In a brand new interview with Soundclash, legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) spoke about his current attitude and lifestyle, and touched upon the “pinnacle” moments in his life and career.
“I think that I have an incredible home family life, surrounded by loving and nurturing people,” he said. “If I’m in a situation somewhere and I hear screaming, shouting or negativity, it’s like I’m being burned by a flame. I can’t be around negative energy. I like to be calm. Calmness is the complete opposite to someone that is young and wants to live an aggressive lifestyle. I’ve done all that, died ten times and I’m still here.”
He continued: “I really think it was putting down the drugs and the drink and turning my back to the things that were killing me, and being able to tell people that it was actually making me crazy. The heart attack, and having done things that were inappropriate. What a dark period of time for me. Having a book and telling the truth in that book, and working my way back and being as honest as I can be.”
Hughes went on to say: “The worst and most embarrassing moments for me in my career was when I was with Tony Iommi [BLACK SABBATH] on those five shows where I had a very bad fight with someone and I had some bones broken in my nose and it consequently stopped me from singing. That was embarrassing for me. The best period for me… I would have to say now. The amount of people coming to see me as a solo artist is astounding because I had no idea that it would happen after my last two bands. I thought maybe I should still form bands but it’s looking good these days to continue my solo career.
He added: “I’m not frightened to dream. I’ve worked with the greatest, and I’ll probably work with some more. I just think that I don’t try to think too much about what’s coming down the pipeline for me. All I know is that tonight I’m going to have some dinner with my friends. Tomorrow is not here yet. I’m really being serious with that. I don’t know what the hell is going to happen. I just need to get some sleep and the rest is history.”
Hughes’s current backing band features drummer Pontus Engborg and ex-WHITESNAKE/DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich.
The group’s U.K. leg of the European tour starts 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.