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Bad Company Tour Dates 
 
Please note:- Tickets may not be on sale yet
 
 
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Outlaw Jam
Frederick County Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD
 
 
 

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Live from the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 7 April 2010.

Hammersmith Apollo Paul Rodgers

Andrew Black

 

Paul Rodgers Reveals Jamming With Fleetwood Mac's Fleetwood & McVie

Rock Radio UK is reporting that legendary vocalist Paul Rogers (Free, Bad Company, The Firm) has revealed he recently jammed with Fleetwood Mac veterans Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

He says: "What we did was just play a lot of blues. I'm a big fan of Peter Green's Mac - I used to stand in awe in blues clubs around England. They're my heroes. It's fun to do these things and see where they take you. That's not to say we're getting a band together – but who knows."

In other Rodgers related news, Bad Company have a new release in stores today titled 'Hard Rock Live,' and are offering a free MP3 download of 'Rock and Roll Fantasy (Live)' from the release. The song was originally released over 30 years ago on the 1979 studio album 'Desolation Angels.'

'Hard Rock Live' is the reunion concert from Bad Company that occurred on August 8, 2008 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. The release can be purchased on iTunes, DVD or Blu-ray -- all of which include a bonus audio CD.

Paul Rodgers credits good DNA, good living for his still astonishing voice.

Whatever Next ?? :-)

 

BAD COMPANY & Joe Perry In the UK

CLASSIC ROCK REVIEW

              REVIEW

In the latest of our ongoing series Then And Now, Xavier Russell looks at one of the great dinosaurs of British rock, Bad Company, travelling back to Olympia 1976 and then forward to Wembley 2010. Check out our previous Then And Now features on Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kiss.

Words: Xavier Russell / Photos: Steve Way

 

BAD COMPANY REVIEWS FROM FANS

Hi Lucy,

I hope you are well. I just wanted to say that I went to see Bad Co at Brighton last Saturday and they were simply superb. Thanks to your presale link we managed to get seats in the second row. However my wife Ann didn't think that she was near enough to Paul so she ran straight to the front as soon as the show started!!! She was even lucky enough to get Simon's drum stick (Ross Halfin passed it to her). Simple Man was the highlight for me. I got goosebumps all down my neck for that one. Anyway, thanks for helping me get such good seats and I look forward to Paul touring the UK again soon.
Thanks again.
Joe
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Hi Lucy, I just wanted to thank you for all the info you've been sending out,almost on a daily basis, about the appearances of Paul Rodgers and Bad Co. You have been fantastic !  I have managed to tape 3 interviews and  2 concerts  and there is still an appearance on Jools Holland on 13/4 to look forward to.
       I also went to our huge arena in Manchester last Friday   to watch Bad Co. and they were just sooooo good ! I never thought I'd get to see them in concert and we were quite near the front.    That again was with your help when you alerted us to the early sales of tickets.  I have ordered one of the 'live' CDs  so I'm looking forward to hearing that soon.too.
       If you get chance to pass a message onto  them please say a big Thank You  from all the fans in Manchester, and please come  round again !!  The Hard Rock Live DVD/CD is also fantastic and shows their expertise on stage,even after these years.
      Thank you again, Lucy, for all your help,
         Best wishes, Jean
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Bad Company - Brighton Centre & Wembley Arena By Roger Allen

Saturday 10th April 2010, and I was at one of my favourite venues, The Brighton Centre.

Very consumer friendly and great staff who dont rummage about in your bags and are very helpful with seating and other circumstances.
On getting to the venue my friend and I went around the back of the venue to see who was about . Low and behold walking down the street towards us was Simon Kirke. We shook hands and had a few words in conversation about the BBC Radio 2 gig and what tonight was going to be like. When there we bumped into Mick Ralphs having a crafty smoke  and had a chat with a couple of photos.
Cynthia (Paul's wife) came out for some sunshine and we chatted for a while, she then took some stuff in from us to be signed, Mr Rodgers I hope you know how lucky you are to have her in your life :) . I cannot thank her enough for her hospitality.

