Niagara Gazette

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July 17, 2013

Bad Company doesn't disappoint sell-out Artpark crowd


Niagara Gazette — Bad Co.’s other guitarist, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Howard Leese filled in the gaps, and it is clear that Ralphs and Leese have developed a solid chemistry onstage. They also don’t showboat, they just get the job done.

For the most part the band stuck to the traditional arrangements of their songs, with the notable exception of “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” which began on mandolin instead of acoustic guitar and featured a harmonica solo in the mid-section.

They relied heavily on material from their first album, performing six of the eight songs from it, and the last four songs of the evening were all from the debut album.

The main set ended appropriately with “Can’t Get Enough” shortly after 9 p.m. which meant that most people in the venue had not gotten enough music at that point, although considering how hot it was outside there may have been some people that were thankful it was a short set.

For their first encore, Rodgers sat at the piano and sang “Bad Company,” then followed it up with a stellar version of “Rock Steady.” Even though the songs are some of the band’s most popular, Bad Company managed to do what many bands aren’t able to pull off, and that is too keep the energy level high all night without a lot of peaks and valleys.

The final song of the night was a personal favorite I never thought I would get to see the band perform, “Seagull.” For the song Rodgers was flanked by the other two original members of the band, Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke. It was a nice ending.

This was the third consecutive sellout for Tuesday in the Park and probably one of the most energetic crowds of the three, at least in terms of singing and dancing. The audience and the band made a hot and sticky summer night entertaining, and we were all in good company.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

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