Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Bad Company to Reunite to Protect Name

The three surviving members of 70s rock unit Bad Company have announced a one-off reunion gig on August 8.

Paul Rodgers will join guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke for the show at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

It's a one-time only show, with no plans for new material or any kind of reunion tour. The band is being very straight about why they are doing this gig, actually.

Rodgers told Billboard:

"What I'm doing is protecting the legacy that we have built ... cementing the rights to the trademark Bad Company for touring," explains Rodgers, acknowledging that the group has learned of plans for at least one bogus Bad Company planning to hit the road. "I can't really go into that because it's kind of in the hands of our lawyers at the moment. But there are a lot of things that make it necessary to reinforce our rights here.

He continues, "By doing this one-night stand with Bad Company, we will be cementing our right to the trademark 'Bad Company' for touring, and anyone who attempts to challenge us and tour misuing our trademark and mislead the fans will be liable to legal action."

But the show will be recorded for a DVD that will accompany a Bad Company compilation expected out later this year, according to the article.

I dig Bad Company and I am glad they are doing this. That band had so many great songs and was just a great blues-rock outfit. They rarely strayed from their formula of simple rock and roll with soulful vocals and crisp, live production.

And of course they were the only band I knew of at the time that shared Zeppelin's label, Swan Song, which made them extra cool in my mind when I was a teenager!

Bad Company is a band you could just picture in the studio, playing these songs live with few overdubs. In fact, here you go:

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