PAUL RODGERS CELEBRATES THE SONGS AND MUSICIANS OF MEMPHIS
ON “THE ROYAL SESSIONS”
Bad Company’s Founding Singer, Songwriter And Multi-Instrumentalist Records Versions Of Classic Songs At Memphis’ Royal Studios With Original Session Musicians
Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of “The Royal Sessions”—a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks. Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the 60’s. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), “Hubby” Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers. “The Royal Sessions” will be released on 429 Records in the U.S. (international release dates below).
“The Royal Sessions” is a remarkable project that came together as Rodgers was working on a solo record and producer Margouleff had just discovered that Royal Studios was still up and running under the auspices of Willie “Pops” Mitchell’s son Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell. The opportunity to record in such a hallowed place with musicians he considered personal heroes was a dream come true. The Memphis players forged an immediate bond when presented with his formidable talent and sincere love of the songs. Deeply felt, powerfully sung and expertly played, it features a cross-section of material hand-picked by Rodgers, songs of great historical significance and personal meaning.
Says Rodgers: “I really felt I had to get deeper inside myself than I ever had in my life. The end result is that recording these songs left me recharged as a singer and also as a songwriter. My favorite part was the love we could feel in the room throughout all the sessions. We all spoke the same language.”
Says Margouleff: “I wanted to make the most of this incredible opportunity so I recorded Paul and the band live in the studio. We captured the pure energy of their performance. Recording in an all analogue format the sonic quality is unparalleled and the listener can experience the music on a deeper level.”
All of the proceeds from “The Royal Sessions” will be donated to local Memphis music education programs. Special showcase performances by Paul Rodgers with the musicians on “The Royal Sessions” will be announced.
“The Royal Sessions” track listing:
1) Thank You
2) Down Don’t Bother Me
3) I Can’t Stand The Rain
4) I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
5) That’s How Strong My Love Is
6) Walk On By
7) Any Old Way
8) It’s Growing
9) Born Under A Bad Sign
10) Dreams To Remember
Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke Discuss Reunion, Tour And 40 Years Of Rock’n’Roll Fantasies
Dallas, TX - JUNE 27, 2013.
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands gives you a front row ticket to Bad Company’s 40th anniversary festivities. Formed in 1973 from the members of British bands Free and Mott the Hoople, Bad Company were a supergroup in the making and the first signing to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label. In an industry where anticipation and expectations can often derail bands from the start, Bad Company would rise to the occasion, delivering hit albums and producing one of the most memorable catalogs of ‘70s rock. Hits like “Can’t Get Enough”, “Movin’ On”, “Feel Like Making Love”, “Rock’n’Roll Fantasy”, “Ready for Love”, “Shooting Star”,”Silver Blue and Gold” would fast become staples on the radio and in the concert halls. InTheStudio host Redbeard sat down with Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke during rehearsals for this Summer’s 40th anniversary tour to discuss the band’s legacy. During the interview, Paul Rodgers reveals what music inspired the members of Bad Company.
”The records we listened to, when we were getting turned on to music, were actually 40 years old, you know, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and Albert King and all these guys. We were listening to quite old music, but to us it was eternal music. I can still listen to it now. I think we took something from that. And that’s probably part of what we do.”
Mick Ralphs explains what touring with Bad Company over forty years means to him.
“It’s good. It keeps you on your toes, nothing set in stone. We have a great collection of songs, fortunately for us, that people want to hear.”
The classic-rock favorites team up with Lynyrd Skynyrd for a string of U.S dates.
The group — which features founding members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke (bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006) — played Rancho Mirage, Calif., on June 15 and will begin co-headlining dates with Lynyrd Skynyrd Thursday at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Wash.
The two bands have a long history together, going back to the '70s. "They loved us," Rodgers says of Skynyrd, "because they were very influenced by my earlier band, Free. So Ronnie Van Zant and all those guys, we would hang out together and talk about music."
The 24 U.S. dates, which end Sept. 19 in Manson, Wash., are the group's first in the country since 2009.
Runnin' with the pack. The current tour celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bad Company, a supergroup formed from members of Free (Rodgers and drummer Kirke), Mott the Hoople (guitarist Ralphs) and King Crimson (Burrell). The group played its first show in February 1974 at the Zoom Club in Frankfurt, Germany. "We just put our show on the stage, the music we had," Rodgers says. "It was rough, and we weren't very slick at all, but it was the first time we'd played in front of people. There's a different edge to playing live." Early set lists featured the core of the group's five-time-platinum debut album, Bad Company, released in June 1974, including future hits Bad Company, Rock Steady and Can't Get Enough. "There's not a full set there, so I'd have to think about how we beefed it up to a two-hour set," Rodgers says.
Movin' on. After a string of multiplatinum albums and hits that included Feel Like Makin' Love and Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy, Rodgers left Bad Company in 1982. The 1980 death of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham factored significantly in his decision to leave. "I thought, that's it, I'm coming off the road. I want some time at home. I want to get my feet on the ground. I want to get a taste of reality, and I want to see my kids. I want to take them to school, and I want to be there for their birthdays. 'Cause you miss a lot of things." The band continued with singer Brian Howe, then Robert Hart, with Rodgers rejoining in 1995.
Good pyro gone bad. On a recent tour of Germany where a 50-piece orchestra accompanied him, Rodgers had a narrow miss with one of the flame projectors at the foot of his stage. "They literally shot straight up in the air at the front of the stage, 18 feet, and there were four of them," he says. "They told me to be very careful to stay away from those areas during one of the songs. And I completely forgot. I was standing directly over one — these are pre-programmed, so they can't actually stop them — I stepped back, just as it went whoosh! Straight in front of my face, just about burned my eyebrows."
