Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

 

With the album full of golden energy. A burning saffron Phoenix. The cover shouts to you listen I am a mighty album ready and waiting for your attention. When you are a reviewer sometimes you forget to write and just let the music pour out of the speaker. This is just one of those occasions. I kept listening filled with a golden rock glow but could not find the words. Now here are my humble thoughts.

Like the Roman Legions march straight and true BCCIV rock goes straight to your Rock jugular and connects. Mark Anthony may have led the IV legion – did he ever visit The Black Country… that is a History lesson! In the here and now Black Country Communion fourth studio album is firmly in the grip of the vocal might of Black Country’s son Glenn Hughes.

Opening the album with the first single Collide, it is the count in from the studio you here first. Then the Collision as guitar meets the mighty vocal tubes of Glenn. The Rhythm section gives the track power and shape provided by the keys. It is undeniably Glenn Hughes’ vocals that demand attention the rest is just the platform.

The hype of Black Country Communion being back in the studio is justified from the first to the last, not across the ten tracks. The coming together of musicians who individually shine, sometimes is a disappointment, not this time it is a communion that is holy.  The album flows as the shapes change burning brightly from hot red to amber glows. Out of the embers is the epic Joe Bonamassa number The Last Song For My Resting Place. For nearly eight minutes you are captured entwined in a warm Celtic fused magic as the album calms down, takes a breath but never loses its energy. With a lyrical story reaching back to harvest and music around the fire created by the judicious inclusion of fiddle and mandolin. It is the crying pain and glory of Bonamassa’s guitar that holds you in the grip of the music with its soul and passion pain and joy. A truly inspirational tale of the Titanic’s Violinist Wallace Hartley.  The magic as the guitar fades and the hook for mandolin and the story continues. What a number, follow that BCC. They do. Upping the tempo with sharp guitar collecting together the muscle of Classic Rock on Sway.

Now we are taken to the ocean shore for The Cove. Full of atmospheric swirls of guitar and keys as Joe guitar takes the helm. Ode to the dolphin is breathtaking. A tribute to the senseless killing of dolphins every year at The Killing Cove, Taiji, Japan.  The heartache is captured through the assured delivery of the message. Parcelled in instrumentation that reflects words and builds the emotions.

An album that has no fillers, The Crow, full of guitar the urgency picked up by the bass then Jason Bonham’s drums. The urge to move is then pulled together with the keys of Derek Sherinian, leading you into the longest track Wanderlust. Full of tempo changes, melodic as if you were walking down Abbey Road. Masterful playing and an inspired use of a Grand piano leading us into the last verse.

Tribute to Glenn Hughes’ Dad, sung for both his parents. Melodic, and leaves you in the certainty that at the end it is love that remains.  Closing out the album with When The Morning Comes. Returning home, dream-time and we are left with the glorious echoes of an album that is classic, modern, entertaining and has a message.

The legions of Classic rock are mighty. The influence and legacy of the greats can be heard echoing throughout. BCCIV rises from these ashes creating an album that heralds a new golden age of rock for now. Relevant, contemporary and magnificent.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Collide
  2. Over My Head
  3. The Last Song For My Resting Place
  4. Sway
  5. The Cove
  6. The Crow
  7. Wanderlust
  8. Love Remains
  9. Awake
  10. When Morning Comes

Black Country Communion Marches In With Rock on BCCIV

Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock DelightCollide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

 

Head over to Planet Rock and do not miss the pre-sale for their exclusive UK tour dates,  Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4th January 2018. 

 

Black Country Communion have just premiered the official music video for their first single “Collide” taken from their brand new album “BCCIV”, which on Friday 22nd September. 

Adding to the excitement the release first single from the new album out on Mascot Label Group – two UK live shows kick starting 2018.

Black Country Communion  music is a collision of rock power as the Anglo-American partnership returns. United by communion of rock are 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, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017.  This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

 

 

These will be the only two concerts the band will play in the UK and Europe.  Planet Rock’s 48-hour ticket pre-sale runs from Wednesday 2nd August until Thursday 3rd August via www.planetrock.com.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 4th August from 0844 844 0444 and can be booked online from www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.eventim.co.uk.

