Preview: BAD COMPANY
Wednesday August 4th 2010
Interview: PAUL RODGERS
CAN’T GET ENOUGH….That’s
what fans have been chanting across the globe since the surviving
original members of BAD COMPANY
reunited in August of 2008 at the Hard Rock Seminole in Florida.
Celebrated front man PAUL
RODGERS, universally referred to as “The
Voice” by fans & peers alike; has
dominated the Rock Radio Airwaves for over forty years fronting
some of the world’s most influential Groups.
soulful & soaring voice embodies the music of FREE,
THE FIRM & most recently giving BRIAN MAY & ROGER TAYLOR the long
overdue opportunity to once again perform the music of
multi-faceted musician was recently presented with the “Classic
Songwriter” award by JIMMY
and JEFF BECK at the annual Classic Rock
Magazine Roll of Honour. Rolling
Stone named Rodgers one of the “Top 100 Singers of All
Time,” Classic Rock UK placed him
at #2 on their “50 Greatest Singers in Rock” list and England’s
Planet Rock Radio fan poll placed
him at #3 on their “Greatest Voices of Rock” list.
His colossal musical contributions are without question
worthy of Hall of Fame consideration on his merits alone.
has touched so many through his music for over four decades he and
his lovely wife CYNTHIA quietly inspire those to give through
their tireless efforts with their affiliations with more than
thirty charitable organizations worldwide.
sure to visit
for information on how you too can contribute to make this world a
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The Rock Rapport
once again had the honor of speaking with
as he was preparing for his final solo show of the summer this
past Independence Day Weekend were he performed in front of 50,000
elated fans in Philadelphia.
great to speak with you again, Thanks for taking time out of your
busy summer to chat with the
So much has happened since we last spoke on your visit to our
region in Canandaigua NY with BAD
COMPANY last summer.
Following your Proclamation
from U.S. Congress in 2008 you received the “Classic Songwriter
Award”, and most recently you’ve been honored in your hometown
with an honorary doctorate from the University Teesside,
tell us about that honor?
Ross it’s nice to speak with.
It really is a wonderful honor, although it is an honorary
degree, so I do take it with a pinch of salt.
That being said
I’m extremely honored that they would recognize me in such a
I left school at the age of sixteen and basically hit the
road, so most of my schooling has been through playing music.
The fact that the University has chosen to honor me for doing
something that I Love to share with people is truly a humbling
enough I think you were touring with
BRIAN MAY received his honorary doctorate.
There must be some good humored
ribbing going on between the two of you.
BRIAN was very proud of his honorary degree as well, we did share
a laugh after I received mine commenting that if anyone came
around asking if there was a Doctor in the house at one of our
shows we could say “We’ll Yes actually there are two”. (Laughter)
always your one of the busiest guys on the Planet starting out the
summer with some solo dates then kicking off the
COMPANY North American Tour in
Talk about what it takes to tour
at such a high level after so many years on the road?
reached a point in my life now were I no longer want to be on the
road for months at a time; I’ve learned to be selective with my
energy & my lifestyle.
I still LOVE to
play Live, but I don’t want to do it to death or over do it. I’m
fortunate to have a beautiful Home on the Lake were I can retreat
and write songs meditate & stay healthy.
amassed a stunning body of work as a singer/songwriter fronting
some of the World’s Foremost & Influential Bands.
Tell us about the set selection process when performing a
solo show, which by the way fans can enjoy on DVD with the
DVD “Live in Glasgow”?
RODGERS-When I go out with
it’s strictly BAD CO.;
when I go out solo its all that plus the wonderful songs I’ve been
part of throughout my career.
Being able to
perform my Solo material, songs from the FREE catalog & songs
JIMMY and I did with THE FIRM along with the Blues Music that has
had such a profound influence in my songwriting is what still
inspires me to perform live.
so many accolades bestowed on you in recent years one might think
that your in the twilight of your career, yet its quite the
contrary, tell us what’s on the
docket following the summer tour dates?
absolutely right there’s a lot going on for me; songwriting has
been and always will be a constant passion for me.
Business has changed so much, I try to get myself into a situation
were I can surround myself with the right Band and the right songs
which I’ve been fortunate enough to achieve over the years.