Rock 'n' roll fantasy bands. For rock bands of a certain vintage, Rodgers seems to be the replacement singer of choice. After leaving Bad Company, he and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page recorded two mid-'80s albums as The Firm. He toured and recorded with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor from 2005 to 2009. Three other overtures that would have reshaped rock history were non-starters, though: Rodgers says members of the Doors unsuccessfully sought him out in the early '70s. "Nobody could find me," he says. "I was deep in the country with Mick, working on songs for Bad Company, so no one knew where I was." A conversation with Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry during one of his fallings-out with singer Steven Tyler didn't yield much, either. "There was talk of that, but there was never any possibility of doing it," he says. Also, "Neal Schon, when he was forming Journey, sent me an entire repertoire of songs. But I never really followed that up. The next thing I knew, they were huge."
Can't give enough. Here's another reason Rodgers likes Lynyrd Skynyrd: He met his wife, Cynthia, through the band while touring together during the '90s. The couple currently lives in British Columbia. "I don't really function very well without her nowadays," Rodgers says. "I need her on the tour. So it's very good to have her come with me." And if a woman comes up to you at one of this summer's shows and offers you $100, it's probably Cynthia, who gives the money to unsuspecting fans at each show as a random act of kindness. "Cynthia has a big heart," Rodgers says.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
BAD COMPANY ON TONIGHT SHOW
Here are photos from Bad Company's appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show.
Monday June 10 Bad Company on Jay Leno's Tonight Show.
This is the first time that Bad Company have agreed to perform on Late Night Television. This kicks off their 40th Anniversary Tour.
In 1973 Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs formed the band in England. The following night they will be performing at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and their will be a Q & A period.
This evening sold out in less than 5 minutes. For TV times, check your local listings.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
DISCLIVE NETWORK TO RECORD BAD COMPANY 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
AND RELEASE DELUXE "INSTANT" LIVE COMMEMORATIVE CD SETS INCLUDING BONUS ROCKUMENTARY
DiscLive Network (formerly known as Abbey Road Live US), the global leader in recording live music and releasing it to fans immediately after a show, is partnering with Bad Company and will be recording each show (where available) on the upcoming 40th Anniversary Tour! To make this really super special, we will be releasing limited-edition triple CD sets in special super high-quality, foil-stamped DigiPaks, commemorating 40 amazing years for Bad Company! In addition to two CDs which will contain the live recordings - and which fans can literally walk out with - there will be a third "bonus" CD containing a brand new, exclusive rockumentary, produced by legendary on-air rock radio personality Redbeard! It's the ULTIMATE Bad Company collectible!
These products are STRICTLY limited edition - and if you pre-order yours now, you can save $5 (the price will go up when the tour starts). Each copy will be individually-numbered. Once they are gone, they are gone forever, so reserve your copy today!
One of the most acclaimed bands of the classic rock era, England's Bad Company has put its indelible stamp on rock 'n' roll with a straight-ahead, no-frills musical approach that has resulted in the creation of some of the most timeless rock anthems ever.
Formed in 1973, the band is led by the incomparable singer and songwriter Paul Rodgers, arguably the finest singer in rock 'n ' roll and a huge songwriting talent.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Bad Company will embark on a summer tour of the U.S, beginning on June 15.
Before the excursion begins, please join us in the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate discussion and performance. Moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, hear the band discuss their amazing career, which included albums that sold tens of millions of copies, yielding international hits "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Feel Like Makin' Love," and many others. After the discussion, the band will perform a stripped-down set.
Monday, March 4, 2013
BAD COMPANY AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD ANNOUCE SUMMER CO-HEADLINE TOUR
BAD COMPANY AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD ANNOUNCE 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SUMMER CO-HEADLINE TOUR OF 12 DATES Both Bands Will Supplement This Joint Excursion With Individual Headline Dates
New York --- Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced a co-headline tour that takes the bands coast-to-coast for 12 dates. Both bands celebrate significant 40th anniversaries in 2013, with Lynyrd Skynyrd having released their debut album on August 13, 1973 and Bad Company being formed that same year. While the pair have shared the stage and Paul Rodgers has toured with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company and Skynyrd have never toured as co-headliners together.
Bad Company were dubbed a super-group upon the band's formation due to the union of Free's Paul Rodgers (Vocals / Multi-Instrumentalist) with Mott The Hoople's Mick Ralphs (Guitar) plus King Crimson's Boz Burrell (Bass) and Free's Simon Kirke (Drums). Over the next nine years, the band released a string of six albums, yielding international hits "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Feel Like Makin' Love," and many others penned by the main songwriters Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs. Original members Rodgers, Ralphs, and Kirke will be joined by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning (from Paul Rodgers solo band). Original bassist Boz Burrell passed away in 2006.
Bad Company has inspired many of today's musicians. Most notably, Metal band Five Finger Death Punch who scored a #1 Active Rock hit with a cover of the song "Bad Company". Since 2001, the band has only played 11 isolated performances, and has not staged a tour of The United States until now. In front of the run, Rodgers shares, "When Mick and I formed the band in the 70's we were amazed at the instant success. It didn't hurt to have Led Zeppelin behind us, and we wrote some decent songs that still resonate. This one is for fans."
Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals) and Rickey Medlocke (guitar), along with longtime drummer Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd has maintained a tremendous legacy that began over 40 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and continues with the recently released Last Of A Dying Breed(Roadrunner). The band's career was halted for a decade after the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, and then subsequently faced adversity through the losses of Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Huey Thomasson, yet they rock on. With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations. The current line-up features Gary Rossington (Guitar), Johnny Van Zant (Vocals), Rickey Medlocke (Guitar), Mark "Sparky" atejka (Guitar), Michael Cartellone (Drums), Johnny Colt (Bass), Peter Keys (Keyboards), Dale Krantz Rossington- Honkettes (Backing Vocals) and Carol Chase-Honkettes (Backing Vocals).
