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Old Jan-13-2010, 5:41 PM
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Arrow New Band name...

Don't know if this was posted here before but i'm really looking forward to it, hopefully we will see some live dates from this trio in the US!!

http://www.bravewords.com/news/130145

It's Official: New Band BLACK COUNTRY To Feature Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa

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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 16:55:41 EST



Drummer Jason Bonham has revealed to Spinner, that he's working on a new project called BLACK COUNTRY with legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) and guitarist Joe Bonamassa.

"I just literally went into the studio last week for two days with one person I'd done an album with before, very quickly, and then the other was a friend of my father's I got to meet later on, Joe Bonamassa and Glenn Hughes, and we're working on a new project with a working title of Black Country," Bonham says. "We just went in with [producer] Kevin Shirley (LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN) and played riffs and just jammed for two days. And that's really exciting."



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Pretty much what I expected, except I thought this band was supposed to be a four-piece?
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Bonham says the new group, which takes its name from the industrial area in England that he and Hughes come from - is in fact a band. "We're actually recording an album, literally in that process of jamming it out and editing and putting together and going, 'Yeah, that's really cool,'" he says. "Joe just wanted to play guitar so with Glenn on bass and vocals, it's a power trio."

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What a fantastic name if it's true. I reckon this will work big time but better wait for our man to do his bit methinks.
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Icon34 Black Country

If this is confirmed by Glenn then Iam real excited, Agreed Keith, this will be very speciel, I was not familiar with Joe's work but having been on "You Tube" his stuff is great, he really is the real deal, vocal harmonies will be great.

Love his playing style, can see this working great with Glenn, Jason will be a great powerhouse behind them ,looking good hope they get all the exposure nessesary to propel the onto the big stages of the world!!!

Love the name, bet David's busy on the new web site as we speak !!!!!!!

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I was hoping for the 'addition' of a keyboardist but....THIS'LL WORK!!!!!
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I thought this was supposed to be a supergroup!!
No disrespect to Joe, but I'd only ever heard his name on this site!! I thought that the term 'Supergroup' meant that all the band members were pretty much household names. I'm really into all kinds of music and the name Bonamassa means nothing... no CD sales!
Don't get me wrong Glenn always puts out top notch music and I expect this to be a first class release, but selfishly I wanted a BIG name guitarist that would put Glenn back at the top of the charts where he belongs!

This is gonna be another great Glenn Hughes album

Sorry for my negative thoughts... I am looking forward to it though!
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Old Jan-14-2010, 8:55 AM
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Nothing official is announced, so for now all what this is... is pure speculation by whoever & wherever you're reading things. It's no secret that somethin' is a brewin' but remember and as I always say, until all is revealed, nothing is final and official

So for now, it's still a 'work in progress' project; so have some patience and don't expect things to unfold completely for quite a while longer.
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I thought this was supposed to be a supergroup!!
No disrespect to Joe, but I'd only ever heard his name on this site!! I thought that the term 'Supergroup' meant that all the band members were pretty much household names. I'm really into all kinds of music and the name Bonamassa means nothing... no CD sales!
Don't get me wrong Glenn always puts out top notch music and I expect this to be a first class release, but selfishly I wanted a BIG name guitarist that would put Glenn back at the top of the charts where he belongs!

This is gonna be another great Glenn Hughes album

Sorry for my negative thoughts... I am looking forward to it though!

Now this is the same kind of thing that's going on over at Joe's board!! Except they are saying that about Glenn. I put my 2 cents in there and I'll do it here. I felt as you do until I really gave this guy a listen. He is fantastic!! Listening to this guy makes me want to conjure up all kinds of thoughts about the possibilities in all this. As to his stature or lack thereof, you'd be surprised the following he has. He plays some decent sized venues and does sell CD's.
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Old Jan-14-2010, 10:19 AM
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I want to support David on that. I think it's fun to speculate and even claim we have the answer. It's always been this way on both boards. But we don't want to create pressure either. Whatever happens, it's gonna be worth waiting for
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Old Jan-14-2010, 10:20 AM
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Now this is the same kind of thing that's going on over at Joe's board!! Except they are saying that about Glenn. I put my 2 cents in there and I'll do it here. I felt as you do until I really gave this guy a listen. He is fantastic!! Listening to this guy makes me want to conjure up all kinds of thoughts about the possibilities in all this. As to his stature or lack thereof, you'd be surprised the following he has. He plays some decent sized venues and does sell CD's.

