Glenn Hughes live in Dublin, September 2018

Glenn Hughes Plays Classic Deep Purple live at the Olympia, Dublin

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

I always loved the Deep Purple albums featuring the talents of Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale, on the Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band albums respectively. In recent years Coverdale revisited his Deep Purple heritage with ‘The Purple Album’ and tour, and now Glenn is following in his footsteps. With far superior results. Glenn still has that amazing voice, simple as that.

In the setting of Dublin’s beautiful Victorian Olympia theatre, Glenn and his band (a really, really good band) do full justice to a fantastic set of Purple material, including songs like ‘Highway Star’ that he didn’t originally play on the studio versions (again, he does his material full justice here to).

Moreover, I have to say this is one of the best gigs I have ever attended, both band and audience in happy harmony. Highlights are hard to choose, but ‘Burn’, ‘Highway Star’ and especially my all time favourite Deep Purple track ‘You Keep On Moving’ off Come Taste The Band (a real proto-metal song this one!)

Glenn just radiates love for his audience and music, and you know what?: in this cynical age that’s as precious as the wonderful music he plays, something an equally wonderful and un-cynical audience appreciated!

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (