When Robert Plant and Brian Johnson Joined Paul Rodgers on Stage

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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 was born on Dec. 17, 1949, in Yorkshire, U.K.. 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. When Plant tours, tickets are available here and on StubHub.

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

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  1. mick62
    #1 mick62 15 May, 2022, 04:14

    Three of my biggest heroes all at once!!
    Marvellous stuff!
    Only complaint is that it didn’t go on long enough!

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  2. JCB
    #2 JCB 15 May, 2022, 08:33

    How is it possible that Paul Rodgers is not in the R+R Hall of Fame? Well over a 120 million in album sales with his bands. And the no talent Eminem gets in on his first year of eligibility. Something is way wrong in Cleveland. Paul is one the greatest front men, songwriter, singer of all time. Shameful!

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