Hughes pleased to finish recording sessions after producer Shirley arrives just in time to stop blaze getting out of control

Black Country Communion

On fire: BCC

Glenn Hughes is delighted that a fire in producer Kevin Shirley’s Malibu studio didn’t stop Black Country Communion complete recording work on their second album.

The blaze broke out in Shirley’s Cave establishment, where he’s worked with the likes of Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Journey.

The producer says: “I opened up this morning to thick, acrid smoke and a sideboard aflame. Miraculously there were no guitars lost, no masters affected and the studio is smelly but otherwise okay.

“We lost some furniture and need a big clean-up, but this is what’s known as ‘dodging a bullet’. Along with a baby rattlesnake outside the studio door last night, I think it’s just too much energy in the Black Country Communion stuff.”

Hughes reports his supergroup were able to lay down the last tracks for a record due out this summer. He says: “We were so lucky that Kevin walked into the Cave just in time and no one was injured. What a crazy day.

“Making BCC 2 has been a wonderful journey. I started writing the songs last summer and they’re now born. It’s my proudest musical moment and Kevin’s the best producer I’ve ever worked with – expect the album in June.”

Last year Shirley was one of the driving forced behind the formation of BCC, which stars Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian alongside Hughes. The producer is credited with the vision of putting the outfit together, and says: “In my mind they’re the best rock act of their ilk out there. Not that they’d challenge the mighty Iron Maiden for spectacle, but they do have 30 years of experience and material to draw from.”

Meanwhile, Bonham has been confirmed as Paul Rodger’s drummer on the Bad Company singer’s upcoming solo tour of the UK. Bonamassa’s new solo album, Dust Bowl, is out next month.

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