Bad Company stream Rock’n’Roll Fantasy live

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Paul Rodgers in the 1970s (Image credit: G)

Bad Company have streamed their 1979 performance of Rock’n’Roll Fantasy, recorded at London’s Empire Pool – later known as Wembley Arena.

It appears on double-album Bad Company Live In Concert 1977 & 1979, the first official release to feature Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, Mick Ralphs and Boz Burrell after the 2006 withdrawal of Live In Albuquerque for legal reasons.

Frontman Rodgers has revealed that he wasn’t initially keen on the new release. He tells Billboard: “I was very skeptical – but when I listened I was quite surprised.

“There’s a couple things on there, like Leaving You, which I didn’t even know we’d played live. It’s got a great feel, better than the record. There’s some things that have turned up that have actually surprised all of us.

“I thought, ‘If it’s interesting to me, perhaps it’s interesting to the fans.’”

Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 is released on April 29 via Rhino Records. BadCo tour North America with former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson in place of Ralphs, who’s decided to take a break from the road.

Bad Company: Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 tracklist


  1. Burnin’ Sky
  2. Too Bad
  3. Ready For Love
  4. Heartbeat
  5. Morning Sun
  6. Man Needs Woman
  7. Leaving You
  8. Shooting Star
  9. Simple Man
  10. Movin’ On
  11. Like Water
  12. i. Live For The Music
  13. ii. Drum Solo
  14. Good Lovin’ Gone Bad
  15. Feel Like Makin’ Love


  1. Bad Company
  2. Gone, Gone, Gone
  3. Shooting Star
  4. Rhythm Machine
  5. Oh, Atlanta
  6. She Brings Me Love
  7. Run With The Pack
  8. i. Evil Wind
  9. ii. Drum Solo
  10. Honey Child
  11. Rock Steady
  12. Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy
  13. Hey Joe (Live in Washington, June 1979)
  14. Feel Like Makin’ Love
  15. Can’t Get Enough

One Hell Of A Night: Bad Company and Joe Walsh tour dates

May 12: Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion, TX
May 15: Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO
May 17: Concord Pavilion, CA
May 18: Chula Vista Sleep Train Amphitheater, CA
May 20: Los Angeles Forum, CA
May 22: Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion AZ
May 24: Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, TX
May 26: New Orleans Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, LA
May 28: Tampa MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, FL
May 29: West Palm Beach Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, FL
Jun 07: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, NY
Jun 09: Mansfield Xfinity Center, MA
Jun 11: Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ
Jun 12: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ
Jun 14: Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, NY
Jun 16: Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
Jun 18: Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, MO
Jun 20: Kansas City Starlight Theatre, MO
Jun 22: Clarkson DTE Energy Music Theatre, MI
Jun 23: Chicago FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, IL
Jun 26: Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center, OH
Jun 28: Pittsburgh First Niagara Pavilion, PA
Jun 30: Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, NC
Jul 01: Atlanta Chastian Park Amphitheatre, GA
Jul 03: Nashville Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre, TN

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