Ahead of the October 30th release of their third album, “Afterglow,” members of Black Country Communion continue to battle each other in the press.
Tensions went public early last month when bassist Glenn Hughes dropped a bombshell about the group's future, telling ABC News Radio, "This may be the [band's] last album. I hate to break it to you, but it just may be, because I need to be in a band that tours on a regular basis."
Black Country Communion - made up of bassist/vocalist Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) – have faced the challenge of building a global identity and following due to busy schedules of its players, especially Bonamassa's heavy solo touring commitments, explained Hughes.
Bonamassa was wounded by Hughes' assertions – and then angered. A BCC gig that had been scheduled for January 5 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England, was quickly cancelled.
"A lot of this stuff I fell into second-hand – you know, I'd read a blog, or I'd read this or I'd read that. I was going, 'Why all of a sudden is it my fault?' Bonamassa tells Music Radar about the situation. “That I'm doing what I said I was going to do for the last three years, and now because somebody changes his mind, that's now my fault? At first, it didn't really faze me. You know, journalists do like to take liberties; they do like to start shit. But then it's time and time again, and then I read the Classic Rock article, and it went from slightly annoying to supremely not cool.”
"I never would have done that to my friend, Glenn Hughes, no matter how I felt about the situation,” Joe continued. “If Glenn Hughes had been offered the Deep Purple reunion Mach III for a two-year world tour, he would've dropped Black Country Communion and put that on hiatus to go do that in a heartbeat. The fact that I tour religiously in the spring, religiously in the fall and do 125 shows – you can set your watch to that. And you could have set your watch to that in 2000 or 1999, and you can set your watch to it in 2012."
"The thing that became more than slightly annoying to me was getting e-mails and negative stuff coming at me, basically unsolicited, from kids in Brazil going, 'My lifelong dream is to see Black Country Communion, and because Glenn Hughes says you don't want to do it, now you're the fucking blues antichrist.' I wouldn't have done that to anybody. No matter what the situation is internally, you never air that dirty laundry and those grievances out in public. You call me on the phone, you know? And he never did.
"But I'll never do a gig out of obligation to just fleece the fans and have this 800-pound gorilla in the room, with everybody going, 'Well, this could be the last' and waiting for Glenn to make some stupid fucking announcement on stage. We'll all have egg on our faces. When it came down to it, I said, 'At this point in time, it's probably best for me to just step away from the situation and chill out – and not break up the band, not say it's over, and not say anything other than 'I choose not to participate in that event at this particular time.'
"That's really it. I still have a lot of love for Glenn Hughes. I still have a lot of love for Jason and Derek. And I feel sorry for Jason and Derek – they got caught up in this thing unfairly."
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