Legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) was interviewed earlier this month on "The Paulie Z Show". The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below.
In an exclusive interview with Dave Lewis for the forthcoming Tight But Loose magazine, Hughes revealed the future plans for BLACK COUNTRY, the new group featuring Glenn alongside Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER) on drums, Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, BILLY IDOL, ALICE COOPER) on keyboards, and Joe Bonamassa on guitar.
"You might think with Joe involved it's going to be a bluesy record, and while there are elements of that, it's developed into a classic modern rock album," he said. "There's a real groove to it all, but with a Bonham involved, that's to be expected!
"Jason's drumming is amazing. He really feels the music and knows exactly what's going on in the songs. This is his best playing on an album ever, in my view. It's an honor to be in a band with him. His father helped me so much in my early days in TRAPEZE and was a real mentor to me. He really championed my music. It's amazing to think back and remember being at John's house and seeing him tutoring Jason when he was really young and now I'm playing in a band with him."
Talking about recording the debut BLACK COUNTRY album, Glenn recalled the sheer buzz of performing in this lineup.
"I remember we were recording the second track, 'One Last Soul', on January 3; it was a Sunday. We were doing it all live and I had this overwhelming feeling that this is the way it should be now. This is what I'm supposed to be doing.
"I'm back in a band and I feel totally rejuvenated. I need, for my own sake, to be involved in this. I love the variety we have and there's a real focus that allows us to grow musically. It's a real 'black country'-sounding album, too. Kevin Shirley's production is typical of his style; there's a rawness and lots of live solos and not a lot of overdubs. There's a light and shade there, too, but as I said, it's also a very gutsy vocal record."
The complete full-length interview, in which Glenn talks about the making of the BLACK COUNTRY album and reminisces on his early days in TRAPEZE and being in the company of John Bonham and Robert Plant, will feature in the new issue of Tight But Loose (issue 26), due out in April.
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Glenn Hughes interviewed on "The Paulie Z Show" (click on player below to launch audio):