To watch a video clip of the performance, please click this link to Rolling Stone Magazine
Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Wednesday June 5, 2013 at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Paul Rodgers toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
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.
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!
Just go to www.disclivenetwork.com/detail.cfm?artistid=42, to place your pre-order. WHETHER YOU ARE GOING TO A SHOW OR NOT – YOU CAN STILL ORDER! DiscLive will ship globally!
Paul Rodgers and Deborah Bonham’s Annual Charity Concert is in its third year.
2013’s concert has raised an all-time high of £54,000 that will be distributed to Willows Animal Sanctuary and Assisted Therapy Unit in Aberdeen, Scotland, Mount Noddy Animal Centre & The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre both near Chichester, England.
“Once again the evening was a huge success. Our fans and friends come through every time it’s quite amazing. Now Willows can breathe a sigh of relief, as this funding will see them through July. Thanks to everyone from the fans, musicians, volunteers to all of the musicians and artists who donated items.”
– PAUL RODGERS
On Saturday 30th March, Paul Rodgers and Deborah Bonham and her band along with special guests returned to The Venue in Chichester to raise the roof one more time for animal charities. The main charity Willows Animal Sanctuary and Assisted Therapy Unit in Aberdeen, Scotland takes in a massive number and variety of welfare cases from cats to pigs to horses. Currently they are home to 300 animals. Paul Rodgers and his wife Cynthia are Patrons of Willows.
Deborah Bonham and her husband guitarist Pete Bullick have adopted both of her dogs from Mount Noddy which specialize in dogs and cats. Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers and Deborah visited the Cat & Rabbit Rescue Centre near Chichester and were impressed with the care and handling of their two hundred cats! So a donation will be made to them as well. Rock memorabilia were the hot items in the live auction with two Autographed Led Zeppelin Posters bringing in £500 and £850.The highest grossing auction item was a Bad Company Autographed Guitar including tickets to a concert this summer, in the US, bringing in £1100. The biggest surprise of the evening was when Elaine and Chris Fairfax from Animal Friends Insurance handed over cheques to the tune of £15,000 to be divided equally between the three charities. Deborah Bonham performed some songs from her new CD Spirit (limited edition pre release CD Digipak out now and available on tour ahead of the September CD, Vinyl and Digital release) during her 1 hour set. To the fans delight Rodgers played a 90 minute set of songs from just his Free catalogue, some songs he had not performed in 40 years!
“We are absolutely over the moon to have such wonderful, lovely talented people supporting Willows Animal Sanctuary and Assisted Therapy Unit! It means so much to have dedicated Patrons, Paul Rodgers and Cynthia Kereluk Rodgers are such kind hearted and beautiful individuals and care so much about animal welfare. Our thanks go to all that helped with the fantastic concert, we know it took a lot of organising and many dedicated volunteers. Deborah Bonham and Peter Bullick are also amazing, thank you both so much for all the time and energy you have put in to this concert. Everyone at Willows thanks you all from the bottom of our hearts”.
– WILLOWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY AND ASSISTED THERAPY UNIT
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:
Thu Jun 20 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater
Fri Jun 21 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sun Jun 23 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
Thu Jul 11 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sat Jul 13 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun Jul 14 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Wed Jul 17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Fri Jul 19 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sat Jul 20 Noblesville, IN Kilpsch Music Center
Tue Jul 23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
Wed Jul 24 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Fri Jul 26 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook (Not a Live Nation date)
Sat Jul 27 *Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
*Black Stone Cherry not appearing on this date