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Glenn Hughes gets ready for new Black Country Communion release, talks Deep Purple Mark II and Orange Amplification (video)

by on Sep.14, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Glenn Hughes gets ready for new Black Country Communion release, talks Deep Purple Mark II and Orange Amplification (video)

Glenn Hughes and Black Country Communion are readying the release of their third studio album 'Afterglow' on October 30th and have released the first webisode of the making of the album which you can watch below. But, Glenn Hughes has already said it could be the BCC's last because he wants to be in a band that can take on a long term touring commitment, and because of guitarist Joe Bonamassa's solo career, that is just not going to happen. He has mentioned that he has formed a band called Kings Of Chaos with Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/Loaded), Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Steve Stevens (ex-Billy Idol), but he has also talked with David Coverdale about some kind of possible resurrection/tribute of the Deep Purple Mark III lineup.

The "Mark III" version of Deep Purple featured guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, the late Jon Lord on keyboards and organ, drummer Ian Paice, as well as singer David Coverdale and bassist/singer Glenn Hughes. Hughes recently told CBS Local that "Jon, David and I were trying to get it together," but the holdup has been Blackmore: “We couldn’t get ahold of him. We sent carrier pigeons, and the Pony Express. But nobody at 'Castle Blackmore' answered the door. It wasn’t meant to be."

A full reunion will never happen now because of Jon Lords unfortunate passing, but Hughes says, "I wouldn’t be surprised if we did something, David and I. Something might pop its head in the next two years."

When asked if there was a specific project in mind, Hughes said, "No! (But) David and I have talked about this weekly since Jon died. How we can do something to keep the flame burning. But we don’t want to hinder the heritage of the band, some bands get back together and sound bloody awful. It’s the 40th anniversary of 'Burn' next year. I’m not giving you a hint to something that’s gonna happen, but you just never know."

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The closest thing to that reunion is the two tracks Hughes is a part of on 'Re-Machined: A Tribute To Deep Purple’s Machine Head' (out Sept. 25) Hughes plays bass and sings on new versions of 'Maybe I’m A Leo" and "Highway Star."

Orange Amplification has announced that Glenn Hughes is now endorsing their amps. His move to Orange Amplification sees him returning back to his roots of using a British-made vintage inspired amp with full modern tones.

"I plugged into to that Orange amp and it was as though it had been designed for me!" Glenn said. "It was the Glenn Hughes sound... It was the sound I had with TRAPEZE in '69 and the sound I had with DEEP PURPLE!"

Glenn will be using the AD200B MK3 head with an OBC810 8 x 10" bass speaker cabinet on his latest tour. The AD200B MK3 is quite simply one of the purest bass amps ever produced with a creamy dynamic low end and a focused midrange crunch. The OBC810 is a revered bass cabinet first made in small numbers back in the 1970s, and recently relaunched, it has to be heard to be believed.

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Glenn Hughes says upcoming Black Country Communion album may be their last, forms another supergroup called Kings of Chaos

by on Sep.07, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Glenn Hughes says upcoming Black Country Communion album may be their last, forms another supergroup called Kings of Chaos

Vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes of Black Country Communion recently told ABC News Radio that the band's third studio album, 'Afterglow' (out Oct. 30) quite possibly may be their last, but not because he doesn't want the band to continue. BCC features drummer Jason Bonham, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa. Glenn said, "This may be the [band's] last album," he declared. "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."

Hughes also said that due to guitarist Joe Bonamassa's own solo recording and touring commitments, Black Country Communion has no solid plans to tour in support of Afterglow. "If I had a magic wand," he added, "I would wave it over everybody's head and go, 'Hey, you guys, we're gonna go and do 200 shows [in 2013] and we're gonna be a huge rock 'n' roll band globally. It's not gonna happen. I figured that if this was to be the last album…then I need to come in with some pretty wild and epic tracks," he noted. "So, I'm really proud of this album."

It looks as though Hughes has already formed another supergroup of sorts called Kings of Chaos with several of the other famous musicians who took part in a recent Rock N Roll All Stars tour of South America. The band's lineup includes Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, bassist Duff McKagan (ex-Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver/Loaded), drummer Matt Sorum (ex- Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver) and guitarist Steve Stevens (ex-Billy Idol).

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Hughes said that Kings of Chaos will "tour pockets of the world -- the exotics, if you will, and the tropics and even America." He said things a tour will launch this April in South America, where the group plans to hit cities that the Rock N Roll AllStars had intended to play before the gigs were canceled.

