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Music Review: Joe Bonamassa ‘Beacon Theatre: Live From New York’
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Beacon Theatre: Live From New YorkBeacon Theatre: Live From New York
Joe Bonamassa
Provogue Records
September 25, 2011 US: CD | MP3
September 24, 2011 UK: CD | MP3

Albums with Black Country Communion, a duet with Beth Hart, a solo album, and inspired guest appearances with the likes of Lesley West and Derek Sherinian has seen majestically talented blues rock singer and guitarist Joe Bonamassa finally start to get the recognition he deserves. After over 12 years he has been slowly improving over his 14 solo albums and the last year or so has seen him in a rich vein of form.

During this time the king of modern blues rock recorded his fourth live album, Beacon Theatre: Live From New York on November 5, 2011. It’s an impressive 2-disc set with some of Bonamassa’s finest recent work including “When The Fire Hits The Sea,” “Dust Bowl,” “Blue And Evil,” and striking covers of Gary Moore’s “Midnight Blues” and Rory Gallagher’s “Cradle Rock.”

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Guitarist Joe Bonamassa Announces Latest Album ‘Driving Towards The Daylight’
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Blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa has announced his latest studio album, Driving Towards The Daylight.

Produced by his Black Country Communion collaborator Kevin Shirley, the album features guest appearances by the likes of Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes. Among the 11 tracks there are Bonamassa originals and he also puts his inimitable style on songs such as “New Coat Of Paint” by Tom Waits, Bernie Marsden’s “A Place In My Heart,” and Willie Dixon’s “All I Need.”

Bonamassa is adding to his long line of solo albums including the excellent You & Me, The Ballad Of John Henry and last year’s terrific Dust Bowl. Driving Towards The Daylight, Bonamassa’s thirteenth album, will be released in the UK on Monday, May 12, 2012 and in the U.S. on May 22, 2012.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Black Country Communion
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If you enjoyed Black Country Communion’s second album, 2 (and why wouldn’t you?), you can get the first album Black Country Communion now for only $5 in Amazon’s December $5 MP3 Album, which has 100 albums for only $5 each.

Black Country Communion is the rock supergroup made up of lead singer and bass player Glenn Hughes, guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham and keyboard player Derek Sherinian.

The $5 price is only available until December 31, 2011 11:59 PST. If You would prefer a physical copy the CD version is available for $15.28.

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DVD Review: Black Country Communion – Live Over Europe
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Black Country Communion – Live Over Europe
U.S.: DVD | Blu-ray
U.K.: DVD | Blu-ray
Mascot Records
Release date: October 24, 2011

One of the best supergroups of the last few years has released a live DVD to prove to those who didn’t catch them over the summer that they are just as impressive live as they are on their albums. Shot over three nights at shows in Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, Germany last summer, Black Country Communion Live Over Europe is a document of a rock band at a key period in their career.

The summer festival circuit is where bands go to make their name and spread the word. To be fair to the guys, Black Country Communion’s name was already pretty well known. After these kind of performances, their word was gospel.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Black Country Communion ‘2’
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Another excellent deal in Amazon’s $5 MP3 album sale is Black Country Communion‘s 2.

With a line up boasting the talents of Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham), Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater), and Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion is one of the most exciting rock bands around.

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Music Review: Black Country Communion ‘2’
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Black Country Communion
2
J&R Adventures
Produced by Kevin Shirley
Released June 14, 2011 U.S.: CD | MP3
June 13, 2011 UK: CD| MP3

Rock supergroups are often a collaboration amongst musicians when one or more of their respective bands goes belly up. Sometimes, however, they are formed when musicians are taking time away from being awesome in their ‘day job’ to be awesome elsewhere. This brings us to Black Country Communion, a supergroup made up of Glenn Hughes ( ‘the voice of rock’ of Deep Purple fame), Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zeppelin drummer), Derek Sherinian (formerly of Dream Theater), and the new blues king, Joe Bonamassa.

As much of a fan as I am on Glenn Hughes — Deep Purple’s Burn is without question one of the greatest rock albums of all time and You Are The Music…We’re Just The Band by his first band Trapeze is one of the most underrated albums of the ’70s — it was the inclusion of guitarist Joe Bonamassa which really piqued my interest in this band. For me, Bonamassa is one of the most exciting and talented blues rock musicians alive. His solo albums demonstrate his great talent in fusing traditional blues with the sheer power and sometimes frightening speed of rock; something which makes blues music more interesting and, quite frankly, cooler. He brings all this and more to the BCC table and to its second album, simply titled 2.

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Interview: Black Country Communion’s Glenn Hughes
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Glenn Hughes

It was over 40 years when “the voice of rock” Glenn Hughes was at the epicenter of the rock explosion from middle England. He found success with the blues rock band Trapeze and went on to join Deep Purple and Black Sabbath (on the Seventh Star album, technically a Tony Iommi solo project) and sell countless albums under his own name.

He has now found yet another winning combination in his latest band Black Country Communion. He talked with me, while still in his rock star PJs, just before BCC heads out on tour. He immediately radiates cool and positive vibes. “Just letting the dog’s out. What’s going on, mate?”

Geeks of Doom: How did Black Country Communion come together?

Glenn Hughes: Joe [Bonamassa] and I were playing at the House of Blues about 18 months ago. Kevin Shirley [BCC producer] was there and he thought it was insanely good and he thought Joe and I, instead of doing a duet album, we should form a rock and roll band. The likes [of which] haven’t been seen for 20, 30 years. And that’s what we did.

Geeks of Doom: Are you comfortable with the ‘Supergroup’ tag?

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Hard Rock And Metal Icons Join Forces With Russian Band ‘Pushking’ To Release Epic Album
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The World As We Love ItRussian band Pushking have joined forces with an onslaught of major musicians and vocalists from heavy metal and hard rock to create an impressive line-up on a collaborative album. The release has been titled The World as We Love It, and compiles 19 re-recorded songs from Pushking’s past efforts, with special guests ranging from Paul Stanley (KISS) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) to Alice Cooper and Steve Vai!

If you think those four guests listed above is enough, think again. Check out the track listing and the guests on each song by continuing on below.

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