Drummer Jason Bonham has exited for the time being from California Breed, the band he formed with bassist and and singer Glenn Hughes after the breakup of their last band, Black Country Communion. That breakup was due to guitarist Joe Bonamassa’s commitment to his solo career. Ironically Bonham is taking a break from California Breed due to his other musical obligations, including a collaboration with Phil Collins.
Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo as the drummer for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham’s professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band. As Glenn Hughes says “We’re just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We’re very proud of our debut record and we can’t wait to share it, live and loud, with you.” The band’s European tour dates start Nov. 7 in Russia.
Bonham, who has recently been touring with Sammy Hagar said there are no hard feelings on his part, stating on Facebook, “I love those guys but it wasn’t going to work for me. I will support them as I love the band I help create and Joey is great. Good luck guys.” Bonham is reportedly in rehearsals with Phil Collins for a possible tour as Phil looks to be ready to put himself back out their after his lengthy hiatus.
California Breed will tour Europe starting in November and will wrap up the slate of shows in the U.K. opening for Slash.
California Breed 2014 European Tour
Nov. 7 – Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Nov. 8 – Moscow, Russia
Nov. 10 – Novosibirsk, Russia
Nov. 13 – St. Petersburg, Russia
Nov. 14 – Nozniy Novgorod, Russia
Nov. 16 – Milan, Italy
Nov. 17 – Munich, Germany
Nov. 19 – Nurnberg, Germany
Nov. 20 – Vienna, Austria
Nov. 22 – Warsaw, Poland
Nov. 23 – Berlin, Germany
Nov. 25 – Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 26 – Koln, Germany
Nov. 28 – Manchester, U.K. (with Slash)
Nov. 29 – Leeds, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 1 – Birmingham, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 2 – London, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 4 – Glasgow, U.K. (with Slash)
Dec. 5 – Porthcawl, U.K. (with Slash)