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BCC (as we know it) is over

Black Country Communion; photo: © 2012 Christie Goodwin http://www.christiegoodwin.com/

In a recent interview to PremierGuitar Joe Bonamassa says that his involvement with the Black Country Communion is over:

As far as I’m concerned, my involvement is pretty much done, and I’ll tell you why: Originally, I did it for the same reasons I did the stuff with Beth Hart and Rock Candy Funk Party—it was an excuse to play a different kind of music that I don’t get to play normally.

The first two records were a blast—the band is fantastic when the Ritalin kicks in, the ADD goes away, and everyone’s focused. It’s a devastatingly good rock band of the early-1970s type, and Glenn is a fantastic singer—just one of the best ever. So I did it and did a nine-week tour in 2011 that really, by the end of it, wasn’t fun for me. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the cats in the band, but it was just too much—too much involved in getting people from place to place and getting the band onstage. Everybody seemed to be very tense, and it made my crew very tense, and it’s not the way I like to tour. I run a family—I have 21 people who go on the road with me all the time, and if you asked them who was the cause of the least of their problems, they would say me. Unless there was no Diet Coke—then it’s a huge [expletive] problem, and either I’m going to the supermarket or somebody else is [laughs].

But it just wasn’t fun for me anymore. All the stuff that Glenn says in the media, essentially pinning it on me—that I was the reason for the band’s lack of touring and the band’s lack of future. It became rapidly not fun at all. It would be dishonest of me to get onstage and pretend like I’m having fun to please the band. I’m just not the guitar player for that band, but unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any out-of-work guitar players in L.A. that they can get. There are so many guys that can fill that role and I would be the first guy to queue up and buy a ticket. So that’s my story with it. I’m happily not involved anymore, but I’m happy with the legacy that I left with that band and happy with the records we made. It was a great three years for me.

Thanks to Nigel Young for the heads up



80 Comments to “BCC (as we know it) is over”:

  1. 1
    Michiel says:

    Okay. Well, I know a guy with a little moustache, mostly dressed in black, who happens to spend his days playing with a bow and arrow, but who also happens to be in the possession of a few guitars…

  2. 2
    Snakey says:

    The best thing the Joe ever made is the BCC – I think he cannt understand it and its a pitty…
    the BCC is one of the only great things we heard after the 2000 year and Koe without that who the f*CK is Joe Bonamassa ????…(a part of playing not so bad…)

  3. 3
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    So sad, too bad, be glad. Again, the end of a MK. BCC Mk1 is gone. Will there be a BCC MK2? Hopefully so. The music is there already. They never got to tour ‘Afterglow’. Some great stuff on that one. They should grab another guitarist. Glenn should drop his ‘diva crap’. Write a few new tunes for an EP to promote the New Guy and go out on tour…..

    Seems simple doesn’t it?

    This I’m sure will rub the wrong way, but just for the hell of it, I’d like to see Malmsteem involved. A toned down-disciplined version to blend in this band, letting loose from time to time but refining himself as a band member rather than a solo-shredder. Man, would that be cool LIVE! Throwing in a Purple/Alcatrazz tune or two? Man, that would be ‘Heaven Tonight’….

    CheerZ?!

  4. 4
    Juan Sebastian Rubio says:

    Heyyyyyy Mr. Hughes…..Ritchie Blackmore for such BCC?????. My God, would be the world’s most powerful band. Is worth dreaming.

  5. 5
    RB says:

    Not really a surprise when one considers how Glenn can’t keep his gob shut. I don’t we can blame Joe at all as everybody says what a nice chap he is. The trouble seems to be that Glenn is too desperate for major success so perhaps he is a little too pushy at times. Such a shame.

  6. 6
    al says:

    what a shock! We all know it would be over!

  7. 7
    Andrey Barabanshchikov says:

    In plain words: I was not the star of the project. Some other guy was.

  8. 8
    kraatzy says:

    What did I have said. … ? !!!
    BCC is dead.
    It is so sad – so fucking awesome music … very sad.

    LLRnR

    -kraazy-

  9. 9
    Doren says:

    Paul Gilbert?… Andy Timmons?… so many great players could walk right in and crush it.. GH really should hire some gunslinger and take it on the road. It’s a great catalog of tunes. Why not?

