Forty-eight years after Cream became the first power-trio supergroup, California Breed proves the concept is still viable.
Add to the mix a cross-generational element. Singer/bassist Glenn Hughes is old enough to have bought a Cream album the day it was released. He also was in Deep Purple and Black Sabbath (but not during either band's best period).
Drummer Jason Bonham went from toddler to teen during his dad John's tenure as Led Zeppelin's legendary and reckless drummer. A lot of mileage with those two. Add to the mix a twenty-something guitar prodigy named Andrew Watt.
After a group disintegrates, it's not uncommon for a couple band members to carry on. Following Cream, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker were together in the short-lived Blind Faith. Hughes, introduced to Watt by their mutual friend, Julian Lennon (John's eldest song), soon brought Bonham into the loop.
Both Hughes and Bonham praised Watt, likening him to Mick Ronson (David Bowie), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and, for good measure, Jimi Hendrix.
"I grew up listening to all the Grunge bands," said Watt, "But my dad always played me The Who, the Stones and Led Zeppelin so that became my music too."
California Breed began recording their self-titled debut in late '13 with producer Dave Cobb. The album dropped the following year.
But before a '14 U.K. tour got underway, Bonham bowed out due to scheduling issues (touring with Sammy Hagar and working on Phil Collins' comeback).
"I love those guys - but it wasn't going to work out for me. I will support them as I love the band I helped create," said Bonham.
Former Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo was named as Bonham's replacement "for all upcoming dates."
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