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Sunday 20 April 2014

Video: Ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes in Belfast

It's taken a lifetime for one of rock music`s most famous artists to perform in Belfast and he promised an adoring audience he would never leave it that long again.

Sporting a full head of hair and a svelte slim line figure, Glenn Hughes defies his near 60 years bouncing around the stage like a hyperactive teenager.

The former Deep Purple bassist showed just why he has been a major driving force behind some of the world's most influential rock bands.

Video: Glenn Hughes talks to Gary Grattan

The former Deep Purple bassist showed just why he has been a major driving force behind some of the world's most influential rock bands.

"I love you people - I can't believe it`s my first time here - I will definitely be back next year ” Hughes told the highly appreciative crowd.

In a rather more intimate setting than he has been used to over the years, Hughes warmed up the crowd with a rip roaring Muscle and Blood quickly followed by the toe tappingly good Touch My Life and Orion. But it was the mesmorising songs of his early days in bands like Trapeze which really wooed the crowd. Medusa was penned as a 17 year old rising star and it was still an almighty powerful track almost 40 years on. At times Hughes sounded more like Michael Jackson reaching a stunning falsetto pitch far removed from anything expected from a rock star. The seven minute long rock opera was interspersed with stunning rifts making for a mesmerising performance drawing huge applause.

Hughes has recruited a wizzard of a guitarist in 36 year old Soren Anderson from Copenhagen who is a supreme performer and crowd pleaser.

But it was the old favourites at the end from Purple which sent the crowd into a final frenzy. Hughes belted out Addiction and Burn with amazing verve and energy which left the crowd begging for more. And if Hughes is true to his word it won`t be long to wait.



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