Fireworks
Error
  • JFolder::create: Could not create directory

Concert Reviews

Glenn Hughes, Stone Broken http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/0a/71/9e/GlennHughes-9-1486056435.jpg Hot

Added by James Gaden     February 02, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
6029   0   1   0   0   0

Glenn Hughes is as good now as he's ever been.

Glenn Hughes taking the stage in Leeds was notable for a variety of reasons, including the unusual setting of a church that has been converted into a venue – but the main thing of note was the former Deep Purple legend delivered a performance for the ages.

First up were hungry young openers Stone Broken, who tore through the lion's share of material from their impressive debut album 'All In Time', with the likes of 'Better', 'This Life' and the excellent 'Not Your Enemy' thundering around the impressive church interior, with the circular lighting rig and smoke machine making a visual spectacle to match the music. While they performed with enthusiasm, my fear was their loud sonic assault might be a bit too hard and heavy for a Glenn Hughes show. However, nothing could have been further from the truth, as the Voice Of Rock had come to do just that... and Rock hard.

Opening proceedings with 'Flow' from his stunning new album 'Resonate', Hughes' tall, slender frame dominated the centre of the stage, while the stained glass window behind him seemed to act as a testament to his god-like status in the Rock world. 'Muscle And Blood' from the classic 'Hughes/Thrall' album was well delivered and equally well received, before Hughes and his band blew the roof off with an amazing version of Deep Purple's 'Gettin' Tighter'. The addition of Jay Boe on Hammond Organ (not keyboards, a proper Hammond) made a huge difference to the sound, and guitarist Søren Andersen, along with drummer Pontus Engborg, who have been with Hughes for years, performed superbly.

GlennHughes

Another new track, 'Stumble And Go' worked extremely well and shows Hughes is writing material more vibrant and powerful now than perhaps any other stage in his career. He then dusted off an old gem in the form of Trapeze's 'Medusa' (which got a new lease of life from the re-recording by Black Country Communion) and the old favourite sounded timeless. As impressive as the opening salvo was, what made things even more remarkable was his near perfect vocals, despite his obvious need to blow his nose between each song, due to a cold he picked up on the road. As if that wasn't a big enough obstacle, Hughes informed us that his mother had passed away only an hour or so before the show. He had been with her prior to coming to Leeds as she had been unwell and he explained the last thing she said to him was to promise he wouldn't cancel any of his shows

With a cheer of appreciation, he blasted through an immense 'Can't Stop The Flood' and a sizzling 'One Last Soul' before slowing the pace a little with 'You Keep On Moving', which culminated in an astonishing vocal solo which proved Hughes is peerless among singers from his own era... and beyond.
'Might Just Take Your Life' made a welcome appearance thanks to the band having a Hammond to utilise, and 'Soul Mover' sounded as heavy and groove filled as I've ever heard it. 'Black Country' closed the show and Hughes then actually thanked the highly appreciative crowd for being there and for making a difficult night much easier for him.

The raucously demanded encore featured 'Heavy' which is surely destined to become a live staple, and closed with an explosive version of 'Burn'. I've seen Hughes live many times with many line ups, but this ranks as the best I've ever witnessed. He finished the night by again thanking everyone in attendance and saying it was his duty to give back to people. From what I saw, and from what others in the crowd said, he couldn't have given anymore. Glenn Hughes is as good now as he's ever been, and long may it continue.

James Gaden

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  March 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 months ago
  • Johns Band : Will videos appear again in watch and listen. Good way for who albums to buy. I have Wrathchild - Live From London on DVD that might have been here. YouTube have averts now.
  • Berny : @rocktu: We used to produce a series of podcasts that were available for download on Rocktopia. Other than that, there's no radio station I am aware of.
  • rocktu : Hi i would like to know was there ever a radio station of fireworks
  • rocktu : Hi
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #93 is out now! : - )
  • Berny : Hello @zigma33, you should have received a download link two days ago. Could you pls check your inboxes? Many thanks, B. :)
  • zigma33 : Hi! I purchased your latest issue #92 yesterday but never received my download.
  • daveomd : Got it along with my download, everything looks great! Thanks, Dave
  • Berny : @daveomd: We sent you a mail immediately after your purchase, and have just sent another email now. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • daveomd : I purchased your latest issue #92 but never received my download.
  • Berny : @Hysteria & @KI2000: Many thanks for your kind words! :)
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site