Paul Rodgers reveals, "The Skynyrds and I go back to the 70's and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in LA aka the Riot House. In the 90's the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that's why I am so damned happy and healthy these years." Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant offers, "Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go. Personally, Paul is one of my favorite rock singers. We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company’s music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage.”
Special guests and Kentucky-bred hard rockers, Black Stone Cherry, will be kicking things off on The 40 Tour. Their music has been described as Southern-fried hard rock about everything from being proud of where you come from and true to who you are.
The co-headline tour will stage performances at the following venues:
BAD COMPANY ANNOUCE FIRST APPEARANCES OUTSIDE OF THE UK ON THE EUROPEAN CONTINENT SINCE 1975
PAUL RODGERS CHARITABLE RELEASE "WITH OUR LOVE" RECEIVES INSTANTANEOUS WORLDWIDE SUPPORT FROM RADIO One Hundred Percent of The Proceeds Directed To The Racehorse Sanctuary & Rocking Horse Children's Charity and Seraphim 12 Foundation
London, UK - March 6, 2012 - The original line-up of Bad Company has announced a short run of European festival dates for this summer. Commencing on June 9, the legendary ensemble will take the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg. Additional appearances will include five German Rock The Nation Festival performances in Berlin (6/11), Stuttgart (6/12), Augsburg (6/14), Trier (6/15) and Monchengladbach / Cologne (6/16). Bad Company is Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, and Simon Kirke. This excursion marks the first time that Bad Company has performed on the European continent together in 37 years (outside of the U.K.). The April, 2010 release Bad Company Live at Wembley (DVD / Blu-Ray, Eagle Rock) has been a chart staple worldwide for the past year.
In December, Bad Company front man and main songwriter Paul Rodgers released a new studio recording titled "With Our Love." The song was shared with fans and the public on his 62nd birthday, with one hundred percent of the proceeds earmarked for the charities The Racehorse Sanctuary & Rocking Horse Children's Charity and Seraphim 12 Foundation. The composition was co-written and performed with Perry Margouleff.
All of these charities are organizations Rodgers has offered significant support to in the past, in fact he is a Patron of one while Perry Margouleff is a Senior Board Member of the other. Rodgers shared, "Horses are such a powerful part of human development and have been since the early ages. We humans owe them so much. My wife Cynthia and I have visited both sanctuaries and can't imagine any of these healthy vibrant beings being sent off to slaughter. Blues great Willie Dixon believed that 'Once we know better we can do better'...so now that we know better, let's do better."
Upon arrival at radio, worldwide support has been witnessed at the rock format. The song "With Our Love," can be found on-line here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/paulrodgers and at all digital retailers.
Eagle Rock have set a September 13 release date for Paul Rodgers & Friends' Live At Montreux from 1994 on CD & DVD.
Paul Rodgers is one of the all-time rock'n'roll frontmen – Free, Bad Company and Queen. His soulful bluesy style dominates his hits "All Right Now," "Feel Like Making Love," "Can't Get Enough," "Wishing Well," "Mr. Big," "Fire and Water," plus blues songs "Louisiana Blues," "Crossroads" and more. Here, at the highly acclaimed Montreux Festival, he fronts an all-star lineup including Queen's Brian May, drummer Jason Bonham and Journey's Neal Schon other friends such as Toto's Steve Lukather plus bluesmen Eddie Kirkland and Luther Allison jam on some good ol' gutbucket blues. Rodgers was touring in support of his Muddy Water Blues album at the time which was Grammy Nominated that same year. There are seventeen tracks..with a rousing finale of Muddy's "Hoochie Coochie Man."
Friday, August 12, 2011
BAD COMPANY LIVE TRACK AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON AMAZON.COM
The classic Bad Company smash “Feel Like Making Love” will be available as a free MP3 at www.amazon.com for one day only on August 13th. The track is pulled from the recently released: Bad Company: Live At Wembley CD. Recorded at the historic British venue Wembley Arena in London on a beautiful April 2010 spring night, the show features the original band performing their greatest hits along with deep album cuts.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
BAD COMPANY #1 ON THE MIDWEEK VIDEO CHART FOR "LIVE AT WEMBLEY"
Music Video Chart Bad Company / Live At Wembley – No.1
Primal Scream / Screamadelica Live – No.39
Doobie Brothers / Live At The Greek – No.41
TOP 10 1) BAD COMPANY / LIVE AT WEMBLEY
2) AC/DC / Live At River Plate
3) Foo Fighters / Back & Forth
4) Glee Cast / Glee Encore
5) Les Miserables / 25th Anniversary Concert
6) Take That / Look Back Don’t Stare
7) Michael Jackson / This Is It
8) Take That / The Circus Live
9) Andre Rieu / The Last Rose: Live In Dublin
10) Michael Jackson / This Is It
BAD CO LIVE AT WEMBLEY NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE
Available now! "Bad Company Live At Wembley" on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD
When legendary classic rockers Bad Company performed at the historic British venue Wembley Arena in London on a beautiful April 2010 spring night, high-definition cameras captured the whole evening in all its glory.
There was magic in the air as all three original Bad Company members - vocalist extraordinaire Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke - are augmented by bassist Lynn Sorensen and guitarist Howard Leese. (Original bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006.)
The set list is packed with every major hit, fan favorites and seldom-heard deep album cuts. The DVD and Blu-Ray includes a band interview.
Bad Company burst upon the rock'n'roll scene in 1973, and was immediately dubbed a super-group by fans and press alike, as its members all came from very successful popular bands: Free (Rodgers and Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Ralphs) and King Crimson (Burrell). They lived up to the hype for nine straight years with a string of six soulful hard-rocking albums. After a break they reformed in 1999.