Hmmmm... I guess!
I was kinda hoping to see Glenn back touring stadiums, although I do love the intimate club settings.
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Joe is doing some bigger venues than intimate clubs. Stadiums no. But almost nobody in rock is doing stadiums anymore. Hell even some big names are having a hard time with arenas and ampitheaters.

Plus where this is concerned, from the players involved this is not going to be "swill" for the masses. It will be real music and by it's very nature it won't be something the record companies will promote. But take Joe's following along with Glenn's and you have the potential for a very succesful touring situation and decent record sales in this day and age. Lets face it, this will be sucked up by the likes of us and our kind. The audience will just be larger and maybe quite a bit so.
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my two pence worth on Joe and the (un)official collaboration:

I've went to see Joe Bonamassa live after buying the sloe gin CD and he blew me away - brilliant. In many ways his live perfomances can be likened to Glenn's - professional, passionate, and breathtaking. He played at a fairly small venue in Norway back then - similar in size to the venues GH plays here.

In terms of exposure he IS well known amongst hard rock/blues lovers, although his relative youth means that only those who've latched on to new artists in the last 5 years or so will know of him. He is very much a rising star.

His music (especially standout cuts from his last two studio CD's) is played regulary on rock radio/blues shows in the UK (no disrespect to GH but he has certainly had more radio airtime these past few years than GH's solo output).

He plays venues that are a decent size in the UK (similar to the venues that Deep Purple play annually) and has a high enough profile to be able to tour regularly in the US.

His exposure in serious rock/blues media is high - so whilst he is not in the Premier League in terms of being "a celebrity" - he is a well respected (and immensly talented) guy - as his collaborations with Clapton, B.B.King etc testify.

As Classic Rock magazine wrote a few years ago "They’re calling him the future of blues, but they’re wrong – Joe Bonamassa is the present; so fresh and of his time that he almost defines it."

I'm excited about this project, and believe that, as well as creating some great music for us all to enjoy, and introducing JB's fans to GH's music and vice versa, it will help lift Glenn's profile in the UK and elsewhere..which is surely something all on this board would applaud!

Enjoy the wait!

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From Classic Rock Mag

More info has just been released on the new supergroup fronted by Glenn Hughes. Who else is involved? Read on…

The band is to be called Black Country, with Joe Bonamassa on guitar, Derek Sherinian on keyboards and Jason Bonham on drums.

The keyboard player is Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater/Alice Cooper).
But if you read previous stories on the Classic Rock website (here and here) you probably had a good guess at the line-up already.
Right now, they’re recording an album with producer Kevin Shirley.
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From Kevin Shirley's diary:

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So there it is folks - the cat is out the bag! This is BLACK COUNTRY.

I am producing the debut album and we already have six tracks cut. We're going to do the next session in March when I'm through with my current project, and I hope to finish in early April. The band is (above) Jason Bonham on drums, Derek Sherinian on keyboards, Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals and Joe Bonamassa on guitar and vocals. The songs are all original and what a lineup! They are all the very best players in the world, for my money!

Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) is a totally unique drummer and a supreme, yet oh-so-tasty powerhouse. Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper) is super versatile, and is playing mostly overdriven Hammond organ in this ensemble and is the color on the palette. Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze) plays bass and sings with a range VERY, VERY few can even get close to, and Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the best Blues guitarist around, plays hard riffing guitar as well as adding his signature vocals alongside Glenn. You'll just have to wait - we're planning to get this out late summer, and it's promising to be phenomenal! Perhaps if you're around San Bernadino about March 17.........

But there's more...... look out for Joe Bonamassa's new solo album, Black Rock, arriving March 23rd. I am holed up producing an album, and am away from my family for a couple of months, and I'm looking forward to seeing my babies real soon!

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This is going to be a great project! Can't wait to hear what they've come up with.

And for those complaining about how it's not a supergroup because they don't know Joe Bonamassa, realistically nobody in this band is a household name. They're known in certain circles, but beyond that not one of the members is currently widely known to the average joe like someone like Eddie Van Halen or Ted Nugent would be.
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not sure about Joe doing any of the vocals. He is ok doing his own solo songs, but would rather it was left to Glenn alone. Will just have to wait and see. Also, it is frustrating that it is likely to be end of the year, early next year before we get to hear it. Does Glenn have any plans to tour solo in the meantime?
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THIS IS GOING TO BE KILLER!!!!!!
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pic Black Country

picture from www.rockportaal.nl

coincidentally? Bonamassa just released a solo album called Black Rock

The cat is out of the bag at Kevin Shirley's website

http://www.cavemanproductions.com/cavediary.htm

BLACK COUNTRY is the name of the band.
Album out: late summer 2010
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Awesome!!!!!!! That's all from me for now!

