Preview: BAD COMPANY
Special Guest: Doobie Brothers
Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC
Canandaigua, NY---Thursday July 2nd
been nearly four decades since
testified it’s “All Right now”. Since then the
multi-faceted musician has composed a transcendent body of work as
both a singer & songwriter; his enduring comprehensive
contributions as an artist are worthy of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of
peerless pipes have made him the eminent frontman for some of the
biggest acts on the globe, beginning with his mic brandishing days
with FREE in 1968.
had already made his mark as the total
package as a performer; it was his songwriting prowess that jumped
to the forefront in 1974 with
self-titled debut album, joining forces with
RALPHS (Mott the Hopple)
& BOZ BURRELL
During his tenure with
crafted some of Classic Rocks most
celebrated songs, “Shooting
Blue & Gold”
& “Rock & Roll
Fantasy”, to name just
a few that will forever be FM Rock Radio staples.
Following a decade of unprecedented commercial success with
which he is respectfully referred to by his peers, “Cut
from the pack in 1983 with his first solo record on which
he played every instrument.
His hiatus from a band setting would be short lived as LED
ZEPPELIN’S legendary guitarist JIMMY PAGE would call upon “The
Voice” to partner in
THE FIRM, recording two albums
garnering both critical and commercial success.
With millions of records &
sold out world tours to his credit the soulful vocalist was ready
to return to his roots with the 1993 Grammy nominated “Muddy
Water Blues” CD.
In paying homage to the great Bluesman,
ardor for the project led many of his peers to join the tribute
with contributions from BUDDY GUY, DAVID GILMOUR, JEFF BECK,
NEAL SCHON, STEVE MILLER, SLASH, RICHIE SAMBORA &
Following a 2004 performance with the
surviving members of QUEEN,
MAY & ROGER TAYLOR
to fuse his Blues Based Soul with the incomparable harmonies
That union would bring the music of
alive & back to the stage for the first time in twenty years with
two sold out world tours in 2005-06 & 2008.
The luminary lyricist would embrace the daunting task of stepping
into the lead vocal role preserving the legacy of
with the pride, poise & passion
that only RODGERS
QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS
in 2008, a magnetic collection of fourteen profoundly crafted
tracks that captured their magic complementing their five year
While the most
recent tour didn’t make it stateside,
QUEEN + PAUL
LIVE IN UKRAINE
was released on June 15th on DVD.
is voted as one of the premier
vocalists of all time in virtually every Rock Rag and Music
What sets him apart as Rock Royalty is
his stature amid his peers:
DEF LEPPARD vocalist
declares; “PAUL RODGERS has the best soulful Rock Voice of all
time, that’s a fact.”
RAINBOW & DEEP PURPLE singer
JOE LYNN TURNER
proclaims; “PAUL RODGERS is my favorite vocalist of all-time,
his Tone….Emotion…..and Soulful Voice are second to none.”
Rock Rapport had the honor to
speak with PAUL
about the upcoming
tour as they visit the splendorous CONSTELLATION
BRANDS-MARVIN SANDS PAC in
Canandaigua this Thursday night.
Thanks so much for taking time out
for the Rock Rapport,
as always it’s an honor to speak with you.
PAUL RODGERS --Nice
to talk with you again as well, CYNTHIA (PAUL’S WIFE) tells me you
attended last years show at the Hard Rock in
I did, well worth the trip for
the Rock Rapport,
it was a memorable evening for everyone in attendance. I will say
I can’t wait to see the DVD which is set for release this
fall, with a special addition live CD teaser available at the
shows this summer.
Western New York is very fortunate to be hosting one of only ten BAD COMPANY
shows in Canandaigua on Thursday night.
PAUL RODGERS --Thank
you we really appreciate you traveling all that
way for the concert last year. That show at the
Hard Rock really had such an amazing vibe, it almost brought tears
to my eyes.
It was such a great evening on so many levels, thankfully the
cameras were rolling and we were able to capture that spirit
forever on DVD.
hard to believe here we are almost a year later getting ready to
head out for a couple weeks to help celebrate that lovely evening.
