Glenn “The Voice Of Rock” Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known from his work with Deep Purple, Tony Iommi and funk rock pioneers Trapeze. Hughes also maintains a notable solo career including 12 studio albums and he’s been an active session musician and a member in various projects. Between 2009 and 2014 he fronted the supergroup Black Country Communion which also featured guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonhan and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. On April 2016, Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. Currently Hughes is working his first solo album in 8 years. He’s also working Black Country Communion re-union which is going to happen next year. I met a good humoured Hughes in Swedenrock in early June and here is a summary of our discussion which includes a new album, Black Country reunion and many other interesting topics. Read on!
Reuniting for the first time since their collaboration on Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album, Deep Purple´s Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took everybody by surprise in 2011 when they released the charity singles: “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water.” For the recording of these songs, the two rock legends called a few friends, asking for some “help.” Jason Newsted (Metallica), Jon Lord (Deep Purple, 1941-2012), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and Linde Lindström (HIM) completed the supergroup WhoCares.
Now, “Out Of My Mind” and “Holy Water” will be featured in a special 2-disc set of rarities and recordings culled from the careers of Iommi and Gillan. The WhoCares double-CD will be released in North American on August 28. [MSRP $17.98].
Amongst the tracks are the two original WhoCares songs, Deep Purple’s unreleased studio jam “Dick Pimple,” a song from Repo Depo (a band Ian Gillan formed before the Deep Purple reunion) which never released an official song before this CD. Also included is “Zero The Hero,” from the aforementioned Black Sabbath Born Again release (which is the only album to feature Gillan on lead vocals), as well as two unreleased songs from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes.
The “Out of My Mind” and “Holy Water” singles were a joyful and inspired moment from two musicians with nothing to prove, willing to support music where music is considered a luxury. The spark to bring Iommi and Gillan in a studio together again was to finance the rebuilding of a music school in Armenia they had visited together on various occasions in past years.
“As I said once in the song ‘Razzle Dazzle,’ it’s a real fine line between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time,’” states Gillan. “The destruction of conformity in this case: some of these pieces never really fitted into their contemporary program and got sidelined or forgotten, and some of the album tracks never had much exposure. As the track listing for this album came together, I noticed many of the titles had character similarities: a combination of freshness as they finally felt the sun on their backs and rebellion in a ‘yeah told you so’ kind of way. And that adds up to a wonderful time and more money for the music school we are building in Armenia.
“The ad-hoc benefit WhoCares band,” continues Gillan, “was a band put together by Tony Iommi and myself on a flight home from Yerevan, where we’d been deeply humbled by the honor and expectation bestowed upon us. Well that’s it really, in a nutshell, so to speak, what more can I say? It’s all there in the music.”
The release of this very special 2-CD set is a must for all Deep Purple fans and fans of hard rock.
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1. WhoCares “Out Of My Mind”
Featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath “Zero The Hero”
3. Ian Gillan feat. Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover “Trashed”
4. M. Rakintzis feat. Ian Gillan “Get Away”
5. Tony Iommi feat G.Hughes “Slip Away”
6. Gillan “Don’t Hold Me Back”
7. Ian Gillan “She Thinks It’s A Crime”
8. Repo Depo feat. Ian Gillan “Easy Come, Easy Go”
9. Deep Purple feat.Ronnie James Dio “Smoke On The Water” (live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
1. WhoCares “Holy Water”
Featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath “Anno Mundi”
3. Tony Iommi feat. G. Hughes “Let it Down Easy”
4. Ian Gillan “Hole in My Vest”
5. Gillan & Glover feat. Dr.John “Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave me”
6. Ian Gillan & The Javelins “Can I Get A Witness”
7. Garth Rockett & The Moonshiners aka IG “No Laughing in Heaven”
8. Ian Gillan “When A Blind Man Cries” (Live at Absolute Radio, previously unreleased)
9. Deep Purple “Dick Pimple”
BLACK SABBATH headlined this year’s Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL this Friday (August 3rd), marking their only North American gig of 2012. Following is an excerpt from Ultimate Classic Rock’s review of the show:
“During the hot and humid Midwest evening, singer Ozzy Osbourne’s voice may not have hit every note, but our reporter on the scene told us that he more than made up for it with the showmanship, enthusiasm and boundless energy during the show. One of Ozzy’s most human moments ironically came during the band’s performance of ‘Iron Man,’ in which he ran over to kiss the woman who was offering a sign language translation for the deaf audience members and managed to keep up with the band throughout.”
New York, NY (May 31, 2011)—Black Sabbath lead guitarist Tony Iommi and Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan have reunited for the first time since working together on Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album. The resulting two-man project, WhoCares, features an all-star array of talent. All of the money generated from the digital Internet release of the two-song single on Tuesday, May 10, will benefit the music school of Gyumari, Armenia, an area which never recovered from a massive 1988 earthquake. [MSRP $2.99]
“Out Of My Mind” features Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, bassist Jason Newsted and HIM guitarist Mikko “Linde” Lindström. “Holy Water” features Gillan and Iommi with guitarists Steve Morris/Michael Lee Jackson, drummer Randy Clarke, bassist Rodney Appleby and keyboardist Jesse O’Brien.
Additionally, on June 21, earMusic, in cooperation with Eagle Rock Entertainment, via its subsidiary Armoury Records, will release the two songs plus a 30-minute documentary showing the involvement over the years of Gillan and Iommi to the Armenian cause, on a special CDE (enhanced CD). [MSRP $6.98]
Gillan told www.blabbermouth.net that the idea came when he and Iommi flew back from the area together “after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done,” adding, “it was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years. He makes life easy for a singer. The other guys need no introduction, do they?”
“Some 20 years ago,” adds Iommi, “when the call came, I thought, `well, at least I’ve helped,’ but it was going to Armenia and seeing the actual devastation caused by the earthquake that really made me realize that funds were still needed.”
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Additional questions and transcription by Jani “Ozzy” Salo
Legendary drummer Eric Singer first rose to fame playing drums on Lita Ford’s DANCIN’ ON THE EDGE tour back in 1984. Subsequently he joined up with Tony Iommi and played on two classic Black Sabbath albums, SEVENTH STAR in 1986 and THE ETERNAL IDOL the following year. Thereupon he toured the world with Gary Moore before reuniting with his old Black Sabbath colleague Ray Gillen in Badlands. In quick succession he hooked up with Alice Cooper for some touring before stepping in to replace the ailing Eric Carr in KISS and proceeding to record the classic REVENGE album in 1992 and the follow up CARNIVAL OF SOULS in 1997 as well as the live albums ALIVE III in 1993 and MTV UNPLUGGED in 1996. More recently he has, in addition to touring with both KISS and Alice Cooper, appeared on Alice’s BRUTAL PLANET album in 2000 and THE EYES OF ALICE COOPER album in 2003. He has also toured and put out albums with ESP (Eric Singer Project) and worked with Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia, Gilby Clarke and that’s not all… read all about it in this forthright interview.
Interviewed February 23, 2005 in Helsinki, Finland
by Marko Syrjala & Jarno Huovila
Pictures by Marko Syrjala and archives.
Drum legend Bobby Rondinelli has a long and successful history in the world of rock music. He has played and recorded with such acts as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Blue ?yster Cult and Doro. We met Bobby in last February when he visited in Finland with his "new" band "The Lizards" who were midst of their current European tour supporting for another legend Glenn Hughes. There was a talk about tour, the Lizards and of course about his old bands and some other interesting things ? read on!