BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION — the Anglo/American rock supergroup featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPEZE), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN), Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa — performed two long-awaited U.K. concerts in December.
Fittingly, the first concert took place right in the heart of the Black Country at the legendary Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Wednesday, December 29, followed by a concert at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on Thursday, December 30.
Fan-filmed video footage from both shows can be viewed below.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION's setlist for the London concert:
01. Black Country
02. One Last Soul
04. The Revolution in Me
05. Down Again
06. Too Late for the Sun
07. Song of Yesterday
08. The Ballad of John Henry (JOE BONAMASSA cover)
09. The Great Divide
10. Medusa (TRAPEZE cover)
11. No Quarter (LED ZEPPELIN cover)
12. Sista Jane
13. Black Country (reprise)
14. Burn (DEEP PURPLE cover)
The self-titled debut album from BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION sold 7,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD, which was made available in Europe on September 20, 2010 via Mascot Records and North America on September 21 through J&R Adventures, was produced and mixed by Kevin Shirley (BLACK CROWES, AEROSMITH, LED ZEPPELIN), and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig. It was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION initially came to fruition when Shirley saw Hughes and Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Center's King of the Blues event. Shirley then recruited Bonham and Sherinian for the project, which is named after the industrial area in the British Midlands where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised.
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION is planning to enter the studio later this month to begin work on its sophomore album.
December 30, 2010 at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire:
December 29, 2010 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall: