Why Glenn Hughes Disbanded The California Breed ProjectLegendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes speaks out about the reasons California Breed was stopped only months after the group released their debut album. And a fresh glimpse into the near future of Google Assistant you must hear.
California Breed, the band, originally built around the foundation of Glenn Hughes, elite drummer Jason Bonham, and newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt, split up in January 2015 because Hughes said he “couldn’t commit” to working on a second record without Bonham.
The drummer quit California Breed in 2014 ahead of a scheduled tour in Europe and the U.S., forcing Hughes and Watt to recruit former Queens of the Stone Age percussionist Joey Castillo to take over the drums for the duration of the live gigs.
During a recent chat with the “White Line Fever” podcast, Hughes talked about the sudden breakup of California Breed, saying that “it was a very stressful band for me to be in. I was bamboozled into forming that band with this young man, Andrew Watt; a very talented young man, but it was the wrong move for me,” he said.
“The guy is a millennial, the guy is 25 years old, and it was difficult to play with somebody who’s in a different headspace from me, and Jason not wanting to tour was a difficult thing.”
“They want what you’ve got, and they’re not willing to work hard for three or four decades to get it. And it doesn’t work that way.” – Glenn Hughes
“Looking back at California Breed, I should never have toured behind that,” he continued. “I should have just released the album and moved back to my solo work. [It was] a great record, by the way, but I don’t have fond memories of that period. I was just recovering from open-heart surgery. It was a difficult period for me. But I look back at it, and I learned so many different things.”
Asked how millennials are different from people of his generation, the 65-year-old former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist said, “The way I see it is this, and this is a generalization: millennials want all the power and money of people that have already got it without working for it.”
“I’m sorry – that’s the way I see it in this world. And people in my age group have worked their asses off to get this. And a lot of youngsters – some youngsters don’t feel that way – they want it all, and they want it now. They want what you’ve got, and they’re not willing to work hard for three or four decades to get it. And it doesn’t work that way.”
“I’m working with people that have no idea what I’ve been through, and they just want success.” – Glenn Hughes
While Hughes didn’t clarify whether he was referring specifically to Watt, he said that Andrew “comes from a group of people from that generation. If you were born in the early ‘90s, you have a different angle and a different viewpoint of the world. You have the whole Internet thing; you grew up with the Internet in front of your fingers. It’s a different demographic. It was difficult for me to work with people that have a different angle on life.”
“I’m old school. I’ve had a heart attack. I’ve been shot at, pistol-whipped, run over by a car, I’ve been stabbed, and all of a sudden, I’m working with people that have no idea what I’ve been through, and they just want success, he added. “And success, you just don’t get it overnight.”
California Breed supported Alter Bridge in the U.S. in the fall of 2014 before heading to Europe and closing out the run backing Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators on their five U.K. arena dates.
The self-titled California Breed debut album sold around 4,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at number 78 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Google just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call.
Onstage at I/O 2018, Google showed off a jaw-dropping new capability of Google Assistant: in the not too distant future, it’s going to make phone calls on your behalf.
CEO Sundar Pichai played back a phone call recording that he said was placed by the Assistant to a hair salon. The voice sounded incredibly natural; the person on the other end had no idea they were talking to a digital AI helper.
Google Assistant even dropped in a super casual “mmhmmm” early in the conversation.
Pichai reiterated that this was a real call using Assistant and not some staged demo. “The amazing thing is that Assistant can actually understand the nuances of conversation,” he said. “We’ve been working on this technology for many years. It’s called Google Duplex.”
Duplex feels like next-level AI stuff, but Google’s chief executive said it’s still very much under development. Google plans to conduct early testing of Duplex inside Assistant this summer “to help users make restaurant reservations, schedule hair salon appointments, and get holiday hours over the phone.”
“We really want it to work in cases, say if you’re a busy parent in the morning and your kid is sick and you want to call for a doctor’s appointment.” – Sundar Pichai
Pichai says the Assistant can react intelligently even when a conversation “doesn’t go as expected” and veers off course a bit from the given objective. “We’re still developing this technology, and we want to work hard to get this right,” he said. “We really want it to work in cases, say if you’re a busy parent in the morning and your kid is sick, and you want to call for a doctor’s appointment.” Google has published a blog post with more details and soundbites of Duplex in action.
“The technology is directed towards completing specific tasks, such as scheduling certain types of appointments. For such tasks, the system makes the conversational experience as natural as possible, allowing people to speak normally, like they would to another person, without having to adapt to a machine.”
Google envisions other use cases like having Assistant call businesses and inquire about their hours to help keep Maps listings up to date.
The company says it wants to be transparent about where and when Duplex is being used, as a voice that sounds this realistic and convincing is certain to raise some questions.
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