Joe Perry Project hit the stage and I was quite impressed with them, as I had heard non too flattering reports of the set. I couldn't fault it. It had songs from his solo albums , plus songs from the new 'Have Guitar Will Travel' cd. Witty musings from Joe inbetween tunes , even answering calls from the crowd to turn the fckg guitar up  , which was duly done by the  soundman. He has assembled a fine set of musicians  for the Project and has a find in Haegen as his singer, Mr Tyler be warned.
Biggest surprise of the night for me was bumping into, literally, Deborah Bonham. She is a wonderful lady, had a great chat before and after the gig and might be doing some stuff on this site later.

Postioned at the front.....Bad Company hit the stage with the pulsating red lights exacting an erratic heartbeat, getting more active nearer the first chords of 'Can't Get Enough'  the crowd roaring with approval. The band really seemed to be enjoying themselves running about , smiling and acknowledging the audience.
They went through a greatest hits set with the surprise inclusion  being 'Youngblood' the crowd singing along and interacting with Paul as he conducted them through the verses.
The stage cleared for Paul and Mick to do the fantastic acoustic 'Seagull'  The roof went off the place with everyone, even a few stewards singing along with this one. 'Burnin' Sky' saw the stage covered with more dry ice than Hammer Productions used for their films, great lighting used with this song
 and the visuals on the backdrop screen.
Highlight of the set for me was the glorious 'Simple Man' superb intro from Howard and Mick, the song was perfection. 'Electricland' received a roar from the crowd as its probably the only time the Uk will ever hear it live, very underrated song that I always loved.
'Feel Like Makin' Love'  had Howard playing the mandolin and acoustic for the intro before the rest of the band kicked in with yet another joyous crowd singalong, Paul playing harmonica on the solo spot.
'Shooting Star' was probably the most emotional song of the night. During the playing the back screen showed the faces of the rock stars that were taken all to quickly from us. Big cheers went up for Boz Burrell and Paul Kossoff. Later Deborah told me how emotional she was at seeing her brother John Bonham up on the screen.
'Rock N Roll Fantasy' has the familiar band in the line routine which this time included Joe Perry in it as he joined them for the second half of the song. The band finished the main set with the rockin' 'Movin' On'  Lynn Sorensen thumping away on bass

Encore time and 'Ready For Love' was another great singalong for the crowd who didnt let the side down. Final song was the signature tune 'Bad Company'  Paul at the piano again with clouds of dry ice covering the stage. Simons drumming on this track is immense. Concert over the crowd stamping their feet and cheering them away.

Wembley Arena the next night is a venue that quite frankly I despise. Its only function seems to me  is to rip off the public as much as possible. It has to take a bloody good band for me to go anywhere near it.
Steve Rodgers was added to the bill tonight and he was very very good , the crowd really enjoying it.  Joe Perry Project played the same set bar one song which was 'Train Kept A Rollin'
Bad Company hit the stage , the set being recorded by Concert Live for cd release and aslo filmed for probable dvd release later in the year.
They played the same set as the night before at Brighton, only doing a second encore of  the brilliant 'Deal With The Preacher' being the difference.
Once the band had finished another great gig , I couldn't wait to escape the clutches of Wembley.

There are some photos from Brighton below in the
galley. The complete set are on this link >> Brighton 

 

Paul & Paul together on stage again

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Bad Company, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, 7 April 2010

Published in The Journal

 

Bad Company, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, 7 April 2010

 

To describe Teesside's Paul Rodgers as North East rock royalty simply doesn't seem praise enough.

 

A career spanning four decades and some of the biggest bands on the planet suggests the Bad Company singer is a bona fide national treasure, and yet home is still where the heart is.  Missed last week's Newcastle spectacular?  Well, you missed out.  Rodgers' cultural impact is almost immeasurable and yet still he sings on.

