Watch Black Country Communion’s ‘Over My Head’ Video
Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham reunited in the studio with producer Kevin Shirley earlier this year, after personal issues caused the collapse of the band in 2013, just as their third album, Afterglow, was released.
In a recent interview, guitarist Bonamassa described how he put those issues behind him and rekindled his relationship with Hughes in 2016. “I was horribly jet-lagged in Dusseldorf and sent Glenn a message congratulating him about [Deep Purple's] induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he told Music Radar. “[I] figured I might as well revisit the BCC catalog. Listening to it, I thought we were really good when we were not being idiots."
Bonamassa explained how he composed an email to everyone, noting that "a lot of people spend two lifetimes searching for a great band and never find it, while we threw it away like spare change. I said I’d be the first to sign up for anything new. … I didn’t even know if I had the current email addresses for everyone. And they all responded within an hour! We all agreed there’s no point in a reunion unless we had some good songs, so we went back to how it started. We tucked ourselves in the corner of Glenn’s writing room with a bunch of guitar amps: ‘I’ll bring the riffs and you bring that I-am-the-messenger s---!’ We spent about a year writing the songs and then recorded it this January.”
Hughes added that he has "seen people that God has put on this earth. I’ve known Prince, Stevie Wonder ... and Joe Bonamassa. Those people are here for a reason. They are kind, generous and talented - clearly with a purpose. He’s connected to this other place. He’s my friend and we’ve rekindled an amazing friendship. Before my mum died, it was insane, but after that – he’s had my back completely. We’re looking to do number five. We want the world to know.”
Black Country Communion have confirmed two U.K. shows next year in support of BCCIV. They’ll play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Jan. 2 and at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on Jan. 4.