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Simon Kirke
United Kingdom

Years: 1968 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Soft Rock


Simon Kirke - Drums (in band: 2011)

Biography Picture   Simon Frederick St. George Kirke  is an English  rock drummer best known as a member of Free and Bad Company.

    Leaving school at 17, he returned to London and set about finding a drumming job in the booming  blues scene. After a fruitless 18 months he was resigned to returning to the country when he met Paul Kossoff who was playing in a band called Black Cat Bones.

    Kirke and Paul Kossoff left the band and with Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser formed Free. In the four years Free were together they had an enormous influence on many bands on both sides of the Atlantic. After the disbanding of Free in 1973, Kirke and Rodgers again teamed up to form Bad Company.

    After Bad Company disbanded in 1982, Kirke was briefly involved with another band, Wildlife. Wildlife toured in support of the Michael Schenker Band around this time in the UK.

   As well as touring with Ringo Starr's All Star Band on three occasions, Kirke is an accomplished songwriter, releasing Seven Rays of Hope in 2005. He has also worked with Wilson PickettBo DiddleyRay CharlesJerry Lee LewisKeith RichardsRonnie Wood, and Eric Clapton.

    In 1980, Kirke played drums alongside Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham for their two song encore in Munich. He toured with Bad Company in 2009.


Filling the Void (Jun 11, 2011)

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