BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, will release its third album, “Afterglow”, on October 30 (one day earlier internationally).

During an interview last Thursday with ABC News Radio, Hughes revealed that “Afterglow” may be BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION‘s last CD due to Bonamassa‘s heavy solo touring commitments. “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,” he said.

“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 explained that the prospect of “Afterglow” being BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION‘s swan song helped inspire him to write what he believes are some of the band’s strongest 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.”

Hughes also revealed to ABC News Radio that he has formed a new group called KINGS OF CHAOS with several of the other musicians who took part in the ill-fated Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars tour of South America in April. The new band’s lineup also features Joe Elliott (vocals; DEF LEPPARD), Duff McKagan (bass; GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADED), Matt Sorum (drums; GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, THE CULT) and Steve Stevens (guitar; BILLY IDOL).

According to Hughes, KINGS OF CHAOS will “tour pockets of the world — the exotics, if you will, and the tropics and even America,” beginning with an April 2013 South American trek. The band will also record “a series of EPs,” each featuring “three covers and one original song. And… the lineups with the KINGS OF CHAOS, vocally, will change,” he explained. The core band will be the same. So, it’s gonna be always moving and changing.”

A slightly different version of KINGS OF CHAOS — featuring the aforementioned musicians minus Hughes — will make its recorded debut on the forthcoming DEEP PURPLE tribute album “Re-Machined” which will be released on September 25 via Eagle Records.




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