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)


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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).

Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)

Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)



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