GLENN HUGHES Discusses New Solo Album, Upcoming HUGHES/THRALL CD

Garry Sharpe-Young of recently conducted an interview with legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On his new solo album, "Music for the Divine":

Hughes: "The 'Soul Mover' record really showed me how an album should be made, so we've carried on the same method of working for 'Music Of The Divine'. It's kind of groovy, retro funky rock 'n' roll. I'm like a kid in a candy store right now because I'm playing together with these amazing musicians. I've played with some of the greatest guitarists in the world, Tommy Bolin, Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Gary Moore, Pat Thrall. Now here I am working with John Frusciante and Dave Navarro. It's just incredible."

On the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS connection:

Hughes: "I'm never going to complain! Here's how it is. Chad Smith [RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS/GLENN HUGHES drummer] is my dearest friend. I have learned more from this man than from anyone else. He has the gift, he really does and he can cover every aspect of recording from the very roots of the song all the way through to the final recording. I just hope it doesn't overshadow the record in the press though. But having said that, having three guys from one of the biggest bands in the world on your album, I gotta tell ya — that does not suck!"

On why it has taken so long for a second HUGHES/THRALL album to appear [the new record is expected before the end of the year]:

"In truth, we were both [Hughes and guitarist Pat Thrall] fucked up. Let's not try to hide that fact. We made an awesome funk rock record but we just could not follow it up. It's always been there though, people still keep talking about it so obviously, at some point, it would come up again.

"I finally got around to meeting up with Pat again in New York during 2000 and we started writing for a new HUGHES/THRALL album. When the 9/11 disaster happened though in 2001 I just couldn't go to New York after that. Finally Pat relocated to Las Vegas and since then we've been writing again, meeting up and it's happening. We've got 13 incredible, late night, funky, organic jazz rock songs ready. It's very diverse, very intense. Pat has to add some guitar, get them mixed and we're hoping to launch the second stage of HUGHES/THRALL later this year. Actually, we're not going to start shopping this record until September. It's an important one so we need a strong worldwide deal. It has to be the right label."

Read the entire interview at


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