 

 

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Collide first Single from BCCIV Collision of Rock Delight

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

JANUARY 2018 UK DATES

PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE
WEDNESDAY 2nd AUGUST 2017 AT 9AM FROM www.planetrock.com

TICKETS ON GENERAL SALE FRIDAY 4th AUGUST
24 HOUR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 844 0444
www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Tickets: www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

24 HR Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Venue: 0870 320 7000

London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 4th January 2018

Tickets: www.eventim.co.ukwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

24 HR Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Venue: 020 8563 3800

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

Taking their name from the 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.

Back with BCCIV – the hiatus is suspended.. Solo career  projects are on hold and Black country Communion are back with new album and two live dates in the U.K. to kick-start 2018. BCC has cultivated a reputation not only as amazing songwriters, also a powerful live act, as they challenge and motivate each other to make the best music they can.

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK DatesNow, seven years on from its inception, Bonamassa feels the time is right to bring the original BCC line-up back for album #4.

“We had around 4 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 Aferglow album in 2013, so, in many ways, the new album shows BCC with a much harder, riffier and bigger and bolder sound.  If you’re looking for a folk album, this ain’t the one.”

 

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

All songs on the new album were co-written by Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa.  Glenn wrote all the lyrics on the album except for the song ‘The Last Song For My Resting Place’ which was written by Joe.

Here’s a breakdown of the songs on “BCCIV” in the words of Glenn Hughes:

COLLIDE
“I had written the riff to this song in the morning of the first day of writing BCCIV. Joe came over and I played him the riff, and we finished the song before lunch. I had a feeling that Collide would set the pace for the record.”

OVER MY HEAD
“This was a song I had written after a session with Joe. It was kind of like One Last Soul where I had written a song and was unsure if it would fit our style simply because it was more mainstream. One Last Soul definitely clicked with Rock fans, and got a lot of Radio airplay. Over My Head is in the same ballpark, big groove and memorable chorus. I can hear it on the radio.”

THE LAST SONG FOR MY RESTING PLACE
“I was intrigued by the notion of Wallace Hartley (violinist and band leader on the Titanic).  The fact that he played everyone off the ship to the detriment of himself brings you back to a more selfless time in our history. I don’t believe the conditions are around in 2017 for something or someone like that to step forward and be recognised.  I felt that his story and this song played well on this album. His violin is in a private collection and survives to this day.” – JB

“Joe had two parts to this song: the intro and outro where the track is suited with a mandolin and fiddle. The middle part, heavy and dramatic and dark. Absolutely love Joe’s vocal on this song. A tale of the Titanic going down into the deep, and a violin that would perish alongside its many fateful passengers.” – GH

SWAY
“A swagger riff leads the way on this track. We changed the groove, when Jason suggested it should have a “Smooth Criminal” Michael Jackson vibe. This was how Jason’s Dad, John, would have approached it in Led Zep. I’m mesmerized by the beat in the verse, and when it hits the chorus it’s full on Classic Rock, once again the vocal is carrying the message.”

THE COVE
“Joe captured the mood brilliantly on this song. I’m still shaking my head in astonishment.”

“I wanted to write a song about my love for dolphins. Each year thousands of these beautiful souls are murdered by hunters in the coastal town of Taiji, Japan. They are drove into the Killing Cove and brutally slaughtered. I have been working with Ric O’Barry from the Dolphin Project for four years, and told him I had written a song about this senseless and horrific scenario for BCCIV, that has been happening for decades.”

“My heart aches as I watch on live stream what happens in the Cove. I ask you all to listen to this song and understand how deeply affected we all are as animal and sea life protectors. The Dolphin Project has changed my life, and to my dying day I will be of service to be a protector of all inhabitants that live in the sea. There will be a video for this song. Thanks to Ric and his son Lincoln for supplying the footage.”

THE CROW
“It was time to get up out of our chairs in the writing session and stand up to find a pulse for this rock song. All push and pull, coming and sounding like the Joe and Glenn song ‘Black Country’ from BCC1. I wanted to reference the Crow, who watches over our band.”

