On Friday September 27, 2013 Bad Co. tore it up at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln Ca. to a nearly sold-out show. The Outdoor Amphitheater was absolutely packed with fans that came out to see the one and only lead singer of Bad Co. Paul Rodgers.
This, the second to the last show of Thunder Valleys Summer Concert series and the second to the last show of an eight date run for Bad Company's 2013 40th Anniversary Tour was fantastic. The last show being on the last day at the L.A. County Fair in Pomona Ca. on Sept. 29th.
Bad Company is an English rock supergroup founded in 1973 by two former Free band members, singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke as well as Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. Peter Grant, who managed British rock band Led Zeppelin, agreed to manage the band (he managed Bad Company until 1982, when Swan Song Records folded). Bad Company enjoyed great success throughout the 1970s. Many of their singles, such as "Bad Company", "Can't Get Enough", "Good Lovin' Gone Bad", and "Feel Like Makin' Love", remain popular with rockers of both the past and present, and their hits remain staples of classic rock radio.
Current members include, Paul Rodgers-(lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica ), Simon Kirke-(drums, percussion, backing vocals), Howard Leese-(guitar), Todd Ronning-(bass) and Mick Ralphs-(guitars, keyboards, backing vocals) who was not in attendance for this show.
The set lasted around 75 minutes and went like this, (from the set list on stage)
"Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy", "Live For The Music", " Run With The Pack", "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Gone, Gone, Gone", "Burnin' Sky", "Ready For Love", "Honey Child", "Shooting Star", "Movin' On", "Can't Get Enough" and three separate encore songs, "Bad Company", "Rock Steady" and "Seagull".
Rodgers and the band were incredible and everybody in attendance was not disappointed in anyway, shape or form. The entire venue was rockin', dancing and singing to every song on the set.
It's not surprising that Bad Co. is still rockin' after 40 years, they have kicked butt since day one. This show proved that, very impressive indeed.
This might have been the show of the Summer at Thunder Valley this year, along with the Peter Frampton / B.B. King show last month in this examiner's opinion.
Thunder Valley's Summer Concert Series was second to none this year, this examiner only wishes Summer lasted a bit longer.
There's still plenty of great stuff going on at Thunder Valley, to see what's next (click here)
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