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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).
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
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."
'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)
Def Leppard News: Joe Elliott talks re-recording classic tracks, USA Today profile, Youtube performance and Q&A
Def Leppard recently re-recorded new versions of 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' and 'Rock of Ages' after not being able to come to an agreement with their ex-record label about the digital rights to the band's back catalog. Now the band are aiming to re-record all their hit singles.
Frontman Joe Elliott told MTV Hive that’s just the start: "How can I put this politely? We were having a major disagreement with out ex record label about the digital rights for our back catalogue. We couldn’t come to a mutual understanding that seemed fair for both sides. So we finally decided to re-record all our hits. We started with Sugar and Rock of Ages and I think we did a pretty good job – but it’s hard work trying to recreate something you did 30 years ago.
Def Leppard will make "100% forgeries" of their originals, but Elliott says it would be a mistake to try changing any aspect of the tracks: "It’s not like a live version where everything a bit looser and you’ve got the ad libs, the longer guitar solos and the crowd in the background. We were very conscious of the fact that when people download our songs from iTunes they want it to sound like they remember it. There’s nothing worse than being let down by an artist you love. There’s a guy called Andrew Gold – back in the seventies he had a song called Lonely Boy that’s just wonderful. When we were on tour it popped into my head, so I went to download what I thought was the original. I ended up getting a re-recording. It was like a crappy karaoke version."
But don't expect any new videos to go along with the re-recorded track. Elliott says: "It’s easy to reproduce the sound and get it to match – but we can’t go in a time machine and get rid of the wrinkles. We are what we are. I’m 52; I’ll be 53 in a few months. It would be ridiculous."
Check out a new lyric video for 'Rock of Ages' and listen to the new version of 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' here:
This weekend, over 80 stations will air 'Off the Record' with Joe Benson featuring the music of Def Leppard and Joe's brand new conversation with singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage. Find a station to listen to it on here: www.unclejoe.com
Def Leppard recently recorded a live set on the Sunset Strip at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. for youtube. Def Leppard rip through 7 songs including "Rock of Ages", "Foolin'", "Animal", "Hysteria", "Bringin' on the Heartbreak", "Pour Some Sugar on Me", and "Let It Go". It was all followed by a band Q&A with 'Rockline' host and legendary DJ Bob Coburn.
The 'Rock of Ages' tour with Poison and Lita Ford rocks on tomorrow in Denver, CO. and wraps up in Santa Barbara, CA on September 15th.
USA Today profiled the band earlier this week. Here's an excerpt:
Starting in Sheffield: During the late '70s, the nascent group had a hard time finding places to play in its hometown in England. Club owners realized "they could make more money employing somebody to spin discs rather than getting a band that would vomit all over the dressing rooms." The group played its first show in the dining hall of a local school, a hastily arranged gig designed to keep guitarist Steve Clark, who had joined six months earlier, from making good on his threat to quit. (He would remain a member until his death in 1991.) The second show took place in a dark field. "A couple of people put their (car) lights on so that the 12 people who were there could see us," Elliott says.
That's the way (they like it): In the early days, Def Lep once opened for the electro-pop Human League, who also formed in Sheffield in 1977. Decades later, the rockers taped a TV concert with country superstar Taylor Swift, who's a big fan. But neither of those was their weirdest bill: They once found themselves on the lineup with disco stalwarts KC & the Sunshine Band. Not that Elliott minded: "They were unbelievable. There were 11 of them onstage, and they were a machine. Just because we ended up in a rock band doesn't mean we don't appreciate (Shake, Shake, Shake)Shake Your Booty." Read the entire article here: www.usatoday.com/life/music
Def Leppard in partnership with YouTube will play a one-time exclusive 'YouTube Presents' club gig at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA on June 6th at 11:30 (ET)/2:30pm (PT). Fans will get in for free on a first-come, first-served basis. The performance will be followed by a Q&A of fan questions with the band. Get your questions in by June 5th.
Both the performance and Q&A will be available on YouTube here in full, at 9am ET/12pm PT on June 7th.
Singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage break down all the details in this video clip:
Def Leppard to release re-recorded versions of ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’, Tom Cruise sings Def Leppard, Racy lap dance scene cut from ‘Rock of Ages’ movie
Def Leppard has re-recorded versions of two of its classic songs, "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me," to celebrate what the band is calling "the summer of 'Rock of Ages.'" The tracks will be available as digital downloads beginning June 4th at iTunes, Amazon.com and other online music sellers.
The re-recorded tracks will be released 11 days before the premiere of the 'Rock of Ages' film film, which features a soundtrack with renditions of classic 1980's rock hits. Def Leppard hits the road with Poison and Lita Ford on the Rock of Ages 2012 tour, kicking off June 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In an interview with Playboy Magazine the star of 'Rock of Ages,' Tom Cruise reveals what it was like for him to perform the song with the cameras rolling...and Def Leppard in the crowd.
"I was down in Miami, recording different songs, and [director] Adam [Shankman] called and said, 'Def Leppard's coming by the set.' I said, 'Man, that’s cool.' Then I paused. 'Wait, I’m rehearsing their song tomorrow.' And he's like, 'Yeah!' [laughs] So we started right in the deep end, and that was the first scene I shot in the movie...They went to the back of the Bourbon Room, and I looked at my band and was like, 'Hit it.' All the crew was watching them watching me."
Although Def Leppard attended the set hoping to poke fun at Cruise, they were pleasantly surprised by what they saw and heard.
"[T]he lead singer, Joe Elliott, points at me and goes, 'F— you! F— you!' Cruise continued. "Then I saw big smiles on their faces, and I realized I’d gotten their stamp. It was a very cool moment. It was important they knew I was honoring their music and not making fun of them." Read the entire interview here: www.playboy.com. Cruise also is featured in the June issue of W Magazine.
The beautiful Julianne Hough talked with yahoo! movies about her role in 'Rock of Ages' and revealed that a lap dance scene with her in bra and panties had been cut from the movie. We can only hope it shows up as a extra on the DVD release.
'Rock of Ages' is about a small town girl and city slicker guy trying to make it big in 1980s era Hollywood — and the wild, sex and rock 'n' roll atmosphere they become part of along the way. With scenes in strip clubs with pole dancing and Tom Cruise's glam metal rock star character, Stacee Jaxx, having his way with groupies, you wouldn't think anything was off-limits in the film but Julianne Hough, who plays Sherrie Christian, says one of the scenes she filmed with Cruise was so racy it ended up on the cutting room floor.
The actress says that when her boyfriend Ryan Seacrest visited the set, he got an eyeful. "He did come on set a couple of times and he was like, 'Wow, this is a little sexy!'" the 23-year-old actress tells Interview. "There was one scene we did that ended up not making it into the film, but it was a really great dance-and-vocal number — 'Rock You Like a Hurricane.' It was in the strip club, and I gave Tom a lap dance in the scene. The movie flowed better without it, so I understand why it got edited out, but at the same time, I'm like, 'Wait a minute. I got to do that, and it's not even in the movie?'"
Having been raised conservatively in Utah, Hough talked about what her father will think about her role — a kind-hearted aspiring singer who takes a job as a stripper to pay the bills. "I think it would be a lot harder for him if it wasn't a musical," she tells the magazine. "If it were a dramatic film where I'm stripping and it's for real — taking off my clothes and doing things. My dad understands that — my family, I should say, understands that — because it's a performance."
Besides, the worst of it did end up on the cutting room floor. "For the scene I did with Tom that got cut out, I was in a bra and underwear, basically giving him a lap dance, so my father will probably like that scene getting cut out."
Hough also talked about working with megastar Cruise, having grown up watching him on the big screen. "I think my generation will always look at him as Tom Cruise, the movie star," she tells Interview. "The thing about Tom is that he's super-cool, and whatever nerves I had going into a scene with him, afterwards he would say how funny it was or what a great job I did. So that really made me feel confident. But at the same time, my first scene with him was when my character, Sherrie, meets him for the first time and he says that she has a perky heart as he's grabbing her chest, so that was definitely pretty real."
Here's a new video for 'Anyway You Want It' from the movie with Mary J. Blige on vocals
A recent 'Dancing With the Stars' appearance by 'Rock of Ages' stars Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige and Diego Boneta performing a medley of songs from the movie.