When Bad Company is good
LINCOLN, CA – English rock group Bad Company took to the stage at Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s outdoor amphitheater, as a sold-out crowd was on their feet their entire performance.
Earlier this year Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a joint 40th Anniversary Tour commemorating the 40th anniversary of Skynyrd’s first album release and Bad Company’s formation. While Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn’t on-hand, original members of Bad Company Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Simon Kirke (drums) were. The pair was joined by Todd Ronning (bass), from Rodgers’ solo band and Howard Leese (guitar and former member of Heart) who has been with the band for 8 years.
Bad Company has a long list of hits from the ‘70s with four platinum albums during that time. The band broke up in ’82 and reformed a few years later, churning out another platinum album and two additional gold records.
As the show got underway, a number of CO2 cannons shot smoke into the air, with Rodgers coming out in a lime green shirt and black vest, twirling the microphone stand in the air, singing “Rock and Roll Fantasy” followed by “Live For The Music.” The 63-year-old Rodgers continued to throw and twirl the microphone stand for most of the set.
For “Run with the Pack,” Rodgers took to a black piano with the crowd showing their approval.
“Burnin Sky” had the stage shrouded in smoke with the lights flickering to simulate lightning, complete with the sound of thunder.
The band left the stage early for their first encore and came back to play “Bad Company” and “Rock Steady,” after which they left the stage a second time, only to return to play “Seagull” ending their set. Fans were surprised by the short set and continued to wait for the band to come out and play more hits, but when the house lights came on people reluctantly headed for the gates.
Bad Company put on an excellent performance with Rodgers vocals sounding better than ever. The band was tight and sounded great, with the exception of a slight mix-up just before “Moving On,” when the band struck up two separate songs Rodgers said, “Well, can we all do the same song.” The length of the show was disappointing and could have continued for at least another 30 minutes.
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