Iron Maiden Inspire New Black Country Communion Song

(Gibson) In an interview to be published tomorrow on Gibson.com, guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa said he's thrilled to be in Black Country Communion because it lets him show off his hard rock chops.

"It allows me to be more unapologetically hard rock, to really explore my roots in British hard rock. Where sometimes I do that in my solo band and it's a bit out of place, you know, and people start giving you that weird look," he said. "But with this band, we don't have to apologize for it; this is just who we are and, you know, it sounds like 1974."

The rock supergroup includes Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater). After releasing their debut album last year, Black Country Communion are set to put out their new album, 2, in June. In the interview, Bonamassa talked about being inspired by Iron Maiden on a particular song on the new album. "With 'Hadrian's Wall,' I wanted it to be like… that very British title, you know? Almost like a song that Iron Maiden would write. You know, with old wars and stuff," he said. "And I love Maiden. I think they're one of the most popular underrated bands in the world. I say that meaning that, not many times is a band like that mentioned in the same sentence as a Zeppelin or Metallica or something like that, but then all of a sudden 60,000 people show up for the gig. [Laughs] So they're doing something right, you know?" more on this story

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