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Black Country Communion | Eventim Apollo | 4 January 2018
Black Country Communion, Glenn Hughes reminds a packed Eventim Apollo, began after he and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed together at Los Angeles’ House of Blues back in 2009.
Enlisting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboard player Derek Sherinian, the quartet released three albums in as many years, until the wheels came off.
“One day I woke up and decided to be an asshole,” Bonamassa admits tonight during the band’s second live show since reforming. But as the quartet storm through a set drawn primarily from their first two self-titled LPs and last year’s seismic ‘BCCIV’, the hatchet seems well and truly buried.
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Black Country Communion | BCCIV
Black Country Communion’s comeback album begins with the sound of musicians tuning up. Someone counts them in and they launch into a riff that could only come from the home of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest.
The message is clear: ‘BCCIV’ is the work of a real band, its four members playing with all the give and take that comes from performing live in a room together. But this is no ragged jam session put to tape. For all the natural spontaneity and raw power of the performances, it’s ultimately about the songs. And this time co-writers Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa have crafted the supergroup’s most consistently excellent collection of songs yet.
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Black Country Communion are playing two special UK shows in January 2018 to celebrate the release of their forthcoming new album ‘BCC IV’.
The supergroup featuring singer/bassist Glenn Hughes, singer/guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham, and keyboard player Derek Sherinian, play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 2 January and London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 4 January – the only two concerts the band will play in the UK and Europe.
Planet Rock will run a 48-hour ticket pre-sale from 9 am on 2 August at www.planetrock.com. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on 4 August at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.eventim.co.uk.
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Glenn Hughes | Islington Assembly Hall | 21 January 2017
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“I’m all about love and giving the love back,” admits Glenn Hughes. And, during an impassioned London show, that’s exactly what he delivers: every song is performed with all his heart and soul, every spoken gratitude filled with genuine appreciation for an audience who willingly reciprocate – whether it’s for the man himself, his music, or his ill mother.
Never is this shared affection more evident than during the quiet moments of a deeply affecting ‘You Keep On Moving’. As Hughes raises his indomitable voice to the heavens, its simultaneous power and fragility moves a packed Islington Assembly Hall to uncharacteristic silence and – as the moment of intimacy ends – deafening roars, some fuelled by beer, most by love. Continue reading Glenn Hughes: This is my town
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Glenn Hughes was in agony.
“I remember walking off stage at some point during my show in London last year and telling my assistant: ‘I don’t think I can finish the show’. I was sad, I was crying, I was actually in so much pain, but the audience was so amazing they just lifted me.”
It’s a testament to the then 64-year-old’s resilience that nobody noticed – but the mercurial performer knew he couldn’t continue to fight through the pain night after night. Confined to a wheelchair offstage, the only solution was to have both knees replaced – one in December 2015, the other in January – and undergo months of physical therapy. But not content with merely learning to walk again, Hughes also spent the recuperation period writing songs.
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Glenn Hughes | Electric Ballroom | 1 November 2015
“Music is a healer,” Glenn Hughes tells a packed Electric Ballroom. “It keeps us all sane.”
Of course he’s right, driving home the point with a two-hour masterclass in its power to uplift. His source material: highlights of a four-decade career, spanning his first taste of success with Trapeze in the early ‘70s to the latterday powerhouse that was Black Country Communion. Classics from Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, and his expansive solo discography round out a far-reaching setlist, given total cohesion by Hughes’ magnificent vocals and Doug Aldrich’s shape-shifting playing.
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Glenn Hughes is hitting the UK for a series of shows, kicking off in Norwich on 19 October and reaching London on 1 November.
The rock veteran’s solo concerts will celebrate his entire back catalogue, including songs made famous during his time with Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, and, most recently, California Breed.
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