Glenn Hughes - Choice Chops From The Voice Of Rock Page 4
By Martin Popoff

How has 30 years of rock 'n' roll, including a number of its excesses, affected your voice?

"I'll tell you a funny story about that. Obviously you know that I've been clean and sober for a long time. Let's just say that while drinking and using chemicals I was a little bit numb to say the least. But I could still sing. But let's just say, anybody for that matter, you take away their chemicals and their alcohol and they're going to perform better. So consequently for me, regardless if I'm in my twenties or in my forties, I look at my life and I am like an athlete and take care of myself and so it's up for you to judge. You've heard me in the '70s and you've heard me in the year 2000. I think my voice is bigger, stronger. David Lee Roth, I was having dinner with him about five years ago, I'm about 168, 170 pounds, and he said, 'if you could just lose ten more pounds you could hit those notes that you could when you were in Deep Purple.' And I said, 'okay, David, well, what about Pavarotti?' So it's very silly. So the answer to the question is, I think my voice is better, but it's up to you, my friend, to tell me. I can't go around saying I'm the best singer in the world. All I know is that I am having fun singing, and I SING! I sing my heart out; it's what I do."

Return Of Crystal Karma features - in all the markets around the world and only for a limited time - a bonus 6 track live EP featuring recent versions of tracks spanning Glenn's wildly eventful career, an idea suggested by Glenn's European label SPV, after they had devised a similar packaging concept for the Now studio album from Paul Rodgers, another legend who also, interestingly is sometimes called The Voice Of RockÉ