Journeyman rocker Glenn Hughes has played with an amazing list of artists over his long career, which perhaps most famously has included a mid-1970s stint as the bassist and second vocalist for Deep Purple. During the last few years, Hughes has found new success with Black Country Communion, a supergroup whose lineup also features sometimes-Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham, Billy Idol keyboardist Derek Sherinian and blues-guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa. The band recently announced plans to release its third studio effort in just over two years, Afterglow, on October 30.
While Black Country Communion has been garnering rave reviews and amassing a growing fan base, Hughes dropped a bit of a bombshell about the group’s future during an interview Thursday with ABC News Radio.
“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 went on to explain that due to Bonamassa’s own heavy solo touring commitments, Black Country Communion has no solid plans to hit the road 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.”
Hughes pointed out that the group’s predicament helped inspire him to create what he believes is some memorable tunes for the new record.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Hughes isn’t allowing the possible impending end of Black Country to slow him down. Earlier this year, the singer/bassist participated in the abbreviated Rock N Roll AllStars Tour of South America, and he’s now formed a new group called Kings of Chaos with several of the other famous musicians who took part in the trek. The band’s impressive lineup also features Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott, founding Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, ex-GN’R drummer Matt Sorum and longtime Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.
Hughes told ABC News Radio that Kings of Chaos will “tour pockets of the world — the exotics, if you will, and the tropics and even America.” He said things will kick off this April in South America, where the group plans to hit cities that the Rock N Roll AllStars trek had intended to play before the gigs were canceled.
The 61-year-old rocker also revealed that the Kings of Chaos won’t just be a touring project.
“We’re gonna do a series of EPs,” he explained. “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.” Hughes suggested that each disc may focus on a different genre, such as punk, classic rock and alternative rock.
As a point of interest, Kings of Chaos actually will make their recorded debut on the forthcoming Deep Purple tribute album Re-Machined, which will be released on September 25. The band’s aforementioned lineup minus Hughes contributed a version of “Never Before” to the project. Hughes, meanwhile, appears on two tracks on Re-Machined, “Maybe I’m a Leo” and “Highway Star.”
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