The band will play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Tuesday 2nd January and London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday 4th January 2018.
The follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed ‘Afterglow’, just like the band’s first three records, ‘BCC IV’ was produced by “unofficial fifth member” Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith) and recorded at Cave Studios in Los Angeles in December 2016.
For this tour, trusty sidekicks Reece Wynans on keyboards, bassist Michael Rhodes and drummer Anton Fig have been joined by a two-piece brass section – Lee Thornburg on trumpet and Paulie Cerra on sax – plus two brilliant backing singers.
The total effect was of a much more rounded, full band show with everyone being given their chance to shine.
After teasing some “huge announcements” earlier this month, Black Country Communion have made good on their promise today.
Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Derek Sherinian and Joe Bonamassa will unleash their aptly titled fourth studio album ‘BCC IV’ on Friday 22nd September 2017 and in early 2018 will play two very special headline shows – the only dates they will be playing in the UK and Europe.
The musicality, the feeling, the understanding of the song just flows through those blurred fingers as he works his way around the fret. Songs from Blues of Desperation were sprinkled through the set but we were also treated to covers of Led Zeppelin’s Boogie with Stu a great version of Clapton’s Pretending and a breathtaking instrumental Black Winter which was part jazz, part rock and took what can be achieved on a single guitar to the limits.
Over the years Bonamassa’s voice has come on leaps and bounds and perfectly fits the kind of songs he loves.The timing was right.” Glenn Hughes adds: “We had around 4 months to write this album, and I think the results speak for themselves. “All four of us wanted to make a record that stood up to the first three albums, however, the new album is more of a progression, as we wanted to be careful not to repeat the previous albums. With the masterful Fig and rock solid Rhodes laying down an unshakeable foundation, Bonamassa is left free to create musical mayhem as he wishes.Some virtuoso guitarists are undeniably technically excellent but you feel that a lot of their noodlings are being done just because they can. He’s a man who is totally at one with his instrument, be it the battered flying V or the beautiful Les Paul. No, what he’s doing is interpreting the song in the moment, every note you feel is affecting him just as much as it reaches into the soul of the audience.The first ever festicruise took place nearly 15 years ago cruising from Florida to Grand Cayman, and its voyages are still going strong.