BCC Bonamassa will forgive Hughes
Black Country Communion guitarist Joe Bonamassa remains proud of new album Afterglow, despite the negative press generated by the fallout between him and Glenn Hughes.
The pair’s disagreement over playing live went public when frontman Hughes said he doubted the band had a future because Bonamassa wasn’t free to tour.
Yet he won’t rule out future work with BCC, which also stars drummer Jason Bonham, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and producer Kevin Shirley.
Bonamassa tells Ultimate Classic Rock: “I think it’s a good record that’s unfortunately been tainted by all this amateur-hour type of interview skills.
“But I think people will enjoy it – and I’m not saying it’s the last one. I think Glenn will come to. He needs to have a little reality check, and that’s fine. We all love him and we’ll forgive him.
“It doesn’t diminish the fact he’s a world-class singer, a world-class write and a world-class bass player.”
He insists he still won’t tour in support of Afterglow, having previously stated everyone knew that was his position. Asked if there’s any chance of hitting the road he says: “Probably not – at least, not with me. Whether Glenn wants to do more touring or not, that’s for him to decide. But it’s not for him to decide for me.”
Bonamassa regrets the fallout didn’t remain under wraps, saying: “You know, I wish he’d called me. My number has been the same since 2001.”
He describes Afterglow, BCC’s third album, as “definitely something to be proud of.” Asked if the band has a future he replies: “Never say never. I’ve seen shit in this business that defies logic. I think a lot of it was just unneeded windup and bullying, to be honest.”
Bonamassa is currently touring the US ahead of recording another album with Beth Hart, followed by four London shows to be recorded for release on DVD. Afterglow is on sale now.