Glenn Hughes’ Only Condition To Join Deep Purple

The decision to join a new band is not easy since artists can never be sure whether their expectations will be met, even if they are pretty willing to be a part of that specific act. Yet, there are still many benefits to enjoy, like new networking opportunities, reaching more fans, and exploring new ways of making music thanks to working with different musicians.

Although being in a band seems advantageous for many reasons, representing an act also means a restriction in creative freedom. It is widespread to see conflicts among the band members due to their different tastes in music. So, it may sometimes be hard for some artists to express themselves fully while in a band, resulting in them embarking on a solo career, as Sting did after leaving the Police.

Fortunately, Glenn Hughes was lucky enough to feel satisfied with his position in Deep Purple when he first joined the enduring act in 1973. Although Purple initially considered recruiting him as the new bassist, Hughes’ role within the band eventually changed as he wanted, leading the singer to decide to stay in the band.

During an exclusive interview with Teufel in 2017, Hughes discussed how the ’70s and ’80s had been for him when he started to be recognized as a famous artist. The singer said that he swiftly turned into a superstar with the immediate success he achieved with Deep Purple. Yet, it has never been about material things for Glenn because what mattered to him was to progress musically.

“It’s interesting that they wanted for me to play bass and sing but also for another guy to sing,” Glenn Hughes said when the interviewer reminded him that being able to sing was important for him when he first joined Deep Purple. “They wanted two singers. And I was quite happy to do that, but I would not have joined the band if they had not let me sing.”

So, the rocker’s only condition to join the legendary act was being given the opportunity to sing as well as play bass. Hughes added, sharing that he wouldn’t be interested in money, “It didn’t matter how much money they were giving me. I just didn’t think it was necessary for me to… I love playing bass, but I think the world knows about my voice now.”

At the time, Deep Purple decided that having two co-lead vocalists would be a better way to continue. Though they initially considered Paul Rodgers and Hughes as vocalists, David Coverdale eventually got the job. Coverdale and Glenn Hughes shared the lead vocal duties in the band for three albums, ‘Burn,’ ‘Stormbringer,’ and ‘Come Taste the Band.’