To coincide with the late-January 2005 release of his new album "Soul Mover" on CD, former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will be undertaking a two-month European tour, beginning with seven shows in the U.K in February (the European dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed). The U.K. dates are as follows:
Feb. 11 – Dudley, UK - JB's
Feb. 12 - Bradford, UK - Rio's
Feb. 13 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
Feb. 15 - London, UK - Mean Fiddler
Feb. 16 - Norwich, UK - Waterfront
Feb. 17 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
Feb. 19 - Northampton, UK - Roadmender
Originally scheduled for December, the U.K. tour was originally supposed to have featured RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer extraordinaire Chad Smith. However, after Smith was forced to pull out of the trek due to recording commitments with his main outfit, the tour was rescheduled for February, this time as Glenn Hughes solo shows.
Chad would love to do the U.K. leg of the tour, and he will do his best to make the dates, but this is dependent upon his recording commitments with the CHILI PEPPERS. For this reason, the dates are being advertised as GLENN HUGHES solo shows as a necessary precaution, so that Hughes can play them regardless of if Chad can do them or not. As soon as his involvement is confirmed 100%, (time permitting) the concerts will be re-advertised as Glenn Hughes/Chad Smith shows. Support on all dates throughout the U.K. and Europe will be THE LIZARDS from the USA, who feature ex-RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH drummer Bobby Rondinelli.
Chad plays drums throughout "Soul Mover", which also features ex-CHILI PEPPERS and JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro on the title track. A video has been filmed for the song, featuring the trio in the California desert. Navarro described "Soul Mover" as "...killer, with a kind of harder Lenny Kravitz vibe to it" on his web site.
Far from simply "guesting" on the album, Chad has been actively involved in all aspects of the recording and production of "Soul Mover", and his enthusiasm and commitment has been pivotal in making this Glenn's most significant release since his days in DEEP PURPLE.
Glenn, Chad and guitarist John Frusciante (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) recently recorded a phenomenal version of "Nights In White Satin", which captures one of Glenn's greatest ever vocals. Both this song and the track "Soul Mover" were mixed by world famous engineer Jim Scott (AUDIOSLAVE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS).