The eighth consecutive Steelhouse Festival, which will take place over the weekend of the 27th – 29th of July 2018, has just announced one of their Saturday night headliners. In a UK festival exclusive, Glenn Hughes will perform “Classic Deep Purple – Live”. Hughes was, of course, part of the classic MK III and MK IV lineups of the band who released the genre-defining albums Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band.
In a statement made about the setlist the bassist/vocalist said:
I’m incredibly excited to get out there and play tracks like “Burn”, “Mistreated”, “Stormbringer” and “Getting Tighter”, as well as some of those older songs that helped define the genre. With this band, I can assure you of a concert that’ll blow your mind.
Hughes’ Steelhouse appearance will be the first time that fans in the UK will have an opportunity to see “The Voice of Rock” perform an entire set of Purple classics.
Of his Steelhouse Festival appearance Hughes added:
I’m really looking forward to this…come see me up the mountain. Peace, love and remember, music is The Healer.
Promoters Mikey Evans and Max Rhead said:
When we were growing up in Ebbw Vale, absorbing all the rock music we could, listening to records handed down by older siblings and saving up our own pennies for a Saturday afternoon binge at the local ‘Record Centre’, a game-changing piece of hi-tech entertainment hardware started to appear in houses all across the land – the video recorder had arrived and brought with it the possibility of seeing our heroes in glorious moving technicolour as well as hearing them. Our local video rental outlet had a copy of Deep Purple’s filmed appearance at Cal-Jam, 1974, a live concert so legendary and so exotic that it may as well have taken place on Mars. It proved to be a more popular rental in Ebbw Vale than Friday the 13th, Any Which Way But Loose and Jaws.
We marvelled at the sheer scale, the virtuosity, the riffs, the vocals and a certain white suit. It was worn, of course, by one Glenn Hughes, who not only laid down the foundation of that live wall of sound but was also in possession of one of those extraordinary voices.
35 years after seeing that concert on Betamax and 43 years after that concert took place we literally cannot believe that we can announce that Glenn Hughes – the voice of rock – will make his Steelhouse Festival debut playing the classic songs of Deep Purple. This is a truly mind-blowing announcement for us – the catalogue has helped define a genre, and the voice is still truly incredible… Glenn Hughes in Ebbw Vale – no video recorder or television required, just a Steelhouse Festival 2018 ticket.
Once again Steelhouse Festival have put together a killer line-up. With Glenn Hughes joining the likes of Black Star Riders, The Wildhearts, Dan Reed Network, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, The Quireboys, King King, Stone Broken and many more, 2018 is going to be a true spectacular!