The biggest challenge is finding a good Record Deal so that
the music that I put out there is properly distributed; I’m in the
process of putting that all together.
It’s interesting you used the term “twilight” of one’s career
I’m actually sixty years old and I still can’t believe that, it’s
an age that I never dreamed attainable its somehow in the midst of
yonder time for me.
When I look at my life I’ve proceeded on two fronts, there’s
been sort of an internal life were I’ve been trying to be
successful in the world around me and succeed at what I Love to
On the other hand you try to find yourself the person that you
truly are within. At this stage of my Life I think those two
things have finally come together and I have a much better picture
of who I’am as a person which has given me more clarity on the
direction I want to go musically.
It really is a Good Time for me in my life and I can’t wait to
see what the next chapter has to bring.
Great to hear there’s no “Swan Song” on the horizon for
I’ve had the pleasure on witnessing
first hand over the past few years how this zone your in has
translated to your live performances, to say that your at the top
of your game would be an understatement.
your World-Class Colleagues concur after seeing
tour this summer:
RODGERS has been, and still is
by far, one of the finest talents of our
Ted Nugent Singer/Guitarist DEREK ST. HOLMES raves, “BAD
was the best Rock show I’ve seen in a decade”.
Thank You. That really does come with age, there were periods in
my life were I was reckless on a personal level with my health &
my own sense of self worth. The only time I felt truly
comfortably with myself was actually making music and performing.
No matter what I
may have been struggling with personally to put on the best show
that I could throughout my entire career has been paramount to me.
Success to me is seeing and hearing people sing along to my
songs around the world it’s what inspires me to continue to
As I said this really is a great time in my life because I’m
able to go out as a solo Artist and play all of my songs from all
the different Bands and still present new material.
At the same time I’m able to take
out with MICK & SIMON along with HOWARD LEESE & LYNN SORENSON and
put on a pretty crackin show.
has been in high demand since reuniting; as a matter a fact it was
so well received by fans & critics alike it led to a chart topping
Talk about your feelings when
you see how relevant this music is still to people worldwide?
response has been amazing it’s really heartwarming to see how our
music still unifies people; the positive energy at our shows is
Last summer we
did a 10 date U.S. run with our very good friends the DOOBIE
BROTHERS, this past spring we did a U.K. tour with JOE PERRY’S
solo Band as Special Guest which was a great time.
Now this summer we are back in North America for a string of
dates including a couple of Canadian Dates; one being at the
breath taking Casino Rama venue as well as a gig at the Dog’s Nest
of Great Bend in Great Bend,
Ontario on August 14th
I’m not mistaken that was BAD CO’s
first visit to the U.K. in over 30 years which was recognized by
Live Nation with the “Attendance Record Award”.
I understand the Wembley
Stadium show will be released on DVD at some point.
RODGERS-Yes thankfully we
did film & record that particular show during the tour. I have to
say the Wembley Stadium show was absolutely electric; what made it
even more special for me was that fact that my son STEVEN
www.myspace.com/steverodgers who’s an up & coming
singer/songwriter opened the show, I couldn’t have been more
proud. He’ll also be supporting
BAD COMPANY in
It really was a wonderful evening, sometimes when you’re
planning on recording a specific night you can never be sure all
the ingredients you need are going to be there.
There are so many things left to chance to assure what your
capturing is worthy; is the Band hitting on all cylinders, is the
audience into it? Those issues you have a bit of control over,
but then you have to factor in the production side of things it’s
hit or miss some nights.
Fortunately all of the above came together and it was a
magical night; as a performer you always shoot for a ten, after
that show someone came up to me and told me that night was an
We’re quite happy that show will be available to folks who
couldn’t be there in person; more importantly it’s a permanent
that we can all be very proud of for years to come.
very cool concept the BAD CO.
has embraced is the Live Recordings of their shows which is
available to fans immediately following the gig, will those be
available for this North American Tour?
we’ve had the good fortune to work with a couple of great
companies; the U.K. dates were recorded by Concerts Live
are offering three of the
individually or in a package.
