Glenn Hughes Says Deep Purple Once Offered Paul Rodgers To Be Their Singer


The Dead Daisies’ Glenn Hughes recently joined the Eddie Trunk Podcast for an interview and argued that Deep Purple approached Paul Rodgers to offer him to be their co-lead singer.

Glenn Hughes joined Deep Purple in 1973 as bassist Roger Glover’s replacement. However, Hughes considered himself a vocalist rather than a bassist, and thus, he wasn’t really interested in the position. David Coverdale then joined the band because Blackmore liked his vocal style. From then on, Hughes shared vocal duties with Coverdale until the band split in 1976.

In a recent interview with the Eddie Trunk Podcast, Glenn Hughes reflected on his tenure in Deep Purple. The musician stated that in May ’73, he had a meeting with Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, and Deep Purple’s management. At that time, he realized that they would offer him to be the lead singing bass player in the band.

Moreover, Hughes revealed that Deep Purple told him they had already asked Paul Rodgers to be the co-lead singer. According to Glenn, Paul Rodgers had just formed the band Bad Company then and couldn’t accept the offer. Afterward, they had to search for another co-lead vocalist instead of Rodgers.

In the interview with the Eddie Trunk Podcast, Glenn Hughes recalled the following:

“Just a quick story. At the Essex House, in May of ’73 when Blackmore, Lord, Paice, myself, and management had a meeting. I figured they would ask me to join as a lead singing bass player.”

Eddie Trunk intervened:

“Because that’s what you’re doing anyways.”

Hughes said:

“Yeah, but they said, ‘No, we’ve asked Paul Rodgers to sing!'”

Trunk asked:

“In Purple?”

Hughes responded:

“Yeah. I don’t know if you know this.”

Trunk then said:

“I don’t.”

Hughes then continued:

“And the thing is, part of my brain went, ‘Holy sh*t,’ and the other part went, ‘Oh, only to be possible for me and him to sing together.’ Of course, Paul got a band together called Bad Company, so he had to pass. So, we went about looking for someone to come in and do something similar to what Paul Rodgers was going to do.”

During the conversation, Glenn Hughes disclosed that Deep Purple approached Paul Rodgers to be the co-lead vocalist in the band before recruiting David Coverdale. Ultimately, he had to share vocal duties with Coverdale as Rodgers was busy forming Bad Company.