  10. 10
    Roland says:

    Guys – stop daydreaming. Ritchie will never join BCC.

    Touring with a rock band again, playing old Purple stuff and lots of songs written by others – that is definitely neither Ritchie’s style nor his agenda. I would love to hear him doing a “heavy blues project”, possibly even with Glenn and / or David (or Paul Rodgers) as an addition to Blackmore’s Night. Even if it’s only for an EP or something.

    For BCC Mark II: Get Pat Travers, John Sykes or Stevie Salas to take over for Bonamassa – all three are very good, heavy / groovy / bluesy guitar players and good singers / songwriters too.

    Roland

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Malmsteen is uncontrollable.

    But I hope he ll find a good replacement.

    Btw, BCC with Joe was never bound to happen, raelly.

    Glenn just gambled, hoping Bonamassa would come around in the end.

    But Joe is way to happy with how his own career is going.

    He does not Glenn.

    It is what it is.

    I hope Glenn strikes back with a vengeance and hopefully be a bit more rational this time around.

    GO GO GO Glenn !!!

  12. 12
    al says:

    Hey Tracy did you say Malmsteen ? He is the biggest Diva in the planet,BCC style is blues rock and Malmsteen is “look at me shredding the guitar and playing endless boring so called neo classical rock with no feel at all,a wanna be Blackmore,but musically mediocre.One of those guys you listen in high school and listen to his fast playing and after that you re like,what the hell this boring and not subbtle at all,and you move on and say enough of this already !

  13. 13
    Michiel says:

    Glenn, if you read this, try JOE STUMP! Awesome Blackmore-clone & nice guy as well.

  14. 14
    Tommy H. says:

    Please, Glenn, replace Joe with another guitarist – BCC is such an awesome band! Don’t let it fade away! Please …

  15. 15
    cpt.hook1971 says:

    get Jimmy Page into BCC!

    this would be the ultimate supergroup, even putting Chickenfoot in the shadow.
    cheers.

  16. 16
    Purplemaniac76 says:

    Hughes and Malmsteen in one band….. yeah, sure! ;)) So many great guitarists out there, but John Sykes would be perfect for the job! I’d love to hear that.

  17. 17
    MacGregor says:

    al @ 12 – excellent comments re the joker Malmsteen. Man is he boring or what, I actually owned the Alcatrazz album with him on it back in 1984, then I also bought his Rising Force album, I still have that cd! Early on as the neo classical guitarist emerged, it was sort of interesting for a while, Randy Rhoads is the big loss from that era, what a tragedy him passing away in that stupid plane stunt with those jokers from Osbourne’s circus! A complete waste of life & his awesome talent on the guitar & as a composer! He was apparently going to leave the circus after that tour! Now, Rhoads was the player of the early 80′s! We still miss him!

  18. 18
    fender123 says:

    Agree with RB @ 5, Glenn just cannot stop bleating about how great he is, how successful he is and how many gold discs he has, and it’s always someone else’s fault….. well, if he was ever able to get his head out of his arse (and it is stuck a long way up there!!) he just might be able to salvage some kind of creditable reputation, because he is a fine songwriter/musician. But as it stands now, who would want to play with him? And please, no more RB talk, that boat sailed away many years ago.

  19. 19
    Deeperpurps says:

    Well that’s it then…..its official, its over. Now BCC should get on with business without delay. Enlist John Sykes, incredible guitar player and singer.

  20. 20
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Hey al and priest,

    Let me remind you of the guy whom almost single-handedly resurrected Purple in the 80’s due to his ‘Blackmorish’ playing and company he kept. With ‘Alcatrazz’ featuring Graham Bonnett on vocals, they helped weave the Purple future back to existence while it was in hiatus. Yes he is a loose cannon. I totally agree. Didn’t you read my entry? I expressed the fact that it would take a toned down-disciplined version of Malmsteen. He is responsible for some amazing music though. Come on. Rising Force? Some incredible compositions came from those days while his ‘master’ was seeking his own thing and Purple were incubating. At least he still is committed to the ‘Strat’. I don’t think BCC is ready for the ‘Lute’. And what of Glenn Hughes? Both are loose cannons and major divas. What bothers me here is the fact that more blame is poised toward Bonamassa than Hughes. Glenn is trying to chase fame at his 65 plus years of age that he has never been able to achieve since Purple. Joe is already there….’without Purple or Hughes’. He is a successful Blues Player that doesn’t need Hughes, nearly as bad as Hughes needs him. Joe has a huge following, sells out venues and sells records. Not due to his Purple connection. Due to his own accomplishments and marketing. Purple could use his savvy. Hughes f..ked it up again, with his ‘mouth’ and over exuberance toward his self degradation and lack of spotlight. He is a self destructive individual whom will eventually just fade away (again) or wind up dead in a hotel once he realizes it’s too late and he can’t handle the inevitable…..

