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Paul Rodgers

Worldwide Paul Rodgers is one of rock's most respected singers and songwriters. Imbued with equally generous measures of swagger and soul his legendary voice has been shining its light for almost four decades and as a songwriter he has left a deep impression on rock music. With 28 CD's released boasting mega hits, an international career with many awards and accolades, this platinum selling musician is a force.No other artist has led three bands to global success "FREE", "BAD COMPANY" and "THE FIRM" in addition to creating a Grammy nominated SOLO career.

As a solo artist he has worked with Blues greats Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy and others

His universally recognized voice continues in top form as audiences will discover when they see Rodgers and Queen perform this spring on their UK and European 2005 Tour.Or in South Africa at Nelson Mandella'a Fancourt Aids Benefit or this summer in the US with his solo band. Rodgers says "With Queen we intend to merge our styles and our music at the point where they meet most naturally.Soulful rock with raw emotion.For the solo shows I'll play a variety of the songs I've written and recorded since 1968 with my various bands "FREE","BAD COMPANY","THE FIRM" and SOLO."

Brian May adds, "I can't wait ... I have to tell you the thing that I'm most excited about is playing Paul's stuff...really. I wanna play "All Right Now", "Can't Get Enough" of your love, "Feel Like Making Love", "A Bit Of Love" It's all about love isn't it.So why not. It's going to be great!"

DVD's released this year that include Rodgers are "THE STRAT PACK" Live at Wembley on Eagle Rock and THE FOUR TOPS DVD "FROM THE HEART" on Universal.Time permitting Omni Broadcasting will record and release a PAUL RODGERS TV/DVD Special.

Back to the beginning...born December 17,1949 in the northern English town of Middlesborough Rodgers first premiered onto the British Music scene in 1968 as singer/songwriter for bluesy rockers FREE.In 1970 they shot up the international radio charts with the Rodgers/Fraser rock classic "All Right Now".A #1 hit in over 20 territories and recognized by ASCAP in 1990 for garnering 1,000,000 plus radio plays in the US alone.The song played a pivotal role in introducing Rodgers' stylistic metier, while helping to establish the sound of the British blues/rock invasion.At the time, FREE and LED ZEPPELIN were the biggest grossing British acts.FREE released four top five albums.Their unusual combination of blues, ballads and rock won them worldwide praise.The Multi Million Award was given to Paul Rodgers in 2000 by the British Music Industry when "All Right Now" passed 2,000,000 plus radio plays in the UK.

Rodgers took his arena filling approach to even greater heights with his next band "BAD COMPANY".One of rock's first supergroups formed by Rodgers and Mick Ralphs (guitarist with MOTT THE HOOPLE).Rodgers remembers,"Mick and I were trying to come up with names for the band.When I called him and said BAD COMPANY he dropped the phone." BAD COMPANY owned the world's airwaves and colisuems from 1973 - 1982 with hitmakers Rodgers and Ralphs giving us "Feel Like Making Love", "Can't Get Enough" and Rodgers' "Shooting Star", "Bad Company", "Run With The Pack", the last two featuring Paul on piano plus "Rock and Roll Fantasy" with Paul on guitar.On the ballad "Seagull" Rodgers played all of the instruments. One of the most popular of all rock bands they earned six platinum albums until founding member Rodgers left in 1982 at the height of their fame to spend time with his young family.

Early in '84 Paul released his much anticipated first Solo CD"Cut Loose".It showcased his quintessential talents as a singer, songwriter and multi-faceted musician.He composed all of the music and played all of the instruments. Making it a solo album in the truest sense of the word.When his friend Jimmy Page started to come around to his house, guitar in hand and LED ZEPPELIN at an end, "THE FIRM" was born.Their first outing was on the historic US ARMS TOUR (rocks first major charity fundraiser) including Jeff Beck, Joe Cocker and others.Rodgers agreed to two albums and two tours.Both "FIRM" world tours were top grossing."THE FIRM" and "MEAN BUSINESS", the group's two albums also enjoyed international success producing the radio hits Rodgers' "Radioactive" on which he played the guitar solo, "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and in the UK "All The King's Horses".

