Bad Company Launches Tour, Performs New Song

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Paul Rodgers of Bad Company in 2012 (Photo from the band's website)

Paul Rodgers of Bad Company in 2012 (Photo from the band’s website)

Bad Company, with guitarist Mick Ralphs back in the lineup, performed the first show of their U.K. “Swan Song” tour on Friday night (October 14), and gave the Dublin, Ireland, audience a brand new song, “Troubleshooter.” You can watch it by scrolling below.

The tour continues tonight in Cardiff, Wales, and will end in London the 29th of October. It’s the classic rock band’s first tour in four years.

Ralphs had taken a break from Bad Company—which he co-founded in 1973 with singer Paul Rodgers, drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Boz Burrell—to participate in a Joe Walsh tour; he was replaced temporarily in Bad Company by ex-Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson. Rodgers and Kirke are still members of the band; Burrell died in 2006.

Although the tour is called Swan Song—which might indicate that it’s their last—the band has not announced any plans to disband; Swan Song was the name of the record label (started by Led Zeppelin) for which they recorded. The band has not released an album of new material since 1982.

Rhino Records released a new album, Live in Concert 1977 & 1979, in April of this year, featuring performances recorded in Houston and London. Both of the shows on the set feature the original four-piece lineup.

Related: More about the double live album released this year

Little is known about the new song, and it remains to be seen whether Bad Company will debut other songs as the tour progresses. They have not announced any plans to release a new album either.

Swan Song Tour Dates
10/17 — Cardiff — Motorpoint Arena
10/19 — Nottingham — Motorpoint Arena
10/21 — Birmingham — Genting Arena
10/24 — Manchester — Manchester Arena
10/25 — Glasgow — The SSE Hydro
10/27 — Newcastle — Metro Radio Arena
10/29 — London — The O2

Watch Bad Company perform “Troubleshooter” live in Dublin on October 14

Here’s the same performance from a different angle.  Nice seats!

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