Bad Company - Florida Shows
Review by Lucy Piller
THE FLORIDA TRIP OF A LIFETIME
I had arranged to go to four concerts of BAD COMPANY. The first two were being held in
Clearwater. Both at the Ruth Eckerd Hall, what a great sound this place has. I went with
my neighbor Sue. We both flew down to Tampa on the Saturday, and took in some sun before
the gig. We arrived at the venue early (as usual) and met up with the Turner family who I
often see at many of Paul's gigs. Sue and I had great seats. I think we
were in the 5th row.........I didn't mean to leave her but I was so pumped up I left my
seat and stood in front of the stage, in front of Mick Ralphs' mic.
The audience was buzzing but not enough for my liking. I faced the audience and began
to clap and shout and wave my arms (like a nutter). I had never behaved like this before
at any gig. Not sure what came over me. After getting everyone's attention, row by row
started to call for Bad Co. More and more rows stood for the opening of Bad Company. It
was so beautiful to watch from my front position. We all cheered until they appeared. Paul
and the boys looked great, I loved every moment of the show. Maybe a bit rusty but one
would expect that. We were fortunate enough to meet the band back stage in a room full of
The following night was as good. We then returned in a hurry back to
Atlanta as I had to get some laundry finished in time for the next flight to Orlando on
This time it was a treat for Robert and myself. We were meeting up
with a crowd of fans from different parts of the States, England and Holland. We were a
party of 10. And as soon as we arrived in Orlando, four of us drove to Pompano Beach,
arriving just in time for the 8pm show. This time it was outdoors. We had once again very
good seats. Maybe row 7, I think. Everyone was happy except me..........I had to get to
the front. So, off I went, leaving everyone behind. I stood at the front until the band
came on.....and, wow, the fans were going wild. The show was brilliant. I clapped myself
silly.......I had started to look like a wet rat. And to top it all, Paul saw me from the
stage. Oh dear, he still recognizes me with such wet hair. He shouted out "Hey Lucy,
how ya doin?" I hid my face because now everyone was looking at me!!!
The show was better than the first two. It was getting better with every show. At this
show, I was with Robert (hubby and webmaster), Richard from England, and Sandhe (Kossoff)
from Texas. We all went back stage. This was to
be a surprise for Boz and Simon. They had not seen Sandhe in 20 years. They were blown
away. Especially when I told Simon to close his eyes as I had a surprise for him. He was
in shock and the same with Boz. He thanked me so much for joining them up again after so
many years. Another night over, we stayed overnight in Pompano and headed back to Orlando
the next morning. Like kids we were, roof down in the car.....loud Bad Company music
playing and the wind just blowing in our hair.
We arrived back in Orlando and were meeting up with Dawn, Kevin and Keith from Boston,
Jim from Boston, Dawn-Marie from Illinois, then there was Addy from Holland who used to
have a Bad Company fan club in Holland many years ago. And, last but not least, Jack and
Joan from Indianapolis.
Everyone met the Turner family who were also at the Pompano show. We had to have dinner
at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was great fun. It was great to sit down for a while after
running about so much. We spent Thursday night listening to Steve and Christian Turner
singing and playing some of their own music and, of course, we all sang along to some Free
and Bad Co songs with the help of Jim and his fancy guitar work. A great treat for us all!
Then it was the big day. We were all so hyped up by this time. The
limo that I had ordered was to pick us up at 6pm to take us to the Hard Rock. The girls
all looked gorgeous, and the guys looked sharp
Robert even decided to get a hair
cut, all for this great event. We had fun sitting in the limo playing music pretty loud.
Although the driver didn't complain, or did he? Well, we couldn't hear him, could we??
:-))) Yes, we were at the Hard Rock Cafe. All lit up, with Bad Company's name on the
building flashing. Such a buzz outside the venue.
Inside the Hard Rock, the audience was really rocking. Our group was split into two. All
had fantastic seats. The best in the house, in fact. The place was rocking like you have
never seen before.
We witnessed the finest show one could ever see. From the beginning till the end, it
was BRILLIANT!!!!! I had tears in my eyes throughout the show with sheer joy !!!! After
all that we (the ten of us) all went back stage to meet the guys. More hugs, more
pictures, and it was over
But we are so grateful, it was captured on video..... It's the finest live performance
Paul has appeared on. And we all want to congratulate BAD COMPANY for working so hard to
make the night perfect.
MAY 'BAD COMPANY' BE WITH YOU..............................
Now, if you haven't got your tickets yet...........go get them NOW.............. you