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Platinum selling singer-songwriter Paul Rodgers has one of the most distinctive voices on classic rock radio. His unique timbre earned him the nickname "the Voice." It's a fitting handle; as frontman for English blues band Free, '70's supergroup Bad Company, Jimmy Page's post-Led Zeppelin project the Firm, and more recently a revamped version of Queen, he has voiced some of rock's most memorable tracks.
Rodgers has released 30 albums, sold over 90 million records, and is a rock radio staple. In fact, BMI, an organization that collects royalties for songwriters, reports that Free's 1972 single "All Right Now," has logged a staggering four million spins in the U.S. alone.
As part of the recent Canadian Music Week, Rodgers sat for a celebrity interview and dropped in for an impromptu set with Canadian classic rock revivalists the Sheepdogs.
During the festival Rodgers also chatted with Spinner about his recent Canadian citizenship, the incredible staying power of a simple song, and why Adam Lambert might not be ready for a full-time gig fronting Queen.
"All Right Now" has played over four million times in the U.S. alone. I did the math. On repeat the track would run non-stop for 31.5 years. Do you ever get sick of hearing it?
I didn't play "All Right Now" for more than 20 years, and I didn't think I missed it. A few years ago, I was doing a blues tour with Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin drummer, John). He kept shouting from behind his kit, "Let's do 'All Right Now,'" and the audience picked up on