Describe the emotions you feel when you revisit that era of your
career and taking the stage with
MICK RALPHS & SIMON
Honestly Ross I wasn’t sure what to expect it had been ten years
since we had performed together.
I’m glad to say that we locked in almost immediately. Someone had
asked me, “is going back like riding a bicycle”; I said no, “it’s
actually like sliding into a really nice comfortable pair of
around it was especially gratifying for me. It was really nice to
get back to my roots and the songs that MICK and I had written
together, songs that everyone knows and loves.
Why such a limited number of shows on this trek with BAD COMPANY?
PAUL RODGERS --Well
I had just completed a journey if you will through other peoples
music with QUEEN, we had just finished a massive three month tour
promoting “The Cosmos
record; that being said I didn’t want to
go out on a full scale tour right away so we decided to just keep
it exclusive with this handful of dates.
Was it purely coincidental that the reunion show last summer fell
PAUL RODGERS --Yeah
it actually was coincidence, rather cosmic isn’t it?
You kicked off the tour by returning to the scene of the crime at
the Hard Rock Live Hotel on June 21st, closing it out
with a bang in Atlantic City on the 4th of July.
PAUL RODGERS --That’s
actually a very clever description, I like
that. Yes we’re really excited about getting out and enjoying
the summer with our fans, it’s been far too long since we’ve
shared the BAD
In attending the show last summer the synergy was evident on
stage, there was truly a sense of pride behind the smiles while
performing the BAD COMPANY
Do you feel the success of that show along with this tour could
possibly spawn any new material for
PAUL RODGERS --When
musicians gather to play no matter what level there is always that
possibility. When you have rehearsals & sound checks you don’t
always want to play songs that you already know so you’re always
kickin’ different ideas around. That’s the type of environment
where new material starts to generate so that’s always possible.
The way I’ve
lived my life I’ve tried not to make to many plans, I like to keep
things loose. Throughout my career my focus is writing songs, so I
let that lead me wherever it may go
Unquestionably that method has
certainly worked out quite nicely for you in your storied career.
PAUL RODGERS --It
really does work for me, I’m quite happy with where I’m at, it
enables me to be ready for any opportunity that may come my way.
As an artist I
like to be challenged, so when I’m afforded the opportunity to
collaborate with artists like BRIAN & ROGER with QUEEN
it helps when you don’t have any long term commitments.
I like to
be able to gravitate toward projects that take me to musical
places I’ve never been before like making a Blues record with
BUDDY GUY or working with Soul Legend SAM MOORE.
You really have covered some amazing ground musically.
Let’s get back to the tour at hand, what can fans expect on these
exclusive shows with BAD
will it resemble the concert from last August?
PAUL RODGERS --In
putting last years set list together we came from a different
point of view, sometimes you can inadvertently have a preconceived
notion. I thought after such a long time it would be nice to open
up with and establish the song and the name “BAD
so we did. With this particular string of shows we’ll approach
the set from a different direction.
While this reunion is exciting for everyone involved especially
the fans; it’s somewhat bittersweet in the sense that it won’t
include former band mate the late great
who passed away in 2006.
PAUL RODGERS --It
is truly sad in that sense as he is sorely missed. His wife
attended the Hard Rock show last summer and we included a couple
of the songs he had written in the set in honor of his
The Rock Rapport
had the pleasure of seeing you perform with
your solo band during the LIVE IN GLASCOW tour which by the
way went “Certified
Gold” on CD/DVD; will
& LYNN SORENSON of your
solo band be joining in the
PAUL RODGERS --Why
YES they will I’m happy to say; I just love performing with them;
just being around those guys is great.
is really a great bass player rounding out our rhythm section, he
absolutely shines jamming with
HOWARD you just can’t say enough about him, despite his
amazing resume with HEART he’s very respectful of his place
in the band along side
really work very well together.
