INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH ALLIANCEÖ..BLACK
COUNTRY COMMUNION is the latest Hard Rock Quartet sending
global shock waves thorough the Music masses with their
self titled debut disc released in September. Recorded
last Spring at the Legendary Shangri La Studios in Malibu
itís seen a steady climb of the U.S. Charts while almost
instantaneously achieving #1 status in the U.K.
BCC is fronted by Revered Rock Vocalist/Bassist GLENN
HUGHES whose unmistakable
voice has resonated amid Legions of Vintage Vinyl since
joining the Rock & Roll ranks with his peerless pipes
& Sonic Strings in 1969 with TRAPEZE.
Since then HUGHES
has been a Hard Rock Ringer with stints at the helm of
& BLACK SABBATH along with collaborations that include
Metal Royalty the likes of GARY MOORE, TONY IOMMI, PAT
THRALL & JOE LYNN TURNER to name just a few.
You can check out GLENN
HUGHES infinite catalogue
of credits @
is Upstate New York Native & Guitar Virtuoso JOE BONAMASSA
who Amps things up immersing his patented Blues Based
timbre with crunching Power Chords. Rounding out
the World Class line-up is Drummer JASON BONHAM (LED ZEPPELIN
Reunion, FORIGNER) who needs no introduction & coveted
Keyboardist DEREK SHERINIAN (ALICE COOPER, KISS, BILLY
IDOL, DREAM THEATER).
BCC has managed to seamlessly fuse the essential Classic
Rock Template with a Modern Rock vibe with the help of
World Renowned Producer KEVIN ďCavemanĒ SHIRLEY
(LED ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH, BLACK CROWES).
The Foursomes organic chemistry & unrelenting raw
talent produced one of this past Yearís most riveting
With sterling reports coming
out of the ďBlack
about the Bands two night stand in the U.K. to close out
2010 it seems the Best is yet to come in the New Year.
The Rock Rapport
had the pleasure of speaking with GLENN
HUGHES from his home studio
while taking a break from writing for the Bandís Second
Album set to drop this coming June.
Good Morning GLENN
Thanks for taking time for the folks here in Upstate New
York just a few hours away from JOE BONAMASSAíS hometown
Thatís right I Love
that area, I spent a lot of time there with my Dear Friend
RONNIE JAMES DIO early on in our careers.
Congratulations on adding another chapter to your already
storied career with BLACK COUNTRY COMMUION.
Thank You. When we got the band together we wanted to
make music that would impact a core audience of Rock fans;
so far we seemed to have nailed it.
Both You & JOE mentioned what a rapid fire pace this
was recorded at, it really captures the songs in their
purest form, is that something thatís been lost with technology
Oh God Yeah, when I
make my albums and I think JOE
is the same way we try to capture it live.
With Pro Tools there so much
processed auto tuning, flying in of instruments &
multiple tracking it causes you to sometimes overcompensate
when in fact sometimes less is more.
You can hear it on the Album the beauty
of one Guitar & one Bass. From the writing of
the songs to laying the tracks down in the studio itís
truly an organic process and something I feel has been
missing in Modern Rock Music.
Iíve been wanting to make a Record
for my Hardcore fan base for sometime; I had been looking
to form a Group that had a 1970ís Band Sound or essence
if you will.
It just so happens that JOE is a 70ís
Rock Buff, his Blues based Music bleeds the influences
of ZEPPELIN, YES, THE WHO & FREE, while DEREK has
been playing that style for years with BILLY IDOL &
ALICE COOPER, what else can you say about JASON he was
Born, Bred & Breaths LED ZEPPELINíS Rock & Roll.
This Album was a Labor of Love and we had
a blast making it, things went so smoothly itís inspired
us to hit the studio again early in the New Year.
Lets delve into the opening track ďBlack CountryĒ
whose booming Bass lines indicate thereís no Holds Barred
in this Band.
you really sink your teeth into the new material with
a fiery passion; instrumentally the Band really stretches
things out giving the studio tracks elements of a live
Talk about how special it is to be
part of BLACK COUNTRY COMMUION at this stage of your celebrated
Absolutely if you ask JOE
heíll tell you the same thing this is a Band that I had
to front. From the onset JOE wanted me to take the
reigns if you will because I have a bit more time to concentrate
on this particular project. That being said this
is a Band in the truest sense and I write specifically
for all the talented members of the Group.
I will say I had a bit of a vision
when we started writing for this BCC & the musicianship
allowed me to see that vision through.
