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Bad Company is a hard rock/ blues rock band formed in Albury, Surrey in 1973. It is one of the most acclaimed bands of the classic rock era. Bad company’s approach to rock-n-roll is straight-forward and no-frills which resulted in one of the most timeless rock anthems of all time.
Bad Company was formed by Paul Rodgers at a time when we was looking to start over after his legendary band Free was disintegrated. Paul Rodgers is an incomparable singer and songwriter and arguably the finest singer in rock-n-roll. From 1973-1982 the band consisted of Paul Rodgers as the lead singer, Simon Kirke as the drummer, Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. Rodgers met Ralphs and after jamming together, Ralphs decided to leave Mott and form a new band with Rodgers. The duo then recruited Burrell and Kirke and thus Bad Company was born. This English rock supergroup was managed by Peter Grant, who also manage Led Zeppelin, until 1982. Grant got the band signed to Swan Song label.
Their first self-titled album was released in 1974 and was an immediate hit. It went platinum five times. The album climbed to #1 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart (North America). It included the hits “Can’t Get Enough” which reached number one as a single and “Movin’ On”.
In an interview Rogers said “We were influenced by people like Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and, to a certain extent, the Beatles.” The identity of their band was formed by playing what came natural to them. “We always tried to be natural,” says Ralphs. Bad Company’s formal debut at Newcastle City Hall in the UK in March 1974. The received such a positive response that they were immediately propelled into America. Bad Company’s popularity skyrocketed in the United States. Some remembered Rodger’s voice from “All Right Now” but those where were unfamiliar with Free or Mott the Hoople were quickly enamored with the sound and stage presence of the band.
The band only grew and released Straight Shooter which turned into a triple platinum. And that momentum only accelerated the band to tour America again in 1975. This again fueled their third album Run With The Pack in 1976 which was yet again, a platinum seller. Burnin’ Sky soared to gold status in 1977 and then came the double platinum album Desolation Angels in 1979.
With all the success, there would be a price to pay. Rodgers claimed that the commitment to the band had taken over his life and he needed to get it back on track. He missed his children but said “I never left music, I left the band.” He left the band in 1982 after they released the Top 30 album Rough Diamonds.
In 1986, Ralphs and Kirke restarted the band and brought back the Bad Company name. After asking if they could use the name Bad Company, Rodgers agreed. Over 1986 to 1992, this version of the band released four albums including Fame and Fortune, Dangerous Age, the platinum selling Holy Water and Here Comes Trouble. The band released two more albums, 1995’s Company of Strangers and Stories Told and Un told in 1996. Even though the music was good, Rodgers’ voice and song writing could not be replaced. In 1999, a long awaited reunion happened and Bad Company completed a 30 day US tour and released the Original Bad Company Anthology as well.
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