know the fans appreciate."



Hughes reports that he's fully recovered from knee surgery in 2016 that kept him off the road for a time. "I'm now completely fit as a fiddle, touching wood here. I'm feeling really great, all good health-wise. So I'm just going out and honing my craft on stage, which I love doing more than anything else."



Hughes is also working on getting Black Country Communion's fifth album, the follow-up to 2017's "BCCIV," in motion. "Joe (Bonamassa, guitarist) and I spoke and we are planning to do an album. But I can't see it happening until 2020 'cause everybody's schedule is crazy off the charts. So I'm just going to go and play and sing until we can get it all together."



After Black Country Communion and the Deep Purple music, Hughes expects to be ready to get back to his own in the near future, too. I'll probably make an album in 2020. I have songs, but the fact is I don't want to take my eye off this (Deep Purple) ball, this moving ball I've got now, this thing I've got here. It's a show and production, and I want to take it to as many people as I can."



Glenn Hughes plays music from his days in Deep Purple on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30-$50. Call 734-513-5030 or visit tokenlounge.com.

Web Site: www.tokenlounge.com

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