BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION — the Anglo/American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa — made its official live debut last night (Monday, September 20) at the John Henry rehearsal studios in London, England in front of an audience of around 75-100 people.
A review of the concert can be found at Sonic Shocks.
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance is available below.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's self-titled debut album was released in Europe on Monday, September 20 via Mascot Records and North America on Tuesday, September 21 through J&R Adventures. The CD was produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (BLACK CROWES, AEROSMITH, LED ZEPPELIN), and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig. It was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010.
"Black Country Communion" was made available in the U.K. in three different formats:
** Format #1 - Limited-Edition 2-Disc CD/DVD
Featuring the 12 album tracks on CD, complete with an additional DVD jam-packed with band member interviews, exclusive studio and live images, Kevin Shirley's album production notes, "The Great Divide" music video, behind-the-scenes in-studio footage, plus live tracks as performed by BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION at Riverside, California.
** Format #2 - Single-Disc CD
Regular 1 disc CD edition
** Format #3 - Vinyl
Double-sided 12" vinyl album edition
The limited-edition two-disc CD/DVD is available for pre-order now at Play.com, while all three formats are available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and HMV.com.
"Black Country Communion" track listing:
01. Black Country
02. One Last Soul
03. The Great Divide
04. Down Again
06. Song Of Yesterday
07. No Time
09. The Revolution In Me
10. Stand (At The Burning Tree)
11. Sista Jane
12. Too Late For The Sun
All songs are sung by Glenn Hughes, with the exception of "Song Of Yesterday" and "The Revolution In Me", which are both sung by Joe Bonamassa. Hughes and Bonamassa share lead vocals on "Sista Jane" and "Too Late For The Sun". Also included is a new version of "Medusa", the rock classic Hughes originally recorded with his first band TRAPEZE.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION initially came to fruition when Shirley saw Hughes and Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event. Shirley then recruited Bonham and Sherinian for the project, which is named after the industrial area in the British Midlands where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION is planning a tour in 2011.