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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."
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.
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)
Reuniting for the first time since their collaboration on Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album, Deep Purple´s Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took everybody by surprise in 2011 when they released the charity singles,'Out Of My Mind' and 'Holy Water.'
For the recording of these songs, the two rock legends called a few friends, asking for some “help.” Jason Newsted (Metallica), the late Jon Lord (Deep Purple, 1941-2012), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and Linde Lindström (HIM) completed the supergroup WhoCares.
Now, 'Out Of My Mind' and 'Holy Water' will be featured in a special 2 disc set of rarities and recordings culled from the careers of Iommi and Gillan. The WhoCares double CD will be released in North American on August 28th through Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Amongst the tracks are the two original WhoCares songs, Deep Purple’s unreleased studio jam Dick Pimple, a song from Repo Depo (a band Ian Gillan formed before the Deep Purple reunion) which never released an official song before this CD. Also included is 'Zero The Hero,' from the aforementioned Black Sabbath Born Again release (which is the only album to feature Gillan on lead vocals), as well as two unreleased songs from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes.
The Out Of My Mind and Holy Water singles were a joyful and inspired moment from two musicians with nothing to prove, willing to support music where music is considered a luxury. The spark to bring Iommi and Gillan in a studio together again was to finance the rebuilding of a music school in Armenia they had visited together on various occasions in past years.
“As I said once in the song Razzle Dazzle, it’s a real fine line between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time,’” states Gillan. “The destruction of conformity in this case: some of these pieces never really fitted into their contemporary program and got sidelined or forgotten, and some of the album tracks never had much exposure. As the track listing for this album came together, I noticed many of the titles had character similarities: a combination of freshness as they finally felt the sun on their backs and rebellion in a ‘yeah told you so’ kind of way. And that adds up to a wonderful time and more money for the music school we are building in Armenia."
“The ad-hoc benefit WhoCares band,” continues Gillan, “was a band put together by Tony Iommi and myself on a flight home from Yerevan, where we’d been deeply humbled by the honor and expectation bestowed upon us. Well that’s it really, in a nutshell, so to speak, what more can I say? It’s all there in the music.”
The release of this very special 2 CD set is a must for all Deep Purple fans and fans of hard rock.
1. WhoCares Out Of My Mind featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath Zero The Hero
3. Ian Gillan feat. Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover Trashed
4. M. Rakintzis feat. Ian Gillan Get Away
5. Tony Iommi feat G.Hughes Slip Away
6. Gillan Don’t Hold Me Back
7. Ian Gillan She Thinks It’s A Crime
8. Repo Depo feat. Ian Gillan Easy Come, Easy Go
9. Deep Purple feat.Ronnie James Dio Smoke On The Water (live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
1. WhoCares Holy Water featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath Anno Mundi
3. Tony Iommi feat. G. Hughes Let it Down Easy
4. Ian Gillan Hole in My Vest
5. Gillan & Glover feat. Dr. John Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave Me
6. Ian Gillan & The Javelins Can I Get A Witness
7. Garth Rockett & The Moonshiners aka IG No Laughing in Heaven
8. Ian Gillan When A Blind Man Cries (Live at Absolute Radio, previously unreleased)
9. Deep Purple Dick Pimple
The U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine will be releasing the Deep Purple tribute CD 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head' as an upcoming Deep Purple Fanpack. 11 all new recordings of the band’s classic 1972 album performed by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Carlos Santana & Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Black Label Society, Kings of Chaos, the Flaming Lips, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa plus Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith and more are a part of the project,to be published on September 4th.
The CD will be accompanied with an official, band-endorsed 124-page collectors magazine featuring exclusive interviews with Metallica, Maiden, Chickenfoot, Bonamassa and Vai. Deep Purple themselves also discuss the making of one of their best-loved releases, and provide access to exclusive and unpublished photos and artifacts from their archive.
The magazine also includes one of the last-ever interviews with keyboard icon Jon Lord, who died earlier this month. You can listen to a recent BBC Radio 4 interview with reclusive guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who talked about his old band mate in glowing terms here:
Blackmore's told Radio 4's weekly obituary program that tells the life stories of those who have died recently, "I'd never heard an organist play that way before. Jon had a lot of flash to his playing, which I enjoyed. And, of course, he was such an amiable person too. There was no ego there. My favourite piece of his is on Hush; his organ solo on that is just unbelievable…"
Classic Rock magazine editor Geoff Barton is currently writing a lengthy piece about Jon Lord for the next edition of Classic Rock, but you can order the exclusive fanpack that includes the CD here: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk
1. Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana/Jacoby Shaddix
2. Highway Star – Chickenfoot
3. Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes/Chad Smith
4. Pictures of Home – Black Label Society
5. Never Before – Kings of Chaos
6. Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips
7. Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
8. Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden
9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica
Special edition exclusive:
10. Highway Star – Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Lauchlan Doley