| June 6th 2008. The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
The recent gig in the Black Country was fabulous - very much a 'home turf' concert for Glenn; he was very chatty and clearly in a good mood (and GREAT voice).
With a band that is surely the strongest solo band he has thus far assembled (twin lead guitarists the 'old-faithful' JJ Marsh and new boy the impossibly young-looking Luis Maldonado, are joined by the keyboard player from the last tour - Anders Olinder and new drummer Matt Goom) Glenn sailed through a set based around his new album 'First Underground Nuclear Kitchen' wringing every drop of emotion from the material. The
set-list then: Crave - First Underground Nuclear Kitchen - Never Say Never - Oil and Water - Mistreated - You Got Soul - We Shall Be Free - Don't Let Me Bleed - Love Communion - Steppin' On - Soul Mover - Burn. Having seen Glenn on every UK tour since 1994, this concert is definitely in the top 3 - it may well be the best I've seen from him, with a performance in which he was clearly giving his all. The packed venue was treated to many highlights finishing off with a very lively version of Burn which had a nice guitar dual in the solos and also saw Matt the drummer incorporating a nice Paicey-swing with seeming-ease. With the whole band clearly enjoying themselves, it was difficult not to get caught-up in their enthusiasm. There was a moving moment where Glenn got the audience to send their love to Mel Galley, saying
that he would be watching a video of the show the next day (audience-shot footage, presumably - sadly I didn't see any sign of professional filming...). After the gig Glenn did a lengthy meet-and-greet, happily signing everything that was shoved under his nose - even including somebody's old shoe!
review: Tim Summers
|June 7th 2008. Liverpool Academy, Liverpool
See the DPAS photo gallery for a fabulous page of shots from Glenn's show in LIverpool, taken by Simon 'New Camera' Robinson.
Click the pics to see the full gallery.
|June 10th 2008. Astoria 2, London
The last time I saw Glenn on
stage was at Wembley Arena on March 12th 1976, enough has been said about
that tour, so I was really looking forward to this show . Sadly the last few times Glenn has played in the UK it's been on a night
where I couldn't make it.
I was delighted to be able to make it to the downstairs venue at The Astoria
for this one.
Having plenty of boots from Glenn's tours during the 90's and
noughties I knew he could cut the mustard live .To say I wasn't disappointed is an understatement, it was bloody marvelous. The venue is small, and so unfortunately was the crowd, maybe 300-400 strong,
but that didn't prevent Glenn and the band putting on a storming show.... see the full review by Steve McGrath
|Septemeber 20th 2008. The Robin 2, Wolverhampton new, Septemeber 22nd
A very different gig to the one at the same venue 3 months previously - this one was to celebrate The Robin's 10th birthday. Glenn played an acoustic set, followed by a Q&A session and rounded off with an electric set. It was great to hear a few songs I'd not heard done live before and to witness a pretty unique gig - the set list went something like this (not necessarily quite in the right order!)
- Black Cloud (just Glenn & acoustic guitar) -
Anders Olinder then joined in on keys for the rest:
- I Found A Woman
- It's About Time
- Will Our Love End
- This Time Around
- It's Only A Dream (from 1st Trapeze album)
- Holy Man
Each song was followed or proceeded by an often quite lengthy chat from Glenn about its origins
Then there was a Q&A session where a microphone was passed into the audience - it was limited to 10 questions overall (although I'm not convinced we got the full 10!) - some interesting snippets emerged, including Glenn's thoughts on growing up in a working class family in Cannock...
There then followed the electric set with new guitarist Tony Remy & drummer Matt Goom joining the fun(k).
Glenn played lead guitar for the first 2 songs - and was remarkably good, doing a great solo on 'Coast To Coast' - maybe he was channeling Mel, as he was playing his 'Black Beauty' guitar - the only one Mel played throughout Trapeze & Whitesnake, apparently. Glenn brought Mel's widow on stage too, to introduce her and present her with a bouquet of flowers. The electric set then
- Superstition (great funky version & great for me to see it done live at last!)
- Coast To Coast
(Glenn reverts to bass) - Mistreated
- Gettin' Tighter (extended version) -
Both good versions, although there were a few technical issues with Glenn's delay and bass lead - luckily he just shrugged then off and let the technicians deal with it rather than getting mad! The songs did gain a few added lyrics though, such as 'It's gone again' and 'I'm back'!)
- You Keep On Moving
There was a meet and greet afterwards, but it had been a l-o-n-g gig & I knew there was a 2 hour drive home, so I gave it a miss.
All in all a very nice and unique gig.
review: Tim Summers . photos: Tim (Moth) Clark
DPAS Photo Gallery: Glenn Hughes / Wolverhampton, Septemebr 22nd 2008