"THE LAW" Rodgers 1991 musical venture with former WHO drummer Kenny Jones produced Billboards #1 AOR Chart hit "Laying Down The Law" written by Rodgers.

Rodgers acknowledged the influence of Jimi Hendrix by collaborating with Slash, Hendrix's "BAND OF GYPSIES" (Buddy Miles and Billy Cox) and recorded the track "I Don't Live Today", on the CD "In From The Storm" a tribute to Hendrix. Then Rodgers teamed with JOURNEY guitarist Neil Schon and released "The Hendrix Set" a live CD, released in 1993 with's Paul's interpretations of Hendrix songs.A Canadian and US tour followed.

His Grammy nominated solo CD, "Muddy Water Blues" was released in 1994. Rodgers wrote the title track and was backed by guitarists Brian May, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Buddy Guy, Ritchie Sambora to name a few. "Muddy Water Blues" celebrated Paul's blues roots and respect for Muddy Water.

Woodstock's 25th Anniversary in 1996, saw Rodgers at the last moment pull together drummer Jason Bonham, bassist Andy Fraser (FREE), guitarists Slash and Neil Schon and perform.

His first double Solo CD "Now & Live" charted internationally in the top 30. The single "Soul of Love" remained in rotation on more than 86 US radio stations for six months. His 1997 world tour included Russia, Japan, Canada, US, UK, Germany, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Israel, Brazil, Greece and Argentina.

Rodgers and BAD COMPANY hit Billboard's US BDS charts with the #1 single "Hey, Hey" in 1999, one of four new tracks off BAD CO's "Anthology". The second single released Rodgers' "Hammer of Love" reached #2.For the first time in 20 years, all the original members of BAD COMPANY toured the US.

Rodgers focused on his solo career in 2000 and released "Electric, his 6th solo CD. In it's debut week, the single "Drifters" was US rock radios #1 Most Added FMQB Hot Trax, #2 Most Added R&R Rock and #3 Most Added Album Net Power Cuts."Drifters" remained Top Ten for 8 weeks on Billboards Rock Charts M.H. That year he played sold out concerts in England, Scotland, Australia, US and Canada. After his appearance on T.V.'s "Late Show" with David Letterman in New York, he met and jammed with B.B. King.Says Rodgers, "The THRILL was definatley not gone ...for me.B.B. is a blues giant." That same year, Paul Rodgers, Jimmie Vaughn, Levon Helm, blues men Hubert Sumlin, Johnnie Johnson, James Cotton and others performed a sold out concert in Cleveland as a "Tribute to Muddy Water".

The spring of 2001 Paul Rodgers returned to Australia, England and Scotland for the second run of sold out shows. That summer he toured the US with BAD COMPANY.

Paul Rodgers and BAD COMPANY released their first Live CD & DVD "Merchants of Cool" in 2002. It included all the hits and a new single "Joe Fabulous" penned by Rodgers which hit #1 at Classic Rock Radio and Top 20 on mainstream rock radio in the US.In it's debut week, the DVD sales sound scanned at #3 Canada, #4 in the US.The "Joe Fabulous" Tour kicked off in the US and sold out in the UK.While in London, Paul performed with Jeff Beck at the Royal Festival Hall.Rodgers was invited by long time fan, Tony Blair to perform at the Labour Party Conference. "I had the entire Labour Party singing the chrous of "Wishing Well", a song I wrote and shared with FREE, ..."LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD.LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD"... over and over and over hoping the words would sink in but we went to war." recalls Rodgers. Twice this year Rodgers performed on Britain's popular TV show "Top Of The Pops 2".

In 2003 Rodgers toured as a solo artist for the first time in two years playing 25 exclusive US dates.In his solo band are guitarist Howard Leese (Heart), bassist Lynn Sorenson and drummer Jeff Kathan.BBC TV/Radio host (pianist and songwriter) Jools Holland invited Paul to record "I Told The Truth".(to hear v isit NEWS page) An original song for Holland's 3rd CD "Small World Big Band". The CD also featured Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood, Peter Gabriel, Michael McDonald, Ringo Starr and others.This led to Rodgers performing 2 sold out nights at London's Royal Albert Hall with Holland and his 18 piece rhythm and bluse orchestra, plus several UK TV appearances.

