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Bad Company

Live at Wembley – BluRay

Review by Mark Johnson

Bad Company is one of my favorite bands from the ‘70s. Paul Rodgers is one of rock’s most enduring vocalists from that era of rock when weekends seemed longer and the sun shone brighter. As one of the world’s first major rock super groups, Bad Company (formed in 1973) includes, Paul Rodgers, (Free), on vocals, harmonica, guitar, keyboards, and tambourine; Mick Ralphs, (Mott the Hoople), on guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals; and Simone Kirke, (Free), on drums, percussion, guitar and vocals. Boz Burell, (King Crimson), was the band’s bass player, until he passed away in September 2006.

This was the first band signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label, and for a time they were also managed by the same great manager Peter Grant. From their formal debut in March 1974 in Newcastle City Hall, this band has sold millions of albums globally. However, it had been a while since all of the original band members had been together to perform live. In 2009, they decided to do ten shows in the US and then some UK shows in April 2010, (from which this BluRay package is taken), and then back to the US and Japan from July to October of 2010. For the 2010 tour Lynn Sorensen joined to play bass and add backing vocals. Howard Leese, formerly of the band Heart, plays keyboards, drums and adds backing vocals.

This is an excellent video full of tracks the band normally doesn’t play live, along with some classics. It took me right back to 1976. They haven’t lost anything with age. It still sounds as good as it did back then. It has been 30 years since Bad Company played the UK as Paul Rodgers states in the interview. With all the technology available and BluRay to capture it so perfectly this is a definite buy for any Bad Company fan. The show is full of life and plenty of highlights with the Wembley crowd warming up over time to share in the singing with Rodgers. The band interviews are a great bonus describing the reason for the shows and pointing to a possible future for the band.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 4 at


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