List of Bad Company band members

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Bad Company
Bad Company - 1976.jpg
The original Bad Company in 1976. (L to R) Boz Burrell, Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke, Mick Ralphs.
Background information
Genres Rock, Hard rock, Blues rock
Years active 1973–1982, 1986–1999, 2001–2002, 2008–present
Members Simon Kirke
Mick Ralphs
Paul Rodgers
Howard Leese
Todd Ronning
Past members Boz Burrell
Brian Howe
Gregg Dechert
Steve Price
Larry Oakes
Paul Cullen
Dave "Bucket" Colwell
Rick Wills
Robert Hart
Jaz Lochrie
Lynn Sorenson

The following list details musicians who have been and still are members of the American band Bad Company since its formation in 1973. The band's current lineup includes original members Simon Kirke (drums), Mick Ralphs (guitar) and Paul Rodgers (lead vocals) joined by latter members Howard Leese (guitar, formerly of Heart) and Todd Ronning (bass guitar). The band has gone through many lineup changes throughout its career. The only member to appear in every lineup is drummer Simon Kirke. He is the only member of the band to have performed at every Bad Company concert and to appear on every album. Mick Ralphs is currently still a part of the band but is being temporarily replaced by former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson for the bands 2016 United States tour. While still officially a member of the band in 1990-1991, Ralphs also sat out most of their Holy Water tour. This time he was temporarily replaced by Geoff Whitehorn.

In 2008 Mick Ralphs performed a series of shows as Mick Ralphs' Bad Company. That band featured Ralphs and former Bad Company members Robert Hart (vocals), Dave "Bucket" Colwell (guitar) and Jaz Lochrie (bass) joined by Gary "Harry" James (drums).

Current members[edit]

Simon Kirke
Active: 1973–1982, 1986–1999, 2001–2002, 2008–present
Instruments: drums, percussion, backing vocals, (occasional) lead vocals, (occasional) guitar
Studio release contributions: all studio Bad Company releases
Live release contributions: all live Bad Company releases
Mick Ralphs
Active: 1973–1982, 1986–1999, 2008–present
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Studio release contributions: all studio Bad Company releases
Live release contributions: all live Bad Company releases sans In Concert: Merchants of Cool (2002)
Notes: Sat out most of the band's Holy Water tour (replaced by Geoff Whitehorn) and the band's 2016 United States tour (replaced by Rich Robinson)
Paul Rodgers
Active: 1973–1982, 1998–1999, 2001–2002, 2008–present
Instruments: lead vocals, (occasional) rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica
Studio release contributions: all studio Bad Company releases from Bad Company (1974) to Rough Diamonds (1982), The 'Original' Bad Co. Anthology (1999, 4 new tracks)
Live release contributions: all live Bad Company releases sans What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company (1993)
Howard Leese
Active: 2008-present
Instruments: guitar
Studio release contributions: none
Live release contributions: Hard Rock Live (2010), Live at Wembley (2011)
Todd Ronning
Active: 2012-present
Instruments: bass guitar
Studio release contributions: none
Live release contributions: none

Former members[edit]