Early in 2004 Rodgers joined Mitch Mitchell & Billy Cox (Hendrix's Band of Gypsies), Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, Kid Rock's Kenny Olson, Alice in Chain's Jerry Cantrell, Double Trouble, Indigenous, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and blues legend Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf & Muddy Water) and performed 3 sold out shows in Seattle, Portland and San Fransisco as "Experience Hendrix".Once again, Rodgers only played 25 concerts in the US and Canada.He performed at Wembley for the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Fender Stratocaster,along with David Gilmour who played Strat #001, Ronnie Wood, Brian May, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Rodgers sang and played a custom designed Jaguar Fender Strat.Rodgers was invited by THE FOUR TOPS to be part of their 50th Anniversary TV/DVD concert celebration at Motown's Opera House and performed along side Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Sam Moore, Mary Wilson, Ashford and Simpson and The Four Tops."The call from THE TOPS' Duke Fakir just about knocked me out.I've been a fan since I was a boy and had no idea that they even knew I existed!"exclaims Rodgers. For years the media and fellow musicians have referred to Rodgers as "The Voice". But Duke Fakir says,"Paul Rodgers is THE SOUL OF ROCK!"

Spike Edney

Spike Edney has toured and recorded extensively with his own SAS Band as well as with the Brian May Band, Bob Geldof, Guns 'n' Roses, Elton John, George Michael, Annie Lennox and many others. In addition to innumerable concert and TV appearances he produced the Mercury Phoenix charity concert at London's Shepherds Bush Empire and was Musical Director for the finale at Party in the Park - The Prince's Trust concert with a worldwide TV and radio audience of 120 million, and the Cape Town 46664 Concert November 2003.

Spike has been keyboard player with the London production of We Will Rock You since it opened in Spring 2002.

Jamie Moses

2004 - European Stadium tour with Mike & The Mechanics. "UK Music Hall of Fame" TV show with Queen and Paul Rodgers. Shows with the SAS Band, & Los Pacaminos and solo shows.

2003 - "46664" Nelson Mandela Concert in Capetown, playing with QUEEN and backing U2, Eurythmics, Beyonce, Anastacia, Bob Geldof, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Cleg, Zuchero, Miss Dynamite, Watershed, Bongo Maffin, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Angelique Kidjo and The Corrs. "In Session with the SAS BAND" pilot TV show recorded. Live shows, TV's and radios with Bob Geldof, Paul Young, Los Pacaminos, Sas Band, The World Famous Redsox, Suzanne Vega and solo shows. "Pavarotti And Friends" concert with Queen. "Kids Will Rock You" album for EMI France.

2002 - World tours with Bob Geldof & Paul Young. Shows with the SAS Band & Los Pacaminos and solo shows. Live show for Hollywood Hall of Fame with Queen in Los Angeles.

2001 - Gigs and recording with & Los Pacaminos and the Fabba Girls, TV and radio jingles. SAS Band: Capital Radio Party in the Park backing Lulu, Errol Brown and Dane Bowers (Another Level). Paul Young: British tour & unplugged Solo support slot. Guitar Masterclass at Queen Fan Club Convention.

2000 - Recorded with Next Of Kin. Mike & The Mechanics: British and European tours, TV and radio, VH1 special. SAS Band: British tour, TV and Radio. Live album and Video "The Show" Capital Radio Party in the Park backing Queen & 5IVE, Lionel Richie, Suggs, Martine McCutcheon & Marty Pellow.

1999 - Recording with Gary Barlow, St. Etienne and Next Of Kin.

1997-98 - Jimmy Nail: Arena tour Brian May: World tour, EMI album "Another World", VH1 Special, and "unplugged" TV and radio tour. Paul Young: Self-titled East West album. Musical Director for European and British tours. TV, radio and videos worldwide for three singles. Tony Hadley: Self-titled Polygram album. European & British tours. TV and radio. Roger Chapman: "A Stone unturned" Album. Graham Gouldman: Live dates and live VH1 special. SAS Band: Self-titled album for Bridge Records.

1995-96 - Live dates and tours with Paul Young (as M.D.), live dates with Kiki Dee, Jimmy Barnes, Deana Carter, Tony Hadley, SAS Band, & Los Pacaminos.

