Bad Company reform for April 2010 UK tour

Posted: 17th November 2009

After a successful one-off gig in Florida in 2008, the original line-up of seventies rock supergroup Bad Company played a ten-date US tour in the summer of this year.

Sadly robbed of founding member Boz Burrell - the former King Crimson bassist died in 2006 - the remaining three members have announced an exclusive eight-date UK arena tour for April 2010.

Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke, originally of Free, and Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople), will be performing together in the UK for the first time in 30 years. Bad Company will be supported by The Joe Perry Project on all of the dates.

Guitarist Perry originally left US rockers Aerosmith in 1979 to pursue his solo project but rejoined the band five years later. A mere 25 years after putting his Project on pause, Perry is back. As is the fashion.

After the initial Bad Company split, when Rodgers left in 1982, the band continued in one guise or another. Ralphs and Kirke remained largely much ever present and the band saw various incarnations, including Mick Ralph's Bad Company, Bad Company 2008 and Bad Company XCOM (which sounds like a warfare computer game).

The original line-up (including Boz Burrell) had reformed once before - in the late nineties - to record new material for a compilation album and tour but Ralphs and Burrell left the line-up before the tour moved to the UK.

Paul Rodgers spent some of his time away releasing solo material and singing with the remaining members of another iconic British band, Queen.

The return of Bad Company to UK stages is likely to be one of the rock events of next year. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 20 November priced at £38.50 for Wembley Arena, £34.50 for all other dates (+ booking fee).

Stewart Darkin