Paul Rodgers ( born December 17, 1949 in Middlesbrough ) is a British musician, who also has Canadian citizenship and became known as the singer of rock bands Free and Bad Company. He was a singer in the Queen Paul Rodgers project. His exit from the project, he announced in May 2009.
Rodgers grew up with blues, soul and rock 'n ' roll. Already in his early youth, he wrote his own songs before he could play an instrument. His father bought him his first guitar at this time. Later, Rodgers brought the game in on piano and bass.
His public career began Paul Rodgers at the age of 13 years when he was already playing in clubs around Middlesbrough. His last band in Middlesbrough Roadrunners was before he moved to his graduation to London and the blues band Brown Sugar founded, for which he sang, played guitar and wrote songs. Since at this time there was a blues revival in London, he often had the opportunity to see stars like Muddy Waters live, which had a strong influence on his later career.
During his time at Brown Sugar saw him Paul Kossoff ( short time before Black Cat Bones ) and decided, with Rodgers, Simon Kirke, who had also played with Black Cat Bones and Andy Fraser to form a band, the Alexis Korner after appearing in Nags Head pub in Battersea gave the name of "Free".
After its dissolution in 1973, he and Simon Kirke, the band Bad Company, which he left in the early 1980s to start a solo career. After the release of his debut album Cut Loose in 1983, he played ( an album ) in The Firm (two published albums ) and The Law. These bands included artists such as Jimmy Page (The Firm) or Kenney Jones ( The Law ), which had already been very successful in the 1960s and 70s in rock music. At The Law also played guest musicians like Bryan Adams and Chris Rea.
1993 was followed by two tribute albums for Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters. The latter was nominated for a Grammy, and includes appearances by guest musicians such as Slash, Richie Sambora, Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Buddy Guy and David Gilmour. After an appearance at Woodstock II in 1994, he founded the following year a backing band, with the long went on tour for over a year before 1997, his next solo album was released, which he applied with a tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
2002 Rodgers and Kirke reanimated their old band Bad Company for some U.S. dates and immortalized the event on the live CD and DVD Merchants of Cool. In 2004, Rodgers performed with many stars at London's Wembley Arena to celebrate the 50th birthday of the Fender Stratocaster. From 2005 to 2008 he was a singer at the world tours of Queen Paul Rodgers. Where both Brian May and Roger Taylor and Rodgers expressed himself that he could not be the official replacement for the Queen died in 1991, singer Freddie Mercury. The name of the joint project is therefore "Queen Paul Rodgers ". In 2008 they released their studio album The Cosmos Rocks.
In the summer of 2013 Paul Rodgers worked simultaneously on two solo albums. For "The Royal Sessions" in Memphis he took in Willie Mitchell's " Royal Studios ' classic soul songs of Sam & Dave (" I Thank You " ) and Otis Redding ( " I've Been Loving You Too Long ") on. The other is to consist of new original compositions.
Plates ( Solo)
- Cut Loose (1983 )
- The Law (1991 ), with Kenney Jones
- Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (1993 )
- Now (1997)
- Live (The Loreley Tapes) ( 1997) ( Live)
- Electric ( 2000)
- Live in Glasgow ( 2007) ( Live)
- The Royal Sessions (2013 )