Joe Bonamassa: Why Supergroup Nearly Split Up
Guitarist Joe Bonamassa has revealed to Classic Rock that the band featuring himselft, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham now has a name – but he can’t as yet make it public. He’s also explained why the band came close to splitting up recently.
“It’s all to do with trademarking laws,” says Bonamassa of why he can’t tell anyone the new name. “We got caught out with our original name, Black Country, when someone else had a prior claim on it. So, we have to make double certain this one is OK.”
The band have now finished recording their debut album, and this will be released in September.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve done. And we do want to play shows after the record’s out. What’s it gonna be called? Not sure. It may be self-titled, or we could use one of the songs.”
“That was all down to legal issues. It’s like what might happen in British Airways, KLM, Virgin Airlines and United all decided to merge. The chairmen of the companies might agree to everything, then the lawyers get involved and it all becomes really difficult and a problem.
“That’s what happened with us. We all have separate careers, and suddenly everything was a nightmare. We were paying these guys $600 an hour almost to split us up. But the bottom line is, we’re all friends. So, one night the four of us got on the phone and half-an-hour later… problems solved. The next day we told the legal guys, ‘This is how it’s gonna be’, and things moved forward.”
You can read the full story on the band in the next issue of Classic Rock, out on May 26.