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coincidentally? Bonamassa just released a solo album called Black Rock

Nope, it comes out in March 2010.
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David, Ad stated that the Black COUNTRY album will be out in summer 2010.....are you saying that it will be in the spring (March)?....or do you mean Joe's latest solo album Black Rock will be in March?
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Black Country

Hi Chutsler,
you're putting David in a catch 22 situation; he can't say anything yet, remember

The Black Rock solo album sounds like a great attention grabber to get word on the Black Country band out...
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David, Ad stated that the Black COUNTRY album will be out in summer 2010.....are you saying that it will be in the spring (March)?....or do you mean Joe's latest solo album Black Rock will be in March?

Joe's solo album, "Black Rock", will be released in March. The band's debut release will be later than Summer!

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The Black Rock solo album sounds like a great attention grabber to get word on the Black Country band out...

Yeah, it's honestly a pure coincidence with the name thing! No need for conspiracy theories just pure coincidence - you could say, 'it was meant to be', since the "Black Rock" JB solo album name, has been in existence, a lot longer than the new band name.
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Black magic

More Black Country (that's not a coincidence, we KNOW who is casting that spell, ha ha)

The name is brilliant though and has all the right connotations (Black Dog, Blackmore, Black Sabbath, the Black Country,is Black a colour? then Deep Purple counts as a link...Black magic, Blackfoot (as opposed to Chickenfoot)
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I just found this slightly amusing post on spinner website against an article reagrding the new band (unconfirmed at present)

I would kindly like to state that, I am a member of a band called BlackCountry. The original BlackCountry. We have been a band since 2007 and would greatly appreciate if this band claiming to be Black Country would change their name. I will be looking into a lawyer to fight this if it proves necessary. We have a site on Facebook, and Myspace that should prove very helpful in proving our name has been BlackCountry for years...and we will continue to represent the name BlackCountry indefinetely.

I'm sure those lawyers would point out that the space in the wording makes all the difference but I know nothing about law and band names and stuff - anyone else got any ideas what would happen with this? - I personally would laugh this out of court - I mean - heaven forbid they get more attention cos people find them when looking for Glenn's new band? And isn't there some list of registered band names that you can search when looking for a band name so you can check yours is unique? I would have thought these high profile artists producers and their managers would particularly look into this first before coming to the conclusion of their band name. Could be worng though but I doubt it! I'm a woman and not usually wrong about things (hardeeharharhar!!!)

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So David? Is it now official??
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I just found this slightly amusing post on spinner website against an article reagrding the new band (unconfirmed at present)

I would kindly like to state that, I am a member of a band called BlackCountry. The original BlackCountry. We have been a band since 2007 and would greatly appreciate if this band claiming to be Black Country would change their name. I will be looking into a lawyer to fight this if it proves necessary. We have a site on Facebook, and Myspace that should prove very helpful in proving our name has been BlackCountry for years...and we will continue to represent the name BlackCountry indefinetely.

I'm sure those lawyers would point out that the space in the wording makes all the difference but I know nothing about law and band names and stuff - anyone else got any ideas what would happen with this? - I personally would laugh this out of court - I mean - heaven forbid they get more attention cos people find them when looking for Glenn's new band? And isn't there some list of registered band names that you can search when looking for a band name so you can check yours is unique? I would have thought these high profile artists producers and their managers would particularly look into this first before coming to the conclusion of their band name. Could be worng though but I doubt it! I'm a woman and not usually wrong about things (hardeeharharhar!!!)

I think this is stupid, I mean aren't there loads of bands out there with the same names. I'd be surprised if there aren't quite a few bands named Black Country, present or past.
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not sure about Joe doing any of the vocals. He is ok doing his own solo songs, but would rather it was left to Glenn alone. Will just have to wait and see.

I've only really got into Bonamassa in the past year and he is a wonderful singer, full of soul and passion, quite like a young Paul Rodgers. I'd go as far as saying that if he's only playing guitar and not singing with Glenn in this group then it'll be a real shame.

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So David? Is it now official??

Nope, soon though

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I think this is stupid, I mean aren't there loads of bands out there with the same names. I'd be surprised if there aren't quite a few bands named Black Country, present or past.

It's not uncommon, but not too worry, meantime, if you want to check them out, feel free by going here and here
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