 

Not content with triumphs as a solo artist and front-man with Queen, the 60-year-old chose to reform Bad Company for a trek across America last year and incredible demand for the band prompted the UK tour.  It's a show beyond comparison, mixing hit songs with genuine emotion, nostalgia with a new focus.

 

Back alongside Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke, this is the Bad Company of old, all blues-soaked riffs, pounding rhythms and spellbinding cohesion.  And yet it is Howard Leese, the hired hand from Heart, who appears to be the glue which binds together the band's various musicians.  As a long-time friend of Rodgers', and an accomplished hit-maker, the veteran guitarist adds a certain spark to a set bristling with rock energy.

 

Sure there were moans that the Company men were on stage less than 90 minutes, but the quality far outweighed the limited quantity.  Those who left the venue without their hairs standing on end need a lesson in appreciation - this was a special event worth every penny.

 

For al of Leese's efforts, it was Rodgers and Ralphs who stole the show with the acoustic-charged version of Seagull - two pals and fellow professionals engaged in a friendly six-string joust.  No gadgets, no pyro, no bass line and no fuss.  Just an incredible voice and two finely tuned guitars creating a moment of aural magic.

 

Equally effective was the brilliant Burnin' Sky.  Knee deep in a sea of dry ice, the band ensured an atmospheric setting was given a suitably soaring soundtrack.

 

As if Ralphs and Leese wasn't enought, the arrival of Joe Perry saw the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy engine room powered by three guitars and the bank of riffs was spellbinding.  Rodgers insists he will never join Perry under the Aerosmith banner for as long as Tyler is on the scene, but this glimpse of two rock greats working in tandem offered a glimpse of some stellar rock future.

 

An encore bookended by Ready For Love and Bad Company could never fail, but the highlight of the night was surely Shooting Star.  It's the perfect showcase for Rodgers' remarkable range and Ralphs' command of the fretboard and this was the best version we've heard for years.  Every song a winner and every note just perfect.  Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy?  Maybe.

 

Simon Rushworth

 

Bad Company announce exclusive Live CDs of UK tour!

Bad Company - Live in the UK 

Bad Company are delighted to announce that we will be working

with instant music specialists ‘Concert Live’ on our forthcoming UK tour dates.

Concert Live

will be recording 3 dates from the UK tour and creating live CD’s instantly

at the shows for fans to purchase and take home straight after the concerts!

Recorded gigs are; Wembley Arena, Manchester MEN and Birmingham’s LG Arena,

and the Live CD’s will be available after each of these shows as well as throughout the duration of the tour.

These CD sets are presented in deluxe 3 disc digipaks and are strictly limited edition!!

To ensure you get these ultimate souvenirs of your Bad Company concert,

we urge you to order your copies now,

To get your hands on them, either for collection after the concert or home delivery,

 simply visit the Concert Live website www.concertlive.co.uk

If you are not coming to the live shows, but would still like to get a live CD from the tour, you can

 pre-order and choose to have it delivered to your front door.  Worldwide delivery available!

Enjoy the show!

 

 
 
 

 

OFFICIAL PAUL RODGERS MYSPACE

 

Billboard:

(excerpt from UK chart story)

Boyzone stayed at No. 1in an unchanged top three on the album chart,
with Lady Gaga's "TheFame" (Interscope/Universal) still at No. 2 and
Justin Bieber's "MyWorld" (Def Jam/Universal) steady at No. 3.
 
 The highest new entry, at No. 10, was "The Very Best of Free &Bad Company"
(Rhino/UMTV),
the first collection combining catalog materialby two
bands fronted by English rock vocalist Paul Rodgers. Released
tocoincide with U.K. shows by the reunited Bad Company line-up, it
charted at animpressive No. 10 after some high-profile promo work by
Rodgers, and becomes Bad Company's first top ten album appearance since
"DesolationAngels" reached No. 10 in 1979, and Free's first since "The
Best ofFree - All Right Now" hit No. 9 in 1991.

