Bad Company Making Late Night USA TV Debut On 'The Tonight Show'
40 years into its career, Bad Company will finally make its late night U.S. TV debut. The band will promote their upcoming 24-city 40th anniversary summer tour by appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, June 10th. Since reuniting in 2001, Bad Company has only played 11 isolated performances, and has not staged a North American tour until now. The band features original members frontman Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs, and drummer Simon Kirke. Joining them on the road is former Heart guitarist -- and recent Rock Hall inductee -- Howard Leese and Rodgers' solo bassist Todd Ronning.
Blabbermouth.net posted that Bad Company has teamed up with DiscLive Network, to present fans with double CD soundboard copies of their shows. The discs, which are available for purchase the night of the concert, "will be individually numbered and packaged in super high quality digipaks . . .will also contain an extra 'bonus' CD with an exclusive 'rockumentary'-style interview with the band."
Frontman Paul Rodgers told us that Bad Company did everything they could not to fall into a hard rock formula that so many other band latched on to: "If we had a hit like a "Can't Get Enough" or a "Feel Like Makin' Love" or anything, I don't know -- "Run With The Pack" -- we never tried to do -- or said, 'Oh let's write another one like that.' Wee look for a song that delivers a simple message in a fairly tough way, y'know? Not too sentimental. We never get maudlin or anything like that."
UPDATED: Bad Company tour dates (subject to change):
June 15 - Rancho Mirage, CA - The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
June 20 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
June 21 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
June 23 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
June 25 - Del Mar, CA - Del Mar Fairgrounds
June 28 - Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
June 29 - New Lenox, IL - Community Center
July 3 - Riverside, IA - Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
July 5 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
July 7 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
July 11 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 13 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 14 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 16 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheatre
July 17 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 19 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 20 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 23 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 24 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 26 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
July 27 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
August 2 - Solomons, MD - PNC Waterside Pavilion
August 3 - Rama, ON - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 19 - Manson, WA - Deep Water Amphitheater
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