Boz Burrell
Active: 1973-1982, 1986, 1998-1999
Instruments: bass guitar, backing vocals
Studio release contributions: all studio Bad Company releases from Bad Company (1974) to Rough Diamonds (1982), The 'Original' Bad Co. Anthology (1999, 4 new tracks)
Live release contributions: Live in Albuquerque 1976 (2006), Live in Concert 1977 & 1979 (2016)
Brian Howe
Active: 1986-1994
Instruments: lead vocals, (occasional) saxophone
Studio release contributions: all studio Bad Company releases from Fame and Fortune (1986) to Here Comes Trouble (1992)
Live release contributions: What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company (1993)
Gregg Dechert
Active: 1986-1987
Instruments: keyboards
Studio release contributions: Fame and Fortune (1986)
Live release contributions: none
Steve Price
Active: 1986, 1986-1990
Instruments: bass guitar, backing vocals
Studio release contributions: Fame and Fortune (1986), Dangerous Age (1988)
Live release contributions: none
Larry Oakes
Active: 1988-1989
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Studio release contributions: none
Live release contributions: none
Paul Cullen
Active: 1990-1992
Instruments: bass guitar
Studio release contributions: none
Live release contributions: none
Dave "Bucket" Colwell
Active: 1992–1998, 2001–2002
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals, keyboards
Studio release contributions: Here Comes Trouble (1992), Company of Strangers (1995), Stories Told & Untold (1996)
Live release contributions: What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company (1993), In Concert: Merchants of Cool (2002)
Rick Wills
Active: 1992–1998, 2001
Instruments: bass guitar
Studio release contributions: Here Comes Trouble (1992), Company of Strangers (1995), Stories Told & Untold (1996)
Live release contributions: What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company (1993)
Robert Hart
Active: 1994–1998
Instruments: lead vocals
Studio release contributions: Company of Strangers (1995), Stories Told & Untold (1996)
Live release contributions: none
Jaz Lochrie
Active: 2002
Instruments: bass guitar
Studio release contributions: none
Live release contributions: In Concert: Merchants of Cool (2002)
Lynn Sorensen
Active: 2008-2010
Instruments: bass guitar
Studio release contributions: none
Live release contributions: Hard Rock Live (2010), Live at Wembley (2011)

Former touring members[edit]

Geoff Whitehorn
Active: 1990-1991
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals
Live release contributions: none
Notes: Filled in for Mick Ralphs on the band's Holy Water tour[1][2]
Rich Robinson
Active: 2016
Instruments: guitar, backing vocals
Live release contributions: none
Notes: Filled in for Mick Ralphs on the band's 2016 United States tour[3]

Session musicians[edit]

Sue Glover
Instruments: backing vocals
Studio release contributions: Bad Company (1974)
Sunny Leslie
Instruments: backing vocals
Studio release contributions: Bad Company (1974)
Mel Collins
Instruments: saxophone
Studio release contributions: Bad Company (1974), Burnin' Sky (1977), Rough Diamonds (1982)
Tim Hinkley
Instruments: keyboards
Studio release contributions: Burnin' Sky (1977)
John Cook
Instruments: keyboards
Studio release contributions: Rough Diamonds (1982)
Terry Thomas
Instruments: guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Studio release contributions: Dangerous Age (1988), Holy Water (1990)
Felix Krish
Instruments: bass guitar
Studio release contributions: Holy Water (1990), Here Comes Trouble (1992)
Luke "Potato Skins" Antonello
Instruments: saxophone
Studio release contributions: Here Comes Trouble (1992)
Jeff Bova
Instruments: keyboards
Studio release contributions: Company of Strangers (1995)
Steve Smith
Instruments: keyboards
Studio release contributions: Company of Strangers (1995)
Jody Linscott
Instruments: percussion
Studio release contributions: Company of Strangers (1995)
Paul Carnes
Instruments: mandolin
Studio release contributions: Company of Strangers (1995)
Michael Kamen
Instruments: string arrangement
Studio release contributions: Company of Strangers (1995)

Timeline[edit]

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Lineups[edit]

Members of the original (and classic) lineup are in bold. Only each musician's primary instruments are shown next to their name.

Years Members Albums/Videos
1973-1982
The band was broken up between 1982 and 1986.
1986
1986 no recordings, no live performances
1986-1987 no recordings, live performances only
1987-1988
1988-1989 no recordings, live performances only
1989-1990 no recordings, live performances only
1990
1990-1992
with
no recordings, live performances only
1992-1994
1994-1998
1998-1999
The band was broken up between 1999 and 2001.
2001 no recordings, live performances only
2002
The band was broken up between 2002 and 2008.
2008-2010
2010-2012 no recordings, no live performances
2012–present
with
no recordings, live performances only

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