Paul Rodgers has sold tens of millions of records, shaped the sound of rock music and played with the world’s greatest bands and musicians. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of his illustrious career.
We’ll see him on 1/20 at Parx Casino’s new concert venue, Xcite Center.
Free To Rock
Paul Rodgers made his first big splash on the British rock scene with the band Free. The had a huge international hit in 1970 with the tune “All Right Now”. Before the band broke up, they had released four albums and along with Led Zeppelin were among the biggest British rock acts of the time. Here’s some live footage of them playing Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970. Nice hair Paul!
Bad Company Till The Day I Die
After Free Rodgers formed Bad Company with Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell. Bad Company were the first band signed to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label. The band had loads of hits, including “Can’t Get Enough”, “Shooting Star”, “Rock N Roll Fantasy”, “Feel Like Making Love” and “Bad Company”. Bad Company sold over 12 million records.
Almost a Member Of The Doors
After Jim Morrison’s death, The Doors were looking to find someone to replace him. They wanted Paul to sing with the band but they couldn’t get in touch with him. Paul was spending time in a rural area and he was unreachable. The moment passed and Paul and the remaining members of The Doors never convened in time to form a musical connection.
After releasing a solo album in 1983, Paul Rodgers and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page got together to jam. Somehow, word got around that the two were playing together and they received an invitation to play on the US ARMS (Action Research Into Multiple Sclerosis) Tour that was started by Eric Clapton. They wanted to play the tour, so they put a band together and played the tour. They had such a good time, they decided to record an album and do a tour to promote it. They recorded two albums and launched two tours. The band’s most memorable output were the tunes “Radioactive” & “Satisfaction Guaranteed”. Paul and Jimmy get ‘Radioactive’ on this tune and with their 80’s inspired outfits.
Laying Down The Law
In 1991 Rodgers formed a band called The Law ith former Who and Faces drummer Kenney Jones.
Rodgers played on various projects and released a few solo albums throughout the rest of the 1990’s. He released his 6th solo album ‘Electric’ in 2000 and enjoyed a considerable amount of rock airplay.
The Voice Of Queen
In 2004, Rodgers joined Queen’s Brian May an Roger Taylor for a tour billed as Queen + Paul Rodgers. They toured the world together into 2006. They released a live album that featured Queen, Bad Company and Free songs. Here’s Paul and Queen performing ‘Under Pressure’.
and now Paul and Queen playing ‘Bad Company’