New UK dates for ‘Glenn Hughes performs Classic Deep Purple Live’ in May 2019


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Just before starting his “GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE” 2018 UK Tour, Glenn Hughes, the former bassist and singer of Deep Purple, known to millions as the ‘Voice of Rock’Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for rock super group Black Country Communion, announces a new set of UK tour dates for 2019.

Planet Rock will  start a 48-hour pre-sale on Wednesday 3rd October via and tickets will go on general sale on Friday 5th October via

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The eight date UK 2019 tour promise to be a dynamic, turn-back-the-clocks, two-hour live extravaganza homage to his tenure in MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple – one of music history’s most seminal and influential rock and roll groups.

“I’m excited to be touring the “Classic Deep Purple Live” in the UK in May 2019. I first toured Classic Deep Purple Live in Australia and New Zealand last year and it went down like a storm. We’re currently touring a first set of dates in the UK and are looking forward for a second round in 2019,” says Glenn Hughes.

Special guest on the tour will be Laurence Jones, tipped as the future of Blues Rock, killer riffs, towering solo’s and dynamically fuelled vocals.

Laurnce Jones. Photo Credit: © Christie Goodwin

26-year old British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Laurence is often labelled as “the future of the blues”. He’s won several major awards and accolades and has sold over 50,000 albums across four albums. He’s supported the likes of Status Quo, Gary Clark Jr, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, James Bay, Van Morrison, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa, Jools Holland, Eric Burdon, and many more.

Hailed as “one to watch” by all corners of the music industry, including press, concert and festival booking agents, blues fans and various musicians. Over the past five years, Laurence has really come into his own, and with his new album The Truth, he has now developing his own creative skin by writing and performing songs that are distinctive to his unique sound and identity.

Deep Purple took a quantum leap when the then 20-year-old Glenn Hughes was seconded from British funk-rock outfit Trapeze in mid-1973. As bassist and co-vocalist (with David Coverdale), he helped steer the legendary rock group in the progressive direction of Burn (1974), Stormbringer(1974) and Come Taste the Band (1975), while touring the world for three years.

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His solo debut album Play Me Out (1977) preceded later albums with Black Sabbath and Gary Moore. The last 25 years have seen a rush of solo work and collaborations for the ‘Voice of Rock’ including mega hit America: What Time Is Love? with the KLF in 1992, and four critically acclaimed top selling studio albums released between 2010 and 2018 with rock super group Black Country Communion featuring Joe BonamassaJason Bonhamand Derek Sherinian. Glenn was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20l6 along with other members of Deep Purple.

Taking a page and inspiration from the Blackmore/Coverdale/Hughes/Lord/Paice Deep Purple MK 3 California Jam and Made in Europe era, the upcoming live show features the Purple classics BurnStormbringer, Might Just Take Your Life and Mistreated, amongst others, plus tracks previously never performed live by the original MK 3 line-up.

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Classic material from the Tommy Bolin MK 4 period is also featured, including Getting’ Tighter – Hughes’ funk rock extravaganza extraordinaire, plus the brooding Coverdale /Hughes masterpiece You Keep On Moving.

Deep Purple MK 2 hits Highway Star and Smoke on the Water are also featured, because, as Glenn points out, ‘’I did play both these numbers during my time with Purple and they were mainstays of the live set when I was in the band.  As my manager pointed out to me, the first time Smoke on The Water was ever played live at Madison Square Garden was when David and I were in the band in 1974. I love singing Highway Star, too.”

Continues Glenn, “A few years back, I cut a barnstorming version of Highway Star for the Machine Head anniversary tribute album with my good friends Steve Vai and Chad Smith. I’m not playing anything on the forthcoming tour that I didn’t either play live or record in the studio with Purple.”

Photo Credit: © Marta Janiszewska

GLENN HUGHES PERFORMS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE LIVE is the first time Glenn has performed a show solely of Deep Purple material since his last show with Purple at the Liverpool Empire on March 15th 1976. Not one wallow in nostalgia, hence his extensive and varied career post-Purple, Glenn feels the time is right to acknowledge and pay homage to his past, his musical legacy, and, most importantly, to one of rock and roll’s most acclaimed, influential and successful rock bands.

‘’I can still sing the songs, in some ways even better than I did in the 70’s,” says Glenn. I can still perform them with the same energy that was on the stage back then, too. I feel that the time is right. It’s fun to get back into character of my days with Purple. I’m looking back at my life and I want to remember the good stuff. I’m incredibly excited to perform these songs, as they helped define the genre. I can assure you, the new show is going to blow your mind.’’


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The Picturedome, Holmfirth

Tuesday 14th May 2019

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Market St, Holmfirth HD9 7DA

The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Wednesday 15th May 2019

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Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9JG

O2 Institute, Birmingham

Friday 17th May 2019

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78 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DY

UEA Student’s Union, Norwich

Saturday 18th May 2019

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Union House, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Alban Arena, St Albans

Monday 20th May 2019

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Civic Centre, St Albans AL1 3LD

City Hall, Salisbury

Tuesday 21st May 2019

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Malthouse Ln, Salisbury SP2 7TU

O2 Academy, Liverpool

Thursday 23rd May 2019

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11-13 Hotham St, Liverpool L3 5UF

Rock City, Nottingham

Friday 24th May 2019

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8 Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GG

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