Is This the End of BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION?
Black Country Communion’s vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes told ABC News Radio that the band’s third studio album, Afterglow may be their last.
“This may be the [band’s] last album,” he declared. “I hate to break it to you, but it just may be, because I need to be in a band that tours on a regular basis.”
Hughes went on to explain that due to guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s own solo touring commitments, Black Country Communion has no solid plans to tour in support of Afterglow.
“If I had a magic wand,” he added, “I would wave it over everybody’s head and go, ‘Hey, you guys, we’re gonna go and do 200 shows [in 2013] and we’re gonna be a huge rock ‘n’ roll band globally. It’s not gonna happen.”
Hughes pointed out that the group’s predicament helped inspire him to create what he believes is some memorable songs for the new record.
“I figured that if this was to be the last album…then I need to come in with some pretty wild and epic tracks,” he noted. “So, I’m really proud of this album.”
Meanwhile, Hughes isn’t allowing the possibility of Black Country Communion ending to slow him down. Earlier this year, the singer/bassist participated in the abbreviated Rock N Roll AllStars Tour of South America, and he’s now formed a new group called Kings of Chaos with several of the other famous musicians who took part in the tour. The band’s impressive lineup also features Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, founding Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, ex-GN’R drummer Matt Sorum and longtime Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.
Hughes said that Kings of Chaos will “tour pockets of the world — the exotics, if you will, and the tropics and even America.” He said things a tour will launch this April in South America, where the group plans to hit cities that the Rock N Roll AllStars had intended to play before the gigs were canceled.
The 61-year-old rocker also revealed that the Kings of Chaos won’t just be a touring project.
“We’re gonna do a series of EPs,” he explained. “On those EPs there will be three covers and one original song. And…the lineups with the Kings of Chaos, vocally, will change. The core band will be the same. So, it’s gonna be always moving and changing.” Hughes suggested that each disc may focus on a different genre, such as punk, classic rock and alternative rock.
As a point of interest, Kings of Chaos actually will make their recorded debut on the forthcoming Deep Purple tribute album Re-Machined, which will be released on September 25th. The band’s aforementioned lineup minus Hughes contributed a version of “Never Before” to the project. Hughes, meanwhile, appears on two tracks on Re-Machined, Maybe I’m a Leo and Highway Star.
Black Country Communion’s Afterglow will be released on October 30th.