January 15, 2015

CALIFORNIA BREED, the band originally built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt, "is over", according to a posting on the group's official Facebook page.

Watt elaborated on the CALIFORNIA BREED split in a separate posting, writing: "To the CALIFORNIA BREED fans here, I put everything I had into this band. All I can say is I was in it for the long hall.

"I have a lot of new music for you guys.

"[I am] going to be announcing my plans soon.

"I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you supporting us, buying our music, coming to our shows.

"This is not the end... It is truly the beginning.

"[I] cannot wait to continue the quest to bring rock 'n' roll back to the people that are hungry for it.

"What an amazing learning experience for me here and introduction to an amazing world of people and fans that share love for the same thing."

Hughes and Watt last year chose Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL) to play drums for CALIFORNIA BREED for all dates when it became clear that Bonham's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the group.

CALIFORNIA BREED supported ALTER BRIDGE in the U.S. last fall before heading to Europe and closing out the run supporting Slash featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS on their five U.K. arena dates.

CALIFORNIA BREED's self-titled debut album sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 78 on The Billboard 200 chart.

"California Breed" was recorded at producer Dave Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits from Hughes, Watt and Bonham. "It's proper rock," Hughes told Classic Rock magazine, "but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page." "This kid is amazing," said Bonham. "The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio like he's on stage!"

"What we've got here is a kid who isn't a hammer-on, virtuoso," said Glenn, "but a whole new entity. This kid grew up listening to Mick Ronson on Bowie's records, as well as Jimmy Page in LED ZEPPELIN. He has a completely different take. And it's fresh and bold and so exciting. It just gets into your blood."

(Thanks: NJthrasher)

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