Riverside, Iowa (July 3, 2013) Forty years ago 4 musicians from successful bands became one of the founding “supergroups” of the 1970’s, Bad Company. Free’s Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had topped the charts with “Alright Now” and Mott the Hoople’s Mick Rodgers did the same with “All the Young Dudes.”King Crimson’s Boz Burrell was member of the progressive rock band King Crimson during the “Islands” and “Earthbound” period.
Bad Company went on to produce what has become many of the staples of Classic Rock radio with songs like “Bad Company”, “Good Lovin Gone Bad”, and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” Bad Company has the distinction of being the first band signed to Led Zepplin’s Swan Song label.
After various incarnations of the band, founding members Paul Rodgers, Mick Rodgers and Simon Kirke reunited with new bassist Todd Roning and guitarist Howard Leese (2008-present) as one of the most impressive units of their era as well as 75% of much younger emulators of the hard rock genre. Paul Rodgers is one of the most respected rock vocalists on the planet having replaced the late Freddy Mercury in a very successful Queen reunion tour. He joined another so called super group with Jimmy Page, the Firm. In their flawless show at Riverside, Bad Company went through their catalog of hits and a few B sides with the ease of rock veterans who know their craft well. Everything was perfect, the lighting, sound, effects and most importantly their music.
After a rather long set (they have been averaging 70 mins per show) that included 2 encores a fan who attensd concerts regularly told me she has not seen a show like Bad Company’s in quite sometime. I could not have agreed more. I was expecting your typical 40 year old rocker show with moments of greatness and was totally wrong.
Instead of telling you about the music I suggest you get a copy of their 7.3.13 Riverside show from some very cool people at DiskLive. Go to disclivenetwork.com and check them out.
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