Glenn Hughes Live Photo: Eric Duvet
February 21, 2023

Glenn Hughes, former bassist and singer with Deep Purple, is pleased to announce, ‘Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the album BURN October 2023 UK Tour. Glenn will perform Deep Purple’s legendary rock album Burn and will also perform other Deep Purple MKIII and MKIV songs.

Planet Rock will launch a 48-hour ticket pre-sale at 10am on Tuesday February 21. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Thursday February 23.

Glenn’s band will feature Soren Andersen (guitar), Ash Sheehan (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards). Special guest on all UK shows is Canadian rock and roll band, The Damn Truth.

‘It was 50 years ago, in the summer of 1973, that the BURN album by Deep Purple was written at Clearwell Castle in the Forest of Dean Gloucestershire’, reminisces Glenn. ‘It was recorded in October in Montreux, Switzerland. We all became one in this centuries-old castle in the UK countryside, it felt like Purple were a new band, with David (Coverdale) and I as new members, we couldn’t wait to start working on new songs. The atmosphere was electric, in such amazing surroundings. All the songs on Burn were written in the crypt/dungeon, underneath the great hall. We worked on a new song every day, and we were in the flow. Musically we would play, and work out ideas, and David and I would come up with vocal melodies that would later have lyrics. I remember it like it was yesterday. As you could imagine, Ritchie Blackmore was in full prankster mode, Jon had warned me, and he rigged my room one night with a speaker that was hidden, and had ghostly voices delivered to my bedside. The title track was the last song to be written. We came back from the pub, and went down into the crypt, and magic happened.’

Concludes Hughes, ‘It’s time to celebrate Burn, and I’m really looking forward to seeing you.’

DEEP PURPLE – THE STORY BEHIND BURN

Burn is the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, written and recorded in 1973, and released in February 1974. The album was the first to feature then-unknown David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes, from Trapeze, on bass and vocals. The album was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland, in November 1973, with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. With the addition of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, Deep Purple’s hard rock sound incorporated elements of soul and funk, which would become much more prominent on the follow-up album, Stormbringer.

Burn hit #3 on the UK Albums Chart, #9 on the US Billboard 200, and #1 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Norway.

In 2004 Burn was remastered and released with bonus tracks. Coronarias Redig was recorded during the Burn recording sessions, used only as a B-side for the Might Just Take Your Life single in 1974. It appears as a bonus track (in remixed form) on the anniversary edition re-release. The 2004 remix version of Burn was later used in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

In 2005 an unauthorised documentary about the album was produced as part of ‘The Ultimate Critical Review’ series. It featured brand new interview with Glenn Hughes. Lead single Might Just Take Your Life, released 4 March, was Deep Purple’s first UK single in two years.

The phenomenal title track started things off at full throttle and challenged the seminal Highway Star for the honour of best opener to any Deep Purple album, while showcasing the always impressive drumming of Ian Paice. The fantastic slow-boiling blues of Mistreated’s greatness qualifies it for the highest echelons of hard rock achievement, and therefore ranks as an essential item in the discography of any self-respecting music fan.

Deep Purple Mk III – Glenn seated centre