I’m also glad to report that the U.S. shows will also be
available through Abby Road Live
mentioned being out with JOE PERRY last Spring; I have to ask was
there any truth to the rumor that you were approached to step into
the lead vocal role with AEROSMITH
before STEVEN TYLER recently rejoined the Band?
JOE did talk to me
about that; it was as simple as STEVE not wanting to go out on
tour while the rest of the Band was ready to hit the road, JOE
looked very poignantly at me and said “we need a singer”.
I said well you know I really don’t join Bands if you look at
my past history I formed FREE with PAUL KOSSOFF, I formed
with MICK RALPHS and JIMMY PAGE and I formed the FIRM.
The situation with
was kind of an exception for me to actually step into someone
else’s entire catalog the way I did.
collaboration happened organically in the sense that we had played
live together first at a benefit and there was a special spark.
If I would have gotten a call from BRIAN or ROGER out of the blue
I would have hesitated a lot more then I did before joining.
I said to JOE that
is such a special Band & you and STEVEN have such a great thing
going your focus should be on being the Band that everyone Loves;
thankfully that’s what they ended up doing.
As a result of that I got to know JOE really well so I invited
him to be our special guest on the
U.K. tour with the
JOE PERRY PROJECT, so that was the upshot of that.
words of advice; as for your time with
were entirely different circumstances for obvious reasons.
Your presence gave BRIAN & ROGER the opportunity to resurrect
the music of QUEEN
& FREDDIE MERCURY while preserving & nurturing the legacy of their
BRIAN MAY has often pointed out
that FREDDIE frequently mentioned how fond he was of your vocal
prowess & showmanship.
is like an exotic piece of machinery that needed a special part to
run and I was honored & happy to do that.
I have a
tremendous amount of respect for FREDDIE, even more now then
before I started with the Band if that’s even possible.
Looking back it’s hard to believe we ended up touring &
recording for over four years the time really flew by.
collaboration also resulted in a great collection of new material
with the release of “The Cosmos Rocks” in 2008.
we really had a blast making that record it was a very creative
time. I have to say that BRIAN & ROGER also played my songs
brilliantly, they took “Feel Like
Makin’ Love” to a new level, “All Right Now”
was absolutely stunning I remember playing
Hyde Park we tore
the place up with that song.
I hope in retrospect that I did their music the justice its
due and that’s were we’ve left it. We’re all still excellent
friends and we’ll maybe do a charity show down the road together
As wonderful as the experience was touring & recording with
it’s really great to get back to my roots & my music.
-While BAD COMPANY
is packing Arena’s and selling DVD’s worldwide, your recent CD
release “The Very Best of Free &
Bad Company Featuring Paul
Rodgers” has just been
Moving 100,000 copies is no
small feat in the Music business and today’s economy
congratulations on that.
RODGERS-Thank You again; to
me it’s more of a tribute to the fans who are still willing to lay
down their hard earned money; for that I’m very grateful.
that particular CD be available in the States anytime soon?
I believe it will be, there are also some very cool obscure
download bonus tracks that are available when you buy the CD.
I recently read that you’ve had some collaborative jam sessions
with MICK FLEETWOOD & JOHN McVIE of FLEETWOOD MAC fame, talk about
that interesting project?
we did kind of hook up recently over in the
U.K. and one thing
lead to another as they say.
Strangely enough JOHN BONHAM’S sister DEBBIE was the catalyst
of that meeting. She’s a mutual friend to all of us and had
mentioned to us what big fans we are of each others music and said
you guys should really hook up & jam together. While CYNTHIA & I
were in Hawaii we ultimately ended up meeting with MICK & JOHN and
had a really nice jam session together.
While I Love FLEETWOOD MAC now, I really enjoy the original
PETER GREEN material they played some really serious Blues, so we
certainly have that in common.
We discussed trying to do something together but once again
it’s all about timing; if you’re going to commit to doing
something you really want to give it every opportunity to be
something that’s special.
So for now it’s on the back burner but it’s definitely
something I’d be thrilled to explore further down the road; they
are really superbly talented musicians.
As always the
would like to THANK both PAUL
& CYNTHIA RODGERS for sharing their valuable time. We would also
like to Thank Chris Crawford from Millennium Management & Paki
Newell of The Lippin Group.
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