Glenn Hughes has told Classic Rock magazine that he isn't sure BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION will tour in support of the band's upcoming fourth album.
The supergroup, which features Hughes alongside drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, is working on the follow-up to 2012's "Afterglow" effort after a near-four-year split that was caused by tensions between Bonamassa and Hughes.
But Glenn says that he will spend most of 2017 touring in support of his upcoming solo album, "Resonate", with no guarantee that there will be any live shows to promote BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's new disc.
Hughes tells Classic Rock: "[The new BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION album is] due to be recorded in January and will come out in May, but I'm not worried that 'Resonate' will get lost in the shuffle — not at all. It's more than strong enough to stand up in its own right."
He continues: "I have no idea whether there will be a tour from BCC. There may well be a chance of that, but, at this point, I'm not going to speculate as, being the mouthpiece of BCC, last time it was me that took a beating from the trolls when it didn't happen."
The war of words between Hughes and Bonamassa goes back to September 2012, when Hughes began telling journalists that Bonamassa's solo touring schedule was preventing BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION from touring and fulfilling its potential. He stated that if the situation didn't change, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's third album, "Afterglow", could be the group's last recording project.
"There were no handbags — all that happened was that Joe and I wanted different things," Hughes now tells Classic Rock, adding that "Joe and I have worked together on this forthcoming record more than any of the others. For the past week we've been inseparable."
Hughes' first solo album in eight years, "Resonate" will be released on November 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.
He tells Classic Rock: "I'm so proud of 'Resonate' and it certainly has legs. I'm going to spend a year touring it around the world. It's looking like I will play three tours of America in 2017. I'm going everywhere."
"Afterglow" sold 8,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 48 on The Billboard 200 chart.
2012's "2" CD from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION opened with 8,000 units to land at No. 71.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's self-titled debut album registered a first-week tally of 7,100 copies to enter the chart at No. 54.