Tuesday August 20, 2019
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Formed in 1973 in London the band consisted of former Free members Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke. They were joined by guitarist Mick Ralphs (formerly of Mott The Hoople) and bassist Boz Burrell (ex-King Crimson). The band came right out of the gate with their self-titled release Bad Company in 1974. That album received a great deal of airplay that propelled it to #1 on the Billboard album charts. It has since been certified 5X platinum.
The band carried on with a great deal of success until 1982 when they released Rough Diamonds which remains the lowest selling album of the Paul Rodgers era despite containing gem “Electricland”. That song has since become a cult favorite among the diehards. It is also the only song from Rough Diamonds that gets played live these days. Following that album, the band broke up with Rodgers pursuing a solo career.
The band found more success during the late 80’s and early 90’s before Rodgers returned to the fold in 1998. They recorded four new songs which were a part of The Original Bad Company Anthology. They returned to touring with successful tours co headlining with Styx in 2001 and Foreigner in 2002. The band played on and off over the next several years before Burrell passed away in 2006.
Bad Company played Artpark in 2013 and put on a very memorable show. The sweltering heat was only a precursor for the show as the band sounded very tight and Rodgers voice was simply amazing. This will be the band’s first show back in six years. Get your tickets now as it is one you will not want to miss.
Expect to hear Bad Company standards such as, “Can’t Get Enough”, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy”, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Shooting Star”.
Bad Company 2019 Paul Rodgers- vocals/ Simon Kirke- drums / Howard Leese- guitar / Todd Ronning- bass