Glenn Hughes Talks Deep Purple Induction Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, New Solo Album and Tour.

Rock and roll legend Glenn Hughes called into The GuitCast podcast recently to discuss his upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Friday, April 8th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY, his coming US headline tour and a new solo album to begin recording in June.

His recently announced US headline tour of North America has been rescheduled. The tour that was originally set to begin on March 2nd in San Jose, CA is now set to begin on August 9th in Annapolis, MD. The 64-year old icon recently underwent dual knee replacement last month and delays in the recovery from those operations are the reason for the reschedule of the tour. About his knee problems Glenn explains; “I was privately in a wheelchair for a couple weeks at the end of my Asian tour last December, knowing full well when I got home that that I was going to have the surgery done.”

About the rescheduling Glenn says; “I am sorry to say that some recent setbacks in my recovery from knee operations are the reason that I can’t get out to see everyone as soon as I had hoped,” states Hughes. “I want to make sure I give my fans the best live experience possible and promise it will be worth the wait. I can’t wait to see everyone at the shows.”

Touring as a power trio including guitarist Soren Andersen and drummer Pontus Engborg Glenn says; “I love trio work, it’s who I am. It’s who I was before joining Deep Purple, I started out in trio.” 

Writing daily, he’s preparing for a new solo album, his first since 2008, to begin recording in June. ”I’m gonna go to Copenhagen the last week of June, I’m gonna start making the Glenn Hughes solo album. Normally it takes me a couple of weeks to get that, then I’m mixing so by the end of July I’ll have an album ready to roll.” Hoping for a late October release, Hughes starts the European tour in November.

Glenn Hughes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Mark III line up of Deep Purple on April 8th. He spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of the group, recording on the classic albums: Burn, Stormbringer, and Come Taste the Band. Hughes and other members of Deep Purple will be in attendance to receive the honor. This will mark the first time in 30 years that all the members have been in the same room together, some have never even met. Other inductees include Cheap Trick, Chicago, N.W.A, and Steve Miller. The ceremony will take place at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY and will be recorded and broadcast via HBO at a later date.

Of the induction Hughes jokes; “I honestly thought at some point we would get inducted because it’s a band thats been around for four decades and are still going and have sold 160 million albums, there’s a good chance”. On a more serious note he continued; “If I could split my award in half, one half would go to Tommy Bolin (deceased Deep Purple guitarist) and I would keep the other half.”

Hughes speculates that the current members of Deep Purple will be playing at the induction but says ”If David (Coverdale) and I are asked to join we will of course”.

For more details on the Hall of Fame induction, Glenn’s coming Yamaha signature bass and just how close we they to a Deep Purple Mark III reunion in 2008, listen to episode 62 of The GuitCast.

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