1) Can't Get Enough
2) Honey Child
3) Run With The Pack
4) Burnin' Sky
5) Young Blood
7) Gone, Gone, Gone
8) Electric Land
9) Simple Man
10) Feel Like Makin' Love
11) Shooting Star
12) Rock And Roll Fantasy
13) Movin' On
14) Ready For Love
15) Bad Company
16) Deal With The Preacher
CD Track Listing
1) Can't Get Enough
2) Honey Child
3) Run With The Pack
4) Young Blood
6) Gone, Gone, Gone
7) Electric Land
8) Simple Man
9) Feel Like Makin' Love
10) Shooting Star
11) Rock And Roll Fantasy
12) Movin' On
13) Ready For Love
14) Bad Company
15) Deal With The Preacher
Monday, April 18, 2011
PAUL RODGERS ON NEW PAUL McCARTNEY TRIBUTE ALBUM
KISS, Paul Rodgers & more on new Paul McCartney tribute album
It's fair to say Paul McCartney has had a few tributes in his time, and there's news that another one is on the way.
The Sun reports McCartney is making a new album featuring covers of his own solo material and Wings tracks.
McCartney hand-picked the artists himself, including KISS, The Cure, B.B. King, Paul Rodgers, Billy Joel and Garth Brooks.
It's partly a family affair, as Paul's son, James, will be on the record doing a song with The Cure.
"James was over the moon at playing with The Cure," a source told The Sun. "He's always been a big fan. They all went into a studio in Sussex and hung out together."
Sir Paul is thrilled about it. "Over the years, Robert Smith and Macca's paths have crossed countless times and he is chuffed having The Cure pay tribute to him," stated the source.
A full song/artist list has not been announced, but we know KISS have already recorded their version of "Venus And Mars/Rock Show" for the set, as KISS told fans via Facebook last August:
"After being invited, we chose and sang Venus and Mars/Rockshow for the McCartney tribute album. Other performers include Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, BB King and Paul Rodgers. The backing tracks were all recorded by Paul McCartney's touring band. We consider it an honor to be asked to participate on a tribute to one of the most influential and greatest singer/songwriters of all time. Not to mention, a major force in the most important band of all time, The Beatles. Wow!"
”Everyone knows that Paul Rodgers is one of the greatest singers in the world. What they are only just waking up to is that there may never be another like him."
- Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine
Paul Rodgers, legendary singer/songwriter is the only musician in history to have led three bands to international success Free, Bad Company and The Firm and achieve a Grammy nominated Solo career. He will be returning to the UK in April of 2011 to play 10 exclusive Solo shows. His last UK Solo tour in 2006 culminated with the filming of his debut Certified Gold DVD “Live in Glasgow” that charted internationally, #1 in Canada #3 in the US, on the Nielsen soundscan charts, #2 in Japan and #4 in the UK. He is one of the most revered vocalists and songwriters in rock music. ”Paul Rodgers is the real deal.” Eric Clapton 2008 ”Working with Paul gave me the opportunity to appreciate what an extraordinary vocalist and songwriter this man really is.” Jimmy Page. 2010 “Paul’s voice is incredible!” Robert Plant 2010. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 19th November 2010.
Selling over 90 million and counting records during his career, Paul Rodgers is and has been one of the most sought after and recognizable vocalists in rock music, who joined forces with Queen in 2004 to tour and go on to record a new studio album “The Cosmos Rocks” released in 2008.A songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Rodgers has written, recorded, produced and released 30 albums since 1968. He has recorded/performed with some of the most legendary figures in musical history - Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Motown's Sam Moore & The Four Tops, blues greats Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin and others. In 2009, Rodgers was the recipient of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour “Classic Songwriter” award presented to him by Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
Recently, BMI presented Rodgers with his fourth “Million Air” Award in recognition of more than four million performances of Free’s hit song "All Right Now” on U.S. radio, the song has also surpassed a massive 2,000,000 radio plays in the UK (as of 2000). A radio staple for 40 years, “All Right Now” was an international #1 hit in over 20 territories.”When I started writing “All Right Now” the lyrics and the melody flowed easily. It felt special then and still does. It’s a must play in my Solo set.” Paul Rodgers .The song topped the UK’s 2010 Planet Rock radio fan poll as the “Greatest Rock Single,” in “one of the most decisive polls” they’ve ever run, beating out 39 international chart-topping hit songs from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, AC/DC, The Eagles, Queen and Guns and Roses. Previous Planet Rock polls placed “All Right Now” on the “Best Summer Rock Song,” “Greatest Rock Riff of All Time” and “Ultimate Driving Songs” charts.
After a five-year skyrocketing run of success, Free would disband in 1973 and Paul Rodgers would go on to form and front another legendary rock band, Bad Company. Earlier this year, “The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers” , featuring Rodgers’ greatest works during the legendary ’68-’73 era of Free and ’73-’82 era of Bad Company, became Bad Company's first top 10 chart appearance since 1979 and Free's first since 1991.Paul Rodgers and Bad Company’s 2010 UK tour Sold Out.
Supporting Rodgers on his Solo tour are special guests Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz. Fronted by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and backed by The Quireboys, Down ‘N’ Outz will be an evening of music by Mott The Hoople and its collective works.
Please click here to view the Paul Rodgers Solo Tour 2011 Dates
There will be an artist pre-sale from http://www.artistarena.uk.com/paulrodgers midday on Tuesday 16th November 2010, available on a first come first serve basis, maximum order of 4 tickets per purchase. Ticket bundles will be available as follows
1. Paul Rodgers VIP Meet and Greet Bundle -1 Premium Seat in the First 5 Rows
-1 Meet and Greet with Paul Rodgers
-1 Signed Event Poster
-1 Commemorative VIP Laminate
2. Paul Rodgers Enhanced Ticket Bundle -1 Premium Seat in the First 10 Rows
-1 Signed Event Poster
-1 Commemorative VIP Laminate
Tickets go on general sale 9am on Friday 19th November 2010 priced at £34.50 adv regionally, London £32.50 / £37.50 / £40.00 / £50.00 (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk
Friday, November 05, 2010
THE MARK & BRIAN CHRISTMAS SHOW
Tickets On-Sale: Saturday 11/06/10 at 10:00am Pre-Sale Starts: 11/04/10 at 10:00am - 11/05/10 @ at 10:00pm Pre-Sale Password: KLOS
Portions of the proceeds will go to support the Eisner Pediatric & Family. Tickets
Friday, October 29, 2010
THANK YOU FANS!
