glennHughes400 Glenn Hughes has completed work on a new album, tentatively scheduled for release in May.

The bassist has credited Julian Lennon with helping put together his first band since the disbanding Black Country Communion in 2012.

Hughes hasn’t released much information about his new project yet, but he’s confirmed one track will feature a duet between him and Lennon.

He reports, “Jules is the one who helped me put our new band together. He and I are singing together on the album. Trust me: he’s the real dang deal.”

In a question-and-answer session on Twitter recently, former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man Hughes told fans, “Black Country Communion is gone for ever. It will live for ever in my heart, but I have now moved on.”

Confirming that he changed management after a period in which he tried to buy the BCC title from Joe Bonamassa and failed, he added, “This past year has been one of transition into a new band. My band will take up most of the year starting in April – I will tell you more soon. My manager will take the phones away if I say any more!”


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  1. Such a shame about BCC. Their music was really great. So many of the old school metal musicians have a really hard time releasing music that’s relevant today. Either it’s too corny, too boring, or they go the opposite way and release music no one is interested in hearing from them. BCC really hit the sweet spot. The good news is that Glenn is somewhat transcendent and just always either writes great music or partners with people who write great music.

    1. I heard a few BCC tracks on Eddie’s show. I didn’t feel a need to buy the CD. I think Glenn Hughes is great but I put the band in the same category as the Winery Dogs. Mainly due to Bonamassa. Maybe I’m too jaded, but I’d like to hear a band strike out with an original sound. Why is it so hard these days? And don’t say it’s all been done before. People have always thought that. I’m sure people thought guitar was dead, until Hendrix and then Van Halen proved them wrong.

      I’ve followed Bonamassa from a distance since he started. He has yet to play an original sounding lick in his life. When he was a pre-teen he just mimicked Hendrix and SRV as best he could. Now he mimics other players. The stuff is as conservative and formulaic as it gets. Just rehashed music – like the Winery Dogs. Listen to “Elevate” – is there anything new or interesting going on there?

      In the case of the Winery Dogs, how is rehashing Rick Derringer, Frank Marino and Johnny Winter with a Sammy Hagar style vocal new or interesting? Would you buy a reissued Smith Corona Typewriter from 1975 now? Of course not.

      Guys like Hendrix listened to old blues and created something new out of it. Jimmy Page had influences all over the world. Santana brought in a latin vibe and percussion. I could go on and on. They didn’t glom onto 3 bands and just milk their sound for a “new generation” of fans that don’t know songs like “Still Alive and Well. ” Even Boston and Kansas had their own sounds. Yeah – Boston was a little like Grand Funk and Kansas had some progressive influences, but at least they sounded new when they came out. I enjoy this site and commenting on some of my favorite bands from days gone by, but rock as we know it is very stagnant.

    2. To be honest, I am surprised that Bonamassa’s solor career has done as well as it has. The fact that he essentially shut down BCC over it was intriguing to me. Like you, I didn’t fall all over myself over BCC’s music. But it wasn’t bad. But I agree there wasn’t anything overly unique about it either. However it had legs and could have gone places for awhile. Part of me wonders if maybe he didn’t have the stomach to work/tour with Hughes for an extensive period of time. But back to my main point, I think BCC should’ve continued on without JB. There are plenty of generic guitarists out there that could’ve filled his spot at least for a major tour and then the band could’ve decided what to do or not do next. For older farts like me who are in their mid 40’s, we’ve been so lucky to hear the greatest of the greats (Page/Rhoads/Iommi/EVH/Malmsteen/Sykes-for you Dana…etc.) that its hard to listen to guys like JB and not think ‘heard it before’. Same reason why I was never a big Satriani fan. There was nothing new there for me. So why a guy like JB can have such legs as a solo artist surprises me. But anyone who can make a living in this business deserves some credit no matter what I think of their music.

    3. Yep, I agree. I give Joe B. a lot of credit. He does his thing his way and he has a ton of fans. I think you understand the mindset I’m coming from. There’s too much great old stuff out there for me to spend my time and money checking out so-so newer stuff. I’m the same with Satriani – I’ve heard it all before, but I give him credit. Steve Morse is another one in a lot of ways. I remember listening to a Dregs LP or one of his solo LPs and he went from playing a couple bars of Jeff Beck to some J. McLaughlin. Just blantant thievery. Zero originality, but well-played of course. These guys are as unoriginal as it comes, but they get high marks for execution and most people don’t know or care. Satch Boogie was Billy Gibbons meets EVH. Just pure re-hash. (And btw find one interview where Satch talks about EVH – he barely does. He’ll mention Hendrix, but not his #1 “influence.”) The word “influence” doesn’t mean plagiarize. I can hear some Cream, Hendrix, Nugent, Holdsworth and Blackmore in EVH, but he doesn’t play solos that are virtual copies of those guys. There are elements of each, but no thievery.

      But I think Joe B. is popular because a lot of people out there don’t know Eric Johnson or Gary Moore or older Jeff Beck. They haven’t heard it. I agree though – Glenn Hughes should have carried on with someone else. Kotzen will probably be free in a year. Ha ha.

    4. Well, I know who Eric Johnson is, and have been a fan for a long time. Ah Via Musicom, happens to be my favorite album.

      I also own a number of albums of SRV albums (Texas Flood, Couldn’t Stand The Weather and In Step) and I happen to think Bonamassa is talented. I am also one of the few people on the site who happens to think he has a good singing voice and is a good guitarist.

      I also feel the same about Kotzen, probably even more so than Bonamassa. Again, not a popular on this site. To each their own.

      Dana from 🙂

    5. I can’t argue with you Dana. Bonamassa is very talented. He is a good guitarist and has a passable singing voice. All I’ll say is I think Glenn could find someone else. I know of one rock photographer (Jim Summaria – check out his website!) who has seen and photographed all the greats, from Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page (in Led Zeppelin,) to Tommy Bolin and many others and he’s a big Bonamassa fan. He thinks Joe plays like a 70s guitarist and that’s why he likes him. I’d argue that he’s right – Joe plays everyone’s favorite licks and styles from the 1970s.

      I think Joe cops a lot of EJ’s stuff. But I like Eric too. I think Eddie Trunk subscribes to the “abundance mentality” – that there’s a ton of great stuff out there worth listening to and checking out. For whatever reason, I’m just more jaded and demanding. I don’t enjoy bands that just cop someone else’s thing. If you’re going to be tagged as a “supergroup,” and that immediately draws comparisons to the real supergroups of the past, you’d better be GREAT with a capital “G” as Dickie V would say. Not just good. GREAT. And I don’t detect greatness in what I heard with Winery Dogs and Joe B. But I do respect the people that do.

    6. I’m with Dana on this one. I’m a huge Eric Johnson fan, love Ah Via Musicom but have to say that Tones is still my fave of his catalogue.

      Guys, most everyone is derivative in some form or fashion. Would anyone argue about the greatness of SRV? But is he not an offshoot of Albert Lee, Howlin Wolf, etc, etc? I think Bonamassa is great. He’s influenced by a lot of other great players, as are most musicians. So what? Loved the BCC records. And regarding Satriani, I’m amazed that anyone would consider him to be unoriginal. Frankly, I think that opinion comes from someone that needs to take it down a peg and just get over yourself. I know you think you sound like some kind of “super music connoisseur” that understands music on a level the rest of us just wouldn’t understand, but really you just come across as an insecure music snob that takes himself way too seriously.

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