reporting that Glenn Hughes tried to negotiate with the owners of the name 'Black Country' when he decided to use it for his supergroup – but they wanted half a million dollars for the title, he says.
The band, now called Black Country Communion, found themselves engulfed in three months of negotiations before giving up.
Hughes tells EspyRock: "When I Googled, 'Is there a band called Black Country?' the answer came back no. So I said, 'Okay, we'll call ourselves Black Country.'
"Jason Bonham was doing a TV interview and next thing we knew we got a cease-and-desist letter from this band called Black Country in Baltimore, Maryland.
"So for the next three months we tried to negotiate a fee to buy the name – but they wanted half a million dollars. I told them very nicely: 'Are you out of your f'kin minds?'
"They were really aggressive with me. They were trying to play down who we are, saying they weren't a Led Zeppelin tribute, but they were saying, 'Our music is very influenced by Tommy Bolin' – not realising Tommy was in my band Deep Purple!
"They thought because of all the records we've sold and all the stuff we've done that I'd just have half a million dollars in my back pocket to give them. It's just rude.
"So I added the word 'Communion' at the end. It's not a religious term – I wanted to have a real 60s vibe, a hippy-sounding last word, and 'Communion' is that.
Black Country Communion's self-titled album, featuring Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian, and produced by Kevin Shirley, is released in September after lead single One Last Soul.