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18th August 2010

glenn hughes

Iconic vocalist and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes, known to millions of hard rock fans as the self proclaimed 'Voice of Rock' will embark on a 15-date UK tour in September.

Formerly the lead singer and/or bassist of Trapeze, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and the forthcoming hotly tipped rock supergroup Black Country Communion, Hughes blistering near-on two hour live extravaganza will consist of an unforgettable career retrospective.

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"I'm proud of my heritage, and the UK fans have always been the most supportive and receptive to me and my music," says Hughes. "I'm thrilled to embark on what's possibly the most extensive UK solo tour of my career. I've just made an album that I am extremely proud of with Black Country Communion, and until that band goes out on the road, I'm channeling all the power and energy from the BCC experience into these dates. I'm a lean, mean rock machine."

Fans can expect a diverse selection of classicsongs from Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes Thrall and Glenn's solo albums, with an emphasis on performing some new, interesting selections, including some that have rarely/never been played live before.

A complete set list has not been determined as yet, but some songs have been decided upon, and they will really set the tongues wagging, feet stomping and bodies groovin'.

Hughes is known for his distinctive style that effortlessly blends the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. He's worked with everyone from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, the KLF, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more recently with former Airrace drummer Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa for his new rock supergoup Black Country Communion.

Glenn was asked to sing with Heaven and Hell at the High Voltage festival in London on Saturday July 24th, in a tribute to their front man, the late, great Ronnie James Dio. Lifelong friends, Ronnie often cited Glenn as his favourite male singer, so it was only fitting that he sang in honour of Ronnie.

You can see footage of the day by clicking here...


Thursday 23rd September Manchester Academy 3
Friday 24th September Holmfirth Picturedrome
Saturday 25th September O2 ABC Glasgow
Monday 27th September Gateshead Sage
Tuesday 28th September Wolverhampton Robin
Wednesday 29th September Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 1st October Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre
Saturday 2nd October Falmouth Pavilion
Sunday 3rd October Millennium Music Hall - Cardiff
Tuesday 5th October London O2 Academy Islington
Wednesday 6th October Reading Sub 89
Thursday 7th October Leamington Spa Assembly
Saturday 9th October Belfast Spring & Airbrake
Tuesday 12th October Bristol The Fleece
Wednesday 13th October Southampton The Brook



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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