Bad Company @ LG Arena Birmingham, UK – 01 April 2010

Posted by Zak Edwards on Thursday Apr 1, 2010 Under Blues, Rock

Bad Company
On approaching the LG Arena (NEC as it was formerly known) I couldn’t work out whether it was the adverse weather conditions or the general age of the audience that was accounting for the copious amount of wrinkles at the Bad Company gig on Thursday night…

…On closer inspection, and much like the Fleetwood Mac gig that GJ covered last year, it was the average age of the blues bands fan base which accounted for the odd crows foot or two, not surprising when you consider that the band – the brain child of former Free front man Paul Rodgers, started plying their trade in the year I was born (1973 in case you didn’t know) and had many of their hits throughout the 70s.

Now, after many incantations both involving and not involving the vocally brilliant Rogers, they are back, circa 2010 comprising Rodgers, Ralphs and Kirke.
Bad Company
After a much entertaining set from the Joe “I normally do my business with Aerosmith” Perry Project, culminating in a rendition of his usual employers ditty “Walk this way”, Rogers and Kirke et al made their way to the stage and immediately burst into fans favorite “Can’t Get Enough” much to the delight of the appreciative crowd. Rodgers, sporting a white vest and an even whiter smile, twizzled the mic stand with authority of a head cheer leader, whipping the audience into a frenzy from the opening lyric with his ‘oh so smooth’ vocal ability.
Bad Company
My first foray with the part time Queen front man was his performance of Frees “Alright Now” at the 1970 Isle of White Festival (not live I hasten to add). Now, 40 years on, he still maintains the same silky smooth vocal power and exquisite showmanship that he demonstrated all those years ago….

The trio accompanied by Heart founder Howard Leese stormed their way through much of the back catalogue from namesake “Bad Company” to “Young Blood” with both Rogers and Leese making fleeting visits to the piano.
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Superb voice aside – which it has to be said is technically excellent, Rogers is your consummate front man combining well oiled showmanship with natural empathy with his oh so adoring fans. “We love you Paul” shouted one slightly excited rock chick in between songs, “I love you too my dear” replied the debonair singer, evidently making her night.
Bad Company
For me, the highlight of the night was not one of the bass driven blues numbers, but more over an acoustic rendition of the haunting “Seagull”, a haunting song, which although not one of their hits was certainly one of the bands classics.
Bad Company
On stage for well over 90 minutes, the band, playing the first of their mini tour, seemed to be pleased as punch at the reception they received for their first gig on UK soil for quite some time and judging by the crowd reaction – head bangers at the front and all – it seems that this feeling was very much reciprocated.
Bad Company
Words by Zak Edwards
Photography by Bianca Barrett

3 Responses to “Bad Company @ LG Arena Birmingham, UK – 01 April 2010”

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  3. Paul Says:

    I’m not sure what gig you were at because although it was highly enjoyable they certainly were not on stage for over 90 minutes. They came on at 850pm, played an hour log set & then did a 10-15 minute encore.

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