Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd are teaming up for a string of 13 U.S. shows this summer. Both bands celebrate significant 40th anniversaries in 2013, with Skynyrd having released their debut album, Pronounced 'Leh-nerd Skin-nerd,' on August 13th, 1973 and Bad Company being formed that same year. The joint dates kick off on June 20th at Auburn, Washington's White River Amphitheatre and run through July 27th at Bethel, New York's Bethel Woods Center For The Arts. Since reuniting in 2001, Bad Company has only played 11 isolated performances, and has not staged a U.S. tour until now.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant has been a longtime fan of Bad Company, explaining, "Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go. Personally, Paul (Rodgers) is one of my favorite rock singers. We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company's music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage."
Paul Rodgers added: "The Skynyrds and I go back to the '70s and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in L.A. a.k.a. 'The Riot House.' In the '90s the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that's why I am so damned happy and healthy these years."
We asked Paul Rodgers, who has always focused on the future rather than delving into his past, how its felt being back on stage with Bad Company reclaiming their legacy over the past few years: "It is kind of going back in some way -- and I was reluctant to do it initially. We did the show at the Hard Rock. It was kind of cool to be playing back again -- we found the old spark, and I think that's what was exciting about doing the DVD. I think there is a certain chemistry. And I know that's a well-used word, but there is with certain bands. And when you come back together, when we did anyway, it was very exciting and the crowd reaction was incredible."
Guitarist Gary Rossington -- the sole surviving member of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd band -- admits that the band's only ambition was to make it to the big time: "Our dream was, all our lives -- in the start of it, after we saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, y'know? -- was to make it big and try and die trying. If we never made it, we'd just still be playing clubs, y'know, trying to make it big. I guess we did it."
Lynyrd Skynyrd will next perform on March 13th at Chicago's Congress Theater.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd (subject to change):
June 20 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
June 21 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
June 23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 11 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 13 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 14 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
July 17 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
July 19 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
July 20 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
July 23 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
July 26 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook
July 27 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
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