Brian Johnson, Robert Plant Join Paul Rodgers Gig

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Brian Johnson, Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers together onstage in Oxford England on May 14, 2017 (via Rodgers’ Facebook)

On May 6, we reported on the opening night of Paul Rodgers‘ U.K. “Free Spirit” tour in Scotland. The former lead vocalist of Free (as well as Bad Company, and now a solo artist) is performing songs strictly from the Free catalog.  Tonight (May 14) the audience at Oxford, England’s New Theatre got more than they bargained for when two other legendary vocalists showed up. Former AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson and Robert Plant joined Rodgers for the encore and performed the Barrett Strong classic rock hit “Money (That’s What I Want).”

The venue in the British university town holds 1800. The set list for Sunday night’s performance was similar to the brief tour’s opening set as it featured such Free staples as “Mr. Big,” “All Right Now” (a Top 5 classic rock anthem from 1970), and “Fire and Water.” But the biggest difference, certainly, was the presence of the two guest stars.

Plant also made news recently for three little words: “Any time now…” that appeared mysteriously on his website’s Home page earlier this month. Clicking on the words—or anywhere on the page—reveals … nothing. There is no longer any front door entrance to Plant’s site (though we did find our way in). The best guess is that Plant is about to announce a new album (and possibly a tour) “any time now.”

Watch the trio trade lead vocals on “Money (That’s What I Want)”…

The tour will culminate with a show at the famed Royal Albert Hall in London. Other than the U.K. tour (dates below), Rodgers’ only other concert dates are a single U.S. date at the new Bourbon & Beyond festival in Louisville, Kentucky in September and October’s Rock Getaway event in Mexico.

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Paul Rodgers’ Free Spirit Tour Itinerary (Remaining Dates)
(All dates in May)

Wednesday 17 – De Montfort Hall | Leicester
Friday 19 – City Hall | Sheffield
Saturday 20 – Royal Concert Hall | Nottingham
Monday 22 – Cliffs Pavilion | Southend
Tuesday 23 – Regent Theatre | Ipswich
Thursday 25 – Guildhall | Portsmouth
Saturday 27 – Symphony Hall | Birmingham
Sunday 28 – Royal Albert Hall | London

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Best Classic Bands Founder/CEO Greg Brodsky earned his first professional bylines as a reporter for the music trade weekly Record World. He still has all his vinyl albums and enjoys going to flea markets and garage sales to grow his collection.
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