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Bad Company
A Concert Review

July 8, 1999

The New World
Music Theater

Tinley Park, IL

A Review and Photos by:
The Dude on the Right
It was a weird experience at the Bad Company concert. I was sort of looking forward to seeing the band, back together again with Paul Rogers, but part of me just didn't care. It was one of those days best described as just plain crappy and I kind of just didn't want to be at a concert. But, there I was. I felt I should just make the most of it and enjoy the show, which, well, I did, sort of.

The first thing I noticed was Paul Rogers being in phenomenal shape. Me, I'm there with my little belly, but there's Paul on stage with a rock-hard set of abs. The second thing I noticed, well, was as energetic and enthusiastic Paul Rogers was on stage, well, Boz Burrell on bass was just the opposite, almost complacent just to be there.

In the mood I was in, well, this distracted me and I kept losing focus on Paul and saying to myself "What is his problem?" But thinking about it as I write this review, I should have been saying to myself "What is your problem? Look at everybody - they're having a blast."

Anyway, enough about my complacency, how did they sound? Well, the show sounded solid as ever and every hit was a sing-a-long. Paul worked the stage, getting the crowd to sing along (although this didn't take much effort) in all of the right spots. "Rock Steady," "Ready for Love," "Shooting Star," "Feel Like Makin' Love," and countless other of songs you remember were great to hear again.
What else I enjoyed, especially seeing my share of "nostalgia" tours where it is obvious the band is just a token of their former selves, was seeing Paul spinning and tossing the mike stand, smiling, interacting with the audience, and just plain being a rock star. Sure, I gripe about Boz, but Paul did his best at putting the "front" in front man.

What else can I say, really? I knew the songs, sang along with them even, but I guess it was just my mood because I didn't get into the show. But, most of the crowd on the other hand, well they were happy as pigs in mud seeing Bad Company back together and they are who matters most.

So, as kinda complaining as I am, well, I was in the total minority as a person having a "just okay" time at the concert. Everyone else seemed to have a blast and with that "TWO THUMBS UP!!" for the Bad Company boys. Sorry for the boring review, but I hope you like the photos. Maybe next time I should bring some Prozac along.

That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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