Joe Lynn Turner Recalls The Only Altercation He And Glenn Hughes Had
Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner, both ex-Deep Purple members and very close friends, decided to celebrate their friendship with a collab in 2001, the Hughes Turner Project. While having a conversation with We Go To 11, Joe Lynn Turner recalled one of their live shows when asked if he and Hughes had ever had a problem sharing vocal duties.
“You know there is a lot of love between Glenn and I,” said Joe Lynn. “That’s why I think, because of our past history as friends first. And respect. There was a lot of respect. Yeah, egos can get in the way sometimes. You’re on the road, you know, beaten down and everything, and you can all get a little agitated. But really, I think it was only one episode that I could remember that was even worthy of notation.”
Recalling one of their shows while touring for HTP, Joe Lynn Turner said, “I think it was during an encore, and he was upset that the audience was moving his mic stand because they were right up on the stage. The place was packed. You know. And I said, ‘Glenn, just kick them. Just get them right. Get the hands off your mic stand.'”
He continued, “And he was like, ‘Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And I don’t want to go out and do anything.’ And I said, ‘You’re going out, and you’re going to play ‘Burn’ right now, and you’re going to sing it.’ And that was the only altercation we had. And really, that’s not even worth mentioning because rightfully, you know, he got upset about that.”
They released one live and two studio albums together, which blended hard rock and album-oriented rock sounds and featured slightly funky tunes, characteristic of Hughes’ bass sound. After their tour promoting their second album ended, the HTP project was shelved indefinitely because the duo wanted to focus on their solo careers, but they reunited briefly in 2005.
You can check out the full interview below.