I first heard Glen Hughes and his mighty vocals on the album “Phenomena” released in 1985 by the musical project with the same name.
Phenomena was a project from the two brothers Mel and Tom Galley with contributing musicians from Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Ozzy Osbourne. Tom has worked as a record producer and his brother Mel was a guitarist who have played with Glenn Hughes in the band Trapeze as well as with Whitesnake for a while. The sound of Phenomena was very melodic and keyboard based rock with great vocal performances and catchy choruses. They continued the project and released the album Dream Runner in 1987.
Dance with the devil
My friends and I enjoyed that album so much we convinced our music teacher that we should play the track “Dance with the devil” at our schools summer graduation. We did end up doing it with a few lead singers and the entire school choir but we had to change the lyrics from Dance with the devil to Dance to the music.
Another album I have listened to a lot which features the vocals of Glenn Hughes is “Seventh Star” by Black Sabbath. That album was originally intended to be Toni Iommi’s first solo album but after pressure from the record company and their band manager it was released as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi.
The setlist at Copenhell was packed with classic rock tracks from Deep Purple like “Stormbringer”, “Mistreated”, “Burn” and “Highway Star” to name a few.
Even when they start to play one of the most butchered and played guitar riffs if all time it is just pure joy to listen to. Not many band can pull of a cover of “Smoke on the water” without sounding like a bunch of kids in a rehearsal room. But this is the real deal and I see smiling people all around me in the audience. The joy of the people performing on stage spreads to everyone.
Glenn had a very competent backing group joining him on stage and they managed to recreate the sound of Deep Purple and the seventies very well. Both guitarist Søren Andersen and Jesper Bo Hansen on Hammond organ did a fantastic job during the concert. Both of them were greeted with an extra warm welcome as they are from Denmark. Drummer Ash Sheehan completed the live band and played with plenty of power and groove.
At 68 years of age Glenn Hughes was one of the oldest performers at Copenhell this summer. He definitely gave the younger musicians something to think about…