    ‘Remember this post’.

    CheerZ?!

  21. 21
    JOEY says:

    I think Glenn was the last to know that this was over. Denial ? Lets face it, Joe is an American dude thats just not going to get pushed around by a whining , egotistical , obnoxious diva of an Englishman who doesn’t realize how irritating he really is. Embarrassing at times. Most times!!!!! Anyhow, that being said, they still have the nucleus of a good band, which is what it’s all about. I hope they do decide to carry on with another guitarist. I personally would like to see them invite Adrian Vandenberg down for a session. I think he’s a good fit for them.

  22. 22
    Purple Ron says:

    As mentioned before, try Philip Sayce!
    He’s such an incredible talented guy. He’s not only a fantastic guitar player but also a great singer. He’s played with Jeff Healey and Melissa Etheridge and he also shared the stage with a band called Deep Purple. He’s a real nice bloke and I’m sure he would fit perfectly in this band.
    Also, he’s not (yet) the big name like Joe but at that point it would turn out to be a good thing as he could be the new guy in BCC who’s really hungry to go for it and put his own mark on the sound of the band. Philip Sayce is without doubt my first choice for the job!!!

  23. 23
    purplepriest1965 says:

    ps. The word ” need” fell off in my post.
    ” Joe does not need Glenn.”

    I read what you wrote Tracy.

    All I meant to say it might be a nice idea theoretically, but as YM is way more full of himself it is bound to go trashcan.

    See for example, that otherwise spledid show, the DVD of Leningrad.

    He appearantly instructed the cameraman to mainly focus on him!!!!
    Or it is edited with him constantly taken as the centre guy.
    Ofcourse he is, but that band was a great line up. C mon, Joe should have at least the same amount of shots.

    Damn, how annoying.

    I hardly play the dvd which is a shame because it is a great gig.

    The show I saw in 88 was excellent as well.
    Pity though that one forgets so much details.
    One of the details I DO remember is YM running up and down the stage, completely filled to the rafters with speed.
    Odyssey was and is his best album and Joe’s voice was great for the music.

    I know he has many fans that never can get enough of what he does.

    They sometimes)get really cold(…)when I write things about YM the way people above me do.
    Those people also take things personally.
    And the re also Morse crazy! : )

    I had a long time of friendly talks but for many weeks I got ignored because I appearantly hurt their pride.
    People in their 40′s!!!

  24. 24
    nupsi59 says:

    Sad, but Joe Bonamassa is a Blues musician, his background is the Blues, not the Hard Rock. I love his solo stuff, incredible playing and feeling. Let them put together the members of BCC and Chickenfoot as one new “Supergroup”.

  25. 25
    korhan says:

    paul gilbert :) the only name who can carry a project like this .

  26. 26
    cpt.hook1971 says:

    @ 20

    Tracy, you brought it to the point. GH is still a great musician, but his success can’t be compared to the one he had with DP. i’m a fan of his solo works (“Addiction”!) and love all those collaborations he did in the past 20 years. GH together with Chad Smith was really funky, HTP was a true purple family project and BCC is/was close to a real all-star-project.
    like JLT Glenn is a true spotlight kid, but both need someone to keep them in their place. this includes songwriting, performance and public relations. …as long as it’s a true band.
    cheers.

  27. 27
    MacGregor says:

    Sheeesh, I just read Glenn (me, myself & I) Hughes is playing up in Brisbane in late April. Will I attend, probably not as Sabbath are on around that time! BBC to continue would need an old school guitarist, at least Bonamassa plays like an old school blues rocker in many ways. Talking of older guitarists, Pete Banks the original Yes guitarist has passed away! Alvin Lee the other day as well, damm & blast! There is something special about the guitarists from that era!

