Glenn Hughes Forms Black Country Communion With Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham. ‘The longer we stayed in the studio, the louder we got,’ says Hughes. ‘The Marshalls came out, the Les Paul’s were hung a little lower, and we started to make rock music.’
Last November, blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa invited former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath vocalist Glenn Hughes to jam with him at the Houses of Blues in Los Angeles. The two had been plotting a collaborative project for some time, but didn’t know what shape it would take. Producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Rush, Aerosmith) caught the show and ran backstage afterward. Says Hughes: “He said to us, ‘I have a vision. Form a band with Jason Bonham on drums and Dream Theater’s ex-keyboardist Derek Sherinian.’ Derek and I looked at each other and went ‘O-o-kay,’ and then Kevin said, ‘You’ve got six weeks to record an album and you gotta come up with a name. Go!’”
Hughes and Bonamassa have different musical backgrounds, and were initially unsure what the album would sound like. “Joe is the new blues-rock guy,” says Hughes. “I come from the classic rock thing with Deep Purple, but my background is a lot of funk stuff as well. The longer we stayed in the studio, the louder we got. The Marshalls came out, the Les Paul’s were hung a little lower, and we started to make rock music.” The album – which hits stores today – was cut in just four days, with very little overdubbing. “I think the greatest records we’ve ever heard, from Zeppelin to Purple to Sabbath to The Who, were all recorded in the studio live,” says Hughes. “I’m the elder statesmen here and I’m really enjoying playing in a band again. I played with John Bonham a lot in my old band Trapeze, in 1971, and now I’m getting to play with his son thirty-nine years later.” After struggling over the right name, they settled on Black Country Communion, because Hughes and Bonham were both raised in the area of England known as Black Country.
Hughes knows that comparisons to other new supergroups Them Crooked Vultures and Chickenfoot are inevitable. “Those are my mates,” he says. “We’ve all had this dang ‘supergroup’ tag. I was around for early supergroups Blind Faith and Humble Pie. Labels don’t matter to me. Call it what you will, it’s just the right ingredients for a rock and roll band.” Things have gone so well, the band are already making plans for their second album even as they plot their inaugural tour for 2011. Hughes has no plans to revive Deep Purple or other old songs in their concerts. “We might do two or three stellar covers, and maybe a Zep song for the heritage of the Bonham name,” he says. “But I’d like to think we can do this on our own merit.”
In the UK today, Black Country Communion received coverage in their biggest tabloid newspaper,
There is a fantastic 4-star album review, which says that BCC are…
“far better than both Chickenfoot and Them Crooked Vulture….this is quality stuff!
They also have a cool promotion giving away a handful of tickets to the showcase performance in London on Monday, which hails BCC as…
“the hottest rock band of 2010.”
THE SUN is read by around 3 Million people all over the UK – huge mainstream exposure for the band!
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Black Country Communion is No. 1 on Play and Amazon in the UK pre-order Charts
and still in Hot 100 in USA.
This past weekend Glenn and Black Country Communion (minus Derek Sherinian) played a brief live set at the private John Varvatos 10 Year Anniversary party in New York City, USA 😎
– Black Country
– One Last Soul
– Beggar Man
Other musicians on the bill included Ian Hunter, Cherie Currie, Matt Sorum, Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Billy Gibbons, Rusty Hill, Alice Cooper… to name but just a few!
You can now view a couple of pix from their appearance over in the “Tour Pix” section of the website.
Also, you can find a bunch of pro shot pix of the event including Glenn and BCC, via these links:
Tune-in to Eddie Trunk’s “Friday Night Rocks” broadcast on Q104.3 in New York City, when Glenn and Joe Bonamassa will join Eddie for a chat!
It all starts on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 11:00PM ET / 8:00PM PT.
Glenn and Black Country Communion will be the featured guests this Sunday evening, September 12th, 2010, on Q104.3, New York City radio broadcast, “Out Of The Box“, hosted by Jonathan Clarke between 9:00PM-10:00PM ET / 6:00PM-7:00PM PT.
Band member interviews and music to be included 😎
Be sure and tune-in locally or logon to their website:
‘One Last Soul‘ from Black Country Communion is now featured at MLSSOCCER.COM as part of the USA’s Major League Soccer program 😎
Glenn and Black Country Communion in studio… from their soon to be released, debut album,
“Black Country“… ‘The Great Divide‘…
Black Country Communion are receiving glowing reviews from the European music press, in anticipation of their debut album, “Black Country“, later this month.
The latest issues of Metal Hammer, Total Guitar, Powerplay Magazine and Keyboard Player Magazine feature full album reviews, interviews with Glenn, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and more! These will certainly wet your appetite for what’s arriving soon!
On newstands soon! Check ’em out!!
Just a reminder, Glenn and the rest of Black Country Communion will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET.
Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com. This broadcast will be available for 2 weeks on the Rockline website beginning the evening of the day following the show.
Also checkout… http://bccommunion.com/talk-live 😎