Bad Company's Paul Rodgers on Conquering America
When classic rockers Bad Company performed at the historic Wembley Arena in London on a beautiful April night in 2010, high-definition cameras captured the evening in all its glory. This week, the band released 'Live at Wembley' simultaneously on DVD, Blu-Ray & CD, and Bad Company's legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers couldn't be any happier.
"I love how the performance looks and sounds," beams Rodgers during a conversation with Noisecreep about the new release. "The fact that it was filmed in the UK is also gratifying. You have to remember, Bad Company broke in the States in a much bigger way."
"The first time I came to America was with the band Free when we toured with Blind Faith, so I learned a lot about how the machine works [in the US] before Bad Company even existed. The music scene in America was so much bigger than it was in the UK. I'm talking about the size of the venues too. In Free, we managed ourselves and it was too tough for us to handle all of what that entailed when we got to touring America. Here we were playing in these large venues, and we weren't equipped to deliver the kind of show we wanted to."
Best known in the States for their radio staple 'All Right Now,' Free disbanded in 1973, but not before Rodgers took his hard-earned touring knowledge and applied it to his next musical adventure. "When we formed Bad Company I looked around and asked, 'Who is the biggest rock band in the world?' The answer was undoubtedly Led Zeppelin. Peter Grant was their manager so we got him to work with us. That made the difference for Bad Company."
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