May 31, 2010

The new supergroup featuring former DEEP PURPLE bassist/singer Glenn Hughes alongside LED ZEPPELIN reunion drummer Jason Bonham, DREAM THEATER's former keyboardist Derek Sherinian and guitarist Joe Bonamassa has settled on a new name: BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION.

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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION (formerly BLACK COUNTRY) is a devastating head-on collision between American and British rock influences — a true supergroup that delivers a titanic rock experience greater than the sum of its supremely talented parts.

The seed for BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION was planted when Hughes and master blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa combined forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event.

The brainchild of producer Kevin Shirley (BLACK CROWES, AEROSMITH, LED ZEPPELIN),the band added to its rock lineage with powerhouse drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, BILLY IDOL, ALICE COOPER). Named after the industrial area in Britain where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION began rehearsing and recording tracks written by both Bonamassa and Hughes at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010. Their new album, which has yet to be named, will debut in September 2010.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION made a surprise debut appearance during the encore at Bonamassa's March 17 concert at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, California. The band performed two songs — "One Last Soul" and a cover of the DEEP PURPLE classic "Mistreated".

Video footage of the performance can be viewed below.

(Thanks: Francesco / Deep Purple Italia)

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