His first noteable association came when he linked up with friend David Gilmour (pre-Pink Floyd) and Willie Wilson in Joker's Wild, who toured primarily in Europe.
In 1975, Rick auditioned for the spot as Roxy Music's touring bass player, got the job and a week later started a series of U.S. and European tours.
In the late winter of 1979, Rick Wills just happened to be in New York City, attending to some business matters when a friend told him that Foreigner was looking for a bass player. Rick recorded another four albums with the band: "4", "Agent Provocateur","Inside Information" and "Unusual Heat".
In 1992 Rick Wills joined Bad Company and took part in the recordings of three of its albums: "The Best Of Bad Company Live... What You Hear Is What You Get", "Company Of Strangers" where he co-wrote the song "Pretty Woman", and "Stories Told And Untold".
Rick left Bad Company in 1998, but he re-joined the band temporarily in 2001 to tour U.S.A. along with lead vocalist Paul Rodgers, drummer Simon Kirke (both original band members) and longtime Bad Company guitarist David "Bucket" Colwell.
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