News: SIMON KIRKE talks Bad Company, Free and a new solo album (Interview – 30 October 2016)

Simon Kirke - Bad Company
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Bad Company, and one-time Free, drummer Simon Kirke releases a solo album ‘All Because Of You’ in early 2017.  Simon describes it as a collection of 11 songs from all periods of his life.

He’s just completed a UK tour for Bad Company and on Sunday 30 October chats to Get Ready to ROCK!’s David Randall about the band and his career.  This hour special is broadcast as part of David’s weekly show ‘Assume The Position’ at 22:00 GMT.  (The first hour features a recent chat with Glenn Hughes and tracks from his new album ‘Resonate’).

Simon enjoyed success in blues/rock band Free but by 1973 the band had split and shortly afterwards he joined up with Free vocalist Paul Rodgers in Bad Company.  With Rodgers the band made six studio albums and enjoyed great commercial success with many songs becoming staples of classic rock radio.

After Rodgers’ departure in 1982, Kirke soldiered on with Bad Company and with Mick Ralphs kept the marque going until 1996 although the music had become more AOR/melodic rock orientated.

After successfully fighting addiction, since 1999 Kirke has toured successively with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band and Bad Company whilst releasing a tentative set of songs in 2005 – ‘Seven Rays Of Hope’ – and a more substantial album in 2011 ‘Filling The Void’.

More information
Gig review (Manchester, 24 October)
News item (Glenn Hughes)



On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

COCO MONTOYA I Wouldn’t Wanna Be You (Alligator)
SKYFEVER Burning Hands (OTI Records)
HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE High Shoulders Everywhere (indie)
MICHAEL J BOLTON Trans Lunar Injection (Market Square)

Featured Albums w/c 5 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 STRANDED New Dawn (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 HOLLOW HAZE Between Wild Landscapes And Deep Blue Sea (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 SESSION AMERICANA North East (indie)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

BRIAN ROBERTSON – Diamonds And Dirt (2011)



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