Black Country Communion Split, Incubus Guitarist Clears Up Pearl Jam Rumor + More News
Black Country Communion are no more. The supergroup, featuring vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple) drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater) and Joe Bonamassa, are done, at least as "BCC."
"Joe left and will not allow us to keep the name... Nice, huh? Jason, Derek and I will continue with a different name when the time is right," Hughes said in a Facebook post. So while the name will not carry on, the members will. [Blabbermouth]
Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger is not appearing on the new Pearl Jam album. The story picked up steam when the guitarist tweeted a photo of himself and his girlfriend in the studio with Pearl Jam. Turns out his lady love is Ann Marie Simpson, an accomplished violinist, and it was she who was actually contributing to the new PJ, not him. He was just a spectator.
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The Contortionist singer Jonathan Carpenter has left the band. Carpenter and his girlfriend are expecting their first child together and he is exiting the group to focus on this personal development. Mike Lessard of Last Chance to Reason will serve as his interim replacement while the band seeks a permanent vocalist. The band is fully supportive of Carpenter's choice to hang up his mic in favor of fatherhood.
Carpenter said, "It's going to be a jarring change of pace for my life, not being on the road most of the year. Making songs with the band and then performing them in front of the best fans has been a once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn't trade the perspective I've found in the past few years for anything. I got to meet so many amazing people and see a good chunk of the world. I absolutely intend to keep creating and playing music in the future, albeit in a more personal pursuit.
"I will miss seeing everyone in the TC family very much. I wish the best to all of my band buds and everyone who supports live music and all this heavy banger music we've been making. I feel very excited for my future with the love of my life and our pups, and our little one on the way.
"Music has always been one of my passions and that's what drew me to this band in the first place. The music comes first, and I know that the talent of the band will rise above this member change and they will find a new arrangement that will blow your minds."
Lessard commented on filling in, saying, "I'm happy to be helping my friends in The Contortionist for the next few months on tour as a temporary vocalist. I'll be returning to my duties in Last Chance to Reason once these dates are finished in May. I look forward to seeing a bunch of new and familiar faces in the months to come, and to sharing new music from LCTR in the near future!"
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