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Black Country, March 15, 2010, Malibu, CA Black County Communion frontman Glenn Hughes says the band “is over” because guitarist Joe Bonamassa has left, and won’t let the remaining members keep using the name.

The classic rock outfit released three acclaimed studio albums before internal tensions boiled over, with Hughes last year revealing he was thinking of quitting because he wanted to play live, and Bonamassa insisted he wasn’t available.

That led to a series of public outbursts in which the two musicians took pot-shots at each other before both said they were ready to “move on.”

They appeared to calm down later and said they were talking to each other again. But Bonamassa continued to insist he’d always said he wouldn’t have time to tour in support of 2012 album Afterglow – while Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian suggested they’d been led to believe otherwise before the record was recorded.

Earlier this month the blues axeman said he was “happily not involved any more” and revealed he’d become disillusioned during their 2011 tour because he found it “very tense.”

In reponse, Hughes tweeted, “Just so it’s crystal, BCC is over. Joe left and will not allow us to keep the name. Nice, huh? Jason, Derek and I will continue when the time is right.”

He added, “I have my hands full writing my first solo rock album in five years.” Hughes says he began writing tracks on March 21st, and he reflects, “I choose happiness and have nothing but love to offer. Everything is the way it’s meant to be.”

Last year producer Kevin Shirley told Classic Rock that a series of disagreements had almost led to the band’s third album never happening. But he remained confident that, given time, the dust would settle.

He said, “You can’t take away the fact that these are the ultimate rock stars, and there must be something about that rub that makes the music amazing. There will be another record. I would guess we’ll record it in early 2015 – look for it in October 2015.”

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  1. Good, this was nothing special. Never understood the press’ love affar with these guys in the first place. Completely overhyped. Im still trying to figure out who Glen Hughes is and why im supposed to care.

    1. Um, don’t condem BCC as “nothing special” when you don’t know the vast history of the players. Glenn Hughes was in Deep Purple, Black Sabbath while Derek Shirinian was in Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol and a bunch of other legendary bands. Jason Bohnam is in Led f-ing Zeppelin!! These are all well-known highly influential musicians. Joe Bonamassa was the only cat in the band who *isn’t* a legend.

    2. Glenn Hughes is an amazing talent on bass and a great singer songwriter as a fellow bass player I would simply tell
      You to go check out some of his work it speaks for itself you won’t be disappointed

  2. It seems like Joe thought it was understood that they would work around his solo schedule, and the band thought that he would work around their schedule. When Glen started complaining publicly, that seemed to be final straw for Joe. I thought this band had great potential.

  3. What a shame they made three of the best albums to come out in a long time. Hopefully things calm down again look at sabbath if they can do a new album with Ozzy after all these years then Black country communion can put there petty stuff aside.

  4. I agree, I love rock music but never understood the hype about this band. Some good songs but nothing to make me pissed that there done. Oh well, if they dont have the time for each other than I certainly dont have the time to waste on them.

  5. Well maybe the other guys will stick it out and come up with a new monicker. It gets a little old to see bands swap out members but go under the same name but with a different sound. It is a shame that JB couldn’t think a little more of the other guys though and work something out. He might be big with all the guitar nerds out there but surely he would have had a bigger audience with BCC.

  6. I say they take a break so Glenn can do his solo “Rock” album. Then they can find the right replacement guitarist and revive the band calling it “BCR” …..”Black Country Revival” The name is similar but not the same so Joe can’t stop them from using it.

  7. I agree with byrd, seems like Joe’s ego might be to blame for this.
    Look at all the back patting in his Royal Albert Hall DVD. Lots of great artists heaping praise on the prodigy. We get it, but where’s the humility? Don’t get me wrong, Joe is a very talented guitar player with limited vocal abilities. It would seem to me BCC is a perfect fit for a musician like Joe. They should all use the model of Chickenfoot: Four superstar musicians making fantastic music together, and being able to take a short hiatus when another obligation comes up (Chad-RHCP, Satch-solo).

    I am a fan of Joe B., I have every DVD and enjoy watching him perform. I believe his camp may be over-hyping and stroking his ego. Look at all the releases in just the past few years, Royal Albert Hall, Beacon Theatre, Acoustic In Vienna, not to mention BCC’s Live Over Europe. Can you say overexposed? Had the Acoustic In Vienna on Palladia TV on yesterday, and the wife mentioned the dozen guitars on stands surrounding him on stage. Can you say HUGE ego?

    I wish Glenn and the BCC boys nothing but the best. Hopefully, they’ll forge ahead and give us more great music. Maybe an album with a bunch of guest guitarists?

  8. “Super groups” beginning with Cream have generally very short life-spans, BCC is no different. I think Joe B and Hughes are guilty of being egomania-fueled divas. But Bonamassa is probably the problem here, and as good as he is: he is replaceable. And it’s not like this is a Blackmore leaving DP situation, BCC has no history.

  9. This is just BS!! I don’t really have much more to add over what has been said, but it seems the folks on here agree that Joe is cock blocking BCC and that is just arrogance. Best rock I have heard in the last few years, should have known it would not end well.

