The Law (English band)

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The Law
Genres Rock
Years active 1991–1992
Labels Verve, Atlantic
Past members Kenney Jones
Paul Rodgers
Pino Palladino
Jim Barber
John Staehely

The Law were an English rock group formed in 1991 comprising drummer Kenney Jones (ex-Small Faces/Faces and The Who) and singer Paul Rodgers (ex-Free, Bad Company, and The Firm). The two teamed up with the idea of using different supporting musicians, in order to allow Paul Rodgers to pursue whatever musical style he felt like. They assembled a core band of studio musicians, Jim Barber being the main Guitarist (whose credits include The Rolling Stones, Ruby Turner and Mick Jagger solo album), and guitarist John Staehely (ex-Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne) and bassist Pino Palladino (formerly of Paul Young's and Jools Holland's bands, and later to work with The Who), and landed guest spots from guitarists like David Gilmour, Bryan Adams, and Chris Rea. They produced Billboard's #1 AOR Chart hit "Laying Down The Law" written by Rodgers, but the album peaked at a disappointing #126 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. An album of outtakes from the first album[citation needed] has been released as a bootleg, often referred to as The Law II.

The Law played one show at Milton Keynes Bowl supporting ZZ Top and Bryan Adams; they were joined for this show by John Young on keyboards.

The Law derived its name, and the title of its only single, "Layin' Down the Law", from the 1970s American band Law, that recorded two albums on MCA Records when that band opened for Bad Company at the Cleveland Agora circa 1975. Paul Rogers told Law's guitar player, "I like the name of your band." Some twenty years later, he borrowed the name for his own band.[citation needed]



Year Title Billboard album 200[1] UK Albums Chart[2] RIAA[3] BPI[4]
1991 The Law 126 61 - -


Year Title Billboard Hot 100[1] U.S Mainstream Rock[1] UK Singles Chart Album
1991 "Laying Down the Law" - - - The Law

Unreleased album - The Law II[edit]

  • "Too Much Is Not Enough"
  • "Wanna Make Love To You"
  • "Message Of Love"
  • "Hold On"
  • "Alibi"
  • "Loaded Dice"
  • "Check Mate"
  • "Strictly Off The Record"
  • "Laying Down The Law" (rough version)

These songs are left-overs from the released album sessions.


  1. ^ a b c [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Law - The Law". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  3. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ [2] Archived 8 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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