Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American rock group comprised of vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa will release their highly anticipated (and long overdue) fourth album, BCCIV on September 22.
Like its three predecessors, BCCIV was overseen by producer Kevin Shirley, (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey, The Black Crowes) and expands upon the progression that took place between the first three album with an abundance of heavy riffs, hook-laden grooves and of course, the spiritual, soulful sound of Hughes’ powerful vocals.
I recently spoke with Hughes about BCCIV, his upcoming tour honoring the music of Deep Purple, gear and more.
It’s been nearly five years since the last Black Country Communion album. How did this reunion all come about?
This is the way I remember it. I was in New York being inducted with Deep Purple into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 when I got a call from Joe congratulating me. He was full of love for the fact that I was inducted and asked if I’d like to get together for dinner when I got back to L.A., which we did.
During dinner Joe said, “How would you feel about getting the band back together to make a great record?” I said that would be fantastic, but we had to make an epic record that was capable and worthy.
What was the writing process like?
On the first three records, Joe had come to my home a total of maybe eight times. On this one, he came eleven days and I had never seen him so committed to writing. It was a glorious moment for both of us. We literally sat a yard apart in my studio facing each other and these songs just came right out one after the other.
By the time we got to song three, “Wanderlust,” and took off on that chorus, I said “Oh my god! We’re touching on a little bit of Abbey Road here! We’ve got this amazing groove and guitar thing!” I was in heaven and that’s when I knew that everything was going to be ok.
Let’s discuss a few tracks from BCCIV starting with “Collide.”
Joe’s always on time and we always started off early in the day. One morning, I saw him pulling in and I was in the studio writing the riff. I remember he walked in and said, “What’s that?” I looked at him and said, “I don’t know”. He just plugged in and we started rocking.
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