Glenn Hughes doubts BCC future
Frustrated: Glenn Hughes
Glenn Hughes is thinks Black Country Communion might be coming to an end because the band members can’t commit to regular touring.
He says their third album, Afterglow, could be their last – and admits he thought so while he was writing its songs.
Former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man Hughes formed BCC with Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian in 2009, under the eye of producer Kevin Shirley.
Afterglow, due out in October, will be their third record in two years. But the frontman fears it could be their swan song because of scheduling issues, particularly those of blues guitar virtuoso Bonamassa.
Hughes tells ABC News: “I hate to break it to you, but it just may be the last album – I need to be in a band that tours on a regular basis.
“If I had a magic wand I’d wave it over everybody’s head and go, ‘Hey, you guys, we’re going to go and do 200 shows and we’re going to be a huge rock’n'roll band globally.’”
But he adds: “It’s not gonna happen.”
He’d referred to scheduling problems in the past, saying Bonamassa’s limited availability had left him in charge of main songwriting duties. But that presented its own opportunity.
Hughes explains: “I figured that is this was to be the last album, I needed to come up with some pretty wild and epic tracks. I’m really proud of this album.”
Meanwhile, he’s turning his attention towards another supergroup project: Kings of Chaos, which includes Joe Elliott, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Steve Stevens.
He says their plan is to “tour pockets of the world – the exotics, the tropics and even America.” They’ll release a series of EPs rather than albums: “On those there will be three covers and one original song.”
One lineup of the ever-changing project contributed their version of Never Before to the official Deep Purple tribute album Re-Machined, which is released later this month but available now as part of a Classic Rock fan pack.