Bad Company at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX on July 10, 2013. – Concert Review

Being a classic rock junkie, it’s safe to say that I was ecstatic when I heard that Bad Company would be bringing their 40th anniversary tour through Texas. Original members Paul Rogers, Mick Ralphs, and Simon Kirke were joined by bassist Todd Roning and former Heart guitarist, Howard Leese, and together they sent us on a journey back to a time when rock n’ roll was genuine, heartfelt, and fun.

The crowd’s adrenaline shot through the roof as “Rock n’ Roll Fantasy” started off a set filled with hits like the sleek “Burnin’ Sky” from 1977 and a raucous rendition of “Movin’ On” from the self-titled debut in 1974.

(Photo by Terry Walsh)

Paul Rogers’ soulful voice has held up amazingly well throughout the years and he showed it off brilliantly as the audience sang along to classics like “Ready For Love” and “Can’t Get Enough.”

As I listened to the band perform timeless songs like “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Shooting Star,” I was reminded that Mick Ralphs wrote some of the most memorable riffs of his generation, and he looked like the happiest man alive as he played them for this crowd of rowdy Texans.

(Photo by Terry Walsh)

The addition of Howard Leese on guitar was incredibly clever, as he brought a different energy to the stage, and traded solos and smiles with Ralphs all night long. The band threw a few of their more obscure songs into the set like “Electricland,” “Gone, Gone, Gone,” and “Run With the Pack” to keep their diehard fans happy. Rogers worked the crowd masterfully through each one.

During the encore, fans were treated to the most powerful version of “Bad Company” imaginable. Kirke pounded on his drums, Rogers hammered away at the piano keys, and the guitars rumbled as the audience roared with approval. It’s so great to see a classic band like this still firing on all cylinders, and while they looked like old men, they played like they have forty more years left in them.


Tim Taylor is a writer for Zoiks! Online, and is based in Dallas, TX. Follow him on Twitter at @nutgoat. Email Tim at
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