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TO FREE AT LAST
Sat 15th March was SOLD OUT.
AT LAST(Northeast will now be known as FREEWAY)
out for FREEWAYS website.
16th March 2003
Ancient Unicorn - Bowes
15th May 2003
The Studio - Hartlepool
17th Aug 2003
Startforth Grange Festival
Please send in your reviews to ARN
First their was FREE MANIA
Now I guess theirs TRIBUTE FREE/BAD COMPANY
Mostly in the UK we now have more than 10
This surely tells us something eh?
If you have any new names for tribute bands do let us hear what
you have thought of. Send them to email@example.com
and I can announce your suggestions.
Current Tribute Bands
Motor City Josh from Atlanta
on tour now in the UK.
Rob Tognoni, a brilliant singer
and guitarist. Please check out his website.
We are delighted to inform you Simon Kirke has now launched an Ofiical
Website and can be found at www.simonkirke.com.
||City - State
Sat 20th September 2003
Camp Verde AZ
Cliff Castle Casino,
Paul Rodgers with John Kay & Steppenwolf
Sat 8th November 2003
Emerald Queen Casino
Paul Rodgers Band
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The Meeting Place
I am delighted to share with you a happy story which all started in the Meeting
Place on Allrightnow.com
June of 2002, a fan from Scotland named Sue and a fan from the United States
named Frank, started up a friendship .
Last November Frank went to Scotland to meet Sue.........And the trip
worked out to be very successful. Sue is visiting Frank this March in the
USA Frank says he knows this is a remarkable situation and hopes the
relationship continues the way its going. They are both huge PR fans and
want to thank him for having written and perfomed all these years. It was
their mutual interest in music that was the vital link. Frank told me they
are looking forward to a time when they both can see him in concert
He also wishes to thank Robert and myself for having the website for this
initial connection to occur. I had met Frank in Atlantic City last year and
it was a joy to have met him at long last. May you both enjoy whatever the
futures holds for you both, A very Happy Valentines story woudn't you say?
In the upcoming months a new website will be put together by Lucy and
Ennio. If you wish to show any articles, photos, or memorabilia of Paul
Kossoff please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any musician who had the pleasure of playing with Paul, we would love to
hear from you.
Quick update on the Heavy Load Club. It just gets better every time.
There were more people rockin' last Saturday than ever before. Noteable
important moments being the playing of (evenly dispersed throughout the
evening) Movin' On, Allright Now, and one of those moments you remember for
ever, when we played Feel Like Makin' Love as the last song of the evening
at 2.00 a.m. joined by almost 200 very jolly Heavy Loaders clutching beers
whilst participating in the sing-a-long finale of a truly amazing evening.
Just 3 more weeks till we do it all again. (Saturday 1st March).
Regards to Paul Rodgers fans everywhere. We love him and them!!!!
Rob and Karen (London)
Andy Ball, guitar tech on
Andy Ball Andy
Ball, guitar tech on Bad Company´s 2002
"Joe Fabulous" tour, has spent 15 years
"man & boy" on the road, besides looking after Bad
Co.´s Dave "Bucket" Colwell, he has worked with Black
Sabbath, Iron Maiden, The Catherine Wheel, Marillion, Crown of
Thorns, Helloween & Uriah Heep amongst others. Andy uses a Peterson
AutoStrobe 490. "Can´t beat a Strobe really, can
SUNDAY EXPRESS - 19/05/2002, Chris Goodman
PAUL RODGERS is a rock star. Consider the evidence. At the age of 53 he
wears a translucent designer top, goatee beard, styled hair and blue-tinted
shades, has houses in Surrey and Vancouver and an attractive young blonde
girlfriend. Oh yes, and he has been called the greatest rock voice of all
"Singing is not just about the voice box, " argues the man who
formed legendary supergroups Free and Bad Company. "It's the head and
the heart, the body and the soul. I try to keep everything in harmony.
"Part of that is staying fit and not poisoning my system with too many
dodgy substances. She won't even let me drink coffee, " he says,
turning to Cynthia Michelle, his beautiful Canadian girlfriend and manager.
She returns the cautioning glance of a strict mother. "But I'm a
willing student, " Rodgers quickly adds.
In the Sixties, most young lads from Middlesbrough faced a life of drudgery
in the shipyards or chemical works. But Rodgers discovered the blues and
sought his fortune in London with Free, an era-defining band whose single
All Right Now became No 1 in 20 countries during 1970.
When Free split in 1973, Rodgers formed Bad Company with Free drummer Simon
Kirke, King Crimson bass player Boz Burrell and Mott The Hoople guitarist
Mick Ralphs. By the end of the decade, the supergroup had six multi-platinum
albums to their name with hits such as Can't Get Enough Of Your Love and
Rodgers left to go solo in 1982.
