Black Country Communion Will Reunite Next Year
Glenn Hughes didn't get to reunite with Deep Purple onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he's made amends with another former group. Black Country Communion -- which also features Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham -- are back together after more than four years apart.
Hughes, Bonham and producer Kevin Shirley confirmed the news on Facebook, where Hughes said, "Preparing BCC rocket ship relaunch for 2017. All systems go."
Hughes has also previously worked with Black Sabbath, while Sherinian has been part of projects with Dream Theater, Alice Cooper and Billy Idol. Bonham is a former drummer with Led Zeppelin and Foreigner. Bonamassa is a respected blues-rock guitarist and vocalist. Their last album together was 2012's Afterglow.
Black Country Communion never toured behind that album, their third, reportedly because of Bonamassa's busy schedule. That apparently created growing tensions with Hughes, and their feud spilled over into public. The band then ground to a sudden halt, though Bonham and Hughes later worked together in the short-lived California Breed. Afterglow reached No. 29 in the U.K.; the band's self-titled 2010 debut was a Top 15 hit.
"To quote Joe this morning, 'Maybe it's time to break out the heavy bats again," Hughes said in a separate Facebook post. "Thanks so much for your very kind messages. We hear you, and time is the healer."
Hughes joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month as a member of Deep Purple. But he said an unnamed member of the current lineup prevented him and fellow former Purple bandmate David Coverdale from being part of the group's performance at the induction.
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