Bad Company will make their network late night debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno next Monday June 10th. The following day, the band will be the featured guests at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for a rare Q&A with their fans and an intimate set. The Grammy Museum event sold out within five minutes of going on sale. This Wednesday evening, fans can tune into the long running nationally syndicated program ROCKLINE, which will feature Paul Rodgers as their guest.
The band's summer tour which will celebrate their 40th anniversary since forming begins on June 15 in Rancho Mirage, CA and will stage 30 dates, ending on September 29 at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. In front of the tour, Paul Rodgers shares, "When Mick and I formed the band we were amazed at the instant success. It didn't hurt to have Led Zeppelin behind us and I think we wrote some decent songs that still resonate. This one is for the fans."
Bad Company were dubbed a super-group upon the band's formation due to the union of Free's Paul Rodgers (Vocals / Multi-Instrumentalist) with Mott The Hoople's Mick Ralphs (Guitar) plus Free's Simon Kirke (Drums) and King Crimson's Boz Burrell (Bass), who passed away in 2006. Over the next nine years, the band released a string of six albums that sold tens of millions of copies, yielding international hits "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Feel Like Makin' Love," and many others penned by the main songwriters Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs. Original members Rodgers, Ralphs, and Kirke will be joined by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning (from Paul Rodgers solo band).
On 14 of the dates, Bad Company will co-headline with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Paul Rodgers recently shared, "The Skynyrds and I go back to the 70's and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in LA aka the Riot House. In the 90's the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that's why I am so damned happy and healthy these years." Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant offered, "Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go. Personally, Paul is one of my favorite rock singers. We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company's music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage."
DiscLive Network (www.disclivenetwork.com) has partnered with Bad Company. Recordings of all appearances where available will be released to fans the evening of the appearance so that they have the opportunity to walk out of the show with the concert they just attended. These double CD sets, which will be individually numbered and packaged in super high quality DigiPaks commemorating the 40th Anniversary Tour, will also contain an extra "bonus" CD with an exclusive "rockumentary" style interview with Bad Company. Fans may go to www.disclivenetwork.com to reserve their copy today.
The expanded itinerary follows, with co-headline dates cited via the notation W/LS:
6/15 Rancho Mirage, CA Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
6/20 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater W/LS
6/21 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater W/LS
6/23 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater W/LS
6/25 Del Mar, CA San Diego County Fair
6/28 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
6/29 New Lenox, IL Community Center
7/03 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
7/05 Hinckley, MN Grand Casino - Outdoor Amph.
7/07 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
7/10 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie W/LS
7/11 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion W/LS
7/13 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater W/LS
7/14 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live W/LS
7/16 Buffalo, NY Artpark Amphitheater
7/17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center W/LS
7/19 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion W/LS
7/20 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center W/LS
7/23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater W/LS
7/24 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center W/LS
7/26 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook Music Pavillion W/LS
7/27 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts W/LS
7/29 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/02 Solomons, MD PNC Waterside Pavillion
8/03 Orilla, Ontario, CAN Casino Rama
9/14 Penticton, BC, CAN South Okanagan Events Centre
9/18 Coquitlam, BC, CAN Red Robinson Show Theatre at Boulevard Casino
9/19 Manson, WA Mill Bay Casino Deep Water Amphitheater
9/27 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino Resort
9/29 Pomona, CA Los Angeles County Fair