Rock legend Glen Hughes brought his latest tour to Newcastle tonight, a city he’s particularly fond of for its rich rock music history, where the Black Country man is joined on stage with former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich.
Glen is one of Rock's survivors, having left the pioneering band Trapeze early in his career there followed a 3 year stint with Deep Purple (from 1973) where he contributed to song writing and vocals along with David Coverdale which gave Glen huge exposure. Thereon his solo career was hindered by health problems in the 1980's, and once he realised he must kick the drug habit, by 1991 a clean, sober was fully rejuvenated and returned with the vocals for the hit "America: What Time Is Love?" with KLF, quite out of context but his career was on the up again. Fast forward to 2015 and Glen is back his very best, the audience was already on their feet from the very start of Stormbringer to the encores including Burn, a mixture of Deep Purple, Trapeze, and Black Country Communion songs all performed with great energy. Glen (now 63) still has that trademark prowling stance, battle worn bass guitar and bucket loads of enthusiasm.
Notably, I wanted to see the support act (second one actually) which was Jared James Nichols as I heard he was quite good. The flamboyant American rock guitarist loves to come to the front of the stage and play like your typical rock god at break neck speed. The tall slender Jared shares the stage with equally long haired bass player and drummer and he grimaces wonderful facial expressions. He did slow down slightly for the bluesy Come in my Kitchen which got a giggle from some young females. The ultra-soft quiet guitar breaks on this were reminiscent of King King’s Alan Nimmo trademark then builds nicely. Then it's back to the real rock n roll numbers like Baby Can You Feel It. There was a great moment where he knelt against his Blackstar amp for some frenzied feedback with fast fingers and awesome power chords, string bending & banging, this guy has got the lot. Ending with Mississippi Queen it's a crescendo of sound from his Gibson, a true rock guitar hero.