As Bad Company wraps up their tour in Japan they would like to thank Udo Artist, Warner Music Japan and all of the Fans in for a great tour!
Monday, September 06, 2010
BAD COMPANY ADD A THIRD TOKYO DATE
Bad Company add a third Tokyo date due to an overwhelming response from fans in Japan.
Date: Oct. 23rd
Tokyo, Hitomi Kinen Kodo
with public on-sale to begin Sept. 18th!
Friday, August 20, 2010
BAD COMPANY MERCHANDISE STORE NOW OPEN!
Bad Company merchandise is now available online!
Click here to go to the official merchandise page.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
BAD COMPANY EXTEND 2010 CONCERT TOUR
INTO OCTOBER WITH NEW TOUR DATES IN THE U.S.
AND FIRST TOUR OF JAPAN IN OVER THREE DECADES
"VERY BEST OF FREE AND BAD COMPANY FEATURING PAUL RODGERS"
GREATEST HITS SET TO BE RELEASED IN JAPAN SEPTEMBER 22nd
NEW DOCUMENTARY "MOVIN' ON 2010" TO GIVE FANS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS ON THE ROAD AND BEHIND CLOSED STAGE DOORS, CHRONICLING THE INNER WORKINGS
OF ONE OF ROCK AND ROLLS MOST LEGENDARY AND PRIVATE MUSICIANS
Los Angeles, CA – August 3, 2010 – The original members of legendary rock band Bad Company have announced they will extend their 2010 North American tour with four new dates confirmed for October, followed by five new dates in Japan. The exclusive tour run of Japan will be the first time in over three decades the original members have performed together there. Initially released earlier this year in the UK, the Warner Bros/Rhino greatest hits set "The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers" is slated for release September 22 in Japan, to coincide with the tour.
In addition, the band has announced the production of a new documentary titled "Movin' On." Bad Company, in partnership with production company Rogue HD, is currently on the road filming a concert tour documentary during the band's 2010 North American Tour.
Selling over 90 million records during his career, Paul Rodgers is and has been one of the most sought-after and recognizable vocalists in rock music. "The Very Best of Free and Bad Company featuring Paul Rodgers" greatest hits collection features Rodgers' greatest works during the legendary '68-'73 era of Free and '73-'82 era of Bad Company, the album collects 15-tracks from the very best of the chart-topping hits during that 14-year musical tenure. An exclusive iTunes deluxe version of the album, featuring bonus recordings, is also available. Alongside the UK release earlier this year, the original members of Bad Company reunited for their first concert tour of the UK in over three decades. The highly anticipated tour run culminated with a sold-out show at Wembley Arena. The collection became Bad Company's first top 10 chart appearance since 1979, Free's first since 1991 and was Rodgers' return to the charts following his 2007 certified Gold debut solo DVD "Live in Glasgow" which charted at #1 in Canada*, #2 in Japan, #3 in the US* and #4 in the UK.
Currently, "Movin' On" film crews are chronicling the band and crew during their daily activities on tour in addition to filming each nights show. The project has been described as a film where the tour itself is the star. "Each city, each venue, the crew and fans are as much a part of 'Movin' On' as the band themselves," said executive producer, William Johnson.
Official Bad Company iPhone and Android apps are now available and the "Movin' On 2010" tour video blog will be hosted exclusively in the smartphone apps and on the official Bad Company website at www.BadCompany.com. Features within the app allow fans to interact with each other at the venues on the concert tour, see concert video clips and a backstage look into the tour itself. Stay tuned to www.BadCompany.com and www.RogueHD.com for more news. Be sure to check out the official Bad Company community at http://officialbadcompany.ning.com and official Twitter @OfficialBadCo.
Los Angeles, CA - July 30th, 2010 - Bad Company announce the production of "Movin' On 2010". "Movin' On 2010" is a concert tour video blog and documentary production which will follow the Bad Company North American Tour 2010.
Film crews will follow the band and their crew during their daily tour activities and will film each nights show. The Rogue HD video director describes the project as a film where the tour itself is the star, which means the cities, the venues and the fans are as much a part of the tour as the band themselves.
The original members of Bad Company; Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke along with guitarist Howard Leese (Paul Rodgers/Heart) and Bassist Lynn Sorenson (Paul Rodgers) are giving Bad Company fans a special look into their concert tour. The new Bad Company official iPhone and Android apps are now available at http://road.ie/bad-company and the "Movin' On 2010" tour video blog will be hosted exclusively in the smartphone apps and on the Official Bad Company website. Fans can interact with other fans at the venues within the app, see concert video clips and a backstage look into the tour itself. Stay tuned to www.BadCompany.com and www.roguehd.com for more news.
We are giving away a signed autograph poster and a pair of tickets to our July 17th performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre, OC Fair. No Transportation is included. Click here to enter! http://pacamp.com/pa/contests/badcompany/
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
RODGERS HELPS KIDS ROCK FREE
PAUL RODGERS ANNOUNCES FUND-RAISING DRIVE TO BENEFIT “KIDS ROCK FREE®” MUSIC PROGRAM DRAWS TO BE HELD THROUGHOUT RODGERS’ 2010 CONCERT DATES FEATURING RARE STAGE ITEMS, AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA & COLLECTIBLES BONUS MONTHLY DRAWS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT PAULRODGERS.COM
Los Angeles, CA – July 7, 2010 – Legendary rock icon Paul Rodgers has announced that during his concert tours this year, both Solo and Bad Company, he will be donating rare personal stage items, autographed memorabilia and collectables for a nightly draw. All of the proceeds will be given to the Fender Centers ‘Kids Rock Free’ national music education initiative in efforts to raise money and awareness. Plus Rodgers and his wife, Cynthia, will match all monies raised.
