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On Thursday, May 12, at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, musicians from around the globe came together to honor 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick).
Billed as a benefit concert for Adopt The Arts (a Los Angeles-based charity co-founded by musician Matt Sorum and activist Abby Berman that works to preserve arts programs in U.S. public schools), featured performers alongside Hughes, Zander and Sorum, included Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Billy Duffy (the Cult), Dean and Robert Deleo (Stone Temple Pilots), Steve Lukather (Toto), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
On the red carpet before the show, Hughes talked about, among other things, the recent revelation that Black Country Communion, the band the former Deep Purple bassist co-founded in 2009 with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, are reuniting.
“Yes, Joe and I are writing at the end of July,” Hughes confided. “We're making the album in January. It will be done, as the others were, very quickly. Some of the songs will be written, and some of them will be developed in the studio.”
The singer and bassist, who is finishing a solo album in June and hitting the road to support it in August, emphasized that the reunion came about because of the deep friendship he shares with the others. “It's a great honor to play with my friends again, because I love those guys — I always have,” he said.
Hughes dismissed the band’s future in 2012 due in part to a conflict with Bonamassa’s solo career, but now he’s changed his tune.
“Solo is all the way for me,” he explained. “Black Country will be like it is for Joe — kind of a side thing.”
Stay tuned to VintageRock.com for exclusive photos and a detailed report on the Adopt The Arts benefit concert, featuring interviews with Glenn Hughes, Robin Zander and Matt Sorum from the red carpet.