The band went on, after a fashion, but now he and Kirke are back and America
is as welcoming as ever - as a new Bad Company live album and DVD now
The affable and professional Michelle leads Rodgers into a small room and
sits opposite me at the table, her boyfriend at the head. Although known as
a prickly interviewee, he turns out to be friendly and gracious - the
Teesside tones softened but not forgotten after all the years away from
Rodgers is proud of the DVD, album and new material. He consented to Bad
Company continuing without him but became annoyed by poor releases and is
keen, along with his manager, to set the record straight. "One of the
things I've noticed about Paul is that his definition of success is
different, " says Michelle. "Some people think it's monetary, some
think it's having screaming fans and fame, but for him it's putting out a
good product and seeing the fans respond to that."
She spots us staring at her earnest proclamation and turns coyly to Rodgers:
"That's just my observation of you." He gazes at her with either
adoration or confusion - I'm not sure which.
Rodgers is from the sort of working-class background that spawned many
Sixties and Seventies pop stars. "It's a similar background to The
Beatles, " he says. "I see pictures of them in the early days and
I recognise the kitchens - the little kettle, gas rings and jars. There
wasn't a future staying in Middlesbrough as a musician. It was a place to
get out of."
At 17, he and his band set off for London but halfway there the van broke
down. His friends hitchhiked back to the North-east but Rodgers carried on.
He was fascinated by blues and R&B. "I was hearing this music and
thinking, 'Wow!' I couldn't even imagine it being written.
I started to realise there was another world out there."
FORMING Free as a blues band, Rodgers was still just 21 when they split.
"We used to get Melody Maker and read it like the Bible. Suddenly we
were the front cover. We walked on air, " he says of the young band.
In fact they were so young that their parents had to sign the record
contract. "I remember my mam saying, 'Hadn't we better read it first?'
I told her, 'It's a record deal, just sign it!'" Too many young egos
brought Free to a close but they are still one of Britain's best-loved bands
from that golden era. Fastforward to Bad Company's gigs last year and
"the greatest rock voice of all time", as it was described by Guns
N' Roses' guitarist Slash, is exercised as powerfully as ever, as the new
live album shows - but what does Rodgers think of the tag?
"It's a great compliment, " he replies, trying not to look too
proud. "I don't even try to live up to it. I just do what I do; my
voice is a God-given talent. But I've worked at it as well, listening to the
greats - Otis Redding, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles. I'm
carrying that torch in some respects."
Rodgers preserves his vocals through a life of abstention. And if he were to
fall off the straight and narrow, we can assume Michelle would put him
Nevertheless, the Seventies were famed for rock excess.
Signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label, Bad Company shared Zeppelin's
manager, Peter Grant.
With him, it was easy to indulge.
"He had fantastic contacts in the FBI and CIA, " Rodgers smiles.
"We were taken care of - private planes, limousines. He was a bad boy,
but he was our bad boy!"
But Rodgers dragged himself away from bad influences around the time of
1977's Burning Sky album and now leads the life of a monk. "I went
through the whole rock thing of self-destruction.
Fortunately I still have my marbles, " he says with relief.
"We were doing an awful lot of cocaine; I was so crazed on the damn
stuff that I thought, 'That's enough, I'm never going to touch it again.'
I'm one of the few people who can do that - I did it with cigarettes as
INTRUE reformed rocker fashion, he adds: "I rediscovered that
meditation was much more mind-expanding."
Michelle reminds him:
"You did the same thing with drinking as well, five years ago.
You said, 'That's it.'" "That was actually the hardest, "
says Rodgers, "because I had so much time on my hands.
There's not enough time in the day now. I don't have time to be drunk or out
of my mind." As the first member of Bad Company to detox, Rodgers
became an outsider, and with two children at home he left the band with the
excuse of wanting to spend more time with his family.
"I gave up Bad Company like I gave up booze, " he chuckles.
He released six solo albums, receiving a Grammy nomination for his Muddy
Waters Blues tribute album, and formed The Firm with Jimmy Page.
This year Rodgers is bringing Bad Company to the UK for the first time in 25
years - but he's most excited about his son and two daughters. "Stephen
and Jasmine are in the Boa Band and they'll be supporting us, " he
says. "They don't want to trade on their dad's name and here I am
espousing them. But I've kept it quiet for long enough!"
So now Rodgers is a teetotal, non-smoking, drug-free, occasionally
coffee-indulging, meditating father. But he can still play the rock star.
