Legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), nicknamed the “Voice Of Rock,” has today unveiled an official photo of his new band that he has put together for his European solo tour. Glenn is pictured alongside drummer Pontus Engborg (far left) and ex-WHITESNAKE/DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich (far right). The photo was taken by Gene Kirkland.
The band’s U.K. leg of the European tour stars on October 17 at the Southampton Engine Rooms and ends at London’s Electric Ballroom on November 1. Special guest on the tour is Jared James Nichols, who recently released his critically acclaimed debut album, “Old Glory & The Wild Revival”.
The concerts will showcase highlights from Glenn’s career, including TRAPEZE, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, CALIFORNIA BREED, along with his solo material.
“I felt it was time for me to start touring with my solo band,” says Glenn, who is currently on tour in Brazil. “I called my drummer Pontus Engborg, and guitar player Soren Andersen. Soren had made a contractual commitment to do an autumn tour in Scandinavia, so I had to find a replacement. There was only one man on my mind… Doug Aldrich.”
“I’ve known Doug from his time with Ronnie Dio , and, of course, WHITESNAKE. Doug played with me on a couple of PURPLE songs at a festival the night before Ronnie passed away. We had great chemistry, and talked about playing together again, when schedules permitted.”
Continues Hughes: “Doug is a welcome addition to my band, and is a dear friend, both loving and nurturing, and is a rock phenomenon.
“I’m beyond grateful to return to a solo band touring cycle, that will see me travel across many continents these next 12 months. See you down the front.”
Fan-filmed video footage shot during Hughes’s current Brazilian tour can be seen below.
The dates are as follows:
Oct. 17 – Southampton, England – Engine Rooms
Oct. 19 – Norwich, England – Waterfront
Oct. 20 – Newcastle, England – Tyne Theatre
Oct. 22 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Limelight
Oct. 23 – Glasgow, Scotland – The Garage
Oct. 25 – Holmfirth, England – Picturedrome
Oct. 26 – Bilston, England – Robin 2
Oct. 28 – York, England – Fibbers
Oct. 29 – Manchester, England – Club Academy
Nov. 01 – London, England – Electric Ballroom