July 8, 2008

One Night With Bad Company

The surviving original members of the band Bad Company are getting back on stage to perform together, but just for one night. The main reason for this one off show is to retain the legal rights to the name "Bad Company". Following this concert, anyone else trying to use the name will find themselves heading to court.

Can you blame them? You see advertisements all the time which promote a concert of a famous band, featuring one of the temporary replacement members that played with them for a little while. You might think to yourself - Great! So and so has rejoined the group. Then you check the fine print, or go to the concert only to find out the featured member is the only one whom you've ever heard of. There are a few great old bands that went through several breakups and lineup changes over the period of several years. Some of these guys don't mind misleading you into thinking the whole original gang will be playing, if they think it'll get you to buy a ticket. Sometimes new pathetic little upstarts will just take on the cool sounding name of a formerly successful band if they think they can start doing shows before the originals find out.

The following is the press release for the August 8th Hollywood, Florida show.



Los Angeles, CA – July 2, 2008 – Bad Company original members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke will reunite for the first time in nearly a decade. Following a huge demand from fans, Bad Company will perform one show only at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Friday, August 8th. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, July 5th.

Bad Company’s hits such as “Can’t Get Enough,” “Feel Like Makin' Love,” “Rock Steady,” “Movin’ On,” “Shooting Star,” “Rock & Roll Fantasy” and “Bad Company” (the first to self title their band name in a song and album) propelled them to the forefront of the '70s arena rock movement. Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke will reunite to perform together for the first time since 1999 (founding member Boz Burrell passed away in 2006). Rodgers, celebrating his 40th year as a recording artist, recently performed at London’s Hyde Park with Queen as part of the “The 46664 Concert – Honoring Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday” and will be embarking on a world concert tour in support of their new studio album September. His most recent solo CD/DVD release, Live in Glasgow, charted internationally at #1 and #3 and is certified Gold.

After the break up of FREE (best known internationally for their smash hit “All Right Now” co-written by Rodgers) vocalist and multi-instrumentalist vocalist Paul Rodgers connected with ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, FREE drummer Simon Kirke would later join that year and the trio began rehearsing. Ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell came aboard a few months later and the supergroup Bad Company was solidified. Before releasing their first album, the band had toured for months and in 1974 signed to Swan Song Records (owned by Led Zeppelin and distributed via Atlantic Records) to release their highly anticipated debut album, titled Bad Co. 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. 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 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 record collection staple.

For more info visit http://www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com/

Bad Company (with Rodgers, Kirke in 2002) - "Bad Company"


Kameron D Kiggins said...

Good for Bad Company. Perhaps they learned their lesson from the late '80s era without Paul Rogers.

Dan, Jr. said...

It's better to see the replacements use a song title as the name instead of billing themselves under the original band name.

Per Wikipedia:
On 6 May 2007 Robert Hart, Dave "Bucket" Colwell and Jaz Lochrie performed a small pub show for charity. Performing as Rock and Roll Fantasy, they offered a show of Bad Company songs for an audience of just a few hundred. Harry James of Thunder was the drummer.

Going the + root is interesting too, as with Queen + Paul Rodgers. This means Paul could never start touring with unknown musicians under the name Queen.


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