Years: 1968 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock
Paul Rodgers - 12 string guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead vocals, Piano, Rhythm guitar
Pino Palladino - Bass Guitar
Jason Bonham - Drums
Ian Hatton - Rhythm guitar
Jaz Lochrie - Bass Guitar
Jim Copley - Drums
Tom Keelyside - Flute
Geoff Whitehorn - Guitar
Rodgers began playing out in clubs around Middlesborough, in northern England, when he was 13. Right after he left school, he set out for London in a van with a band called the Roadrunners.
His next project, Bad Company formed in 1973 with Mick Ralphs and released 6 multi plattinum albums. After Bad Company broke, Rodgers releaed his first solo album "Cut Loose". He played all of the instruments.
His next project, The Firm (a collaboration with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant), also failed to do the business over the course of two average albums in the mid-80’s. Declining to join a reformed Bad Company in 1986, Rogers eventually resurfaced in early 90’ aso ne half of The Law with ex-Who drummer Kenny Jones. Releasing a sole lacklustre album, „The Law” (1991), the dou certainly didn’t rewrite any rules and a general lack of interest saw the group locked away for good.
Rogers’ emerged again a couple of years later with the star-studded „Muddy Waters Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters” (1993). As the tittle suggested, the record was an interpretation of Rogers’ fave blues numbers featuring the likes of Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Neal Shon and Buddy Guy to name but a few. His most consistent effor since the Bad Company days, the album surprisingly made the UK Top 10.
In late 2004, after a successful live television performance, two of the four members of the British rock group Queen proposed a collaboration with Rodgers, in which he would sing lead vocals on a European tour. Rodgers thus joined Brian May and Roger Taylor (former bassist John Deacon retired in the late 1990s), with the group billed as Queen + Paul Rodgers and they subsequently toured worldwide in 2005 and 2006.
The participants clearly stated, including on Brian May's own website, "that Rodgers would be "featured with" Queen as: "Queen + Paul Rodgers", not replacing the late Freddie Mercury". The group subsequently released a live album with songs from Queen, Bad Company and Free, called Return of the Champions, and a DVD of the same name. Both featured live recordings from their Sheffield Hallam FM Arena concert on 9 May 2005. The DVD features "Imagine" from Hyde Park. "For one glorious summer" opined music critic Sean Michaels "we were all Paul Rodgers". Another DVD was released in 2006 from a live performance in Japan, called Super Live in Japan.
In 2017 Paul Rodgers embarked on a Free Spirit UK Tour in May 2017 to celebrate the music of Free by performing songs strictly from the Free catalogue. Rodgers said “It was 50 years ago in 1967 when Paul Kossoff and I met and later formed Free".
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