List of Bad Company band members

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Bad Company in 1976.

Bad Company are an English hard rock band from London. Formed in 1973, the group originally featured vocalist and rhythm guitarist Paul Rodgers, lead guitarist Mick Ralphs, bassist Boz Burrell and drummer Simon Kirke. The band's current lineup features constant member Kirke, Rodgers (who was absent only between 1986 and 1998), Ralphs (who was absent from 2001 to 2002, and from 2016 to 2020), rhythm guitarist Howard Leese (who joined in 2008) and bassist Todd Ronning (who joined in 2012).

History[edit]

1973–1999[edit]

Bad Company were formed in late 1973 by former Free vocalist Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, alongside former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and former King Crimson bassist Raymond "Boz" Burrell.[1] The band were active with their initial lineup until 1982, during which time they released six studio albums that brought them critical and commercial success.[2] After recording sessions for Rough Diamonds led to arguments and confrontations between band members, particularly Rodgers and Burrell, the vocalist left Bad Company and the group disbanded.[3]

In 1986, Ralphs and Kirke began working together on a new project with former Ted Nugent band vocalist Brian Howe.[4] The group was later branded Bad Company at the request of their label Atlantic Records, with Steve Price performing on Fame and Fortune before Burrell returned for its tour.[5] Gregg Dechert was also added to the touring lineup on keyboards and rhythm guitar.[6] After two tours of the US and one of Europe in early 1987, Burrell left to focus on a jazz group he had formed, with Price returning in his place.[7] After the release of Dangerous Age in 1988, Dechert was replaced on tour by Larry Oakes.[8] Paul Cullen joined on bass after the release of Holy Water in 1990,[9] while Dave "Bucket" Colwell joined on second guitar.[10] Geoff Whitehorn substituted for Ralphs during the tour.[11]

Colwell remained part of the touring lineup in 1992 alongside new bassist Rick Wills,[10] with both featured on the live release What You Hear Is What You Get.[12] In the summer of 1994, Howe left Bad Company and was replaced by Robert Hart.[13] The group released Company of Strangers the following year, on which Colwell and Wills were credited as full band members.[14] In late 1998, Rodgers and Burrell returned for a reunion of the original lineup of Bad Company, recording four new tracks and touring throughout 1999.[1][15] After the tour, the group disbanded again.[16]

Since 2001[edit]

A third reformation of Bad Company took place in the spring of 2001, with Rodgers and Kirke joined by Colwell and Wills.[17] Jaz Lochrie replaced Wills in 2002.[18] In 2008, Ralphs joined the pair for a one-off show at Hard Rock Live.[19] Rhythm guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Lynn Sorensen, both members of Rodgers's solo band, completed the lineup.[20] The same lineup returned for a North American tour the following year,[21] followed by UK and US shows in 2010.[22] Another member of the vocalist's touring band, Todd Ronning, replaced Sorensen in 2012.[23]

For a US tour in mid-2016, Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes substituted for Ralphs, who was "not feeling up for" the shows.[24] He later returned, but was forced to leave later in the year after suffering a stroke.[25] Howard Leese switched to lead guitar during the time that Ralphs was absent, until Ralphs returned in January 2020 to rejoin the group.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Simon Kirke - Bad Company - 1976.jpg
Simon Kirke
  • 1973–1982
  • 1986–1999
  • 2001–2002
  • 2008–present
  • drums
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
  • occasional lead vocals and guitar
all Bad Company releases
Mick Ralphs - Bad Company - 1976.jpg
Mick Ralphs
  • 1973–1982
  • 1986–1999
  • 2008–2016
  • 2020–present
  • lead guitar
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
all releases from Bad Company (1974) to Live in Concert 1977 & 1979 (2016), except Merchants of Cool (2002)
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Paul Rodgers
  • 1973–1982
  • 1998–1999
  • 2001–2002
  • 2008–present
  • lead vocals
  • rhythm guitar
  • keyboards
  • harmonica
all releases from Bad Company (1974) to Rough Diamonds (1982), and from Merchants of Cool (2002) onwards
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Howard Leese 2008–present
  • guitar (lead 2016–20, rhythm otherwise)
  • backing vocals
Todd Ronning 2012–present
  • bass
  • backing vocals
none to date

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Boz Burrell 1 - Bad Company - 1976.jpg
Raymond "Boz" Burrell
  • 1973–1982
  • 1986–1987
  • 1998–1999 (died 2006)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
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Brian Howe 1986–1994 (died 2020)
  • lead vocals
  • saxophone
all releases from Fame and Fortune (1986) to What You Hear Is What You Get (1993)
Dave "Bucket" Colwell
  • 1994–1998
  • 2001–2002 (touring 1992–1994)
  • guitar (lead 2001–2002, rhythm 1992–1998)
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
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Rick Wills
  • 1994–1998
  • 2001 (touring 1992–1994)
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • What You Hear Is What You Get (1993)
  • Company of Strangers (1995)
  • Stories Told & Untold (1996)
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Robert Hart 1994–1998 lead vocals
  • Company of Strangers (1995)
  • Stories Told & Untold (1996)
Jaz Lochrie 2002
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Merchants of Cool (2002)

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Details
Gregg Dechert 1986–1987
  • keyboards
  • rhythm guitar
Dechert performed on Fame and Fortune and the subsequent touring cycle, ending in late 1987.[6]
Steve Price
  • 1986
  • 1987–1990
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Price toured after Burrell's departure, and performed on Fame and Fortune and Dangerous Age.[5][7]
Larry Oakes 1988–1989
  • keyboards
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
After the release of Dangerous Age, Oakes took over from Dechert as the touring keyboardist.[8]
Paul Cullen 1990–1992 bass Cullen joined the touring lineup of Bad Company following the release of Holy Water in 1990.[9]
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Geoff Whitehorn 1990–1991
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
Whitehorn substituted for Ralphs on the Holy Water tour between June 1990 and April 1991.[11]
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Rich Robinson 2016 Robinson substituted for Ralphs during a US tour between May and July 2016 due to illness.[24]

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Period Members Releases
Late 1973 – summer 1982
Group inactive 1982–1986
Mid – late 1986
  • Brian Howe – lead vocals, saxophone
  • Mick Ralphs – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Late 1986 – early 1987
  • Brian Howe – lead vocals, saxophone
  • Mick Ralphs – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Boz Burrell – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
none – live performances only
Early 1987 – summer 1994
  • Brian Howe – lead vocals, saxophone
  • Mick Ralphs – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Summer 1994 – late 1998
  • Robert Hart – lead vocals
  • Mick Ralphs – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dave Colwell – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Rick Wills – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Late 1998 – summer 1999
  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Mick Ralphs – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Boz Burrell – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Group inactive 1999–2001
Early – late 2001
  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Dave Colwell – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Rick Wills – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
none – live performances only
Early – late 2002
  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Dave Colwell – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Jaz Lochrie – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Group inactive 2002–2008
July 2008 – June 2012
  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Mick Ralphs – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Howard Leese – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Lynn Sorensen – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
June 2012 – November 2016
  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Mick Ralphs – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Howard Leese – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Todd Ronning – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
none to date – live performances only
November 2016 – January 2020
  • Paul Rodgers – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Howard Leese – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Todd Ronning – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals
January 2020 – present
  • Paul Rodgers – vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Mick Ralphs – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Howard Leese – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Todd Ronning – bass, backing vocals
  • Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals

References[edit]

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