Glenn Hughes has confirmed Jason Bonham will not be returning to California Breed.
Bonham opted out of a tour in support of the band’s self-titled debut based on other commitments in his schedule; the group brought in former Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo for the trek.
“No, Jason won’t be returning,” Hughes tells The Rocktologist. “His other commitments were getting in the way of his California Breed schedule. I have no disrespect or Jason, only tons of love. You know, I’ve known him every since he was a little boy. It’s just that he chose to work with other people when in fact he should be working with California Breed.”
“And, you know,” he added, “I’m a workaholic. When I’m working on an album or doing tours I give it all, heart and soul. For some reason Jason didn’t want to be part of that. And it’s OK, we’ve moved on.”
Bonham formed California Breed with Hughes – and guitarist Andrew Watt – from the ashes of supergroup Black Country Communion, which fell apart over Joe Bonamassa’s yearly solo touring schedule.
As for Castillo, Hughes says “He is fitting in fantastic. He’s a really powerful drummer, almost animalistic. Joey is probably the heaviest drummer I’ve played with, and I’ve played with a lot of drummers, you know. He is a big guy and he really beats the shit out of the drums.”
California Breed will launch their first European tour on November 7 in Russia.
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