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I first saw Coverdale in 81 or 82 and at irregular intervals since then during the 90's and noughties but I was quite shocked how his voice had deteriorated when Whitesnak were on a double header with Def Leppard doing arenas a few years back. It seemed odd for someone struggling vocally to be deliberately pitching higher, presumably he just can't project enough at a lower range now. His backing band were doing as much singing as he was that night and much higher in the mix than other band members I'd seen him with in the past.

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11 hours ago, KevB said:

Deep Purple were considered 'progressive' in their early days (when they took their cue from bands like Vanilla Fudge) and even up to around the In Rock and Fireball releases, though that might be because they were released on EMI's Harvest label initially which was created to cater for their more 'left field' artists. They became 'heavy rock' and then 'classic rock' as the years rolled on. I don't think fans of DP, Whitesnake, Zep, UH etc would really describe them as 'metal' bands. Sabbath are usually lauded as the pioneers of metal but even they started out playing blues jams.

Back to Glenn Hughes, he's had quite a career and done the whole rockstar lifestyle to the nth degree and has managed to survive and remained a good singer, his voice has aged far better than Gillan's or Coverdale's. I'm off to see him later this month at Rock City, could be an interesting night though I've heard him do a few DP songs in solo gigs before.

My view is that 'heavy metal' changed, not the bands.

The likes of Zeppelin, Purple, Heep and even Sabbath always had a hefty dose of music as far away from modern 'heavy metal' as Lena Zavaroni... but a fair chunk of their songs were foundation on which heavy metal was built - Whole Lotta Love, Smoke on the Water, to me, are unquestionably so.

Ironically, some contemporary jazz (Soft Machine) and full-on prog (e.g. High Tide)  was vastly 'heavier' than any of those four bands until Sabbath Bloody Sabbath came out (IMHO) but i think these things are intensly personal and everyone will have their own views, which is what makes it interesting.

Tell me this isn't prog AND heavy... 🙂

 

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I saw that - poor chap - he will be back though, consummate trooper.

I saw him in Bristol the day after his mother died, that takes a lot of minerals to perform as well as he did after that

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OOPS!

I thought this was the Danny Baker Thread...

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13 hours ago, Stub Mandrel said:

OOPS!

I thought this was the Danny Baker Thread...

Don’t make a monkey out of Glenn... 😆💩

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really disappointed he's cancelled the UK tour.  

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8 minutes ago, jacko said:

really disappointed he's cancelled the UK tour.  

Just postponed...

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I'm on holiday during part of June, if the rescheduled date is when I'm out of the country I'll be a bit miffed.

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Glenn Hughes re-schedules four dates of his ‘Performs Classic Deep Purple Live' May 2019 UK tour dates. The re-scheduled dates are –

 

Salisbury City Hall

Sunday 17 November

Norwich Waterfront (venue change from Norwich UEA)

Wednesday 20th November

Holmfirth Picturedrome

Saturday 23rdNovember

Birmingham O2 Institute

Friday 29thNovember

 

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let's hope he gets the scottish date rescheduled

 

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I still remember the first time I listened to a Deep Purple LP.  It was "Machine Head", the year was 1978 and I was twelve.  I was just blown away by the power and energy of it.  Happy, simpler days. 

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Well the Nottingham date's not been rescheduled so I think that's me out. The only glimmer would be if I was up north when the Holmfirth gig happens but by the time I know if I am it will probably have sold out. ah well...

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