BONAMASSA On Possibility Of Another BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Album: 'I'd Do That In A Minute'

July 20, 2013

Guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa says that he would make another BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION album "in a minute," despite the fact that he left the band earlier this year following a public feud between singer/bassist Glenn Hughes.

The war of words goes back to last September, 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.

Asked what he would say if he bumped into Hughes in the street, Bonamassa told Classic Rock for the magazine's July 2013 issue: "I would say: 'Glenn, its nice to see you.' And you know why? I'm still a friend of Glenn Hughes, I'm still a fan of Glenn Hughes. I just disagree with the methods he went about trying to get me to commit to a two-year world tour of Shanghai and the great sea ports of the world."

Regarding what went wrong with BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, Bonamassa said: "In 2009, when we talked about it [BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION], it seemed like the perfect situation for everybody. The words were — and these weren't my words — 'I have a solo thing that goes out every year,' or 'I have commitments with Billy Idol.' And I go: 'Well, I tour like an idiot, so we can just get together and play, maybe make a record and do a couple of one-off gigs.' We did a one-off thing at [London rehearsal facility) John Henry's, which is one of the best musical experiences of my life. That was exhilarating. It was four guys shooting for the fences. Unfettered rock 'n' roll, early '70s style. Everybody was on the same page at the very beginning. It's just when it became more successful, a couple of them wanted to move the game a little bit. And then I was, like, 'I can't.' That situation would break me. I did nine weeks in the summer. When I came home, I didn't pick up the guitar for a while. It burned me out. So unfortunately, the methods with which the whole thing came to a close, I don't agree with. But he's still my friend.

If Glenn phoned you in five years' time and said: "Joe, do you fancy playing a one-off gig?" would you do it?

Bonamassa: "I'd do it in a minute, yeah."

And what if he said: "I want to make another BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION album"?

Bonamassa: "I'd do that in a minute. But I wouldn't want to play Peoria, Illinois, and then Rockford, and then St. Louis, and then an 80-show tour of the U.S. and the summer festivals. That's not on the cards. It never was on the cards, ever."

Find more on
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).