Mark Strigl of the "Talking Metal" podcast recently conducted an interview with legendary DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. You can now listen to the chat in the widget below. (Note: The interview starts around the 11-minute, 30-second mark.)Speaking about DEEP PURPLE's upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and why certain members of the band are not being included, Hughes said: "You've gotta put yourself in my shoes here. The Hall… There's some situation every year where some bandmember of some band goes through the same thing that I'm going through with this thing. Or, 'How come [late DEEP PURPLE guitarist] Tommy Bolin wasn't inducted?' and stuff like that. It's just the way they operate. How come the lead singer, Rod Evans, the guy that sang 'Hush', can be nominated, but his bass player, Nick Simper, is not nominated. It's weird, isn't it? It's almost like… It's splitting me and David [Coverdale, ex-DEEP PURPLE singer] up. It's weird. It's like me and David getting inducted because… If 'Burn' would have come out in the '70s and it would have bombed, we wouldn't have been inducted. Yeah, we were in DEEP PURPLE, and we were great, and we played the California Jam, and it was all fantastic, and we sang wonderfully, and blah blah blah. But 'Burn' was a Top 5 album across the globe. I mean, 'Burn' is the second-biggest album PURPLE ever made, after 'Machine Head', so if it wasn't a success, we would not have been nominated." Hughes spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of DEEP PURPLE, appearing on the classic albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band". Hughes has rescheduled his recently announced U.S. headline tour. The trek, which was originally set to begin on March 2 in San Jose, California, will now launch on August 9 in Annapolis, Maryland. The 64-year old icon underwent dual knee-replacement in January and delays in the recovery from those operations are the reason for the rescheduling of the tour.
The "Voice of Rock" will perform a selection of music from his extensive career, including songs from TRAPEZE, DEEP PURPLE, HUGHES/THRALL and BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION as well as his solo material. Backing Hughes on this tour will be guitarist Søren Andersen and drummer Pontus Engborg. The tour will make stops in cities such as New York City; Detroit, Michigan; and Chicago, Illinois before wrapping up at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California on September 3. British blues songstress Joanne Shaw Taylor has been tapped to open the shows.