Worldwide, musicians and critics have dubbed Paul Rodgers “THE VOICE”. Never before has any artist led three bands to international success in addition to creating a successful solo career, until Paul Rodgers. He is undeniably one of music’s most distinctive vocalists. He has written and recorded some of rock’s greatest hits, release 27 C.D.’s and sold 125 million C.D.’s
This years Oscar Award winning movie “American Beauty” as well as “Wayne’s World” and “Top Gun”, all included Rodgers’ songs. His latest C.D. “Electric” on CMC International was releases June 6. The single “Drifters”, in its debut week, was #1 Most Added FMQB Hot Trax, #2 Most Added R&R Rock and #3 Most Added Album Net Power Cuts. “The Voice” is one of the finest singers on the planet. “Electric” is a bluesy, soulful rock treat” – The Times, London. The first date of the TOUR 2000 June 8, at the Beatles shrine “The Cavern” in Liverpool, sold out in less than one hour. The tour runs until October 2000 spanning England and the U.S.
As a Grammy nominated solo artists, he has worked with Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Charlie Watts and blues great Buddy Guy to name a few. This Spring he joined Roger Daltry and Alice Cooper as the “Ultimate Rock Symphony”, playing eight sold out concerts in Australia. “Rodgers’ voice is unparalleled. The Sydney Superdome will never be the same” – The Herald Sun, Australia.
In 1999 Paul Rodgers won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Los Angeles Music Awards Association. Friend Joe Walsh from The Eagles presented Paul with the awards. This year, Paul will present the same award to the 2000 recipient, Carlos Santana. The summer of ’99, Rodgers hit the charts with the #1 single “Hey, Hey”, one of four new tracks off Bad Company’s “Anthology”. The second single release Rodgers’ “Hammer of Love” reached #2 on the rock charts.
For the first time in 20 years, all of the original members of Bad Company toured the U.S. The overwhelming fan response, spurred on by a potent episode of VH1’s “Behind The Music”, a television Pay-Per-View Special and a Global Cybercast, have the members open to possibly working together again.
For his 1997 “NOW” C.D., Rodgers assembled a band consisting of guitarist Geoff Whitehorn (Paul McCartney, Roger Daltry), on bass Jaz Lochrie (Go West) and Jim Copley (Jeff Beck, Seal) on drums. Rodgers worked the band live for eighteen months before recording “NOW”. The line-up toured the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, South America, Europe including the unusual destinations of Romania, Bulgaria, Israel and Greece. Now that’s a world tour! “Soul of Love” was the single release and it remained in rotation on more than 86 U.S. radio stations for six months. Internationally, the album charted in the top 30.
Rodgers also took time to acknowledge the influence of Jimi Hendrix, by collaborating with Gun’s n’ Roses guitarist Slash, Henderix’s own Band of Gypsies (Buddy Miles and Billy Cox). It led to “I Don’t Live Today”, one of the highlights of “Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix”. Then Rodgers teamed up with Journey guitarist Neil Schon and issued “The Hendrix Set”, a live C.D. with Paul’s unique interpretations of Hendrix songs.
The Low, Rodgers’ venture with former Small Faces and Who drummer Kenny Jones, produced the hit single “Laying Down The Law”. Written by Rodgers, it ranked #1 on Billboard’s AOR charts.
His Grammy nominated solo C.D., “Muddy Water Blues” was released in 1993. He wrote the title track and was backed by guitarist Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Bon Jovi’s Ritchie Sambora, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Brian Setzer and Queen’s Brian May. “Muddy Water Blues” celebrated Paul’s blues roots and respect for Muddy Waters, one of his primary influences.
It was his joint billing with Led Zepplin guitarist Jimmy Page on the historic U.S. ARMS tour, including Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, that led to forming the Firm with Page. Both Firm world tours were top grossing tours. “The Firm” and Mean Business”, the group’s two albums, also enjoyed international success producing the hits “Radioactive”, “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “All The King’s Horses”. Most fans know that Paul wrote “Radioactive”, not many know that he played the guitar solo. “Cut Loose”, Paul’s first solo C.D. showcased his quintessential talents as a singer, songwriter and multi-faceted musician. He wrote all of the songs, sang and played all of the instruments.
Prior to his solo career, Rodgers formed supergroup Bad Company, writing and singing smash hits like Grammy nominated “Fell Like Making Love” and “Can’t Get Enough”, “Shooting Star”, “Bad Company”, “Run With The Pack”, the last two featuring Paul on piano as well as vocals, plus “Rock n’ Roll Fantasy” with Paul on guitar and vocals. “Bad Company took off”, recalls Rodgers. “When we started our first U.S. tour, the album was #99 on the charts. Two months later it hit #1”. Bad Company earned six multi-platinum albums. “10 from 6” the group’s greatest hits compilation remains a top seller.
Paul Rodgers first shot up the international radio charts and unto the music scene with his rock anthem “All Right Now” with Free. “All Right Now” hit #1 in over 20 territories and was recognized by ASCAO for garnering one million plus radio plays in the U.S. alone. At the time, Free and Led Zeppelin were the biggest grossing British acts. Free release four top five albums and were the leaders of the British blues rock invasion. Their unusual combination of blues, ballads and rock won them worldwide praise and an international following that continues today.