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4th January 2017

black country communion

Glenn Hughes has confirmed on Facebook that Black Country Communion have entered a Hollywood, California studio to begin recording their fourth album, which Glenn said last year would be released in 2017.

BCC features Hughes alongside drummer Jason Bonham (Foreigner, UFO, Sammy Hagar), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and Joe Bonamassa. The new album is the follow-up to 2012s 'Afterglow'.

After the fourth album, the band split up, apparently due to tensions between Bonamassa and Hughes but now, four years later, they are back and ready for action again.

Kevin Shirley is once again the producer. 'The Caveman' is best known for his production work with Iron Maiden and has recently been working on the second Inglorious album, due out around Spring 2017, and has worked closely with Bonamassa on every album that the guitarist has recorded since 2006s 'You & Me'.

Glenn said in a recent interview with Icon Vs. Icon:

"One thing I want to make clear to everybody across air nation is that Joe Bonamassa and I never fell out. It just happened that after 'Afterglow' was recorded and released in the fall of 2012, there was no touring schedule set. Being that there was no touring schedule set, I decided to leave the band simply because I needed to go back to my solo career.

"There was never falling out. Joe was continuing with his solo career and it just never worked out that we could do a lot of touring. Over the course of the years, we have spoken to each other and we had lunch in the spring. We said: 'Wouldn't it be great to make another record? Maybe the time is right to do that?'

"There's certain times when people get back together for reunions and if they have their material, they have a good insight.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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