For the first time in forty years, Glenn Hughes is set to perform full concerts of classic DEEP PURPLE material. Shows are scheduled this September and October in Australia and New Zealand. A video trailer can be found below.Hughes played his last concert with DEEP PURPLE on March 15th, 1976, at Liverpool's Empire Theatre. On that night, the U.K. bassist and vocalist walked away from one of history's truly game-changing rock phenomena and never looked back… until now. Witness one of rock's greatest singers front a mighty handpicked band performing some of DEEP PURPLE's all-time greatest songs with epic rock concert production. Says Hughes: "Most PURPLE fans rank 'Burn' and 'Stormbringer' among the greatest albums the band ever made, in any incarnation. "Over that Mk III period, we were also performing Mk II classics like 'Smoke On The Water' and 'Highway Star' every night on massive world tours. "My lasting memories with DEEP PURPLE in Australia, was, of course, the Sunbury Music Festival in '75. After so much sunshine, came the rain — a little prophetic with us performing 'Stormbringer'. My God, the mud! What mayhem, but the crowds seemed to have a great time. We sure did. "I'm incredibly excited to get out there and play tracks like 'Burn', 'Mistreated', 'Stormbringer' and 'Getting Tighter', as well as some of those older songs that helped define the genre. With this band, I can assure you of a concert that’ll blow your mind." Joining Hughes for the shows are Jeff Kollman (guitar), Lachy Doley (keyboards) and Pontus Engborg (drums). With one of the heaviest repertoires known to rock, and sound and lighting production values befitting the legend, Glenn Hughes' "Classic Deep Purple" shows are destined to write a new page in rock history. Tour dates: Sep. 20 - State Theatre - Sydney, Australia
Sep. 24 - Perth Concert Hall - Perth, Australia
Sep. 26 - Horncastle Arena - Christchurch, New Zealand
Sep. 27 - Michael Fowler Centre - Wellington, New Zealand
Sep. 29 - Hamer Hall - Melbourne, Australia
Oct. 01 - Qpac Concert Hall - Brisbane, Australia
Oct. 03 - ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre - Auckland, New Zealand For more information and pre-sale tickets, visit classicdeeppurplelive.com.