After gathering for a one-off reunion last August, the surviving members of the original Bad Company — vocalist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke — will play a 10-show tour this summer.
The mostly East Coast dates, which kick off June 17 at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., will herald the release of Bad Company’s “Hard Rock Live” DVD, which was recorded at the same venue in 2008. The DVD will be sold at this summer’s concert, then released to retail on Aug. 8.
Lynn Sorenson, the bassist from Rodgers’ solo band, will step in for the late Boz Burrell, who passed away in 2006. The Doobie Brothers will be opening some of the shows.
Announcing the tour, Kirke said that “we had such a ball playing together again (in 2008) that we have decided to do some selective shows this summer.” Rodgers explained that the shows “are to thank the fans for keeping the music alive” and that the Doobie Brothers were invited to open “because I’ve always loved their music and them as people.”
Ralphs, who will also be playing reunion dates with his previous band, Mott the Hoople, in October, said that “it’s great to be back with Paul and Simon. We made great music together and had the time of our lives doing it. I’m really looking forward to getting back out there this summer.”
There’s no word on whether more dates will be added to the itinerary or not. Rodgers is expected to be on the road later this year with Queen + Paul Rodgers, continuing to support the group’s 2008 release “The Cosmos Rocks.”
Bad Company’s summer tour dates:
June 17: Hollywood, FL (Hard Rock Live)
June 19: Atlanta, GA (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
June 20: Charlotte, NC (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
June 23: Raleigh, NC (Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
June 24: Virginia Beach, FL (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
June 27: Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)
June 28: Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)
July 1: Independence Township, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 2: Canandaigua, NY (CMAC)
July 4: Atlantic City, NJ (Resorts Atlantic City)
Courtesy of Billboard.com