Joe Walsh and Bad Company (Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke) have announced their ‘One Hell Of A Night’ tour which begins in Dallas, Texas on May 12 and ends in Nashville TN on July 3rd. As co-headliners they will rotate the headlining spot each show. As for who will headline in what city Walsh playfully quipped: “I told Paul, if it’s a long bus ride I go first!”
“I had always hoped that we would do something together and so here we are 30 years later finally touring together, Bad Company lead singer Paul Rodgers commented. “It has taken us this long so I wouldn’t miss this. Unless you want to wait 30 more years for our next tour in 2046!!! There is only one Joe Walsh, he is such a unique person and an uber talented singer, songwriter and musician.”
“I have a huge amount of respect for Paul of course and the band and we get along great,” added Walsh. “Paul and I agreed it would be a hell of an evening of music, one that will be memorable for everyone who comes, and memorable for us, and that’s important in this day and age.”
“I’ve loved Joe Walsh since I first heard the James Gang many years ago, looking forward to playing with him again!” remarked Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs.
“Getting back on stage with Mick and Paul is always a thrill for me,” added Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke. “And knowing that I get to see Joe Walsh every night makes it that much better…”
The tour will also include a special VIP ticket package for sale. This is something both co-headliners are really excited about. “We wanted to open it up, meet our fans and give back something special to as many people as possible who have been supporting both our bands all these years,” said Walsh.
As for set lists this really will be “One Hell Of A Night” and just to name a few you of course you can expect songs like: “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Walk Away,” “Life’s Been Good To Me So Far,” “Funk 49,” “Life In The Fast Lane,” from Joe and “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin Love,” “Bad Company,” “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy,” from Bad Company plus many more.
Performing with Joe Walsh will be some of his backing band members from his record-setting solo Walsh Tour 2015, including Joe Vitale, his Barnstorm bandmate on drums and adding Chad Cronwell on drums; Waddy Watchel on guitar; Larry Young on bass and Jimmy Wallace on keyboards. Leslie Fuller, Connie Jackson, Windy Wagner and Rickey Washington will be background singers and Clayton Janes on samples.
British singer, songwriter and recording artist Steve Rodgers will open each show acoustically, playing original songs from his new album.
Bad Company will be making some announcements in the coming weeks about several new projects they have in the works including a classic live album release.
Joe Walsh/Bad Company Tour Dates:
May 12 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX *
May 15 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO ^
May 17 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA *
May 18 Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista, CA *
May 20 The Forum, Los Angeles, CA ^
May 22 Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ *
May 24 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX *
May 26 Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square, New Orleans, LA ^
May 28 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL *
May 29 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL *
June 7 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake, NY *
June 9 Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA *
June 11 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ *
June 12 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ *
June 14 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY *
June 16 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN *
June 18 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO *
June 20 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO *
June 22 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkson, MI ^
June 23 FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago, IL *
June 26 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH *
June 28 First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA *
June 30 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC *
July 1 Chastian Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA ^
July 3 Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel, Nashville, TN ^
^ Amex presale applicable markets
* Citi presale applicable markets
Top photo by Marc Lacatell