For those wondering what Glenn Hughes’ current tour, “Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live” was like, Hughes recently played at Moscow International House Of Music, and there is fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert (video clip below).
Hughes’ setlist was as follows:
3. Might Just Take Your Life
4. Sail Away
5. Gettin’ Tighter
6. You Keep On Moving
7. Keyboard Solo
8. You Fool No One [with guitar and drums solos] 9. Mistreated
10. Smoke On The Water
11. Georgia On My Mind
Encore: 12. Burn
Hughes is performing various hits and deep cuts from the Deep Purple catalogue when he was part of the band. This finds him covering lead vocals on songs originally done by David Coverdale.
Hughes spoke to “Iron City Rocks”: “It’s not like I want somebody in the band to sound like David. I enjoy singing his parts as well as my own parts, so yeah, I sing it all because I feel kind of comfortable singing some of David‘s stuff. I just think I’m doing it because it feels like I can do it,” he added, “It’s something I actually enjoy. I wouldn’t sing something I didn’t wanna sing.”
Hughes’ band, featuring Søren Andersen (guitars), Mike Mangan (keys), and Ash Sheehan (drums), focuses on arrangements from the live albums — not studio recordings. This was part of the plan and formed the idea for the tour. Hughes explained, “The songs [are] live arrangements from the period of time that we were playing them live. I thought it would be a great idea to sort of encapsulate those arrangements for the stage right now.”
The reasons, Hughes added, were personal. “I’m a live entertainer. I’ve always been not one to primarily stick to three minutes of a studio version. The guys in Purple were virtuoso musicians — [Jon] Lord and [Ritchie] Blackmore were top of the game — so bringing these songs alive, for me playing in the style of the band at that time, was really important.”