During a conversation with Kaaos TV, ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes – who was a member of the fold during the 1973-1976 David Coverdale era, performing on 1974’s “Burn” and “Stormbringer,” as well as on 1975’s “Come Taste the Band” – was asked if he would accept a hypothetical invitation to rejoin the band and sing at one or more shows during their ongoing “The Long Goodbye” tour.
The bassist/singer replied:
“No. I’m doing what I’m doing now. I’m really, really happy playing these songs with my band, and the audiences are very, very happy. We’ve had great attendances across the world, so I’m really happy about doing that.”
Glenn added that he had never done a “complete Deep Purple show” before the “Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live,” saying:
“For me to do these songs, I had to step back into character. I grew my hair again and kind of look ’70s. It’s not like I’m a nostalgia artist, but in order to do this, I wanted to recreate the look and the vibe and the sound of what it was like in the ’70s.
“I wanted to become an actor, if you will, to do what I do. This is the way I like to look at music – to become an actor and to make the songs come alive.
“You can’t hide the fact that I was in one of the greatest bands of all time. And I just think I had to be in the right frame of mind to do it. You can’t do this unless you’re in the mindset, in the vibe and the smell and the feel.
“It has to be appropriate. I didn’t wanna phone in my vocals. I wanna give everything I can to the audience, so they’ll look and go, ‘We want more of this.’ So that’s why I’m doing it.”