“Without music in schools curriculum there is a void for young people to express, explore and experience music. We are on a mission to set up this music program across the U.S. If not for music in my life as a young person who knows where I would have focused my energy,” said Rodgers.
The Kids Rock Free campaign provides free and low-cost music lessons to students age 7-17 and has serviced over 12,000 kids. Rodgers has dedicated himself to the program since 2003, donating his time, talent and finances. In an effort to expand the program nationwide and to help kids across the United States experience music at a very low cost or for free, the push is on to raise additional funding to make that experience a reality.
Those who wish to participate may simply visit the merchandise booth during any concert date and purchase a $5 fundraising ticket. Two random drawings will be held each night, and the winner(s) will take home one (or two) items. Monthly drawings are also being held online on Rodgers’ website, PaulRodgers.com. Rodgers and his wife, Cynthia, will match all donations made during the fund-raising drive.
Additionally, supporters of Kids Rock Free “text-to-donate” can make a $10 donation directly from their mobile phones by texting “ROCK” to 50555. A one-time $10 donation will be added to mobile bills; messaging and data rates may apply. Terms, help and other details can be found online at www.mgive.com/a.
Rodgers, celebrating over four decades as a writing and charting 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. 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 . Recently released in the U.K. “The Best of Free and Bad Company, featuring Paul Rodgers” hit the charts in the top 10 and is also certified gold.
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 Dog's Nest At Grand Bend Grand Bend, Ontario October 4 Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI October 5 Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI October 7 The Joint/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Catoosa, OK (Tulsa) October 9 Little Creek Casino Resort Shelton, WA *
* denotes Paul Rodgers solo date
ABOUT KIDS ROCK FREE®:
More than 12,000 children have experienced the joy of creating music through the Kids Rock Free music education program. The lessons are provide to any and all kids at no or low cost. Guitar, keyboard, drums and voice are currently offered. More than 800 kids are wait-listed to participate in the KRF program. The classes are taught by experienced teachers from the area. More donations are needed to increase the number of sessions offered, expand the variety and depth of classes and complete the build-out the much needed rooms within the center to accommodate the constant and ever-growing demand for the Kids Rock Free Program.
ABOUT THE FENDER CENTER/MUSEUM:
The Fender Center for Music Education is a non-profit center dedicated to the music education of children. The 33,000-square-foot building is located at 365 N. Main Street, in Corona, Calif. Run by the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 corporation, the board is made up of civic leaders, elected officials, and business leaders from the Riverside County and Orange Country regions. The main focus of the Center is to provide music education to children at a no or low cost. Music education has been drastically reduced due to money constraints in the public education system. The Fender Center endeavors to bridge that gap by providing an innovative and caring environment for children to explore the world of music performance. Numerous studies have shown that children, who incorporate music into their education, perform better in math and science by a staggering 30 percent. Additionally, children attain a higher degree of personal confidence and a greater sense of accomplish compared to non-music students.
The Fender Center conducts events throughout the year to bring musical experiences to the general public and raise funds to continue the important work of music education. Contained within the Center, the FM Studio, professionally equipped and staffed, records the kids’ performances. FM Studio is available for commercial use and audio recording. Additional information can be obtained at www.fendermuseum.com.
Tuesday, July 1, 2010
"THE VERY BEST OF FREE AND BAD COMPANY FEATURING PAUL RODGERS" CERTIFIED GOLD IN THE UK
"The Very Best of Free and Bad Company Featuring Paul Rodgers" is now Certified Gold in the UK!
Please be sure to include the name of venue, the date the photo was taken, and your full name for photo credit.
Tuesday, May 5, 2010
INTHESTUDIO CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF BAD COMPANY'S STRAIGHT SHOOTER
U.S. syndicated radio show InTheStudio celebrates the 35th Anniversary
of Bad Company's second album Straight Shooter. InTheStudio producer
and Host Redbeard interviews Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke
about life in the band while recording this sophomore effort.
Due to unprecedented demand for the exclusive live CDs of the recent UK tour, Bad Company has decided to do an extended re-press so fans who still want them don’t miss out. The uptake both at the shows and online was phenomenal and, as a result, the run of CDs has been extended. If you were at the gigs, they’re the perfect reminder of a fantastic evening and if you weren't able to get there, they’re the next best thing – the ultimate Bad Co collector’s items!
BILLBOARD CHARTS #10 - THE VERY BEST OF FREE AND BAD CO FEATURING PAUL RODGERS
<update Apr.19: Now in Billboard Top 10 for a 3rd week in a row!!>
(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 Featuring Paul Rodgers"
(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 becomesBad 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.
Steve Rodgers will perform an acoustic set at Wembley Arena prior to Joe Perry Project and
Bad Company April 11, 2010 at 7:30PM.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
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
Friday, April 2, 2010
BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LIVE CD's OF UK TOUR!
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!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
THE VERY BEST OF FREE AND BAD COMPANY FEATURING PAUL RODGERS
Paul Rodgers has written and released many a hit, both with his band's Free and Bad Company, and now, thanks to a new compilation album, you can get all those classic tunes on one CD. It’s aptly called The Very Best of Free and Bad Company Featuring Paul Rodgers and boasts 15 tracks including “Can’t Get Enough,” “Rock N Roll Fantasy” and “All Right Now.” There will also be an exclusive iTunes deluxe version that boasts bonus material from his band The Firm with Jimmy Page, The Law and Paul’s Solo recordings.
