Rock vocalist and bassist, Glenn Hughes of Trapeze, Deep Purple, and solo fame brought his long-awaited show to Chicago for a two-night rock extravaganza.

27-Aug-2016: Unusually so, Reggies Rock Club was set up with chairs, coffee tables, and candles. It may have looked like a place to come and relax, but do not be mistaken. This was not a night to chill out; it was a night to rock.

The pair had originally planned this show earlier this year in May but had to reschedule due to Hughes needing to undergo surgery. Much to the relief of her fans, Joanne Shaw Taylor kept to the arranged dates and performed the shows solo. This time, she was back in Chicago for a two-night run, opening for Hughes.

With a huge smile on her face for the duration of her set, Joanne looked like she was enjoying the night every bit as much as the audience were.

It’s astonishing to think a pair of musicians as hugely talented as Joanne Shaw Taylor and Glenn Hughes performing in venues of this size rather than the likes of the Chicago Theatre. However, this certainly worked to the advantage of the audience as made for a more intimate affair, bringing them closer to the raw talent that was on the stage.

Joanne Shaw Taylor has an undeniable voice, brutally honest lyrics, and phenomenal guitar skills. She brought her blend of blues rock to Reggies, and the cheering audience lapped up every bit of it.

As Taylor finished her set, it was time for Glenn Hughes to grace the Chicago stage. It is a wonder the stage was able to contain the larger than life Brit. The fans may have had to wait a while to see this show, but it was certainly worth the wait.

The audience comprised fans of Hughes’ past bands and solo work, but all enjoyed hearing a selection of songs from his Deep Purple, Black Country Communion and Trapeze days. The whole place erupted when he told fans that there would finally be new Black Country Communion material due out at the beginning of next year.

If anyone wholeheartedly embodies the rockstar image, it’s Glenn Hughes. It’s incredible to witness that he can still easily hit the falsetto notes for which he has is renowned. It’s no wonder fans refer to Hughes as “The Voice of Rock” — a truly accurate title if ever there was one.

Not only does he have an incredible voice, but he is a talented musician — strutting around the stage, keeping perfect timing on his bass whilst entertaining the crowd and being the professional frontman for which he is known.

It was certainly an international affair, with his Danish guitarist, Søren Andersen, and Swedish drummer, Pontus Engborg, who both helped to create a powerful and energetic rock, whose sound truly exceeded what you would expect from your average three-piece band. Mind you; these talented musicians are anything but average.

Both Joanne Shaw Taylor and Glenn Hughes have new albums coming out shortly. Taylor’s Wild is due out on September 30, while fans will need to wait a little longer for Hughes’ Resonate, scheduled for release on November 04.

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Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!

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