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Paul Rodgers: Live At Montreux & Glasgow + Bad Co. Live At Wembley

Can’t get enough Paul Rodgers? Now you can.

Here we have three-pack DVD set that takes random shots at Paul Rodgers’s career over the past 20 years without mentioning the Q-word.

Brian May shows up on the Montreux disc from 1994, however, joining a band that features Neal Schon and Jason Bonham and helping to give the blues a damn good rockin’ on Good Morning Little School Girl and I’m Ready, while Rodgers mainly plays it low-key as the number of guest guitarists mounts.

Fast-forward 12 years and Rodgers is definitely in charge of his own band, kicking off his Glasgow show with three Free songs before unexpectedly reviving The Firm’s Radioactive. He also plays a new song, Warboys (A Prayer For Peace), and then says: “Maybe this is the answer” before launching into Bad Company belter Feel Like Making Love. It’s leaner and tougher than the version on 2010’s Bad Company Live At Wembley which features a mandolin and takes the melodic rock approach./o:p

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.