We caught up with Glenn on the final leg of his Classic Deep Purple tour at Holmfirth. Before the show we met up with the band, Soren Anderson (Glenn’s long term guitarist) gave us a personal tour and insight into the bands set up on stage explaining the advances in technology over the years that have made some of the kit used in past years obsolete – particularly the Marshall Stack where only one of the four cabinets had hardware within it, the others being for show. He then went on to explain the pitfalls of combining a family life with life on the road to my young son who’s just taken up the guitar.
We then got the opportunity to speak to Glenn and his current drummer Ash Sheehan, who Glenn was full of praise for – saying he “just got it”. Glenn confirmed that the Classic DP Tour was coming to the end but he had projects and festivals already pencilled in for the next couple of years. The band were all very chatty and relaxed and were obviously enjoying the tour.
Support was provided by The Dead Sea Skulls featuring Ash right up at the front of the stage on lead vocals, trumpet and drums, they must rate as one of the best support bands I’ve ever seen.
After a short break Ash returned, in the more conventional place at the back of the stage with Glenn. Another superb performance by the band topped by a stunning 12 minute drum solo and Glenn’s rendition of Georgia – a song I’ve never heard live before and as good as any recording I’d heard previously.
Overall another great show which was very well received by the audience, confirmation that Glenn is still at the top of his game and a welcome introduction to a vibrant exciting band The Dead Sea Skulls.