 

BAD COMPANY TWO EAGLES GUITAR AUCTION

An autographed "Two Eagles Custom Guitar" which is featured in the 2010 UK tour programme will be auctioned off after Bad Company UK 2010 tour. Please stay tuned for details.

 

Donated by: Cronk Guitars

 

THE VERY BEST OF FREE AND BAD COMPANY FEAT. PAUL RODGERS

Available NOW! 

New CD release: The Very Best of Free and Bad Company Featuring Paul Rodgers
was released in the UK on March 29, 2010 by Rhino Records.

It was album of the week on BBC Radio 2 and

now has hit the TOP 10!

Order now at: Amazon.com

Track Listing
1. Can't Get Enough (Bad Company) 9. My Brother Jake (Free)
2. Rock Steady (Bad Company) 10. Wishing Well (Free)
3. Feel Like Makin' Love (Bad Company) 11. Be My Friend (Free)
4. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy (Bad Company) 12. The Hunter (Free)
5. Ready For Love (Bad Company) 13. Little Bit Of Love (Free)
6. Run With The Pack (Bad Company) 14. Fire And Water (Free)
7. Seagull (Bad Company) 15. All Right Now (Free)
8. Shooting Star (Bad Company)  

 


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SAT 27th MARCH - The Jolly Tar, Nantwich

FRI 7th MAY - 
The Greyhound, Beeston, Nottingham

FRI 28th MAY -
The Moses Gate, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire (01204) 576 278

SAT 29th MAY -  The Stumble Inn, Cannock, Staffs

FRI 4th JUNE - Route 44, Acocks Green, Birmingham

FRI 11th JUNE - The Roadhouse, Birmingham, (0121) 4595660

SAT 19th JUNE - The Victoria, Coalville, Leics (Moxters Of Rock all day event)

FRI 2nd JULY - The Boardwalk, Sheffield (double header with AC/DC UK)

FRI 6th AUG - The Moses Gate, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire (01204) 576 278

SAT 14th AUG - The Jolly Tar, Nantwich

SUN 29th AUG - The Diamond Sutton In Ashfield, Notts

FRI 24th SEPT - Route 44, Acocks Green, Birmingham

FRI 8th OCT - The Roadhouse, Birmingham, (0121) 4595660

FRI 22nd OCT - The Diamond Sutton In Ashfield, Notts

FRI 19th NOV - The Jolly Tar, Nantwich

SAT 27th NOV -  The Greyhound, Beeston, Nottingham

FRI 3rd DEC - Route 44, Acocks Green, Birmingham

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Review Bad Company Manchester by Ingrid - Austria

Hi Lucy
 
Joe Perry did a good job opening for BadCo, although the
announcements to each of the songs were a bit stereotype. Well, a
guitarist hardly ever has to fulfill such functions.
My hubby thought the sound mixing wasn´t as good as for the main act,
but maybe it was due to a different music style in the end.

Before the gig I wasn´t sure why they´d use two guitars, because the
original line up was more than sufficiently equipped with the one by
Mick. But it created such a depth unheard of before. Imagine Paul and
Howard on acoustic guitars doing Seagull with an extended ending.
These two were the rockversion of McLaughlin/di Meola. They could
have gone on on end, obviously enjoying themselves.
Also Movin´on got a few bars more in the end, the repetition of one
of my favourite parts of that song. What an experience. The last
encore was Deal With The Preacher, I love that song to bits.

The classic stage had some sort of vertical screens behind the band,
illustrating themes of the songs. A shooting star was played a number
of already deceased pop and rock icons like Jimi Hendrix and Janis
Joplin were presented on these screens. When they showed Paul
Kossoff, applause filled the MEN arena, almost bringing tears to my
eyes. A well known photo, taken by you.

