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July 17, 2013

Bad Company doesn't disappoint sell-out Artpark crowd

Niagara Gazette — Thousands of fans were able to live out their rock and roll fantasies with Bad Company sold-out show Tuesday night at Artpark. The band, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, proved that they still know how to thrill a crowd. The temperature outside was sweltering but the band was even hotter on stage.

The show began at 8 p.m. sharp. Paul Rodgers and company strolled out on stage to Booker T & the M.G’s “Green Onions” before launching into “Rock N’ Roll Fantasy.” From the start, the show epitomized what makes rock concerts great. They had the simple backdrop with the Bad Co. logo on it behind them, the fog machines going intermittently, and a front man that still has some serious swagger.

Even though Rodgers and Bad Company’s first tenure together lasted from 1974-1982 and produced a mere six albums. Nevertheless, they had little trouble putting together a 14-song set that had the audience “dancing in the aisles and singing out loud.”

Rodgers looked fit, trim and waltzed around the stage as if he owned the place, and for an evening, he did. What makes Rodgers one of the best rock lead singers of all-time is his ability to draw the crowd into the show, by either allowing them to sing a part of the song or just acknowledging them throughout the show.

The best audience participation number of the evening occurred during “Shooting Star” when the crowd took over for a huge chunk of the song, after which Rodger’s commented “You guys are the loudest crowd we have had yet.”

Musically the band is still a tight unit. Mick Ralphs may not be the most dynamic guitar player to watch, but he steadily delivered the trademark Bad Company guitar licks all night, and seemed to be having a great time onstage.

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