The Second Album which Iím in the process
of writing for will be similar in style as we donít want
to mess with the Blueprints of what weíve already accomplished.
This project morphed from a gig you did with JOE did at
the House Of Blues a while back. KEVIN SHIRLEY
was in the House at which point he decided to take it
to the next level by adding JASON & DEREK; did you
have the same feeling after the performance with JOE that
this could be something special or did it take some convincing?
Oh No KEVIN & I
go back twenty years so I immediately was on board from
its conception. KEVIN is a real hands on producer
and I had an idea of what the Album should sound like
from the beginning.
Talk about what KEVIN brings to the sessions, from the
DVD studio footage he seems to be a no bullshit type of
guy who has no problem mixing it up with the Musicians.
Iím thrilled KEVIN is involved;
heís a Jack of All Trades in the industry which is invaluable.
KEVIN has a knack of tapping into peopleís strengths &
steering them in the right direction which was perfect
for me as I have a tendency of stepping outside the box.
It was really easy to get the vocals done with KEVIN because
he allowed me to be GLENN HUGHES which is a very important
component when creating new material that Iím both writing
The debut Record features all brand new material except
for a track called ďMedusaĒ from one of your early
bands TRAPEZE tell us how that vintage track was revived
for the BCC Record?
a 70ís Music connoisseur & thatís a song he really
wanted to do. It also made sense in the fact that
I had the privilege of playing that song with JOHN ďBONZOĒ
BONHAM on numerous occasions back in the day.
JOHN & I were very close
back in the ZEPPELIN Hey Day he would come by my home
in England and pick me up to take me to the TRAPEZE gigs.
Before the set was over JOHN would end up on stage with
us for a few songs and that was one of his favorites to
That must really mean a lot to JASON while heís in the
midst of celebrating his Fatherís Legacy with the JASON
BONHAM: LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE, which hits the road again
I had the pleasure of interviewing JASON in Canada
a few months back with one of my colleagues at BackStage
itís really an amazing show and moving tribute, well worth
Absolutely Iíve known JASON since he was two years old
and have been a close family friend ever since.
Being as close to JOHN as I was itís almost comforting
to me that JASON is playing in a Band with me now; I know
that JOHN would be very pleased with the results.
Playing ďMedusaĒ with JASON has kind of made
it a Family tradition if you will.
CD includes a bonus DVD with interviews & studio clips,
that being said the highlight is the live cuts of ďOne
Last SoulĒ & the DEEP
PURPLE track ďMistreatedĒ
from the 1974 ďBurnĒ Album which kicks ass with
a sweet exchange between JOE & yourself.
Those songs were filmed at a BONAMASSA solo show last
spring had the Album been completed yet?
Yes, Ironically enough we had just finished up the Album
that Day & JOE
had a gig about eighty miles away in Riverside, California
so we thought lets just show up there and play a couple
We rolled up did a short sound check &
performed ďOne Last SoulĒ which is the second track on
the BCC Record & PURPLEíS
ďMistreatedĒ, it was a blast.
With the busy schedules that everyone has a full on tour
is on hold until the summer of 2011. The Band just
treated the ďBlack
folks in the U.K. with 2 blow out sold out shows.
Talk about the excitement
of finally bringing a full setlist to a concert setting?
Yeah I had been very excited about performing the full
set over the Holidays & push full steam ahead in the
New Year. We are hoping to drop the Second Record
in June & hit the Road on the Summer Festival Tour
Circuit with 2 Albums worth of material to take to the
While we all have other projects going on
this is a Band that is already looking ahead even as far
What can you tell us about the Sopohmore effort form BLACK
COUNTRY COMMUNION is there a working title as of yet?
Oh God no weíre a bit away on that yet, Iíve got five
songs ready to play to JOE
when I see him, I know he has a couple of things ready
for me to listen to as well.
JOE & I will write most of it at
my Home Studio as we did last time basically following
the same Blueprint that brought us success on the First
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION has a Staple
Sound now & I donít want to mess that up by bringing
anything in that might be inappropriate for our Sound.
Iím working tirelessly in the studio as we speak and things
are flowing really well, Iím really excited about getting
this into JOEíS hands when I see him.
The upcoming New Year looks very exciting for BLACK COUNTRY
COMMUNION it will also see the release of a GLENN
HUGHES autobiography, tell
us what fans can expect from what I expect will be a page
Iím itís actually available only online for now at
www.foruli.co.uk, itís a deluxe edition with a three song vinyl EP and Special Packing. The
Hardcopy Edition of the Book will be available later in
the New Year.
