DRUMMER JASON BONHAM DISCUSSES BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION’S REUNION AND SAYS “IT’S AN EXCITING THING”
Drummer Jason Bonham was a guest on the May 2nd edition of Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live. Bonham discussed Black Country Communion’s reunion and their impending recording plans. Portions of the interview appear below, as transcribed by blabbermouth.net.
On how the reunion came about:
“Joe sent out a message… Hopefully I’m not talking out of turn here… He just said, ‘You know what? I can’t believe it’s been six years since we did the first [Black Country Communion album].’ He goes, ‘I feel that we could really give it all and make another amazing album. Anybody interested?’ And that was literally [it].”
The drummer admitted that he “did wait until everyone had responded” before he replied. He explained, “I didn’t wanna be the first one. And I just said, ‘Hey, you know what? Yeah. Why not?'”
Discussing looking forward to recording another album with BCC:
“It was a great time when we did the first album — I remember the excitement — and the second album. I loved how quickly [they came together]. We don’t do any really pre-arranging. It’s literally eight days of recording and pretty much writing all in the same time. So every day we’d be creating, hopefully, one or two songs…At the moment, there’s no plans of anything other than, ‘Would you be interested in doing it?’ We all went, ‘Yeah.’ And, ‘How is your schedule for January?'” “So, yeah, it’s an exciting thing. I spoke to Kevin Shirley for a while about it, and he said it would be very similar to how we [did] it [on the first couple of albums] — basically create everything on the spur of the moment. Which is kind of a weird way… I’ve always liked to be able to go in a little bit more prepared, but I think now I know the way process is with them. It’s a little bit easier.”
Speaking about the band’s songwriting process:
“I said, ‘Let’s just get in a room and see what happens.’ I think it could be a great thing if we can capture some of the magic that we had on the first two albums when it was still really exciting. I think we’re on to a winner. How it goes on from there, I don’t know. I’ve kind of said to myself and said to them, ‘Let’s not stop it before we get there by talking business and talking when and where and tours and whatever.’ I said, ‘Let’s go in and see what happens before we do any of that. Let’s not stop that process.’ ‘Cause that causes… It’s happened so many times; I can think of one particular band I’ve been in. Once the business side and all the politics and the press and everything get involved, it can actually stop them.”
Eddie’s complete interview with Jason Bonham will be available as a podcast soon.