Monday, June 03, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Bad Company, Pet Shop Boys

Has Bad Company really been around for four decades? And have the Pet Shop Boys been making music together since 1981? Read on for the latest news from both legendary acts...


40th Anniversary Celebration Tour Kicks Off On June 15th  

New York --- Bad Company will make their network late night debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno next Monday June 10th.  The following day, the band will be the featured guests at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for a rare Q&A with their fans and an intimate set.  The Grammy Museum event sold out within five minutes of going on sale.  This Wednesday evening, fans can tune into the long running nationally syndicated program ROCKLINE, which will feature Paul Rodgers as their guest.
The band’s summer tour which will celebrate their 40th anniversary since forming begins on June 15 in Rancho Mirage, CA and will stage 30 dates, ending on September 29 at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona.  In front of the tour, Paul Rodgers shares, "When Mick and I formed the band we were amazed at the instant success.  It didn't hurt to have Led Zeppelin behind us and I think we wrote some decent songs that still resonate.  This one is for the fans."
Bad Company were dubbed a super-group upon the band's formation due to the union of Free's Paul Rodgers (Vocals / Multi-Instrumentalist) with Mott The Hoople's Mick Ralphs (Guitar) plus Free's Simon Kirke (Drums) and King Crimson's Boz Burrell (Bass), who passed away in 2006.  Over the next nine years, the band released a string of six albums that sold tens of millions of copies, yielding international hits "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Feel Like Makin' Love," and many others penned by the main songwriters Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs.  Original members Rodgers, Ralphs, and Kirke will be joined by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning (from Paul Rodgers solo band).  
On 14 of the dates, Bad Company will co-headline with Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Paul Rodgers recently shared, "The Skynyrds and I go back to the 70's and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in LA aka the Riot House.  In the 90's the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that's why I am so damned happy and healthy these years."  Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant offered, "Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go.  Personally, Paul is one of my favorite rock singers.  We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company’s music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage.” 
DiscLive Network ( has partnered with Bad Company.  Recordings of all appearances where available will be released to fans the evening of the appearance so that they have the opportunity to walk out of the show with the concert they just attended.  These double CD sets, which will be individually numbered and packaged in super high quality DigiPaks commemorating the 40th Anniversary Tour, will also contain an extra "bonus" CD with an exclusive "rockumentary" style interview with Bad Company.  Fans may go to to reserve their copy today.
The expanded itinerary follows, with co-headline dates cited via the notation W/LS:
6/15     Rancho Mirage, CA                Aqua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
6/20     Auburn, WA                           White River Amphitheater                             W/LS
6/21     Ridgefield, WA                       Sleep Country Amphitheater                         W/LS
6/23     Mountain View, CA               Shoreline Amphitheater                                  W/LS
6/25     Del Mar, CA                           San Diego County Fair
6/28     Hammond, IN                         The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
6/29     New Lenox, IL                        Community Center
7/03     Riverside, IA                           Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
7/05     Hinckley, MN                         Grand Casino - Outdoor Amph.
7/07     Airway Heights, WA              Northern Quest Resort & Casino
7/10     Grand Prairie, TX                   Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie                    W/LS
7/11     Houston, TX                          Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion                  W/LS
7/13     Charlotte, NC                         Verizon Wireless Amphitheater                     W/LS
7/14     Bristow, VA                           Jiffy Lube Live                                               W/LS
7/16     Buffalo, NY                            Artpark Amphitheater
7/17     Camden, NJ                            Susquehanna Bank Center                              W/LS
7/19     Burgettstown, PA                   First Niagara Pavilion                                     W/LS
7/20     Noblesville, IN                        Klipsch Music Center                                    W/LS
7/23     Clarkston, MI                         DTE Energy Music Theater                           W/LS
7/24     Cincinnati, OH                        Riverbend Music Center                                 W/LS
7/26     Gilford, NH                            Meadowbrook Music Pavillion                      W/LS
7/27     Bethel, NY                              Bethel Woods Center for the Arts                  W/LS
7/29     Bethlehem, PA                        Sands Bethlehem Event Center
8/02     Solomons, MD                       PNC Waterside Pavillion
8/03     Orilla, Ontario, CAN              Casino Rama
9/14     Penticton, BC, CAN               South Okanagan Events Centre
9/18     Coquitlam, BC, CAN             Red Robinson Show Theatre at Boulevard Casino
9/19     Manson, WA                          Mill Bay Casino Deep Water Amphitheater
9/27     Lincoln, CA                            Thunder Valley Casino Resort
9/29     Pomona, CA                           Los Angeles County Fair


