Bad Company | Metro Radio Arena | Newcastle | 27 October 2016

Bad Company prove the opposite…

Rock fans were treated to a flawless performance by 70s supergroup Bad Company, who delighted a packed audience at Newcastle MetroRadio Arena. Fronted by Middlesbrough-born Paul Rodgers, the five piece band included original members drummer Simon Kirke (who, like Rodgers, was in Free, a band still fondly remembered here in the north east where they played regularly), and guitarist Mick Ralphs, formerly of Mott The Hoople. It was the band’s first appearance in the town since 2010.

From opening song “Live For The Music”, Rodgers, now an unbelievable 66 years old, was in full control. Radiating rock-star cool, his voice still sounded wonderful as he prowled the stage, smiling amiably and twirling and throwing the mic-stand in his trademark manner. The band tore through a set of classic songs from their heyday including “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, “Run With The Pack” and “Shooting Star”. The latter proved especially poignant as images of rock stars including Phil Lynott, Paul Kossoff, and John Bonham flashed on the screens during the cautionary tale of rock star dreams, success and the twin dangers of drugs and alcohol.

New song “Troubleshooter” offered evidence that the band still have the songwriting muse and remain capable of writing good rock tunes.

The evening finished in climactic fashion – the crowd accompanying Rodgers on vocals during “Can’t Get Enough” and “Rock’n’Roll Fantasy” before encoring with “Bad Company” the ballad “Seagull” and finally delighting the crowd with a version of Albert King's “The Hunter” which used to be one of the high spots in Free's set. It was the first show of the tour to feature the song - an example of Rodgers and Co laying on something special for what is almost a hometown gig.

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