Members of the all-star Black Country Communion didn't exactly say hell would have to freeze over, but the group's 2012 split was acrimonious enough that we didn't expect to see it back together any time soon. But it's apparently happening.
Singer-bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham and producer Kevin Shirley have announced via Facebook that the band -- which also includes guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) is working on its fourth studio album.
Hughes' message reads: "Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-Launch for 2017. all systems go." In another post, Hughes -- fresh off his April 8 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Deep Purple -- wrote, "To quote Joe this morning, 'Maybe it's time to break out the heavy bats again. Thanks so much for your very kind messages. We hear you, and time is the healer."
A schism between Hughes and Bonamassa over whether or not BCC would tour to support 2012's Afterglow led to the rift and ultimate split. It's not sure what tour plans the group has for its next album, however.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.