"This was my first sighting of a Glenn Hughes gig so
I was not too sure of what to expect but I came away well
satisfied. The least said about the support the better,
The Lizards were simply awful, at times they were practically
drowned out by the sound of the audience talking amongst
and his band came on stage at 10:30 and gave a solid set
of numbers new and old opening with the title track of the
new album "Soul Mover". Glenn is a superb showman,his voice
and energy levels are quite phenomenal. The inter song chat
was laden with several references to his drug filled past,
he really does seem to have seen the light and acknowledged
the error of his ways and this in turn has provided the
inspiration behind several songs,"Land Of The Living"
being a prime example. For me the highlight of the night
was saved until last with a rip roaring rendition of "Burn".
Cheers Glenn, hope the rest of the tour goes well. "
12th 2005. Rio's, Bradford
show in Bradford showed him developing his set in a positive
way; out have gone a lot of the old Purple covers, and in
came a good dose of his latest album. Being early days in
the tour, I had the feeling that the band were still limbering
up - and it wasn't quite as intense as the last time we
saw them at Rios (when they were coming to the end of a
tour) - but the decision to look forward instead of back
is, I feel, well worth the risk. Few if any in the audience
seemed to mind, and the splash of Purple which we did get
in the shape of Mistreated and the set closer Burn,
was sufficient to remind us of where he's coming from (though
for my money Standing On The Rock would have rounded
the night off equally as well!) My
main gripe was the lack of a really intense hard funk work-out,
and the omission of that excellent Latin American cut off
the new album (oh, and trying to squeeze in two guest acts
- wasn't 25 minutes sound-checking a drum kit just a little
OTT for a 45 minute support set?!). That aside though, it's
a long three month tour - catch them if you can, by the
end they should really be cooking! "
Simon Robinson (click the pic to see Simon's Bradford
stuff was kept to a minimum. Medusa was brilliant,
and JJ Marsh excelled here. I always come away from a Hughes
show thinking JJ is brilliant, but then have doubts when
I'm about to see him again. This show confirmed that Glenns
'secret weapon' really is a wonderful player. Hughes himself
was simply stunning during Mistreated, particularly
with his extended vocal ending, showing his full vocal range...."
.....Bradford reviews and photos.....
February 13th 2005. Liquid
superb gig from a man at the top of his game. Half the set
was made up of songs from his best post Purple album Soul
Mover and went down really well with a very enthusiastic
for certain songs (This Time Around and You Keep On Moving)
brought the response that if he was to play everything people
wanted to hear he would be here till next Tuesday. Well,
all I can say to that is fine by me." Charlie King
Glenn on Sunday night at the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh.
Awesome show and lots of between song reflections. Same
set list as Dudley (see www.glennhughes.com)
except no "Burn" at the end (groan!!). Glenn had problems
with his ear monitors during Seventh Star and made
it clear to the other guys in the band that he would be
doing no more. I heard some people in the crowd complaining
about the lack of Purple material (only a stonking version
of Mistreated) but this tour is to promote Soul Mover
so it was great to hear so many new songs from that CD.
Glenn made the point himself that it was time to move on
and he was really excited about playing the new material.
All in all a great gig and thoroughly recommended, despite
the lack of Purple numbers." Les
gig was ok, would have been better if they're had not been
a curfew, this resulted in Burn being dropped. The
new material form Soul Mover came across really well, and
Mistreated was really great.
was very talkative with the audience and seemed very relaxed.
The band played fine, but I got the impression they were
just getting used to the set and need a few weeks to play
it in properly."
& photos: Kev Dixon
"I took the wife with me. She last saw Glenn in around
1996 on the 'Feel' tour at the same venue. First of all,
my wife was very sympathetic with Bobby Rondinelli. Knowing
that he's played in big bands such as Rainbow, BOC etc,
she felt very sorry for him playing as a support act in
this tiny venue, and (in her words) just wanted to give
him a big hug!! (bless!!)
Glenn and the band I have the following comments: firstly,
his voice is as incredible as ever. His bass playing (in
conjunction with the vocals) is also outstanding. I never
classify a vocalist as being a musical instrument in a band,
however is voice is so good that I have no hesitation in
seeing Glenn as an one-off exception. Thomas Broman on percussion
was, as ever, amazing. This guy is top notch and I can't
imagine Chad from the Peppers as being any more inspired
or technically superior. JJ Marsh - this is more difficult.
For some reason on this tour, Glenn seems to pander more
to JJ, and for me this does not work live. JJ's guitar synth
thingy was truly dreadful. It just seemed to me as though
he had never seen this before and he was just pushing or
turning whatever was in front of him, with no regard for
the the resulting sound. Also, his backing vocals were too
set was also a problem. Too much reliance on the new material.
The oldies he did play were brilliant, but I'm sure he could
squeeze in Muscle & Blood and This Time Around (or Gettin
Tighter!) while still including a sizeable chunk of new
material. Overall a great gig. Even with the above comments,
it was still immensely enjoyable. I just hope that after
the Sabs tour, Glenn with then sing lead vocals in a reformed
Purple Mk3 with Ritchie (we can all hope, can't we)."
review: Mark Connolly
is always one of those venues where you think 'why'? Cold
February night, dark windy roads and a pain in the arse
to get to. But when you see Glenn Hughes you suddenly remember,
ďthatís why!Ē The venue was empty when the Lizards took
to the stage. I didnít think
I could watch this band for the third time, but to be honest
they have grown on me. Thankfully by the time Glenn took
the stage it was 75% full and this is how it stayed. The
set was the same as the previous nights on the tour and
the sound was great too. I personally thought the sound
at Dudley was terrible but I have put that down to the venue,
and Bradford and Sheffield proved to be an excellent PA
honestly cannot describe how good Glenn is. His vocal performance
was absolutely faultless. His bass playing tight and powerful.
The new songs work brilliantly live, although they donít
feel like new songs to me now having constantly had Soul
Mover on since its release date! According to JJ the band
could have played the whole album live because it sounded
that good in rehearsals!
must compliment the band. They are really tight, on the
money, and whatís more they really enjoy themselves. A real
plus for me is more vocals from JJ Marsh. I have watched
this guy grow with Glenn over the last decade and he is
a great guitarist, a lovely bloke too, and I cant wait to
hear his solo album. Highlights of the evening for me were
definitely High Road, Mistreated, Soul
Mover.... (thinking about it there were no highlights,
it was one and a half hours of sheer magic)/ Anyone in two
minds about Northampton, please please donít be! This, I
hope, is gonna be Glennís year, go and be a part of it."
review: Ian Dunbar, Liverpool, photos: David
lot more relaxed evening thanks to there being no third
support, and we were all off home at ten as they had a curfew!"
the link below to see a set of photographs taken at Sheffield
Leadmill by Simon Robinson & David Pickles.
Photo Gallery: Glenn
Hughes / Sheffield Leadmill
so the main event. A quick change around of gear, and on
come Glenn and his band. I obviously knew the setlist, from
earleir gigs - and Glenn did not divert at all (save dropping
Burn at an earlier show due to tech problems I believe).
For me - ALL the SOULMOVER songs worked very well. The album
was not an instant catch to me - but since the gigs it has
become a firm favourite..."
review: Steve Dunbar, photo: Martin Ashberry
full review + photos