  28. 28
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    al @12,

    Amen to that!

    A few good names mentioned in a few posts i.e. Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, and Pat Travers….

    Peace,
    Ted

  29. 29
    Mikenite says:

    The problem here is that they probably can’t continue with this band without Joe since the band is signed to Joe’s company/record label and produced by Kevin Shirley. They would have to take the band to another company and get another label and another producer, these things aren’t easy, especially in our day and age when records don’t sell anymore. I would be surprised if this band would resurrect with another guitar player, and if it does I would guess for Steve Vai, he seems to have enjoyed playing with Glenn on the cover of Highway Star, this music may not be his bag, but who knows?????

  30. 30
    JohninNJ4you says:

    Not surprised about that. I hope BCC continues with Ritchie Kotzen on guitar.

  31. 31
    Russ says:

    Excuse me if someone already said it. But if Ritchie joined BCC (not like it would happen) they would change the name to “Blackmore Country Communion.”

  32. 32
    big al says:

    jake e lee. nuff said.

  33. 33
    RB says:

    I think Richie Kotzen would be a good fit. An intelligent player who has great chops, a really good voice and can craft good songs. Please never Malmsteen!!! He can do the sweep picking until the cows come home and fly up and down the neck, but he’s a control freak and his best songs out of Alcatrazz were with JLT; I mean ‘I Am A Viking’, really?!! Plus, these days he looks like the Johnny Vegas of rock and his stage antics are embarrassing. Be nice if BCC continue but Glenn shouldn’t write the lion’s share as so many tracks on ‘Afterglow’ are forgettable.

  34. 34
    Rick Freeman says:

    Jason Bonham has played with a guitarist, who is not busy at the moment. JP!

  35. 35
    Phil says:

    A name I’m surprised hasn’t come up here yet to replace Joe would be Rob Navarro.
    He’s got a history with Glenn and Chad already. He’s got the chops and the funk to handle the old catalog and anything Glenn and the band would want to go into.

    He’s name recognition could also help the appeal of the band in the US while maintaining it elsewhere in Europe and Japan.

    Anyway, it’s just a though. Glenn already mentioned he’d be doing solo work and nothing on BCC in 2013 if I recall correctly.

  36. 36
    Phil says:

    Sorry, Dave Navarro, not Rob. Shesh.

  37. 37
    al says:

    @20 Tracy
    You are absolutely on the money bro about all the points ! But you know what there are certain music back in the 80′s that is dated and good for a certain time and period,but I never liked Alcattrazz and Yngwie,yes I liked some his early stuff,But I never went back to that period,just cannot listen to those albums anymore,but hey it is just me!Au contrary I love going back to listen to old (time wise) timeless albums like Beatles( White album),Deep Purple (MK2),Black Sabbath,Masters of Puppets,and such,and of course a lot of other stuff,not necessarily “master pieces”,and yes,Glenn should keep his mouth shut and stop throwing other people under the bus,Joe already had a career and never wanted to be BCC a permanent job,but just a side project.Glenn as always and his ego started to get in the way and assume the reins of the band.
    Afterglow is all Glenn,I love the album but wanted to hear more Joe singing.Alas,we will never see that anymore,thanks to our childish man Glenn.

  38. 38
    Carlos says:

    Jimmy Page in BCC now!!!

    Come on Jason, bring the man to the band!

  39. 39
    Carlos says:

    Glenn Hughes, the man that broke a band with a single comment on twitter.

    This title is his!!!

  40. 40
    Finn says:

    Joe was great with BCC, now he is a fine but boring blus player. So sad.
    Right – Blackmore YES – get him out of this Robin Hood thing, but I also say Jimmy Page. He would fit perfectly.
    But dont kill BCC – please.

  41. 41
    Chip says:

    Tracy….I like those 2 Malmstein records too, but he would seem to be a terrible fit for the blues/rock feel of BCC. I like most have really liked this band. ’2″ is one of my favorite albums of this century. But Malmstein in BCC would be sort of like the Steve Vai version of Whitesnake. On paper it might look good….but it just wasn’t quite right.

