“Following the Bad Company UK tour that wound up last Saturday at London’s 02 Arena the family and representatives of the band’s co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke.
“Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement.
“Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time. “
Bad Company 2016 USA Tour
Mick Ralphs will not be joining Bad Company on their upcoming 2016 US tour with Joe Walsh:
“Thanks for all the messages. I’m fine & in good health, but long touring at 72 is hard! Sorry to disappoint all our great fans.”
Bad Co: Deluxe Editions
For the first time ever, Bad Company has remastered Bad Company (1974) and Straight Shooter (1975) using the original tapes to create new Deluxe Editions. Each set includes a newly remastered version of the original album, along with a second disc of rare and unreleased recordings. The CD versions of these Deluxe Editions include all of the newly discovered bonus tracks, while their 180-gram vinyl counterparts offer a selection of the bonus material.
For the Bad Company album, the second disc of the Deluxe Edition features 12 tracks, including eight previously unreleased recordings such as the demo for the ballad “The Way I Choose,” a take of “Bad Company” recorded right before the album version, and an unedited version of “Superstar Woman,” a song that Rodgers later recorded in 1983 for his solo album Cut Loose. Also featured is the single edit of “Can’t Get Enough,” and the b-sides “Little Miss Fortune” and “Easy On My Soul.”
Of the 14 bonus tracks issued with Straight Shooter, all are previously unreleased except the b-side “Whiskey Bottle.” Among the standouts is a stripped-down version of “Shooting Star,” a remix of “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” with alternative guitar and vocals tracks, as well as two lost gems, never released before: “See The Sunlight” and “All Night Long.”
Competition: Invite-only event with Bad Company Guitarist
On April 6, Bad Company are releasing deluxe versions of their first two albums, Bad Company and Straight Shooter. To mark the occasion, TeamRock Radio’s Nicky Horne will be hosting a special event with the band’s Mick Ralphs at Gibson Studios in London … and you could be there.
Both Bad Company and Straight Shooter, famous for tracks like Can’t Get Enough, Good Lovin’ Gone Bad and Feel Like Makin’ Love, have been re-mastered from the original multi-track tapes and are accompanied by previously unreleased tracks, takes and mixes. At the event fans will get the chance to listen to some of the unreleased material, and to hear from Mick Ralphs.
Bad Company 2014 Live Dates
After embarking on one of the most successful summer tours of 2013 together, Bad Company are back for more this summer. The excursion begins on July 10th in Bangor, ME and will end on July 25th in Clarkston, MI. The complete itinerary follows:
08 Jul 2014 – Casino Rama, Rama ON
10 Jul 2014 – Waterfront, Bangor ME
12 Jul 2014 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield MA
13 Jul 2014 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien NY
15 Jul 2014 – Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh NC
16 Jul 2014 – PNC Pavilion, Charlotte NC
18 Jul 2014 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ
19 Jul 2014 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow VA
22 Jul 2014 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls OH
23 Jul 2014 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park IL
25 Jul 2014 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston MI
Classic Rock 40th Anniversary Collector Pack
Classic Rock have issued a collector pack to celebrate Bad Company’s 40th anniversary.The collector’s pack includes the official DVD documentary, a 132-page magazine and collectable art cards with photos of all four band members. The magazine features exclusive interviews with all three surviving original Bad Company members, a celebratory memorial to Boz Burrell, hundreds of rare and previously unseen pictures, a feature on their legendary manager Peter Grant, and reviews of every album.
Bad Co. LP Reissues
On 1 July 2014, Bad Company reissued their first two classic albums – Bad Company + Straight Shooter – on 180-gram vinyl via Rhino Records. Both releases will contain all of the original packaging.
The band’s self-titled debut album Bad Company was released in 1974, and reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. It has since been certified five times platinum by the RIAA. The eight-song album contains some of the most well known rock songs of all time: ‘Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Rock Steady,’ ‘Ready For Love’, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, ‘Bad Company’, ‘The Way I Choose’, ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘Seagull’. ‘Can’t Get Enough’ reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Movin’ On’ reaching #19.
Their follow-up album, Straight Shooter, reached #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and featured the hits ‘Feel Like Making Love’ (#10) and ‘Good Lovin’ Gone Bad’ (#36) along with ‘Shooting Star’, ‘Deal With The Preacher’, ‘Weep No More’, ‘Wild Fire Woman’, ‘Anna’ and ‘Call On Me.’ Most of the tracks from these two albums, have become staples of classic rock radio around the globe.