‘I hate to break it to you’: Glenn Hughes all but confirms demise of Black Country Communion

Glenn Hughes, the 61-year-old frontman for Black Country Communion, has all but confirmed the the all-star rock amalgam’s breakup — while giving a clearer idea yet about what’s tearing the group asunder.

That it’s all happening even as BCC is set to release its newest album Afterglow — due October 29, 2012 in the UK, and on the 30th in America — makes this turn of events all the more confusing.

Fans will remember that Black Country Communion abruptly cancelled its only scheduled UK show last month, and a feud quickly became public between guitarist Joe Bonamassa and Hughes, who previously sang for both Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Hughes now confirms that the rift is over on-going touring commitments that Bonamassa has made for his concurrent solo career — a situation that will keep BCC from hitting the road more extensively in support of Afterglow.

Bonamassa, Hughes and even band producer Kevin Shirley traded barbs via Twitter following the UK cancellation, but without going into specifics.

Hughes, in a new talk with ABC News Radio, is ready to set the record straight.

“This may be the (band’s) last album,” he says. “I hate to break it to you, but it just may be, because I need to be in a band that tours on a regular basis.”

[SOMETHING ELSE! SNEAK PEEK: We've posted three videos with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the sessions for Black Country Communion's October 2012 release 'Afterglow.']

Black Country Communion, which also includes keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, UFO, Foreigner), burst onto the rock scene in 2010 with the Top 20 hit Black Country. 2011′s 2 followed, and it rose to No. 6 in America while topping the rock albums list in the UK. The group released Live Over Europe late last year.

But Bonamassa has been just as busy, issuing three solo projects and a collaboration with Beth Hart over the same period — not to mention Beacon Theatre: Live from New York. He just issued a video for the solo song “Dislocated Boy,” as well.

Bonham, in a new talk with Classic Rock magazine, echoes Hughes frustration — saying: “It is kinda sad that we do this product, then when it comes to touring there’s no plans. I find that really amazing.”

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  • Hugh Jardon

    Glenn Who?
    Too much L.ead S.inger D.isease.
    So just get a new singer who can hit the high notes without screeching and doesn’t look like death.

  • Rock Rob

    Give me a break Hugh. He is 61 and wants to tour. Even Bonham agrees. They just need to come to an agreement or get a new guitarist.
    Call Steve Vai

  • Frank Martin

    Glenn Hughes needs Joe Bonamassa more than Joe needs Glenn. The only real problem with any BBC is the vocals. I don’t know how Glenn sounded with Black Sabbath or Deep Purple and never heard him til I listened to BBC. I like the tunes but Glenn ain’t that special. I’ve got the three BBC cds and I don’t think there would be anything remarkable on a fourth disc.