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A legendary vocal talent and go listen to his excellent new solo album 'Soul Mover' (Frontiers)...

Update (October 2006)

1. What are you currently up to?

I am getting ready to go out on a 3 month European tour to promote my new album "Soul Mover"

2. Take us through some of your personal highlights of the new album 'Soul Mover'...

Impossible for me to say. the whole album is one complete highlight. we recorded this live in the studio-it was a great vibe the whole time. This album means a lot to me.

3. How did you hook-up with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers? Is this the start of a long-term partnership?

We met at the NAMM convention in LA through Sabian-we hit it right off. We are like brothers - we are best friends. We understand each other personally and musically. Chad and I will always play together.

4. What style of music do you personally prefer singing/performing and do you find sometimes that you may record a particular song/album more with the fans in mind than your own choice?

I tend to do what I feel on the inside. If I did everything for other people, I would never be fulfilled.

5. Will another Hughes-Thrall album ever see the light of day? Why do you think that album is held in such high regard by fans and were you disappointed it never got the sales success it deserved?

It will never happen again. Pat is too busy and so am I. I am not disappointed. the people that know about it love it and that is what counts.

6. Of all the guest vocals you've recorded down the years which have been the most enjoyable and any that you wish you hadn't done in hindsight? ?

Well, to be honest, most of the time I am either produced by someone who wants their vision of what I should be, or I do a great performance and then later I hear the mix and I am not too impressed with what they did so I don't think about it too much.

7. The excellent Hughes/Iommi album has been released finally. Why was this unreleased for so long and any plans to work some more with Tony Iommi?

Someone bootlegged this years ago and Tony shelved it. One day not too long ago he took it out and was listening and called me and said "we should put this out" so we did. I love working with Tony. We just finished working on some new songs that are going to blow your mind.

8. Having come through a troubled time in the 80's are you happy with your music now? What helped you through those tough times?

I am very happy now - my higher power.

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I always write and play. Every day. I walk, play with my dogs, watch football.

10. Message to your fans?

Thanks for your years of support. it means a lot to me.

Interview © 2005 Jason Ritchie/
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