Mark Taylor of MetalTalk.net recently conducted an interview with legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPEZE). You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excepts follow.
On BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's upcoming third album, "Afterglow", which is scheduled for release on October 30 (one day earlier internationally):
Hughes: "In two years' time, we've done three albums and one live album. Now, I don't know about you, but that's quicker than any LED ZEPPELIN [albums were made], I think, and it's for sure [quicker than] PURPLE [used to make albums]. I don't think anybody except [BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION guitarist and acclaimed solo artist] Joe Bonamassa releases albums that quick. Do I care? No. But give us a break. I mean, we need to give you a break. I need a break. It's really difficult to write ten or twelve quality songs every years for three years. It takes a bit of steam to do that. So I need a break now."
On the rumor that "Afterglow" may end up becoming BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's final album:
Hughes: "The rumor started with me saying I was frustrated. And that was… You know why I said it? Maybe to motivate people. But all it did was upset people. Remember, I'm one guy in a democratic band of five. But I really think that it's gonna be what it's gonna be. I would say to you, yes, we're gonna tour. But remember this, if we don't, don't come and shoot me. Don't find out out where I live on Google Earth and come and repel down my drain pipes."
Just like its two predecessors, "Afterglow" was overseen by Kevin Shirley, whose catalog of hit records for LED ZEPPELIN, IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, JOURNEY, THE BLACK CROWES and many more has made him one of the hottest producers that rock music has to offer. Shirley — who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band together after seeing them jamming onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 — is the group's unofficial "fifth member."
The additions of Jason Bonham, esteemed son of LED ZEPPELIN's John, who took his father's place when the legendary group made musical history by reuniting at London's O2 Arena in December 2007, and the in-demand Derek Sherinian, made them a force to be reckoned with. An air of expectancy and excitement greets the unveiling of "Afterglow".
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