Hughes Turner Project
Last night, despite a tube strike, saw a decent sized crowd make it to the Mean Fiddler to see Glenn Hughes & Joe Lynn Turner and their latest project. Opening for these two greats were a couple of bands, one impressive, the other not worth the time. Blind Faith ripped through a cracking set that got the crowd going mightily. Unlike the mid-line-up band Domain, who frankly bored the pants off us all. Their main trouble was that their lead singer believed himself to be the re-incarnation of Axl Rose. He kept acting as if the crowd adored him when in fact we found him to be an annoying German prat. The best bit of the band was their talented keyboardist who had more personality than the rest of the band put together. A longer set from Blind Faith would have been much prefered by all but a very few.
HTP stormed the stage and didn’t let up until the final notes of Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ passed our ears. With a combination of two such greats with over 300 songs between them (Hughes’s estimate) there were bound to be gaps unless the band played for 3 hours or more. Despite frequent calls for it, JLT did not play any of his Malmsteen-era tracks, instead sticking to Rainbow, Deep Purple and JLP material. Hughes rolled out Black Sabbath (7th Star, although ‘Stranger to Love’ would have been preferable), Deep Purple and JLP stuff, thankfully ignoring his own solo material which like JLT’s can be a tad patchy. The band realised that with two such greats most were there to see the old stuff and keep the newies to a minimum. This is fortunate because the HTP’s first effort has recieved decidedly mixed reviews. The band will soon be releasing a live album, which will be well worth the investment. Hughes will be back in November on the “Legends of Rock Tour”; missing him would be unwise. This was a great gig, well worth having to stand in a bus qeue, for quite a time to get home. Like the Jubliee Concert, last night’s gig showed that you are never too old too rock & roll!