GLENN HUGHES Confirms - BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION "Is Over"
Following blues rock guitarist JOE BONAMASSA
's comment that BLACK
COUNTRY COMMUNION - the band featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes
(DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham
ZEPPELIN) and Derek Sherinian
(DREAM THEATER) - "is pretty much done,"
has confirmed via Facebook that the band "is over."
Hughes writes on Facdbook:" Just so it's crystal... BCC is over...
Joe left and will not allow us to keep the name... nice huh? Jason Derek
and I will continue with a different name when the time is right."
Speaking to Corbin Reiff from Premierguitar.com, Bonamassa was recently asked about the status of the band:
"As far as I’m concerned, my involvement is pretty much done, and
I’ll tell you why: Originally, I did it for the same reasons I did the
stuff with Beth Hart and ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY
- it was an excuse to
play a different kind of music that I don’t get to play normally.
The first two records were a blast - the band is fantastic when the
Ritalin kicks in, the ADD goes away, and everyone’s focused. It’s a
devastatingly good rock band of the early-1970s type, and Glenn is a
fantastic singer—just one of the best ever. So I did it and did a
nine-week tour in 2011 that really, by the end of it, wasn’t fun for me.
It wasn’t because I didn’t like the cats in the band, but it was just
too much—too much involved in getting people from place to place and
getting the band onstage. Everybody seemed to be very tense, and it made
my crew very tense, and it’s not the way I like to tour. I run a
family—I have 21 people who go on the road with me all the time, and if
you asked them who was the cause of the least of their problems, they
would say me. Unless there was no Diet Coke—then it’s a huge [expletive]
problem, and either I’m going to the supermarket or somebody else is
But it just wasn’t fun for me anymore. All the stuff that Glenn says
in the media, essentially pinning it on me—that I was the reason for
the band’s lack of touring and the band’s lack of future. It became
rapidly not fun at all. It would be dishonest of me to get onstage and
pretend like I’m having fun to please the band. I’m just not the guitar
player for that band, but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any
out-of-work guitar players in L.A. that they can get. There are so many
guys that can fill that role and I would be the first guy to queue up
and buy a ticket. So that’s my story with it. I’m happily not involved
anymore, but I’m happy with the legacy that I left with that band and
happy with the records we made. It was a great three years for me."
Read more at Premierguitar.com.