    Sykes might work. Someone mentioned Vandenburg which is pretty cool. Like Bonamasa stated….there are no shortage of guitarists who would love a gig like this. Maybe look for a primarily blues player who wants to rock a bit…that really worked well here.

    I hope they carry on with a new guitarist.

  42. 42
    Matt D. says:

    Isn’t this the Purple People way of doing business? Just when something gets good…. break it up.

  43. 43
    Bob says:

    Joe is easily replaceble in BCC because as he said, it really wasn’t his kind of music. They just need to get a rock guitarist and move on.

  44. 44
    RB says:

    Has anyone seen/heard the footage of Jimmy Page playing with Led Zep at The O2 in 2007? There isn’t one decent guitar solo on it, his playing is so messy, I was shocked at how bad he was. His playing hasn’t been very good for years, it’s been on a steep downward trajectory since the mid 70s. He’d struggle with the riffs in BCC let alone knocking out a decent solo.

  45. 45
    Chrissy says:

    I am glad BBC is over.I wasted 50 bucks on three old and dated sounding albums.Joe is suberb on guitar.Why does he play to sell out crowds,while Glenn Hughes can’t ever tour the States on his own?I think it’s Glenn Hughes fault the band broke up.He can’t work with anyone.Just look at his history.Maybe he worked well with Pat Thrall.
    PS: I wish I had my 50 bucks back.

  46. 46
    orlin says:

    J.R.Blackmore,Nikolo Kotsev?

  47. 47
    oleg says:

    Axell Rudi Pell is a one of the best players/ songwriters in Purple/Scorpins style. Try him..

  48. 48
    oleg says:

    Is a time of another HTP cd.

  49. 49
    Mike says:

    Bonamassa understood that GH has the biggest ego ever seen all over the world and decided to quit… That’s all

  50. 50
    ffitz says:

    When egos collide!

  51. 51
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    For those interested, this Saturday at 11:30 pm Central Time is a new Concert on Public Television…..

    “Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House”

    I have a feeling it will be quite good. My DVR is set to record.

    CheerZ

  52. 52
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 20

    It is an interesting thought, Tracy.
    Malmsteen & Bonnet of all people paving the way for the reunion.

    Are you serious?!

    DC was asked way back by some stupid reporter about the reunion in 84.
    ” What did you bring to the table for this reunion?”

    DC : Jon Lord!!!

    He has a point though.
    If Lordy had been given more space he might have reconsidered his departure from Whitesnake.
    After all, the band was just coming close to a full blown break-through in America.

    I have always had issues with this : ” If you dont make in the States, you ve got nothing” , reasoning.

    GIllan never had much impact there, but I still feel that he made great music with GILLAN.

    Money, it is always about money.

    We ve got so many great recordings to be thankful to the Japanese.
    But llok at them now, in complete crisis because they under estimated the risks of Nuclear plants et all.
    Still helping in a big way to extinct the Whales and other sea creatures.

    I nevr understood the worldwide awe for their culture and so called nobility.
    Think about the horror they inflicted upon people during WorldWar II, for instance.

    And our well beloved Purple People love(d)to go there.
    MONEY!
    The money seems to be more and more in Russia, seeing how often they gifg there.

    It must the money from Gazprom.
    Money from gas we are dependent on in West Europe.
    TYhey got us by the balls.

    The irony, in the West we so often dismissed and contempted the Communist countries. Look whats happening!!!!

    Russia is taking our money for gas.
    China is, like Japan was in the 80′s, our new role model.

    No one talks about Human Rights anymore, we are in awe for their economic results.

    Why are we not more honest towards each other, call things what they are.

    For example : Certain Democratic parties overhere dont want a referendum on the European Union.
    Because the expexted outcome would not be their liking!!!!

    So there goes democracy.

    It is what it is.

    In the meantime big companies are preparing for even bigger worldpower by stealing our personal information by letting us giving our signature for appearantly innocent(…)apps on our smart-phones.

    No one ever reads or understand the conditions those lawyers construct for us, stupid and naive consumers.

    BEWARE!!!!!

    Slavery is not abolished at all, it is waiting with a big grimace around the door.

