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 in London’s Hyde Park as part of the “The 46664 Concert – Honoring Nelson Mandela” and will be embarking on a world concert tour as Queen + Paul Rodgers in September. His most recent solo CD/DVD release, Live in Glasgow, was recently certified Gold.
After the break up of FREE (best known internationally for their smash hit “All Right Now”) 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 Song Records (owned by Led Zeppelin and distributed via Atlantic Records) to release their highly anticipated debut album, titled Bad Company. 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 Company 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.