As far as whatís in between the covers
well there was a lot of things that I needed to dig deep
and be honest about. You only get one chance to
do an Autobiography and I wanted to be very clear on the
Good, Bad & Ugly because I needed to be true to myself.
There are a lot of questions in the
book that are answered that will leave people will say
to themselves Oh Man!
I decided that there couldnít be any
secrets as to why I fell off the Music Map for over a
decade; I had to ultimately clarify my struggles with
Drugs & Alcohol that have been well documented in
the annals of Rock & Roll History. You can put
my name right up there with the likes of STEPHEN STILLS
& KEITH RICHARDS; itís taken me a long time to get
the respect back from my peers because I was in such a
Bad state of Addiction & Denial which truly left me
on Deathís door on more then one occasion.
I know this sounds clichť but writing
this book has truly been a cathartic experience for me.
The beauty of surviving my struggles is that I get to
help others who have fallen into this industry trap and
carry on the message of sobriety, a gift that was given
freely to me and ultimately saved my life.
I was at the Classic Rock Awards a
while back with my peers like JIMMY PAGE, JOHN PAUL JONES
& RONNIE WOOD people Iíve known all my life and it
just feels so good to have my feet firmly planted on the
earth once again. I donít mean just as a Musician but
more importantly as a Human Being, it really feels fantastic
to be part of the Human Race once more.
Success comes in many forms; at this stage
of my career itís measured in the Music Iím making not
Fame or Fortune. I fully intend on giving everything
that I have back to the Fans & this wonderful Group
of Musicians with whom Iím so fortunate to be working
have to say considering the abuse you put yourself through
both emotionally & especially physically your voice
is in vintage form on the new BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
This Band seems
to be the pinnacle of a truly redemptive tale.
Why Thank you; Iíve got to tell you itís simply a miracle
considering the things Iíve done to myself. What
Iíve realized in my recovery is that itís a tremendous
gift that God has given me & Iím so blessed to have
been able to keep my Art despite taking it for Granted
for so many Years.
At this stage of my life I feel I owe it back to the fans
who have given me unconditionally support over the years
through thick & thin.
Speaking of Epic Singers & one of the Greatest Ambassadors
of the Music Industry this past year saw the Iconic voice
of RONNIE JAMES DIO sadly silenced.
You pay homage
to him in the liner notes of the BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
Album, tell us about your relationship with the Metal
I met RONNIE when he still lived in your neck of the woods
New York, he was with his Band ELF in the early 70ís.
I befriended RONNIE very early on in when I was with
we became really good mates.
As a matter of fact when he left RAINBOW
in 1979 he moved out to California not too far from me
in the Valley; consequently the HUGHES
& THE DIOS traveled almost everywhere together.
RONNIE became like an older Brother
to me, he took care of me and I took care of him, we loved
to laugh & RONNIE was a funny little Bastard.
He was simply the Kindest & Most
Caring Human Being you could ever hope to encounter, even
now it chokes me up to think about his passing I miss
I know that WENDY DIO has mentioned on several occasions
how comforting youíve been during her time of sorrow and
how instrumental you are in helping with RONNIEíS Charity.
Fans can visit @
Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund on Facebook.
Iíve known WENDY forever sheís been like a Sister to me;
In the months since RONNIEíS passing weíve once again
become inseparable. And Yes Thanks for mentioning
RONNIEíS Charity which we will continue to work tirelessly
for in his Honor & Memory.
Talk about being part of the Tribute that was put together
for RONNIE as well as having the chance to perform with
HEAVEN & HELL at the High Voltage Festival?
It was amazing, it was a very appropriate setting to say
Good Bye to RONNIE; to be part of that with TONY &
GEEZER is a once in a Lifetime Opportunity that will probably
never happen again.
Iíve spoken with WENDY recently and
there is talk of a Tribute Album & Possible Concert
in the works that would naturally Benefit the DIO ďStand
Up & ShoutĒ Cancer Fund.
To stay current with BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION visit
www.bccommunion.com, fans can
also follow GLENN HUGHES
as well as on Facebook & Twitter.
Rapport would like to
Thank Erin Podbereski of Jensen Communications
for hooking us up with GLENN
Also a Special Thanks to Ian Harvey of the Express
& Star for the amazing photos of BLACK COUNTRY
COMMUNIONíS First Full Concert Performance from the United