  10. I like most of Joe’s solo music, but he’s not approaching this the right way. I agree that they should use the Chickenfoot model: musician’s that love each other and get together when they can. Satch has a solo career too (and, like Bonamassa, it is his main source of income), but he makes time for Chickenfoot. Joe B. has a giant ego due to all of the pampering from other musicians. Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, B.B. King, and many others butter him up way too much (not implying that he doesn’t deserve it: The guy can play like a motha!). He has been pampered like that since he was a kid. I got a similar start as him (I was playing bar gigs in 8th grade), but B.B. wasn’t there to tell me I was good. And this guy trashes SRV, which is totally uncalled for. Joe wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for Stevie.

    As far as BCC goes, they don’t need him. I’m still rooting for Jake E. Lee, and I won’t give up. I think he would not only be a great replacement, but he would bring a new element to the band, and perhaps be a better fit.

    1. Can you please tell me when and where he slammed Stevie Ray Vaughan because I cannot seem to find anything about it online. I am not discounting what you have said, just merely asking for an explanation.

      Also, although I do not know a lot about Joe Bonamassa, I did see him perform live recently, and I thought he was great. Additionally, contrary to what others have said, I actually think he has a very good singing voice. But, to each their own.

  11. Let me the first to defend Joe in this. First off, I’m a big fan. Have all his music inc. BCC,Beth Hart and Rock Candy Funk Party. I think he is one of the best Guitarists around. Period. As to his not wanting to tour, it’s more a matter of prior commitments than not wanting to tour. Although he did say it wasn’t fun anymore. You realize, of course, that he and his team book venues and events three years out so touring with BCC wouldn’t have worked. Glenn, Jason and Derek all knew ahead of time that hie solo career and commitments come first. If anyone was being a Diva in this, I would say it was Glenn. He got a taste of long past glories and wanted it to continue. To the guy who commented about the number of guitars on his Vienna DVD, a little research would serve you well. It’s not an ego thing, Joe is one of the most humble guys I have met, but a tuning thing. Each song required a different tuning and sound, so therefore many guitars. Then again, maybe it’s a jealousy thing because he has and you probably don’t.

    ‘Nuff said.

  12. Joe why didn’t you play the alrosa villa in Columbus more . If so this would have been worked out probably, long ago. Ihope Jason gives you a severe beating you bum. Inever would have heard of you if not for BCC. i’m notmuch for wanking off on the guitar for 20 miutes as a song I like songs you know with vocal hooks and great vocals not instrumental wanking off.

  13. Sitting back and thinking before i post again i can’t help to think also if this is one of those Glenn is blaming Joe again stories. If you go back a couple of pages theres some news of Joe sayin he gives BCC permission to carry on without him now Glenn says they can’t which one is telling the truth. Eddie get both of these guys on TMS or your radio show and see what gives.

  14. I loved BCC and all the guys. The music they produced was simply awesome. I have longed for the days to pick up an album and get that feeling like I had when I heard my first Deep Purple album in high school. Thanks BCC for that! I had read a whole lot more of Bonamassa fan reviews about his humble personality and devotion to his fan base to believe him being the jerk that the rollers make him out to be. If you want to know the real problem, just read Glenn’s autobiography. Glenn has by his own admission been a very screwed up dude. He get’s a 8th or 10th chance to prove he can be the great musician he was capable of being, and now it’s Joe’s fault.

    Joe has lived his life right, worked harder than Glenn could in 5 lifetimes, and takes this? Joe, you are doing the right thing… Distance yourself from this and stick to your fans. You have worked to hard for this. You stand alone in the guitar world.

    1. JOE has worked harder than GLENN?!?!? are you fucking kidding me?!?!?!? guess you never saw or listened to his EXTENSIVE DISCOGRAPHY from SABBATH, PURPLE, TRAPEZE etc…..your an IDIOT….JOE should have KISSED the ground that HUGHES, JASON, and DEREK WALK ON just to be on the same FUCKING STAGE ith those legends…they are legends DOUCHAMASSA is an overrated asshole…

    2. Glenn, Jason and Derek would still be flipping burgers at Carl’s Jr. if it wasn’t for Joe! Everyone at the BCC shows were there to see Joe and maybe Jason. Glenn just admit it, YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!! BCC is NOTHING without Joe!

  15. The trouble with Legacy Musicians is they are limited by their legacy. These guys are great musicians who were made better by their collaboration with Joe. They all hitched a ride with a rising star and that ride is over. So be it. I just finished watching the Tour De Force DVD’s and Joe Bonamassa and I’m convinced that Joe Bonamassa is and will continue to be a legend for the times. In my 61 years I have seen virtually every major guitar player known multiple times and Joe B ranks up there with them all. The thing is he’s just getting started and the rest of Black Country Community are waining so my suggestion is to just get over it and move on. Obviously Joe has evolved past this project.

  16. JB is as humble as they come, as you watch him perform, understand, that’s what it is, a performance. Ego, really??? Have you heard him interviewed, he’s a guitar geek, that knows how to play guitar.
    He’s at a point in his career, that he does not have to make music you like, he wants to do what he wants to do, a very nice place to be in one’s own career, huh?
    There are other bands out there, most suck, but the record companies own them, do you really think you are hearing the artists best efforts on the CD these days, nope, you are hearing what the record companies direct them to produce, via a contract, listen to what you want, waaaa I want BCC, too bad, stick a fork in em, they’re done! A true showing of a band not living up to the press hype.
    Do you really believe in the super group thing? how friggin super were they? two old heads, and two modern musicians, super group,,,, woweee. Grow up, it’s about a business decision, and being able to do what you want, and not have a noose around your neck, doing what everyone else that has their hand in your pocket wants you to do.

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