Glenn Hughes

Copenhell - 2019

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Glenn Hughes has a lot of history to show for his name, and I mean A LOT! One of the most famous parts must be him playing in the MK III and MK IV versions of Deep Purple, between '73-'76.
This was especially interesting at this point, as the given tour he was on was actually called “Gelnn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple live”. Bit of a mouthful, but there you are.

And here I am, now having to openly hand in my rock guru card, and admit that my knowledge of Deep Purple is sadly lacking. Out of the trinity of rock, Deep Purple is the one I've by far listened to the least, where Black Sabbath tops the list, and Led Zeppelin entering somewhere in between. It's not that I don't enjoy Deep Purple, I just never really got into them, except for that one obvious hit.
Nevertheless, I figured this was as good a time as any to see what the band had to offer, in the guise of Hughes and the band he brought along. I could recognise Søren Andersen (Electric Guitars, Jesper Binzer, Mike Tramp) up there on guitar, but the rest of them were unknown to me at this point (again, blatantly showing off my lack of rock insight, I'm sure) except for the fact that there was one more Dane in the crew.

Glenn Hughes was playing on the Hades stage, starting out in warm sunshine at 5 PM, and I could see that he had attracted a good deal of people. This was a nice surprise, as Copenhell mainly caters to a somewhat younger crowd. I could see an artist like this getting on well at, say, Sweden Rock Festival, but here he was a bit more of a wildcard. I'm glad Copenhell took the chance, as a bit of diversity in a festival is always a welcome thing.
Some fans were dancing, while others just took to listen.
Among fans, Hughes has been named “The voice of rock”, which is a bold statement, given some of the famous vocalists he's played next to. Either way, it was an unlucky turn that his microphone was so turned down at first, that we actually couldn't really hear the famous voice. It was a mistake that was corrected a short way into the set, but still.

As it turned out, given my lack of history with the band, Deep Purple that is, I lacked a needed knowledge of the music, and certainly also the otherwise prevalent nostalgia surrounding it.
So while others around me seemed to have a good time in the legend's presence, I found it hard to muster up a great interest in the whole thing. It wasn't that anything was bad, it just wasn't for me, not at this time.

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