Thursday, April 21, 2016

Black Country Communion announce reunion plans

Supergroup Black Country Communion have announced plans to regroup next year.

The lineup of guitarist Joe Bonamassa, vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham disbanded in early 2013 and now they reveal a reunion is on the horizon.

Hughes broke the news on Facebook with a photo of the group, writing, “The lads …to quote Joe this morning… 'maybe it's time to break out the heavy bats again."

"Thanks so much for your very kind messages,” he added in the comments section. “We hear you … & time is the healer.”

A second update followed with Hughes declaring, “Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 all systems go."

Bonham shared a photo of the band, writing “"2017!!!"

And producer Kevin Shirley chimed in with his own message, “We're refurbishing the fuel tanks and refitting the rocket. Getting ready for takeoff in 2017 again, and I'm fired up... who's ready for another dose of BCC!?”

Formed in 2009, Black Country Communion issued their self-titled debut album in 2010, “Black Country Communion 2” in 2011 and “Afterglow” in 2012.

Hughes and Bonamassa took a personal feud public in 2012, with the bassist upset at the band’s inability to tour due to Bonamassa’s yearly solo schedule, which the guitarist declared was on the table when the lineup hooked up years earlier.

At the time, Bonamassa returned to his solo career full-time while Hughes and Bonham teamed up with guitarist Andrew Watt to form California Breed; they released a self-titled debut in 2013 before Bonham bailed from touring in late 2014 due to other commitments and former Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo stepped in to assist before Watt officially announced the band’s split in early 2015.

Hughes resumed his solo touring schedule and, earlier this month, was inducted into the 0216 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Deep Purple.

The bassist underwent dual knee replacement surgery in January, which pushed his 2016 US tour back from a March start to an August 9 launch in Annapolis, MD.

See also:

Glenn Hughes reschedules US tour after double knee replacement
Glenn Hughes announces Japan dates
Glenn Hughes announces UK tour
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