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Paul Rodgers will be saluting his early days fronting Free with the new CD/DVD and LP, Free Spirit. It is out now digitally today and comes out on disc on June 29th, and on vinyl on July 6th. The set features Rodgers’ Royal Albert Hall gig from May 28th, 2017 and includes 16 timeless Free classics including such staples as “Fire & Water,” “The Stealer,” “Wishing Well,” and the band’s signature song, “All Right Now.” Formed in 1968, Free featured guitarist Paul Kossoff, bassist Andy Fraser, drummer Simon Kirke, and Paul Rodgers on lead vocals. Upon their split in 1973, Rodgers and Kirke went on to form Bad Company.

Although Rodgers later went on to front Queen following the death of Freddie Mercury — he revealed to Billboard, that he found out after the fact that yet another major rock band was seeking him out back in the day to fill in for its own fallen singer: “I didn’t know it at the time, but I did a show with a reformed version of the Doors. They came up to me, and said ‘You might not know this, but when Jim Morrison died, we flew over to England, and were looking for you to join us. But, we couldn’t find you.’ I was gobsmacked. I told them that I was in the country hiding away writing with Mick Ralphs writing songs for Bad Company. That was really amazing. What a compliment.”

Rodgers, who’ll will be on tour this summer with Jeff Beck and Heart’s Ann Wilson on the “Stars Align Tour,” spoke about some of his career highlights, recalling, “When I played with Jimmy Page (in the Firm), he would take a solo, and lift the roof off of the building. You would just pinch yourself that you were witnessing it. There were moments with Queen where I would be surrounded by 60,000 people, and people would be singing along, and you’d think ‘Wow. Am I really here?’ Then, doing the (new, Free Spirit) album at Albert Hall, I stood about 10 feet back from the mic because the dynamics of the band were so focused. They could play — and you could hear a pin drop. They had the attention of the audience. I was standing back, and singing ‘Be My Friend,’ and it was also a pinch me moment. You would wonder ‘Am I in the past or in the future?’ At the same time, it doesn’t matter. You’re here now. There are those moments all the time.”

Side Notes:

The tracklisting to Paul Rodgers’ Free Spirit is: “Little Bit Of Love,” “Ride On A Pony,””Women,””Be My Friend,””My Brother Jake,” “Love You So,” “Travelin’ In Style,” “Magic Ship, “Mr Big, “The Stealer, “Fire & Water,” “The Hunter,” “All Right Now,” “Wishing Well,” “Walk In My Shadow,” and “Catch A Train

 

Upcoming Tour Dates for Paul Rodgers:

Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers, & Ann Wilson tour dates (subject to change):
July 18 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
July 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
July 22 – Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 24 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
July 25 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 28 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 29 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 31 – Clarkston, MI –  DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 1 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
August 3 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 4 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
August 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
August 10  Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 12 – Holmdel, NJ – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
August 14 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 17 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
August 19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
August 22 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
August 23 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater
August 25 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
August 26 – Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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