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Jason Bonham and Glenn Hughes Working Together Again

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Jason Bonham and Glenn Hughes are working together on a new project. Previously, the pair collaborated in Black Country Communion, a short-lived supergroup that also featured guitarist Joe Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley.

According to Classic Rock magazine, drummer Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin‘s late, great drummer) and singer and bassist Hughes (one of the many vocalists who’ve passed through Deep Purple over the years) have formed California Breed with 23-year-old guitarist Andrew Watt.

“It’s proper rock,” Hughes told Classic Rock. “But at the same time it’s very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.”

Black Country Communion released three albums between 2010-12, but they split up after Hughes and Bonamassa didn’t exactly see eye to eye on the band’s touring schedule. Bonham and Hughes then recruited Watt — whom Bonham calls a “white Jimi Hendrix” — for California Breed.

While the band’s upcoming album is still untitled and there’s no firm release date (they’re shooting for sometime in May), a dozen tracks have been slated for the LP. “The energy when I walked in the room was crackling,” said Bonham. “I was so pleased. Glenn and I had not only really locked in as a rhythm section in BCC, but we’d started writing together, and we both really wanted to keep that good feeling going.”

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