Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jason Bonham's new band issues press release

LedZeppelinNews.com has already reported on the formation of Black Country, and drummer Jason Bonham commented in an interview with HarmonyCentral on the progress of the group's early demo rehearsals:
"We've done six tracks so far. We're gonna go back in in March, do another four days, and hopefully have it out sometime at the end of the year."


Singer and bassist Glenn Hughes has been providing frequent status updates on the progress of the band via Twitter, beginning as producer Kevin Shirley was working on a remix of Deep Purple's 1975 album Come Taste the Band:
  • Dec. 31: "On my way to Malibu, where Kevin Shirley is remixing Come Taste The Band... 010 is gonna start off with a BANG!!! GH"
  • Jan. 3: "The new Band has now runnin'...it is a spectacle...with the most amazin' players..an orgasm for the mind!!!! GH"
  • Jan. 4: "The new Band is a MINDBLOWER... I Repeat A MINDBLOWER.... GH"
  • Jan. 7: "We have recorded 6 basic trax with live scratch vocals...I wrote a new song last nite...of the Epic Variety..it is the year of the Songs..GH"
  • Jan. 13: "And the rumours keep spreadin' about our Band... Songs:Music comes first.. Haven't been this excited since Joinin' Purple..GH"
  • Jan. 17: "Wow!...Joe and I had an amazin' writin' session..3 songs were demo'd.. This is a Real Rock Record...GH"
And once Bonham had broken the official silence with an interview for Spinner published Jan. 13, guitarist Joe Bonamassa entered the Twitter fray, issuing his own 140-character-or-less statements on the band:
  • Jan. 15: "So it is out of the bag... I am in a band again.. Really cool bunch of guys who are so good. The first tracks are really great.."
  • Early on Jan. 18: "Listening to the new band... Its funny its been 15 years since I was in a band. Bloodline vids are surfacing, its all meant to be. Rock!!!"
  • Late on Jan. 18: "Great day of Creating Rockqqqqqqq!! with my mate Glenn!.. Thanks to Rick and Howard for the great hang in Agoura.."

Now, Bonamassa's record label has issued a press release about the band, but the only quotations in it are from Shirley, who wrote in his online diary on Jan. 14 about the act:
They are all the very best players in the world, for my money!

Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) is a totally unique drummer and a supreme, yet oh-so-tasty powerhouse. Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper) is super versatile, and is playing mostly overdriven Hammond organ in this ensemble and is the color on the palette. Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze) plays bass and sings with a range VERY, VERY few can even get close to, and Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the best Blues guitarist around, plays hard riffing guitar as well as adding his signature vocals alongside Glenn. You'll just have to wait - we're planning to get this out late summer, and it's promising to be phenomenal! Perhaps if you're around San Bernadino about March 17.........

The blog "Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley" yesterday focused on what Black Country might sound like. Here are some selections:
"The world may finally get what it's never received from Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker's ill-fated attempts at reliving the promise of Cream over the years, or Purple's post-Blackmore progression. Black Country could be the new champion of progressive rock and blues. Having Kevin Shirley behind the mixing console is a great sign. Having Jason Bonham onboard - great sign. My assuption [sic] is that these two stalwarts will push the duo firmly in the direction of rock. ...

"I'm placing much of my faith on the fact that Derek Sherinian, a fantastic keyboard player, is being used to largely play the role of a latter day Jon Lord. This tells me that the Purple vibe is being carefully considered, and that could be very cool, indeed. The combination of this with Kevin Shirley's vast experience as a producer and engineer tells me volumes about this project.

"My prediction is that this will be the sleeper of the year. We'll see, won't we....coming in late summer, 2010."

After reading this piece, Hughes tweeted, "Whoah, this guy get's it, cool!"

The band may provide a new sonic outlet for Led Zeppelin fans who were unconvinced by Them Crooked Vultures in 2009. Conley writes:
"If I have a problem with Them Crooked Vultures, it's in the realm of songcraft. Granted it's only my view, but I wish Grohl's sense of melody and structure had more strongly figured into their equation. I'm a song guy, and in the song category, I don't hear myself humming any Vultures tunes yet. My guess is that Bonamassa's more simple blues based sound will combine with Hughes's ultra-sophisticated take on rock and funk, and come to an agreement somewhere in the middle taking both to a higher level. If I'm right, we may have a monster on our hands. Here's hoping they exceed beyond all expectations."

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