One of the most acclaimed bands of the classic rock era, England's Bad Company has put its indelible stamp on rock 'n' roll with a straight-ahead, no-frills musical approach that has resulted in the creation of some of the most timeless rock anthems ever. Led by the incomparable singer and songwriter Paul Rodgers. Formed in 1973, Bad Company came to life when Rodgers was looking to start anew after the disintegration of his legendary band Free. Rodgers had met Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and after jamming together,Ralphs made the decision to leave Mott and form a new band with Rodgers. The duo recruited former King Crimson bassist/vocalist Boz Burrell, added drummer Simon Kirke and Rodgers Christened the band Bad Company.Bad Company was an instant hit worldwide. Their 1974 self-titled debut went platinum five times over. Bad Company made their formal debut at Newcastle City Hall in March 1974. The rousing response they enjoyed from fans and critics in the UK propelled the group to America on a high note, brimming with confidence. In America, the response to Bad Company was overwhelming. In the United States, Bad Company's popularity soared. With a number one album to their credit in America, Bad Company returned to London triumphant. Bad Company followed up their initial success with the 1975 release of the triple-platinum album Straight Shooter. Eagerly anticipated by the group's fans, enjoyed international success.The ecstatic response to the album accelerated the group's momentum and their standing as one of the most popular concert attractions in the world."The wildly successful Run With The Pack in 1976 was the band's third consecutive platinum album. With three albums now to their credit, the central ingredient to the group's remarkable success was their steady stream of first rate original material. Rodgers and Ralphs were the group's composers. Coupled with the strength of the group's song writing was the clarity and unmistakable power of Rodgers' voice. Rodgers moved with ease among a wide range of emotions and musical styles. Burnin' Sky, with its moody and atmospheric title track, reached gold status in 1977, followed by the double-platinum wallop of Desolation Angels in March 1979.
Next Bad Company gathered at Ridge Farm Studios in Dorking, Surrey to record the superb Desolation Angels. "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy opened the album and set the tone for what was to follow. The group's affinity for country music was evident throughout Desolation Angels. The western-flavored "Evil Wind" was a noteworthy example.The wide approval enjoyed by Desolation Angels reaffirmed Bad Company's commercial status. The album spawned the gold selling classic, "Rock & Roll Fantasy," a staple on classic rock play-lists everywhere. The band toured the globe countless times during this period, playing to enthusiastic sell out crowds everywhere.
After the release of the Top 30 album Rough Diamonds in 1982, Rodgers left the band to take time off and to eventually pursue solo career.
In 1986, Ralphs and Kirke resurrected the Bad Company name. Over a six -year span from 1986 to 1992, a new version of the band released four albums including Fame and Fortune, Dangerous Age,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. The long awaited reunion came together in 1999 and saw the band not only complete a rousing 30-date U.S. tour that drew sell out crowds and much critical acclaim, but also oversee the release of the acclaimed Original Bad Company Anthology.
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