Glenn Hughes' supergroup California Breed have split following the departure of drummer Jason Bonham. The former Deep Purple frontman revealed in November (14) that Bonham's "other commitments" had gotten in the way of his new act's schedule and he had to be replaced by former Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo.
But now Hughes admits the new line-up didn't work out.
He says, "On June 2, Jason left California Breed. We had just gone on sale with tickets for the USA and Europe tours. I felt it necessary to commit to these shows, as we had recorded an album and we needed to play and promote our work.
"Joey C came in and played drums and helped us out on tour and I am supremely grateful for this. What I couldn't commit to was a second album. California Breed was Jason, Andrew Watt and myself, and there was no way moving forward without all three original members."
Veteran rocker Glenn Hughes has confirmed drummer Jason Bonham will not be returning to California Breed, the group they created. In a new interview with TheRocktologist, the former Deep Purple frontman revealed Bonham's "other commitments" got in the way of his new act's schedule.
Hughes says, "I have no disrespect for Jason, only tons of love. I've known him ever since he was a little boy. It's just that he chose to work with other people when in fact he should be working with California Breed. And I'm a workaholic. When I'm working on an album or doing tours, I give it all, heart and soul.
"For some reason Jason didn't want to be part of that. And it's OK, we've moved on."
Bonham has been replaced by former Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo ahead of an upcoming U.S. tour with Alter Bridge and a support slot on Slash's U.K. tour.
Veteran rockers Sammy Hagar and Glenn Hughes will share vocal duties for supergroup Kings Of Chaos at the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards in Los Angeles next week (04Nov14). Hagar, who will host the prizegiving at the Avalon in Hollywood, and former Deep Purple star Hughes will be joined by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons as guests of the band, which features former Guns N' Roses bandmates Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum and Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt.
Hughes will also take the stage with his new band California Breed, while Scott Weiland will perform with his new group, The Wildabouts.
Gregg Allman and existing The Doors stars Robby Krieger and John Densmore will be honoured with the Living Legend Award and Inspiration Award, respectively.
One-time Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham has bowed out of touring with California Breed, the group he formed with rock veteran Glenn Hughes. The percussionist, son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham, created the band with the former Deep Purple star, but he is unable to join them on their upcoming dates in the U.S. and Europe due to "professional commitments".
The group has recruited former Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo to replace him for the live shows.
A statement posted on the band's Facebook.com page reads, "Glenn Hughes and Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age / Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo as the drummer for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band."
Hughes adds, "We're just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We're very proud of our debut record and we can't wait to share it, live and loud, with you."
The tour kicks off in Detroit, Michigan on 5 October (14).
Former Deep Purple star Glenn Hughes' new songs are all about life and death - because he wrote them while recovering from heart surgery. The rocker went under the knife to replace an aortic valve last year (13) and admits the procedure really impacted on his songwriting.
Hughes, 62, is now making his darkest thoughts public with new supergroup California Breed, which features drummer Jason Bonham and pop sensation Cody Simpson's former bandleader Andrew Watt - and he admits he almost died.
He tells Billboard.com, "For some reason I wasn't frightened. I felt like I was going to be OK, but I'm still supremely grateful to be here. For me to still be doing this at my age, with what I've been through with drink and drugs...
"There was a time everyone was putting bets on me: 'Ah, Hughes is gonna be the first to go'. But he's still here."
He adds, "I'm singing about life and death, if you will, and what goes on in between. I don't write about fiction. I'm a human condition guy."
And Hughes admits one untitled new song was inspired by a dream he had about Depeche Mode star Dave Gahan, another rocker who has come close to death after attempting suicide in 1995 and suffering an overdose in 1996.
The veteran explains, "I've never met Dave Gahan. I was telling my manager, 'You've got to call his manager...' God knows how he (Gahan) got into it (dream), but that's how dark and strange my recovery became."
Aerosmith star Steven Tyler, SLASH and Julian Lennon have joined forces to cover songs by Sting and The Police for a new child slavery awareness album. Set Them Free will also feature tracks recorded by Journey's Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda, Heart, Glenn Hughes and En Vogue.
Proceeds from sales of the compilation will benefit Rock Against Trafficking, a new nonprofit group dedicated to raise awareness about child slavery worldwide.
Reports suggest many of the stars on the record will appear at a concert in the U.K., which is being planned for later this year (14).
Guitarist Schon, who recorded the Police's Synchronicity II with bandmate Pineda for the album, tells Billboard.com, "All kinds of artists are on this record... Hopefully (there will be) a live show that will be filmed."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Rock veteran Glenn Hughes and one-time Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham have reteamed to form a new supergroup, called California Breed. The two rockers previously worked together in Black Country Communion with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, but when that group disbanded in 2012, the former Deep Purple star and Bonham, the son of late Led Zep musician John Bonham, pledged to work together again.
Now, they've teamed up with 23-year-old newcomer Andrew Watt, who Bonham has dubbed a "white Jimi Hendrix", for their latest venture.
The trio is working on a debut album, which is tentatively scheduled for release in May (14).
Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum's new supergroup is planning a star-studded benefit in Hollywood next month (Nov13). The group, Kings of Chaos, will perform with guitar great Steve Stevens, Corey Taylor, Glenn Hughes and actors Juliette Lewis and Gary Dourdan onstage at the Avalon Hollywood on 18 November (13) to raise money and awareness for conservationist Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, an international organisation dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
The concert, billed as Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin, will be the group's only North American performance in 2013.
Organiser O'Barry tells WENN, "We'll add a few Japanese friends to our line-up and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn't a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands."
Longtime O'Barry supporter Sorum adds, "I'm thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans. The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved."
Kings of Chaos made their Australian live debut in April (13) at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney and the group toured South and Central America last year (12) under the name Rock 'n' Roll Allstars.
The supergroup will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.
There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.