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6th January 2011

glenn hughes

Following sold-out December UK concerts with rock supergroup Black Country Communion, iconic vocalist and bass guitarist, Glenn Hughes, will embark on an 11-date UK tour starting in Northampton on Saturday 14th May.

The former lead singer and bassist of Trapeze and Deep Purple, Hughes' blistering live concerts promise to feature an unforgettable career retrospective.

"Following the incredible response we received from last month's Black Country Communion UK shows, I'm looking forward to touring solo in the UK this coming May," says Hughes.

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Hughes solo band will consist of Pontus Engborg (drums), Soren Andersen (guitar) and Anders Olinder (keyboards).

Tickets will go on general sale from Friday January 7th 2011, with offering an exclusive pre-sale from 9am on Wednesday January 5th.

"I'm looking at the forthcoming solo UK tour as the second chapter of my solo concerts," says Hughes. "This time we are playing parts of the country that I didn't get a chance to play in 2010. We'll be hitting towns like Aberdeen, Cambridge, Northampton, Birmingham, Poole, Brighton, Norwich and Edinburgh."

UK rock fans can expect a diverse selection of classic songs from Hughes' extensive cannon, including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes & Thrall and Glenn's solo albums.

Hughes is best known for his highly distinctive style that effortlessly blends the elements of rock, soul and funk. He's worked with everyone from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, the KLF, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and is currently riding high with Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian in hotly tipped rock supergoup Black Country Communion.

Hailed around the world as one of the last of the truly great British classic rock vocalists, in 2010 Hughes sang with Heaven and Hell at the High Voltage festival in London as a tribute to Ronnie James Dio. Lifelong friends, Ronnie often cited Glenn as his favourite male singer, so it is only fitting the Voice of Rock sang in honour of the Voice of Metal.

In keeping with the tradition of the classic British hard rock vibe that he has focused on with Black Country Communion, Glenn's solo touring band packs a harder, more direct rock approach than previous incarnations.

The upcoming solo tour promises to be an exciting and powerful showcase for Hughes and his unstoppable band.


Northampton Roadmenders (14)
Cambridge Junction (15)
Birkenhead Arts Centre (17)
Buxton Opera House (18
Edinburgh Picture House (20)
Aberdeen Lemon Tree (21)
York Opera House (23)
Norwich Waterfront (24)
Brighton Komedia (26)
Poole Mr Kyps (27)
Birmingham Town Hall (29)



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

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