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Glenn Hughes proves he’s still one of rock’n’roll’s ultimate frontmen

Live Review

Venue: London Islington Assembly Hall

Refreshingly down to earth, but with a voice that’s out of this world, Glenn Hughes touches down in London

When the Assembly Hall audience roar their approval at the end of Glenn Hughes’s 90-minute set, Hughes gives it right back: “Thank you so much. You have no idea how much you have done for me. Thank you all for your love and support.”

His sincerity reflects the emotional torment he’s currently enduring, touring while his much-loved 90-something mother lies in intensive care. Earlier that afternoon, Classic Rock learned that Hughes had flown in from California a couple of days ahead of the tour so he could visit his mum and, perhaps, see her alive for the last time.

It’s a grim thought and, even on stage, not one he could shake off. Twice he drew strength from post-song euphoria to deliver a dedication: “I love you mum. I hope you get well soon.”


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