It all comes out on March 29th, but the CD will only be available overseas. Learn more at PaulRodgers.com
Monday, February 15, 2010
BAD COMPANY DVD HITS # 4 ON U.K. CHARTS
Paul Rodgers & Bad Company released their DVD, Hard Rock Live - the only DVD that features the original members was recorded at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida in August of 2008. The band had not played together in 10 years.
"I'm so glad this DVD captured the magic of the night." Paul Rodgers
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
BAD COMPANY "ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY (LIVE)" - FREE MP3
Bad Company have a new CD/DVD release in stores today titled 'Hard Rock Live' and AOL Radio has a free MP3 download of 'Rock and Roll Fantasy (Live)' from the release. Written by Paul Rodgers this 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 and is the only DVD that feature the original members. The release can be purchased on iTunes, DVD or Blu-ray -- all of which include a bonus audio CD.
This free MP3 download from Bad Company is only available for two weeks at the link below. Make sure you download it before it's too late! If you need help on how to download a free MP3, click here.
This 2 disc CD/DVD set is the first featuring all three original members, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke.
Recorded at the sold-out show at Hollywood Florida's Hard Rock and just released on Image Entertainment it includes the hits Bad Company, Honey Child, Burnin Sky, Gone, Gone, Gone, Run with the Pack, Live for the Music, Seagull, Feel Like Makin Love, Movin' On, Simple Man, Rock Steady, Shooting Star, Can't Get Enough, Rock n Roll Fantasy, Ready For Love & Good Lovin' Gone Bad.
With the recent news that more service personnel have fallen in Afghanistan, taking the total killed to over 250 since operations begain in the country in October 2001, we encourage fans to buy the CD or MP3 of "We Will Remember Them" as ALL money raised from the sale of the single will go to Help 4 Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
"Let's work together on this for Sophia" Paul Rodgers
Baby Sophia requires several surgeries to live a somewhat normal life and when purchasing the Paul Rodgers issue (shown here) 50% of all sales will go to support her.
Fans can help when they purchase the latest issue of 22nd Century Rock http://www.22ndcenturyrockmagazine.com/ with Paul Rodgers on the cover, 50% of all proceeds go to help baby Sophia Smith with medical expenses.
PAUL RODGERS' NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Paul Rodgers, along with TourTV and LiveStream announce a very special New Year’s Eve internet broadcast. Beginning at 8:00 PM PST on 12-31-09 through midnight PST 01-01-10 TourTV will be airing, in it's entirety, “Paul Rodgers New Year's Eve LIVE '07” recorded live from the El Dorado Showroon in Reno, NV. Packed with archival footage including unreleased footage of a "Day in the Life" with Paul Rodgers, exclusive one-on-one interviews with Rodgers and members of his band, as well as the entire New Years Eve concert broadcast; this is a rare, one time opportunity to see, according to some of Paul Rodgers long-time fans, one of the greatest performances of his career. Be sure to tune in for this very special broadcast.
Rodgers, celebrating over four decades as a writing and recording artist (Free, Bad Company, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers and Solo), was recently presented with the “Classic Songwriter of 2009” award by Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck at the annual Classic Rock Magazine Roll of Honour. Last year, Rolling Stone 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. 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. Just last month, Rodgers was awarded an honorary doctorate from his hometown University Teeside,in Middlesborough, ranked the #1 UK University in 2009.
ROCK FRIENDS MICK FLEETWOOD, JOE PERRY, JOE ELLIOTT AND OTHERS PAY TRIBUTE TO PAUL ON HIS 60TH
To hear the comments, press the play button:
The show is in 3 segments, each an hour long.
You can skip to the beginning of each segment.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE U.K. TOUR
Bad Company announces exclusive U.K. dates
Breaking News: Very Special Guest Joe Perry Project.
Arpil 1 - Birmingham LG Arena
April 2 - Manchester Arena
April 4 - Sheffield City Hall
April 5 - Cardiff CIA
April 7 - Newcastle Arena
April 8 - Glasgow Clyde
April 10 - Brighton Center
April 11 - Wembley Arena
Bad Company: Hard Rock Live (CD+Bonus DVD) (CD)
Also available in Blu-Ray Disc + Bonus CD
The classic rock event of the year!
Live reunion concert from Bad Company,
featuring Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs & Simon Kirke performing a one night only sold-out show at
The Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on August 8, 2008.
Featuring 17 hit songs!
Bad Company, Honeychild, Sweet Lil' Sister, Burnin' Sky, Gone Gone Gone, Run with the Pack,
Live For The Music, Seagull, Feel Like Makin', Movin' On, Simple Man, Rock Steady,
Shooting Star, Can't Get Enough, Rock n' Roll Fantasy, Ready for Love, Good Lovin' Gone Bad
PAUL RECORDS AT LONDON'S ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS
A moving tribute song was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios to raise money for the Royal British Legion with Paul Rodgers, Bee Gee's Robin Gibb, Michael Bolton, Paul Carrack (Mike & the Mechanics), Soul singer Mica Paris and Lee Mead to name a few heading a star studded line up.
Pipes and Drums from the Scottish Regiment with a noted piper who played on Paul McCartneys' "Mull of Kintyre", The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed on the song "We Will Remember Them" written by Mark Read.
"We Will Remember Them is available in stores and for download on itunes.
"Bad Company: Hard Rock Live" broadcast on "VH1 Classics" channel
Monday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 8, 1:00 a.m. Friday, October 9, 3:30 p.m.
All times listed are Eastern time.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
BOB GELDOF HONOURED WITH PRESTIGIOUS MALAIKA AWARD
Bob Geldof honoured with the prestigious Malaika Award (Malaika meaning "Angel" in Swahili) for his dedication to the children of Africa. Performing at the gala celebration, Paul Rodgers, Michael McDonald and Beth Nielsen Chapman.