  53. 53
    Roberto says:

    Uli Jhon Roth or Jimmy Page or simply stop forever this band and make something with David and Ritchie…

  54. 54
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    oleg @47,

    On the suggestion of Axel Rudi Pell, I couldn’t agree more. Here is a great example of he and his band paying tribute to DIO whom had just passed away prior to this performance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uys5i6PKIAs

    I think Malmsteen would be the bigger draw though. Again, I am only advocating Yngwie as long as he was able to restrain himself and be a band member and not a total showboat a-hole. All due respects, I’d have to state the same for GH. He needs to pull back the reigns himself. You have to admit, even if it was a one off, it would be quite an event. Sometimes it’s about the effects of the others in the band that channel amazing direction. As has been stated above regarding his collaboration with JLT on the ‘Odyssey’ album and tour. Easily Malmsteen’s finest moment. A one off line-up and event that is at the top of my listening list. Actually my favorite JLT offering to date. Hey a revolving door of guitarists might be a good idea. Rename the band…”Men in Black Country Communion”.

    CheerZ?!

  55. 55
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Despite it all :Glenn and doing MEDUSA in january 2013 :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQYu5pymWrw

  56. 56
    byron says:

    Pat Thrall..so BCC could do some classic tunes from cult album H&T
    Glenn and Pat are in good terms so…

  57. 57
    clive robey says:

    From the very first time that I heard Glenn in DP, I knew he wasn’t right. Listening to the Kilburn CD demonstrates that he wanted to be centre stage, not DC. He didn’t want to play the old stuff, but is quite to try to get the kudos for playing Highway Star on ReMachined. He drove RB out, now BCC is finished. What a diva. What a prima donna.

  58. 58
    al says:

    @45 I think you should feel bad for all the money that you spent on rock albums since everything might seem old to you ! Try to make some sense on what you saying man! Bash Glenn all you want,but don’t bash the music,cause you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and realized it was old,go find some “temporary ” crap !

  59. 59
    al says:

    @45 I think you should feel bad for all the money that you spent on rock albums since everything might seem old to you ! Try to make some sense on what you saying man! Bash Glenn all you want,but don’t bash the music,cause you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and realized it was old,go find some “contemporary ” crap instead!

  60. 60
    Peter says:

    Shame!
    Of course there are many very good guitar players who could join BCC, BUT there is only one Ritchie Blackmore, for it would also be possible, finally back to play rock music with great bandmates.
    That would be a real sensation – Glenn So do your best and you’ll get back your old friend Ritchie!
    This combo would bring to shake the rock world :-))
    Regards,
    Peter

  61. 61
    Kerry says:

    Walter Giardino?

  62. 62
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I ve read today in an old darker Than Blue that Glenn met Yngwie way back in the early 80′s and they could not get along.

  63. 63
    al says:

    @62 hey Priest
    Maybe Yngwie had trouble of understanding Glenn’s accent back in the day,lol

  64. 64
    Gary says:

    Been holding my breath awaiting sad news that this is over. BCC was the last great attempt to hold the classic hard rock sound together. At least from a new band. Wonder if things were better if these albums received any airplay? None here on local metro Detroit (same old songs) radio. Sirius/XM? From time to time (barely) on the Ozzy’s Boneyard station. Too bad. “Afterglow” has been in my CD player since last fall when it came out. Excellent album!!

  65. 65
    Stefan says:

    Well…it´s a shame really…all the BCC albums kick ass….finally some good hard rock music and it´s suddenly over.???? Here´s an idea….one guitar player with a style of his own…magnificent, but…a bit wacko….BRIAN ROBERTSON…the former Thin Lizzy guitarslinger…..!!! If he can stay sober, it could be very intersesting…to say the least..!!!

  66. 66
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Actually, there is yet another guitarist who can also sing and would be quite the attraction. PRINCE! Hell of a jammer and the perfect compliment to the Glenn Hughes glamour show. I‘m actually not kidding about the Prince thing Glenn Hughes would finally get recognized again. You know Prince would draw a huge amount of attention.
    Check out his solo at about 3:30 in the clip below. Come on. After watching this, can you imagine him shredding on ‘Burn’? He’s got chops.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

    CheerZ?!

  67. 67
    Stefan says:

    Bambi on steroids…??? Over my dead body Tracy…..!!!