WANDERLUST
“Hats off to Joe for bringing this idea into the session with an insane verse groove. Love Derek’s grand piano lead into the last verse. I wanted to take the chorus to a very melodic Abbey Road vocal vibe. I’ve always been a wanderer, always returning, coming home with a sense of lessons learned and never leaving my spiritual path.”

LOVE REMAINS
“I wrote this song for my Dad on the flight back to the UK for his Memorial Service. When I went to record it, my Mom had also just passed away. So I sang it for the both of them. I was installed with a greater sense of gratitude. I used a mid-falsetto vocal on the chorus to add sensitivity to the melody that I had written. The content is quite simple. When the last breath is taken only love remains.”

AWAKE
“A song about living forever. A song for the Loyal. A song for the evergreen. I wanted to ramp up the chorus and relive the long nights of freedom.”

WHEN THE MORNING COMES
“The feeling I had with this song, was I had woken up from a dream and walked down the hill through the field to be by the water at my home. Most of my work involves themes of coming home to be by the sea. The last song on this album finds me in a safe place, almost like the ending of the Wizard of Oz, surrounded by Joe, Jason, Derek and Kevin. Our brotherhood – long may we continue.”

WITH YOU I GO **
“To find someone who can share your journey, is in the hands of fate. We meet many people throughout our lives, some relationships, are life lessons on how we grow and learn.
But when you have found or met your significant other, who happens to be your soulmate is absolutely life-changing. With You I Go is a song about, whatever happens, I’m with you, because it was meant to be. I’ve done my best, now you can rest, on my shoulder.”

** Bonus track on vinyl edition only.

 

Bluesdoodles is excited about the New Album BCCIV is the golden Phoenix fired by Rock and is looking forward to reviewing the songs.

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, release their long awaited and highly anticipated fourth album, “BCCIV” via Mascot Records on Friday September 22nd 2017. This is the band’s first studio album since 2013’s “Afterglow”.

 

Black Country Communion New Album and UK Dates

 

 

UK Autum 2015 Tour: GLENN HUGHES special guest Jared James Nichols & Doug Aldrich

GLENN HUGHES with special guest Jared James Nichols & featuring Doug Aldrich

Photo credit - Christie Goodwin
Photo credit – Christie Goodwin

With recent announcements of live shows in South America and Europe in August, September and October, GLENN HUGHES, the legendary “Voice of Rock”, is extending his 2015 Solo Tour with new shows in the UK, spanning mid October into November.

 

 

Tickets go on sale in the UK from 10am GMT Tuesday June 23 from the following venues:

GLENN HUGHES – 2015 UK TOUR DATES
with special guest Jared James Nichols

OCTOBER
Saturday 17th – Southampton – Engine Rooms
Monday 19th – Norwich, – Waterfront
Tuesday 20th – Newcastle, – Tyne Theatre
Thursday 22nd – Belfast, – Limelight
Friday 23rd – Glasgow,- The Garage
Sunday 25th – Holmfirth,– Picturedrome
Monday 26th – Bilston, – Robin 2
Wednesday 28th – York, – Fibbers
Thursday 29th – Manchester, – Club Academy

NOVEMBER
Sunday 1st – London, – Electric Ballroom

photo credit Joe Lester
photo credit Joe Lester

Joining Hughes for his UK shows, will be DOUG ALDRICH (Revolution Saints & formerly Whitesnake, Dio) as guitar player and powerhouse Swedish drummer and longtime solo band member, PONTUS ENGBORG, rounding out the trio.

The set will showcase highlights from Glenn’s colorful career: Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed along with his solo material.

“It’s always a great pleasure for me to play in the UK. I have lived in Los Angeles most of my life, but my career started back in the UK,” says Hughes.

Continues Hughes, “I love my fans, and personally interact with them online, or at venues on my travels. There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fanbase.”

Joining my Band on Tour, will be Doug Aldrich, former Whitesnake and Dio Guitar player. “Ronnie introduced me to Doug years ago, and I felt it was time to ask Doug to Rock with me. It’s gonna be EPIC!”.

Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. He’s known as a singer’s singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound from Detroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. The band’s early ’70s albums included Medusa, Trapeze and You Are The Music… We’re Just The Band.

In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.

Support for the tour is Jared James Nichols who recently released his debut EP Old Glory & The Wild Revival.