CR AWARDS: Black Country Communion
Breakthrough Act Of The Year (sponsored by Universal Music)
Winners: Black Country Communion
You’ve been here before as a guest presenter and also an ambassador for the charity Childline. Now you finally have a Classic Rock Award as a performer – how does it feel?
Glenn Hughes (bass/vocals): I’m at a great place in my life. I haven’t been in an actual band for 35 years, and I’d missed it. Like I said in my acceptance speech, until I got sober twenty years ago you were looking at a dead man walking. To receive something of such stature is profoundly exciting. As a collective, our band is unique… as I’ve said so many times before just feels feted.
The appearance at this summer’s High Voltage went well.
Hughes: Yes it did. Exceptionally well. And because of that I wanted more. I’ve got such an addictive personality… [his words trail off]… but I just love my life.
Talking of which, there has been criticism of the haste at which BCC’s career has progressed. How do you plan on progressing from here?
Hughes: We’ve done two albums in 18 months, also a live DVD [Live Over Europe], but for the foreseeable future we’ll be taking things a lot slower. Joe Bonamassa is on tour incessantly, therefore I shall go out and make a record next year and do the same thing as Joe. BCC will come back together again in the summer and take it from there. The brand is established and there are a lot of people that want to hear more from us, which is great.
BCC is the most successful thing you’ve done since Deep Purple.
Hughes: Oh, without a doubt.
Intriguingly, there are several members of the current Purple present this evening, also rumours – unsubstantiated – that David Coverdale might fly in. People might start putting two and two together again…?
Hughes: Oh, listen. I’m not going to get into any of that [stuff about a Mk 3 line-up reunion]. All I know is that we’re all praying for Jon [Lord, keys, who is suffering from cancer]. I’ve heard that Jon is doing okay, and we all wish him the very, very best. He is so dear to us all, his health is extremely important to everyone associated with Deep Purple.
(Interview: Dave Ling)
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