The original, founding members of Bad Company, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke have announced that they will reunite for a series of North American concerts this summer. Tentatively set to begin July 16th the band will perform dates coast-to-coast in the US and Canada throughout the summer, with more dates to be added. Bad Company will also partner exclusively with Abbey Road Live to record and sell live concert CDs onsite at each venue throughout the tour.
Recently returning from their first UK tour in over three decades, with a sold-out run this spring culminating with a sold-out show at Wembley, Bad Company’s concerts across the pond were star-studded affairs attracting the likes of Sting, Robert Plant, Tony Iommi and former bandmate from The Firm Jimmy Page who proclaimed, “Paul Rodgers has been, and still is by far, one of the finest talents of our musical genre…absolutely brilliant.”
“Our last show, at Wembley, was unreal, truly amazing. I can’t remember a Bad Company gig when everything from sound, lights, fans, music to musicians all peaked at the same show. That has left us all naturally high and primed to play more shows. The upcoming set list will be hit heavy with a few surprises. We have hit our stride,” said Rodgers.
In March, Warner Music UK released “The Very Best of FREE and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers.” The set debuted on the charts at #10 and became Bad Company’s first top 10 UK chart appearance in over 30 years, and Free’s first since a “Best of” set released in 1991, remaining on the charts for several weeks.
After the break up of Free (known internationally for their smash hit “All Right Now” co-written by Rodgers) Paul connected with ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs. Free drummer Simon Kirke would later join that year and the trio would begin rehearsing. Ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell came aboard a few months later and the supergroup Bad Company was solidified. In 1974 they signed to Swan Song Records (owned by Led Zeppelin and distributed via Atlantic Records) to release their highly anticipated debut album, titled Bad Co. Rodgers’ concept to write a song titled the same as the band’s name was a first. Propelled by the hit single “Can’t Get Enough”, the album would quickly hit #1 on the charts and remain in the Top 40 for four straight months. Bad Company were at the forefront of the 70’s arena rock movement. To this day, the multi-platinum Bad Co. album arguably remains one of the most accomplished debuts in rock history, reading as a virtual greatest hits set in itself.
Straight Shooter, Run with the Pack, Burnin’ Sky and Desolation Angels would all follow within a five year run throughout the ‘70s with the writing team of Rodgers and Ralphs yielding more multi-platinum awards with hit after hit, “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Seagull,” “Run with the Pack,” “Burnin’ Sky,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy,” making Bad Company one of the biggest concert attractions of the decade. In 1982, the band released their final recording Rough Diamonds and the single “Electricland” would be their last before disbanding. The group’s multi-platinum award-winning greatest hits set 10 from 6 has become a music collectors staple.
Rodgers, celebrating over four decades as a writing and recording artist (Free, Bad Company, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Solo), was recently presented with the “Classic Songwriter” award by Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck at the annual Classic Rock Magazine Roll of Honour 2009. Rolling Stone recently named Rodgers one of the “Top 100 Singers of All Time,” Classic Rock UK placed him at #2 on their “50 Greatest Singers in Rock” list and England’s Planet Rock Radio fan poll placed him at #3 on their “Greatest Voices of Rock” list. His debut solo DVD “Live in Glasgow” is certified Gold and charted at #1 in Canada, #2 in Japan, #3 in the US and #4 in the UK .
BAD COMPANY CONFIRMED US TOUR DATES:
DATE VENUE CITY/STATE
July 16 Fantasy Springs Casino Indio, CA
July 17 Orange County Fair Costa Mesa, CA
July 22 The Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena Lakeland, FL
July 23 St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL
July 25 Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
July 27 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA
July 30 Choctaw Resort Casino Event Center Durant, OK
August 1 Outlaw Jam/Frederick Co. Fairgrounds Frederick, MD
August 4 Casino Rama Entertainment Center Rama, Ontario
August 14 Bike Rally Port Dover, Ontario
October 4 Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI
October 5 Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI
October 7 The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Catoosa, OK (Tulsa)