Hughes also said the new group will record new music: "We're gonna do a series of EPs. On those EPs there will be three covers and one original song. And…the lineups with the Kings of Chaos, vocally, will change. The core band will be the same. So, it's gonna be always moving and changing." Kings of Chaos actually make their recorded debut on the forthcoming Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head', which will be released on September 25th. The track "Never Before" is their contribution to the project, minus Hughes on vocals. Hughes does play on two tracks on 'Re-Machined,' 'Maybe I'm a Leo' and 'Highway Star.'

Noisecreep recently caught up with former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes to chat about the new Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head', the recent passing of Purple keysman Jon Lord and how the band isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet: www.noisecreep.com

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Trailer released for upcoming Deep Purple tribute album ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head’

by on Aug.15, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Trailer released for upcoming Deep Purple tribute album ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head’

A three-minute trailer for for the new Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head' due for release on Sept. 25th from Eagle Rock Entertainment can be viewed below. The compilation CD features re-interpretations of classic DP songs from former band member Glenn Hughes, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and more.

'Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head' will be made available initially with Classic Rock magazine's upcoming Deep Purple fanpack on September 4th.  The fanpack will include a band-endorsed 124-page magazine with exclusive new interviews with guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Steve Vai and the members of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, and more talking about recording these classic songs. There will also be brand new interviews with Deep Purple, with one of the last interviews with the late Jon Lord. Look for previously unpublished photographs and artifacts from the archives in the magazine as well.

After hearing of Jon Lord's passing, Glenn Hughes assembled some friends to cut 'Highway Star' as a tribute to his dear friend. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica, who are also recording a song for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, has previously said, "We were asked if we'd contribute to the anniversary of 'Machine Head' — we can't turn that down. We're circling the Dio and PURPLE catalogs and hopefully we'll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men."

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'Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head' track listing:

1. Smoke On The Water - Carlos Santana/Jacoby Shaddix
2. Highway Star - Chickenfoot
3. Maybe I'm A Leo - Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Luis Maldonado
4. Pictures Of Home - Black Label Society
5. Never Before - Kings Of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum)
6. Smoke On The Water - The Flaming Lips
7. Lazy - Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa
8. Space Truckin' - Iron Maiden
9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica
10. Highway Star - Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley (exclusive track)

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Slash News: Joined by Duff McKagan at Seattle tour stop, Hollywood Walk of Fame recap (video)

by on Jul.15, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators made a stop in Seattle on Friday night (June 13) at the Showbox SoDo and who should show up, but ex-Guns N' Roses bandmate Duff McKagan.

He joined Slash three months after last sharing a stage together at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction ceremonies this past April. Watch the renditions of the GnR classics 'It's So Easy' and 'Paradise City' below.

"Thanks to Duff McKagan for coming down & jamming a couple tunes as well. Made it a perfect night. #itssoeasy#" tweeted Slash after the show.


On Monday (July 10) radio host Jim Ladd, film producer Robert Evans, and friend Charlie Sheen were all on hand to witness the ceremony and speak on Slash’s behalf at his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sheen, who is also Slash's neighbor took a public swipe at Axl Rose, saying, “It’s quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.”

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He also got in some drug humor adding, “This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the ’80s,” where . Also in attendance were Slash’s wife Perla, their children, and former Guns N’ Roses bandmates Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke.

In addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honor, Slash was named by Time magazine as the No. 2 guitarist of all-time, coming in right behind Jimi Hendrix on their list.

Following the event, Slash and Myles Kennedy went into the Hard Rock for a private acoustic performance and question-and-answer session. Myles and Slash were joined by Steven Adler, who did a great job of getting the crowd to clap along and sing the chorus on 'Paradise City.' Watch footage of all of it below.




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Duff McKagan throws out first pitch at hometown Seattle Mariners game (video)

by on Jul.14, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Duff McKagan took to the mound to throw out the first pitch just before a recent Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox game in his hometown of Seattle. "It was totally nerve-wracking to throw out the first pitch. I got about 150,000 texts saying 'don’t throw it in the dirt' -- so I threw it really high, but not too high."

Duff is a major fan of his hometown Mariners, Seahawks, and was incredibly saddened when his Seattle Supersonics left for Oklahoma City.

Here's more detailed video on www.mlb.com

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Besides writing a fantastic column for Seattle Weekly, Duff also writes for espn.com. Read his recent columns here.
With the recent release of the 'Rock of Ages' movie, the New York Times recently got Sunset Strip reminisces from Duff, Bret Michaels and Sebastian Bach. Read it here: www.nytimes.com

McKagan will be this year's Grand Marshal of the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade in downtown Seattle. This year's parade takes place Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. As always, it starts at Seattle Center and heads downtown along Fourth Avenue on a 2-1/2 mile route.

 

Duff and his wife at a Seahawks game

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