When Brian Johnson, Robert Plant Joined 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)

In 2017, Paul Rodgers was in the midst of his U.K. “Free Spirit” tour. The former lead vocalist of Free (as well as Bad Company, and now also a solo artist) was performing songs strictly from the Free catalog.  On May 14, 2017, 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 that Sunday night 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.

Watch the trio trade lead vocals on “Money (That’s What I Want).” Our Classic Video

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The tour culminated with a show at the famed Royal Albert Hall in London.

Rodgers turned 71 on Dec. 17, 2020. Incredibly, neither Bad Company nor Free have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When Bad Company, with Rodgers and Simon Kirke tour, tickets are available here and here.

Related: Our Album Rewind of Free’s Fire and Water

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