Glenn Hughes famously fronted the MK 3 and MK 4 incarnations of Deep Purple, said this week "I'm both honoured and excited to be headlining the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival in June 2019, Rory was without doubt one of the best guitarists ever and I am very honoured to headline the Festival in his honour in his birthplace of Ballyshannon". Glenn’s band boasts Soren Anderson (guitar), Jesper Bo Hansen (keyboards and Fernando Escobedo (drums).
Deep Purple took a quantum leap when the then-20-year-old Hughes was seconded from British funk-rock outfit Trapeze in mid-1973. As bassist and co-vocalist, with David Coverdale, he helped steer the legendary rock group in the progressive direction of Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974) and Come Taste the Band (1975), while touring the world for three years. Hughes was with Deep Purple from 1973 until the band split up in 1976.
In 2016, Hughes was inducted into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its "Performers" category, along with such veteran Deep Purple band-mates as Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice. Deep Purple has been praised as one of "music's most seminal and influential rock and roll groups".
In 2018, Glenn Hughes toured his show "Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live" in South America, the USA with massive success and also across Europe with shows in the UK, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Israel and Finland. At his shows in London, Hughes was joined on stage by "Black Country Communion" colleague Joe Bonamasa, while in Kiev he was joined on stage by Bernie Marsden who will also be appearing in Ballyshannon at Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2019.
Rory Gallagher Festival Chairperson - Barry O'Neill said "We are delighted with the stellar line-up that we have assembled and announcing Glenn Hughes & His Band as our Festival Headliners is for us a really big coup. Glenn is one of the great rock stars and to have him and his band come to Ballyshannon is quite a big deal for us but also for the many Festival visitors and Rory fans that will attend from some 25 countries worldwide. We are delighted overall with our line-up, its a pretty incredible gathering and we may still have just one more show to still announce …."
Glenn Hughes performs Classic Deep Purple Live will appear on Saturday 1st June 2019 at the Big Top at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland and is brought to you in association with Failte Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way and Donegal Tourism. Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2019 takes place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, Ireland over 4 days between Thursday 30th May and Sunday 2nd June 2019 and will feature 30 Acts on 15 Stages over 4 Days. The unique and award winning Irish Festival boasts non-stop Free Open Air Gigs on the streets of Ballyshannon, Exhibitions, Free Pub Gigs, Busking and much more. Tickets for the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival are on sale and available on the Official Festival Website - www.rorygallagherfestival.com/tickets with Early Bird Big Top Tickets for ALL 3 Nights just €70 with individual nightly tickets also on sale as well as Combi Big Top & Camping Tickets at €79 and all details on Accommodation, Campervan Booking, Camping, Line-up details available on www.rorygallagherfestival.com