By the time our photographer arrives, Rodgers is decked out in a razor-sharp
suit and stands for the camera looking like an icon.
Michelle gesticulates behind the photographer. Where her finger goes,
Rodgers's eyes follow, until she is satisfied with the angle of his head.
Her trusty comb ruthlessly deals with any hair that dares to fall out of
It does the job. Rodgers has the greatest rock voice of all time and
Michelle has him looking the part. One of Britain's prodigal sons is back.
N.Y.C. on December 3rd, 2002
- Jimmy Kunes-gtr.,vocals,harp
- Simon Kirke-drums/vocals
- Andy Hilfiger-bass guitar
- Bruce Edwards-guitar.
Photos courtesy Jill MacKenzie
The band played songs from the upcoming record GATE OF ALL SAINTS
(featuring Simon Kirke,Steve Gorman-Black Crowes,and Carmine Appice guesting
on drums and Robert Kearns (ex CRY OF LOVE) on bass. Jim McCarty and Tim
Bogart also contribute.) This release follows SLOW MOVING VEHICLE by Jimmy
Kunes and LOVE TRAIN a band/solo effort. S.M.V. is still available. Please
- GATE OF ALL SAINTS/SHAKEY GROUND (which Simon recorded a version w/
Frankie Miller on "Dancing In The Rain")
- FALLEN FROM GRACE
- EVERYTIME DOWN THE LINE
- YOUR NEW REALITY
- WAITING ON YOU-B.B.King song FREE recorded for B.B.C.
- RIDE ON PONY.
If you don't have something of his collection it's time to start. Highly
born 2 November 1949 -
Rod Stewart said of Frankie Miller,
“He is the only white guy that ever brought a tear to my eye”! The widow
of the late great Otis Redding reckoned: "that little ole white boy
Frankie, has the the blackest voice since Otis”. Frankie is a proverbial
enigma, widely regarded as one of the finest blues singers that ever lived
and as a songwriter he has been covered by an impressive array of artists
including, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Rod Stewart, Don Williams, Rush and the
Frustratingly for everyone who has ever
come across Frankie, he has never seemed to live up to his true potential.
Both Simon Kirke and Andy Fraser have worked
with Frankie Miller.
You will also find Andy Fraser had
written for Frankie.
MILLER Frankie, Standing on the edge - Five songs co-written with Andy
Thanks to Gordon for introducing me to Frankie Miller.
March 1st presents BIG
RIck Wills, Robert Hart, & Kenny Jones
venue is Guildford
Civic, London Road,
Guildford GU1 2AA, UK
Box office: 01483
Buckton - guitar
Sound Clip 1 Sound
ultimate FREE tribute band
be appearing at
pm – 12:00 pm
GRUMPY OLD MEN
Clayton author of
LOAD’ the definitive FREE biography
original promoter of FREE in the
of ‘A PROMOTERS TALE’
both be attending and available
sign copies of their books.
£5 available at ‘The ALEXANDRA’
contact John at email@example.com
BAND WEBMASTER " WANTED "
looking for a webmaster
opportunity to get involved with Free music
is no problem
long as you can update website weekly
site will be a contribution to the band
you think you can design a cool website,
contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, I mentioned seeing Aqualung on the same line up at the BBC when
Bad Company appeared? See how things have taken off for this young man !!!
Newly Opened The Hard
Rock Vault in Orlando Florida
- Simon Kirke attended the opening Thursday 16th Jan
. He shared a shared a limo with Brian Johnston of AC/DC
who Simon says was a delight....and
met up with Slash and Duff MacCagan and shared a
nice conversation with Al Jardine of the Beach Boys...who loves Bad Co!
will be touring with Procol
All three artists make an appearences on this new Paul
- Howard Leese (Pauls solo Band) Guitar
- Jeff Kathan (Pauls solo Band) Drums
- Jason Boyleston ( Ex -Pauls solo Band) Bass
~ Out Now ~
UK Angel Air CD SJPCD136 (January 2003)
Track List: Under Pressure, For My Baby, Our Time, A to Z, You And
Me, Hey Hey, Every Beat, Nobody Knows Me, Ain't It Good?, Fool For Loving,
Bonus Tracks: Budgie (1977 unreleased), Can't Get Enough
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The most beautiful vacation spot in the world.
Most of you have never even heard of this
Maybe some day you can visit this dessert
If you still don't know how to find the hidden track on the Bad Company
DVD, grab a pen and write this down:
Go to Special Features ..... Scroll down to web links, but DONT select
it. Just put the Cursor on it. Then CLICK the Left ARROW on your remote, and
hey presto it should start ......