reporting that Bad Company might be waving goodbye to U.S. fans in a couple of weeks.
The British rock group's concert on Oct. 7 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Okla., near Tulsa, will be its last U.S. date on its 2010 reunion tour, and the show could be the band's swan song to American fans, said lead singer and co-founder Paul Rodgers.
"After this Tulsa show, there will be no further plans for Bad Company beyond dates in Japan," said the 60-year-old Rodgers during a recent telephone interview. "I'm working on new solo material in the studio, and I've got a solo U.K. tour planned later, so I'm just seeing how it goes."
Although he's scribbling lyrics and cutting demos for new solo material, Rodgers said he's giving 150 percent at Bad Company concerts, which feature fellow original members Mick Ralphs (guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums).
"Mick and I formed the band at the end of 1973 and into 1974, and what I like with these guys is the simplicity of what we do," Rodgers said of Bad Company's straightforward arrangements. "Mick is a very unique guitar player with a simple approach, but it's very musical. His guitar solo structures are perfect for me."
Bad Company also features bassist Lynn Sorensen and former Heart guitarist Howard Leese; both are subbing for Bad Company's original bassist, Boz Burrell, who lost his battle with cancer in 2006 while living in Spain.
"With Lynn and Howard from my solo band with us, the chemistry is very exciting," Rodgers said. "The band sounds very hot-to-trot, so to speak."
Rodgers said there's no doubt that Burrell, if alive, would still be in the band. Bad Company frequently dedicates Burrell's "Gone Gone Gone" to its late co-founder.
"Absolutely, yes, Boz would be involved in this," Rodgers said.
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