What an amazing pair to add to the already potent
like to elaborate more on the stellar career of guitarist
often referred to as the “Secret
The music sage spent twenty-two years as guitarist, producer
and musical director for the first ladies of Rock, who by the way
should be knocking on the Hall
doors in Cleveland in the not too distance future.
very first solo record drops on July 3rd aptly titled
featured guest vocalists on the record include none other then
with the soul stirring track “Heal the Broken
Hearted”. Also making vocal contributions to the record are
JOE LYNN TURNER (Rainbow, Deep Purple), JIMI JAMISON (Survivor),
KEITH ST. JOHN (Montrose) & joining in on keys for the
instrumental track “French Quarter” is KEITH EMERSON (ELP).
a must for any Melodic Rock CD collection, for more information
Also check out
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for an exclusive video interview with
as he talks about his kick ass
new record, being part of the
reunion tour & his paramount contributions with
recorded “Straight on for You”
from sound check at the CMAC
show this Thursday.
you’ve sustained one of the most distinct yet chameleon like
voices for over four decades, to what do you attribute your
longevity as a vocalist?
PAUL RODGERS --Why
Thank you Ross that is really very kind. I don’t know that I
have any trade secrets other then the fact that I truly love to
sing, I just go to a different place when I perform.
It’s funny in
the sense that I’ve never had any voice training, I consider those
that have influenced me to be my teachers like SAM MOORE, OTIS
REDDING, MUDDY WATERS & HOWLING WOLF.
I would listen to their records and how they would breathe and try
to imitate them.
In my youth I
was typical you know, sort of abusive and all the rest of it, as I
matured I learned that it didn’t reflect well in my voice. I
understood that I was blessed with a God given gift and it was up
to me to treat that with respect. I have a healthy lifestyle now
and I work very hard at taking care of myself.
Reports have surfaced that the
QUEEN + PAUL
incredibly successful “The
Cosmos Rocks” record
and tour will be the “Swan
Song” so to speak,
where does Q + PR
I’m really quite proud of what we achieved with the successful
world tours and subsequent album. It truly was an honor to be a
part of BRIAN & ROGER
returning to the stage and studio once again.
At this point
we are just stepping back from it for now, it’s similar to my
arrangement with JIMMY PAGE with the FIRM,
it was never meant to be a permanent situation.
mentioned earlier I always like to keep things loose. It’s kind of
an open book as far as I’m concerned; if something arises that
inspires us then I would always be open to the possibility of
working with BRIAN & ROGER anytime anywhere.
I wanted to touch a little more on that inspirational partnership
you where able to forge with the surviving members of
As I stated in the introduction
you helped BRIAN & ROGER
capture that magic once again with tracks like “We
The song that really stood out on the record was “Warboys”,
a relevant radiating Rocker that accentuated the sorely missed,
often overlooked talents of
QUEEN as a whole behind
That was actually a song from your "Certified
solo LIVE IN GLASGOW CD/DVD.
Q + PR
really breathed new life into the already powerful track, how did
that tune find its way onto the album?
I couldn’t agree more, it was really
unbelievable what they did for not just that particular song but
the entire album. When we decided to go into the studio we didn’t
really have an agenda so we were just noodling around with some
point I just threw “Warboys”
out there to
get things rolling not even thinking it would go beyond the
rehearsal. Instantly they just fell in with it and it became
this monster track, to my pleasant surprise it ended up on the
record sounding bigger and better then it had originally.
As a whole this album was very exciting to make, we got so carried
away at times we laid down too much music, we actually had to bump
some songs off the record.
One of the
other songs you mentioned “A
Time To Shine”
was inspired by the QUEEN sound. To write those lyrics
and create that song was incredibly inspiring, to envision that
song in my head and then actually hear BRIAN & ROGER
perform it was
absolutely exhilarating for me.
it’s apparent the fires “Still
strong creatively for you, what does the rest of 2009 have in
store for you?
PAUL RODGERS --You
know I wish I could give you something but I don’t even know what
lies ahead just yet.
What I can tell you is that I have several ideas floating around
musically, I keep thinking to myself what or who would be a good
fit for this particular song.
It’s all a matter of synchronicity, bumping into the right people
at the right time.
point the exciting thing to me is that anything is possible.
would like to thank
and his lovely wife
the coolest Rock ‘n’ Roll humanitarians on the planet for their
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