Legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) kicked off his solo tour Tuesday night, August 9 at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.The trek was originally set to begin on March 2 in San Jose, California, but was postponed after he 64-year old icon underwent dual knee-replacement earlier in the year.
The "Voice of Rock" is performing 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 are guitarist Søren Andersen and drummer Pontus Engborg. The tour will make stops in cities such as 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. Hughes recently completed his first solo album in eight years for a tentative November release. Joining him during the sessions for the follow-up to 2008's "First Underground Nuclear Kitchen" were Andersen (guitar), Engborg (drums) and Lachlan "Lachy" Doley (keyboards). "It's possibly the heaviest record I've ever made," said Hughes. "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." Songtitles set to appear on Hughes's new album include "Let It Shine", "God Of Money" and "Steady", with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, a regular Hughes collaborator, making a guest appearance. Hughes was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 8 as part of the Mark III lineup of DEEP PURPLE. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, appearing on the classic albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band". Hughes and other members of DEEP PURPLE were in attendance to receive the honor.