Bad Company has announced the complete itinerary for its 40th anniversary U.S. tour. The excursion begins on June 15 in Rancho Mirage, California, and will stage 22 dates, ending on August 3 in Orilla, Ontario. The band appeared in June, 2012 at the Sweden Rock Festival, which followed a tour of the Japan and North America in 2010 that staged 21 appearances. Prior, Bad Company toured the U.K. for an eight-date run, which concluded at Wembley in London, followed by ten shows in the U.S. in 2009. In front of the tour, Paul Rodgers shares, "When Mick and I formed the band 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 the fans."
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 Free's Simon Kirke (Drums) and King Crimson's Boz Burrell (Bass), who passed away in 2006. Over the next nine years, the band released a string of six albums that sold tens of millions of copies, 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).
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 and Canada until now.
On 13 of the dates, Bad Company will co-headline with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Paul Rodgers recently shared, "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 offered, "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.”
DiscLive Network (www.disclivenetwork.com) has partnered with Bad Company. Recordings of all appearances where available will be released to fans the evening of the appearance so that they have the opportunity to walk out of the show with the concert they just attended. These double CD sets, which will be individually numbered and packaged in super high quality DigiPaks commemorating the 40th Anniversary Tour, will also contain an extra "bonus" CD with an exclusive "rockumentary" style interview with Bad Company. Fans may go to www.disclivenetwork.com to reserve their copy today.
The complete itinerary follows, with co-headline dates cited via the notation W/LS:
6/15 Rancho Mirage, CA Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
6/20 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater W/LS
6/21 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater W/LS
6/23 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater W/LS
6/25 Del Mar, CA San Diego County Fair
6/28 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
6/29 New Lenox, IL Community Center
7/05 Hinckley, MN Grand Casino - Outdoor Amph.
7/07 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
7/11 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion W/LS
7/13 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater W/LS
7/14 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live W/LS
7/16 Buffalo, NY Artpark Amphitheater
7/17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center W/LS
7/19 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion W/LS
7/20 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center W/LS
7/23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater W/LS
7/24 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center W/LS
7/26 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook Music Pavillion W/LS
7/27 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts W/LS
8/02 Solomons, MD PNC Waterside Pavillion
8/03 Orilla, Ontario CAN Casino Rama