Glenn Hughes, with special guests The Damn Truth, performs his Classic Deep Purple Live Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Sunday 15th October 2023.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

The “Voice of Rock”, Glenn Hughes returned to Rock City on Sunday night as part of his Classic Deep Purple Live tour. Touring to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deep Purple’s seminal album Burn, his stage presence was still energetic as he prowled around the stage like a true rock star.

But before his appearance Canadian rockers The Damn Truth lit up the Rock City stage with a support performance that will be etched into the memories of Nottingham’s rock enthusiasts for a long time to come.

Kicking off the night with an explosive rendition of This Is Who We Are Now, they soon had the crowd buzzing with excitement. Full On You served to showcase Lee La Baum’s magnificent vocals whilst other highlights included the mesmerizing Only Love with its drum solo and a stunning version of Get With You. Finishing their set with Tomorrow, they proved that they are definitely a band to catch for lovers of classic rock.

After stints in bands like Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion and more recently The Dead Daisies, Glenn Hughes is now in the throes of an incredible solo career. On stage with guitarist Soren Anderson, drummer Ash Sheehan and keyboard player Bob Fridzema, they opened their set with crowd pleaser, Stormbringer, which showcased Hughes’ piercing high notes.

He tore through a great set of songs which included Might Just Take Your Life, the funky classic Sail Away, and the bluesy soulful Mistreated which was sheer bliss. Things got a little bit crazy during Gettin’ Tighter before he finished the main set with You Keep On Moving.

Throughout the set Hughes had interacted with the crowd and had showcased the full spectrum of his vocal heroics, unleashing everything from gravelly growls and soulful attitude, to his infamous ear shattering shrieks, whilst giving the band the opportunity to shine with lots of solos and extended jams.

With an encore that included a riveting rendition of the metal anthem Highway Star and of course Burn which received a raucous response, Hughes had showed that he still has one of the most impressive voices in the contemporary rock genre, and that’s not bad for a 72 year old.