Paul Rodgers

The Northern Lights Theater 1721 W Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233
Price: $85/$80/$75

Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

Worldwide, musicians and critics have dubbed Paul Rodgers “The Voice.” Never before has any artist led three bands (Free, Bad Company and The Firm) to international success in addition to creating a successful solo career, until Paul Rodgers. He is undeniably one of music’s most distinctive vocalists. He has written and recorded some of rock’s greatest hits, released 27 CD’s and sold 125 million CD’s.

In 1999, Rodgers won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Los Angeles Music Awards Association. The summer of ’99, Rodgers hit the charts with the #1 single “Hey, Hey,” one of four new tracks off of Bad Company’s Anthology. The second single released, Rodgers’ “Hammer of Love,” reached #2 on the rock charts.

Rodgers acknowledged the influence of Jimi Hendrix by collaborating with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Hendrix’s own Band of Gypsies (Buddy Miles and Billy Cox). It led to “I Don’t Live Today,” one of the highlights of Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Then Rodgers teamed up with Journey guitarist Neil Schon and issued The Hendrix Set, a live CD with Rodgers’ unique interpretations of Hendrix songs. The Low, Rodgers’ venture with former Small Faces and Who drummer Kenny Jones, produced the hit single “Laying Down The Law.” Written by Rodgers, it ranked #1 on Billboard’s AOR charts. His Grammy®-nominated solo CD, Muddy Water Blues was released in 1993. He wrote the title track and was backed by guitarist Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Bon Jovi’s Ritchie Sambora, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Brian Setzer and Queen’s Brian May. Muddy Water Blues celebrated Rodgers’ blues roots and respect for Muddy Waters, one of his primary influences.

It was Rodgers’ joint billing with Led Zepplin guitarist Jimmy Page on the historic U.S. ARMS tour, including Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck that led to forming The Firm with Page. The Firm and Mean Business, the group’s two albums, enjoyed international success producing the hits “Radioactive,” “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “All The King’s Horses.”

Prior to his solo career, Rodgers formed supergroup Bad Company where he wrote and sang smash hits like Grammy-nominated “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Can’t Get Enough,” “Shooting Star,” “Bad Company” and “Run With The Pack,” the last two featuring him on piano and vocals, plus “Rock n’ Roll Fantasy” with Rodgers on guitar and vocals. Bad Company earned six multi-platinum albums. 10 from 6, the group’s greatest hits compilation, remains a top seller.