Rock Picks of the Week are back, and although a few of these tracks have been out for a bit, I will be catching up on my picks and expect some additional posts. Starting off is a band that doesn’t look like may survive past it’s third release. Black Country Communion’s new album ‘Afterglow’ was released on October 30th, but if the recent tweets by band members and their producer/”fifth member” are any indication, the band could be no more. For me, that is a serious bummer, as I felt BCC should have always been more popular and well known in not only rock circles, but in all of music. ‘The Confessor’ is the first track released from ‘Afterglow,’ and it delivers like I knew it would.

Vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and producer Kevin Shirley, who is (or was) the band’s unofficial “fifth member” took to Twitter last month to discuss their thoughts and frustrations about the cancellation announcement of the only tour date the band had announced, whith was called off right after pre-sale tickets became available. Shirley – who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band together after seeing them jamm onstage in Los Angeles back in November of 2009.

Hughes has always wanted BCC to do major touring in support of their albums, and has been upfront about his frustration with Joe Bonamassa’s solo career not allowing the band to do that. Hughes took on a much bigger role with the new album, and has also recently stated that he didn’t think the band could continue as is, because of that desire to tour.

Hughes has already announced he will be a part of the ‘Kings Of Chaos, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Joe Elliott, Sebastian Bach, Steve Stevens and more. That band’s first appearance is on the Deep Purple tribute album, ‘Re-Machined”. Hughes is on that album as well, but just not as a part of the Kings of Chaos lineup, who also have a song on the tribute album.

As fas as the tweets go, producer Kevin Shirley initially said after the concert cancellation, “I like to leave these things alone, but I feel an apology is in order. When you’re thrown a lifeline, it doesn’t serve you to steal the rope! And tweeting doesn’t make it history, or true. Your call will be answered – please enjoy the music.”

Bonamassa then tweeted, “I am very sorry about the Black Country Communion canceled gig. But principle still stands for something in 2012. I’m ready to move on.”

That was followed by Hughes re-tweeting Bonamassa’s comment and adding, “Me too.” Hughes had earlier tweeted after the cancellation, “Been a rough week.”

If this is it, it will be so sad to see this fantastic band disappear. There may be hope however to see the band live, but without Bonamassa on guitar. Drummer Jason Bonham has recently mentioned that something could be worked out with Bonamassa’s consent and help in picking a replacement touring guitatrist for a BCC tour. We’ll see if that is a possibility in the coming weeks.

Joe Bonamassa’s solo track ‘Dislocated Boy’ is up next and despite Joe’s reluctance to commit on an extended basis to Black Country Communion and my disappointment with that, the guitar legend always brings an amazing level of passion and musicianship to everything he does. I also love his solo work and I understand why he doesn’t want to halt any momentum to what is and always has been the most important part of his career.
The track comes from the ‘Driving Toward the Daylight’ album, which was originally released last May. Check out the video clip featuring guest guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. Bonamassa has recently released another album, the double CD set ‘Joe Bonamassa: Live From New York’s Beacon Theatre,’ and has a spring tour alreeady booked. Check out dates and everything else about what’s going on with Joe at jbonamassa.com

Las Vegas rockers Adelitas Way have had a great 2012, with the band taking their last track released from the ‘Home School Valedictorian’ album all the way to the top of the rock airplay charts. ‘Criticize’ was a slow climb for quite some time on the charts, but then just exploded and went straight to the top. Their latest album came out over a year ago, but the band is still having success with it, as the latest rock pick of the week, ‘Alive,’ is their fourth single from the album. Check out the video for the track, which has a positive message that we all need to try to follow: ‘Laugh a little louder/Love a little harder.’

Adelitas Way had a great time touring with with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Helyeah, P.O.D., Fozzy and more on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour at the end of September, and recently wrapped up shows with Theory Of A Deadman and Charm City Devils. The band have one show scheduled in December, but expect more touring from the band in early 2013.

Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy are up next in rock picks. Fozzy’s latest album, ‘Sin And Bones,’ was released this past August, and the band has been touring consistently behind it since it came out. Fozzy joined Geoff Tate and Candlelight Red for shows, as well as some U.S. headlining dates in Oct./Nov. and are now slated to kick off a European tour on Nov. 27th with Soil to wrap up 2012.

‘Sandpaper’, is the lead single from ‘Sin And Bones’, and it features a guest appearance by Avenged Sevenfold lead singer M. Shadows. A great hard rock track from a band that continues to rise in the rock world, and reach a level of success that has allowed Jericho to curtail his WWE wrestling job and concentrate on kicking ass with Fozzy.

Lynyrd Skynyrd released a video for the title track from their new record, ‘Last Of A Dyin’ Breed,’ and it features members of E Clampus Vitus – which I am also a member of. The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. The fraternity is not sure if it is a “historical drinking society” or a “drinking historical society.” There are chapters in California, Nevada and other western states. Members call themselves “Clampers.” In the clip, the Good Ol’ Boys Clampers ride in and build themselves a go-go bar, with some fantastic results! Lynyrd Skynyrd is currently on tour in support of their new album, Last Of A Dyin’ Breed, which saw the band achieve their highest chart debut since 1978. The band completed a tour of the U.K. recently, and have U.S. dates scheduled into April.

Central Pennsylvania rockers Candlelight Red have released the creepy and slightly NSFW official video for ‘Demons’, the title track from their latest EP. Produced by SEVENDUST drummer, Morgan Rose, the band’s EP features four hard-hitting tracks, and as Morgan commented, “came out unreal.” Demons is available now on iTunes.

Candlelight Red have tour dates scheduled in the U.S. in December with Nonpoint.