Michael McDonald, Paul Rodgers, Beth Nielsen Chapman & Bob Geldof.
photos by: Brad Gregory
Friday, September 18, 2009
PAUL RODGERS WITH BAD COMPANY & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
For the first time Paul Rodgers and Bad Company appear on stage with the Doobie Brothers and performed Rodgers hit "Rock n' Roll Fantasy"
"I couldn't think of a greater group of guys to tour with then the amazingly talented Doobie Brothers.They have a groove that is uniquely their own and it moves everyone."Rodgers
BAD COMPANY MAKES DIGITAL DEBUT
The Band’s First Six Studio Albums, Plus Hits Collection 10 From 6, Available Digitally for the First Time
Surviving Members of Original Lineup Launch 10-Date U.S. Tour on June 17
Available Exclusively on iTunes on June 16, All Other DSPs on June 30
LOS ANGELES — The surviving members of the original Bad Company lineup — singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs, and drummer Simon Kirke — will reunite this summer for a 10-date U.S. tour that begins June 17 in Hollywood, FL at Hard Rock Live. A day before the tour kicks off, Rhino will celebrate the band’s return with the digital debut of Bad Company’s six Swan Song albums, and its multiplatinum hits collection 10 From 6.
On June 16, Rhino will digitally release Straight Shooter, Run With The Pack, Burnin’ Sky, Desolation Angels, Rough Diamonds, and 10 From 6 exclusively on iTunes for $9.99 each, with the band’s eponymous debut available for $7.99. The albums will be released to all other digital service providers two weeks later on June 30.
Bad Company’s multiplatinum hits such as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Shooting Star,” “Movin’ On,” “Ready For Love,” and “Rock & Roll Fantasy” propelled them to the forefront of the ’70s arena rock movement. To coincide with the new tour and digital catalog releases, mastertones, ringback tones and sms tones for all six of the aforementioned tracks are available now for the first time from all mobile carriers.
The original quartet – bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006 — debuted in 1974 as the first band signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label. Their first album topped the charts and was certified platinum five times thanks to the hits “Movin’ On,” “Can't Get Enough,” “Bad Company,” and “Ready For Love” The band returned the following year with Straight Shooter, a triple-platinum album that peaked at #3 and featured the hits “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad.”
Bad Company notched its third consecutive platinum album in 1976 with Run With The Pack, a Top 5 album that featured the hits “Simple Man” and “Young Blood.” The group hit #3 on the charts in 1977 with its follow-up, Burnin’ Sky. The band returned two years later with the double platinum Desolation Angels and in 1982 with its final Swan Song release, Rough Diamonds. In 1985, Bad Company released its double-platinum hits collection 10 From 6, the title a sly reference to the collection’s 10 songs from six albums. The band will release a new live DVD featuring the original lineup, Hard Rock Live, later this year.
Monday, May 18, 2009
EMINEM'S SINGLE FEATURES PAUL RODGERS
Eminem's new single "Beautiful" features samples of Paul Rodgers' voice from "Reaching Out"
Eminem was moved by Rodgers voice when he heard the track a couple years back.
Rodgers comments "Beautiful's lyrics are very honest just like Eminem."
BAD COMPANY featuring PAUL RODGERS, MICK RALPHS & SIMON KIRKE
ANNOUNCES 10 EXCLUSIVE
SUMMER CONCERT TOUR DATES FOR 2009
NEW “BAD COMPANY – HARD ROCK LIVE” DVD
AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER!
Los Angeles, CA – March 30, 2009 – The original members of Bad Company have announced they will reunite for a series of 10 exclusive concerts in the U.S. this summer. The opening show will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL on June 17 with select dates on the tour featuring The Doobie Brothers. Previously, founding members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke (original member Boz Burrell passed away in 2006) performed a one-off concert at the very same venue on August 8, 2008, recording a live concert DVD before a sold-out crowd. The DVD, titled “Bad Company – Hard Rock Live” will be available exclusively at shows during the concert run andis tentatively set for official release this summer, August 8, via Image Entertainment. Prior to their one performance in 2008, the band had not performed together in nearly a decade.
Rodgers, celebrating over four decades as a writing and recording artist (Free, Bad Company, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers), released his debut solo DVD “Live in Glasgow,” which would go on to chart #1 and become certified Gold in Canada, as well as chart # 3 in the US and # 4 in the UK. Rodgers also released a new studio album titled “The Cosmos Rocks” with Queen + Paul Rodgers and capped 2008 with a sold-out Q+PR world tour. Most recently, Rolling Stone named Rodgers one of the “Top 100 Singers of All Time” and England’s Planet Rock Radio fan poll placed him at #3 on their “Greatest Voices of Rock” list. “These dates are to thank the fans for keeping the music alive,” said Rodgers. “I invited my friends The Doobie Brothers because I’ve always loved their music and them as people.”
“It's great to be back with Paul and Simon,” said Ralphs. “We made great music together and had the time of our lives doing it. I'm really looking forward to getting back out there this summer.” Ralphs has announced plans to participate in five reunion shows with 70s rock band Mott the Hoople at the Hammersmith Apollo in London this October.
“We had such a ball playing together again that we have decided to do some selective shows this summer,” said Kirke. “We’re also looking forward to the release of our live DVD.”
Bad Company’s multi-platinum hits such as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Feel Like Makin Love,” “Rock Steady,” “Movin’ On,” “Shooting Star,” “Rock & Roll Fantasy” and “Bad Company” helped propel them to the forefront of the 70s arena rock movement. Rodgers’ concept to write a song titled the same as the bands’ name and album was a first. To this day, the multi-platinum Bad Co. album arguably remains one of the most accomplished debuts in rock history. Throughout the 70s Rodgers’ and Ralphs’ songwriting continued to yield hit after hit including “Seagull,” “Run with the Pack,” and “Burnin’ Sky,” making Bad Company one of the biggest concert attractions of the decade. The group’s multi-platinum award-winning greatest hits set 10 from 6 has become a record collection staple.