Los Angeles, CA - June 3, 2013 - Pet Shop Boys have made the brand new track 'Vocal' available to download from today. The song is taken from the forthcoming Stuart Price produced album Electric, which is released on July 16 through Pet Shop Boys' own x2 Recordings (via Kobalt Label Services). 'Vocal' will be released on CD on July 23. A vinyl version will also be made available.

Listen to the track below: 

Pet Shop Boys - Vocal (Audio)
Pet Shop Boys - Vocal (Audio)
'Vocal' follows 'Axis', the first track to appear from 'Electric', which was made available to download in April to a flurry of critical acclaim:

"Extremely good 10/10" - Popjustice

"A triumphant return" - Metro

"Just as disreputably banging as you might expect, spinning your head round its axis of amyl with a ferocious robo-house mid-section" - NME

"Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe sound fired up and re-wired"  -Q

'Vocal' is one of the many highlights of 'Electric', and has already received support from the world's number one DJ, Armin Van Buuren, on his top 10 podcast 'A State of Trance'.

Remixes of 'Vocal' will be announced shortly.

Pet Shop Boys are currently on the worldwide 'Electric' tour, for which Q Magazine recently gave 4 stars in an early review. 

'Electric' features nine tracks in total - eight brand new Pet Shop Boys' songs plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'The last to die'.  The result is as uncompromising a collection of dance anthems as Pet Shop Boys have ever made.

'Vocal' is available to download now here:

Pet Shop Boys Live Dates 

3 June - Oktiaborski Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
5 June - Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russian Federation
9 June - Falconer Salen, Copenhagen, Denmark
11 June - Grand Rex, Paris, France
15 June - Sónar Festival, Barcelona, Spain
18 June - O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom
20 June - Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom
23 June - Nokia Hall, Tel Aviv, Israel
26 June - Life Park, Istanbul, Turkey
29 June - Peace & Love Festival, Borlänge, Sweden
1 July - Dortmunder Music Week, Dortmund, Germany
3 July - KV Arena, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
5 July - Õllesummer 20, Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia
7 July - Ruisrock Festival, Turku, Finland
9 July - ZMF, Freiburg, Germany
10 July - Tollwood Festival - Musik Arena, Munich, Germany
16 July - Ejekt Festival, Athens, Greece
9 August - SonicMania, Tokyo Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan
11 August - Summer Sonic festival, Tokyo, Japan
17 August - Skeeno Hall, Jakarta, Indonesia
24 August - Impact Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand
6 Sept - Berlin Festival, Berlin, Germany
12 Sept - The Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami Beach, USA
13 Sept - Mahaffey Theatre, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
14 Sept - Symphony Hall, Atlanda, Georgia, USA
16 Sept - Beacon Theatre, New York, NY USA
17 Sept - Beacon Theatre, New York, NY USA
19 Sept - Music Centre at Strathmore, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
21 Sept - House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
22 Sept - Mann Centre for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
24 Sept - Olympia Theatre, Montreal, Canada
25 Sept - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
27 Sept - Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum, Windsor, Canada
28 Sept - Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Illinois, USA
2 Oct - Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA
3 Oct - Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
4 Oct - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon, USA
5 Oct - Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA
8 Oct - Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California, USA
11 Oct - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
12 Oct - Shrine Auditorium, LA, California, USA

'Electric' Artwork:


Axis is now available on iTunes here:

Pre-order links:

Electric (iTunes)

Electric Physical Album

Pet Shop Boys Store:

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