  68. 68
    Stefan says:

    @ 62 I´ve met Yngwie myself a couple of times in the 90´s when I was living in Stockholm…who get´s along with him…??? He probably makes Ritchie look like an angel….Yngwie is probably the greatest egomaniac asshole in the world, and my only regret is that I wasn´t fast enough to punch him out, or break his fingers when I had the chance….beacuse I was held back by a couple of friends….!!!

  69. 69
    Alexsandro -Brasil-Bahia says:

    Jürgen Richard Blackmore – guitar :) perfect

  70. 70
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Stefan @68,

    Let’s see….

    “Bambi on steroids…??? Over my dead body Tracy…..!!!” Really? Worth dying for?

    “Yngwie is probably the greatest egomaniac asshole in the world, and my only regret is that I wasn’t fast enough to punch him out, or break his fingers when I had the chance….” Really? They held you back when you were that riled up? Then you were probably incapable of accomplishing the task to begin with. You were probably lucky. He probably would have done the old ‘El Kabong’ on you with his axe. You might have been better off against Prince.

    I don’t know. Maybe I’m just speculating but I get a kind of aggressive manic depressive vibe here…..Yeah, you sound like just the cat I that takes the fun out of more concerts than I care to remember. Pukers and Fighters. There aught to be a law…..Sure would like to hear or read the details inspiring your violent rage though.

    Anyway, based on the parameters of demands I expressed regarding each of these woefully talented individuals, I still say under the right behavior restraints (and as long as they have all their fingers) it would be quite interesting to say the least. I’m actually leaning more toward the Prince side though. He has more of a bluesy/soul approach to his style. More ‘old school’ riffer than all out shrewder.

    CheerZ?!

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    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Sorry…That’s ‘shredder’ not ‘shrewder’. Damn typos….. Makes me want to punch out my keypad or snap off my own stupid finger!!!! AAAARRRRRHHHHHH!!!!

    CheerZ?!

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    Kerry says:

    There is a guitarist from the “black country”, who is out of work, and happens to be influenced by heavy rock and British blues…

    K. K. Downing!

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    MacGregor says:

    Tracy @ 70 – In video clips I have watched over the years, I am surprised at how good a guitar player Prince is. Because I am not into his music at all, that alone does tend to alienate you from his ability on the axe! Re: Stefan @ 68 – yes he was full on with that comment, he may have been joking though. Who can tell, one thing I know is it sure puts any of my meek & mild comments into the totally ‘do gooder’ section. Well, maybe not totally, but at least I am innocent of that sort of tirade. Cheers.

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    MacGregor says:

    Kerry @ 72 – I was always more impressed by Glenn Tipton in the Priest, a much more melodic & structured type of player in my book. But I know what you are saying, KK Downing is sort of old school, although probably not bluesy enough in my book, but is he too busy building his golf course at the moment? I was impressed with his ‘estate’ in Britain, on that video interview he did last year.
    Oh for the fame & glory! Woe is me!

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    Carlos says:

    UPDATE: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=187861

    Hughes writes on his Facebook page: “Joe left and will not allow us to keep the name… Nice, huh? Jason, Derek and I will continue with a different name when the time is right.”

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    Stefan says:

    Well Tracy, I´m not agressive at all…but when he behaves like an asshole and for no reson what so ever insulting people, especially the women, he truly deserves to get his ass kicked, and believe me….NO: I can take that pussy anyday…!!! I have never denied his genius as a guitar player….just his lack of common decensy ! Peace…!!!

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    purplepriest1965 says:

    Pffffffffffffffffffff

    http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=187861

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    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Man I would have loved to be at that party Stefan….

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    Australis says:

    Well, I’ve listened to a couple of Kotzen tracks, he’s good, but not all that (IMHO). YM would be… problematic, two divas in one band? Nooo.

    I like the Robertson and Sykes mentions, but they also have their own problems, though if Sykes was up for it, could be good.

    What’s this about JB not letting them “use” the BCC name? He’s not even from the Black Country! WTF?!

    Satriani would be cool, but not holding my breath

    Bat’s arse suggestion for the day: Bernie Torme (Gillan)!

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    Tracy(Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Here is a sample of Hughes&Malmsteen together doing ‘Mistreated’. Yeah, I think it would work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP0_45BVa2A

    Ch-BeerZ?!

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