Black Country Communion delivers classic rock musicianship on another level. 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 their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, BCCIV, via J&R Adventures on Friday, September 22, 2017. This is the band's first studio album since 2013's 'Afterglow'.
Just like its three predecessors, BCCIV was overseen by legendary producer Kevin Shirley, whose catalog of hit classic rock records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Journey, The Black Crowes, has made him the hottest producer that rock music has to offer. Shirley, who originally had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa in a band after seeing them jamming together onstage in Los Angeles back in November 2009 – is the group's unofficial 'fifth member'.
Black Country Communion is an earth-shattering combination of American and British rock influences — a bona fide super group that conveys to the world a simple but important message: classic rock is alive and in good hands in the 21st century. Their communion together forms something that is greater than the sum of its parts, creating a legacy being cemented within the halls of music history.
Due to extensive solo touring schedules, this super group is hard to catch live and currently only has three live concerts scheduled with no immediate plans for more. Just announced today, the group will play two UK exclusive shows at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on January 2nd, 2018, and at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London on January 4th, 2018.
For ticket information visit www.bccommunion.com. BCC will also make a special guest appearance to perform on Joe Bonamassa's Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea Music Festival sailing February 26 - March 2, 2018.
The initiative for the new album came from Joe Bonamassa, who contacted the band in 2016 to see if they would be up for going back into the studio to write and record a fourth album. Says Joe, "I just felt the time was right for Black Country Communion to go back into the studio and write and record a new album. When I contacted Glenn, Derek and Jason, they immediately agreed to give it shot. The timing was right."
Black Country Communion's inception took place when front man and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa fused their styles on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event. With the help and guidance of producer Kevin Shirley, they further added to their rock lineage by recruiting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. Taking their name from an industrial area in Britain, and the birthplace of both Hughes and Bonham, Black Country Communion released their self-titled debut album in 2010, and with that, unleashed their brand of take-no-prisoners hard rock to a world thirsting for music with substance.
During its first week of release in the UK, BCC's debut album hit the #1 spot in the Official Top 40 Rock Album Chart. It was voted #3 in Classic Rock's "Critics Album of the Year" poll, and listeners of Planet Rock crowned BCC as the Best New Band of 2010.
In the States, former VH1 Classic TV show "That Metal Show" dubbed BCC as the Best New Rock Band of the last 10 Years. The band was also the recipient of the Best Breakthrough Act award at Classic Rock's prestigious Roll Of Honour Awards.
Following the release of another two studio albums, 2011's well-received Black Country Communion 2 and 2012's equally impressive Afterglow, plus a smoldering live CD released in 2011, Live Over Europe, the band has firmly established themselves as one of hard rock's premier acts. The band took a hiatus in 2013 and focused on their successful solo careers.
BCC has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, but as a powerful live act, is only exceeded by their dedication to their craft, and a willingness to challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can. Their latest, BCCIV, is destined to become one of the biggest hard rock albums of 2017.
"We had around four months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves," comments Glenn Hughes. "All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. A lot has happened since we last recorded the Afterglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier, bigger and bolder sound.
The band assembled to record BCCIV at Cave Studios in Los Angeles in January 2017. The songs on BCCIV will appeal to all fans of high quality hard rock, also those that admire singers of distinction. Hughes is not known as The Voice of Rock for nothing.
In terms of content, BCCIV expands upon the progression that took place between the first three albums. With an abundance of heavy riffs, undeniable hooks, melodic flair and infectious choruses, BCCIV is a spectacular album that gets bigger and bolder with repeated spins.
"I wanted the new album to physically shake your soul. It's a wake-up call." explains Hughes.