Paul´s voice was as usual, one of the best around. It was funny
looking at Simon. Drumming like he did in his younger days, just
without the flailing hair, but still as energetic and precise as
ever. It certainly was worth the trip and I even wanted to attend one
more show in Sheffield but couldn´t get hold of tickets.
Ingrid.
 
Photo : Andy Longville
 
 

 

The Free Convention,
c/o Bill Flynn  4 Mile End Close,  Foulridge,  Colne,  Lancs.  BB8 7LD

Email:  [email protected]    Tel  07948 017 380

February 2010
Dear Free Fan,

42nd  Anniversary FREE CONVENTION Saturday . 8th May 2010
Roker Hotel, Sunderland    0191 567 1786   Doors open 7pm runs until 1am
I am pleased to announce this year’s Convention. The event will run through to 1am on the Sunday  morning

Live Bands  itinerary :

7.30pm – Heartbreaker  varied Archive from Paul Rodgers other bands
8.15         Moonshine  (Nigel Robinson (outfit)  band ) 
Classic Kossoff
9.15         Heavy Load
greatly entertaining band covering a mixture of  Free & Bad Co
10.15        Auction items donated  and autographed by Paul Rodgers  
10.45       Headlining band : ‘Freeway’  - fabulous band with new singer did a great chronological look back at Free’s career  last year  
12.30      end of night jam = time permitting

 
I am keeping prices as low as possible and reduced them from last year in view of the credit crunch. Where else could you see 4 live bands for this value. Ticket prices are£10 in advance prior to the gig and £15 on the door.  

As a past Convention supporter you are being given the first opportunity to apply before the general public, unfortunately I won’t be allowed to let more than the capacity in, on the day.  Tickets prices are being kept as low as possible.  Please make cheques payable to Bill Flynn and kindly enclose a  s.a.e with the appropriate postage .          
Tickets will be sent out in late March   

Thank you to everyone who came last year as Last year’s Convention raised £1500   and £3000 the previous year for the Northern Brainwave appeal . All profits from this year’s Convention will be going to this  fantastic cause


I have been late in writing to people this year, so would be grateful to anyone who can get the event a valuable mention in Newspapers on Radio Stations and Internet sites. Please let me know if you can help
PLEASE KEEP THE CONVENTION ALIVE BY  YOUR SUPPORT.
Kind Regards
    Bill Flynn

 

 

Very Best of

 Free & Bad Company Feat. Paul Rodgers [Import]

Track Listings

1. Can't Get Enough Bad Company

2. Rock Steady Bad Company

3. Feel Like Makin' Love Bad Company

4. Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Bad Company

5. Ready For Love Bad Company

6. Run With The Pack Bad Company

7. Seagull Bad Company

8. Shooting Star Bad Company

9. My Brother Jake Free

10. Wishing Well Free

11. Be My Friend Free

12. The Hunter Free

13. Little Bit Of Love Free

14. Fire And Water Free

15. All Right Now

The Very Best Of FREE And BAD COMPANY featuring PAUL RODGERS is a new compilation being released by Rhino UK on March 29th.

Celebrating Paul Rodgers' career spanning four decades, The Very Best Of Free And Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers album collects 15 of the very best of his catalogue as a songwriter and recording artist including his chart-topping works in Free and Bad Company.

"This collection captures the essence of my music career over the last forty years," said Rodgers. "I hope that it serves as thanks to all our fans for their incredible support."

Purchase here

 

 

Bad Company

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Last broadcast yesterday, 22:00 on BBC Radio 2.

Synopsis

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Bad Company, recently reformed with original members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke,

 recorded in a special gig for Radio 2 in the BBC Radio Theatre at the end of March. Features hits from

 Paul Rodgers' long career and from the '68-'73 era of Free and '73-'82 era of Bad Company. Introduced by Johnnie Walker.

 

BAD COMPANY LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM
 

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