Glenn Hughes @ Kulturhuset Viften, Rødovre (DK)

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Glenn Hughes plays DEEP PURPLE

Date: 04th April, 2018
Venue: Kulturhuset Viften
Tickets: 300DKK (€40/$47)
Promoter: n/a
Photos: Erika Wallberg


I was super-thrilled when Glenn Hughes was announced to play 'Sweden Rock Festival' again this summer. His show at the same place in 2016 was one of the best of that year's festival. But I must admit I got even more excited seeing this date at Viften. I mean, it's always super to see bands at massive stages like 'Sweden Rock Festival' but nothing beats an intimate club show.

The show was announced rather late too, just a few weeks before it was happening which I guess can be explained with the band using the venue as a rehearse-room before kicking off the world tour and taking an opportunity to warm up a bit. Regardless the reason, I wasn't going to miss this. And it all started mighty fine with “Stormbringer” followed by “Might Just Take Your Life”. It was very good to see a relaxed Glenn just enjoying his time on stage looking very comfortable and cozy. It sure felt much more familiar and intimate here as compared to the show at Toldkammeret in Helsingør last year even if that venue is smaller than Viften. For “Sail Away” Glenn proclaimed he wouldn't talk too much during the show and let the music flow. He didn't manage to keep his mouth shut for very long though. But without all these stories and speeches the show would definitely not have been the same. Guitarist extraordinaire, Søren Andersen interrupted him with sneaking in the intro to “Mistreated” in one of Glenn's monologues. It was very cool to see people’s reaction when they realized which song was up. Again, it all sounded fantastic. The way Søren handles his guitar is fascinating, there are so many tricks and licks happening and it all flows so good with the music. It's always great to see him play irrespective of if it's here with Glenn, with Mike Tramp or ELECTRIC GUITARS. The band was of course flawless too but that's really expected for a show like this.

But, as said, the whole experience wouldn't have been the same without the stories. For both “You Fool No One” and “Gettin' Tighter” Glenn praised his former fellow musicians, Jon Lord and Tommy Bolin who both left this world way too soon. It all became very heartfelt when he talked about the guys and even more so when stating he would have been with them if he hadn't found the path in his life which he's on now. I'm certainly happy he did and that he's still around. It is a treat to see him play and I hope for many more shows to come. I mean, he's doing DEEP PURPLE classics now and I really want to experience more of his solo material as well as BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION live before anyone call it quits.

I can understand why “Smoke On The Water” is added to the set but here it was far from the highlight of the show. Of course, it sounded really good but didn't feel as personal as the rest. But, before ending the song Glenn took the opportunity to show off a bit and sang a few phrases from “Georgia On My Mind”; soulful and absolutely spine-chilling. What a voice, what a power he possesses. The falsettos were absolutely crisp and clear and the dynamic in his voice is fantastic. He still has all of his voice, full capacity still. One of the absolute highlights of the evening ended the main set, “You Keep On Moving” should be experienced live and how it sounded here it doesn't really get much better.

There was one thing though; the setlist wasn't all that extensive but the show still lasted for just over two hours. As much as I love to watch musicians of this caliber play it got a little long on a few occasions with all the jam-sessions. But it is a petty thing really, the rest was perfect. The absolute best moment came with the encore and “Burn”. The power and force in that song was immense and what a groove. Absolutely fantastic and with this one I was ready for another round. But to close things up Glenn handed over his bass to his tech-guy and took on the microphone only for “Highway Star”, again I understand why it was added to the set but just as with “Smoke On The Water” it didn't feel necessary. And it wasn't as intense as “Burn” either. But still a very good ending of a fantastic evening.

Glenn Hughes setlist:

01.  “Stormbringer”
02.  “Might Just Take Your Life”
03.  “Sail Away”
04.  “Mistreated”
05.  “You Fool No One”
06.  “This Time Around”
07.  “Holy Man”
08.  “Gettin' Tighter”
09.  “Smoke On The Water” / “Georgia On My Mind”
10.  “You Keep On Moving”
11.  “Burn”
12.  “Highway Star”

Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Glenn Hughes @  Kulturhuset Viften, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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