Black Country Communion Feud Goes Public

The feud between Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa over the future of Black Country Communion has gone public, with the pair indulging in a brief exchange on Twitter.

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The feud between Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa over the future of Black Country Communion has gone public, with the pair indulging in a brief exchange on Twitter.

The supergroup's future has been in doubt since frontman Hughes warned he was ready to quit, saying he was frustrated with Bonamassa's solo career meaning they couldn't tour their new album, "Afterglow".

The former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man also said he'd been left with the main songwriting chores for the record because Bonamassa was unavailable.

Last week they announced a one-off show in England for January, which some believed was a make-or-break moment then cancelled it soon after pre-sale tickets had become available.

In the absence of an official explanation, producer Kevin Shirley who masterminded the union of Hughes, Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian said: "I like to leave these things alone, but I feel an apology is in order. When you're thrown a lifeline, it doesn't serve you to steal the rope! And tweeting doesn't make it history, or true. Your call will be answered please enjoy the music..."

Last night bluesman Bonamassa, who's just released a video for his song "Dislocated Boy", tweeted: "I am very sorry about the Black Country Communion canceled gig. But principle still stands for something in 2012. I ready to move on."

Hughes, who will tonight appear at the Jim Marshall tribute show in London's Wembley Arena, retweeted the comment and added: "Me too." Earlier, during rehearsals for the show with Andy Fraser and Yngwie Malmsteen, he'd tweeted: "Been a rough week."

BCC formed in 2009 at Shirley's suggestion and released their debut album the following year.

"Afterglow" is released at the end of October.

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    I don't understand? Are they actually going to call it quits, or are they just bitching at each other and they'll tour sometime after the album comes out?
    When I saw the title I was like "what the hell since when did these two feud?" In an Guitarist article not too long ago these two were singing each others praises about how much of a nice person the other guy is. Besides, Joe's too laid back to be b*tchy. However Glenn did say he was kinda gutted about Joe's hectic schedule but it's because he works too much. Apparently he's in studio, then straight out on tour on which he'll try to write new material pretty much 24/7 then goes then performs and records with BCC as soon as the tours finished. Does the guy ever stop?
    Who cares , bonermassa is overhyped and overrated , please someone drag Jimmy Page on stage before he dies
    I gotta agree with this... he's definitely overrated, but his work on (the first) BCC was pretty good. I hope the third album is a return to form.
    @elvis77: So post the link to your PooTube efforts. I want to see what a real player sounds like, since you believe Joe B. is overrated. You must be way better, right? Just need a break and you'll blow him away, right? Right. Brilliant is brilliant, and Joe is brilliant. You, on the other hand, STFU...though I've seen Jimmy live twice with LZ and it's a beautiful memory, so I'm with you there.