1993-94 - Joined the Brian May Band. World tour, live EMI album and video 'Live At The At Brixton Academy'. Co-founder and member of the SAS Band. Live dates and tours.

1990-93 Member of The Pretenders. Toured and recorded 'The Happy Club' album with Bob Geldof. Formed Los Pacaminos with Paul Young. Featured on the Paul Young Sony EP 'It Will Be You'.

1987-91 Broken English: Founder member of EMI band , hits with 'Comin' On Strong' and 'Love On The Side'. Co- wrote third single 'Do You Really Want Me Back'.

1986-89 - Founder member of EMI band Broken English, who had hits with 'Comin' On Strong' and 'Love On The Side'. Co- wrote third single 'Do You Really Want Me Back'.

1983-86 - The Hollies: Several Tours and recording, playing guitar and singing Graham Nash's vocal parts. Denny Laine BAND: Live dates & recording.

1976-82- Signed to EMI and worked with Pete Townsend on the first West End production of 'Tommy'. Toured with the 'Elvis' musical. Featured on Olivia Newton's #1 video of the album 'Physical'.

1974-75 - Left school and formed CBS band Merlin, who released an album and five singles (two top twenty hits). Born in the UK to an English mother and an American father, Jamie was brought up in the US and Japan. He taught himself to play guitar at the age of ten and by the time he was 13 his band was playing Hendrix, James Brown, Beatles and Sly & the Family Stone covers on US air bases and local TV shows. He followed his family to England when his father retired from the USAF.

Jamie Moses has also worked with: Anastacia, Gary Barlow, Jimmy Barnes, Madeline Bell, Beyonce, Dane Bowers, Broken English, Errol Brown, Jack Bruce, Buck's Fizz, Eric Burdon, Paul Carrack, Deana Carter, Roger Chapman (Family), Johnny Clegg, Jimmy Cliff, The Corrs, John Deacon (Queen), Kiki Dee, George Ducas, The Eurythmics, The Fabba Girls, Fish (Marillion), 5ive, Dean Freidman, Bob Geldof, Graham Gouldman (10cc), Peter Green, Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), Haddaway, Justin Hayward, Damon Hill, The Hollies, Paul Jones, Chaka Khan, Paul King, Simon Kirke, Denny Laine, Stevie Lange, Steve Lukather (Toto), Lulu, Brian May, Martine McCutcheon, Freddie Mercury, Mike & The Mechanics, Miss Dynamite, Jimmy Nail, Next Of Kin, Olivia Newton-John, Elaine Paige, Pino Palladino, Mica Paris, & Marty Pellow, Cozy Powell, The Pretenders, Lionel Ritchie, Tom Robinson, Paul Rodgers (Free), Mike Rutherford, Leo Sayer, St. Etienne, The SAS Band, Mark Shaw (Then Jericho), South Side Johnny, Shakin' Stevens, Dave Stewart, Curtis Stigers, Suggs, Roger Taylor (Queen), Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earthband), Pete Townsend, Judy Tzuke, U2, Suzanne Vega, Roch Voisine, Carl Wallinger (World Party), Roy Wood, Paul Young, Paul Young (Mike & the Mechanics, Sad Cafe), Zucchero.

Danny Miranda

Danny Miranda cut his musical teeth in the burgeoning Long Island club scene of the 1980s. In a place known for brutally unforgiving audiences, Danny immediately distinguished himself as a cat with some serious chops - a player who could lay you out with some of the heaviest funk going, and without missing a beat, drop into a slick jazz groove or a thundering rock bass line. Simply stated, Danny made his name as a guy who could play it all - with ease.

Coming up through the ranks in New York, Danny played with some of best and brightest the area had to offer. The list of people he's played with reads like a Who's Who of the New York music set. Early gigs saw him playing with Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath), Al Pitrelli (Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and John Miceli (Meat Loaf), as well as a host of others. Paying his dues on the gritty, down and dirty Long Island club circuit, Danny crafted a stage presence and style uniquely his own - and the word got out. This was a guy you had to see live, as he prowled the stage, laying down some of the most wicked grooves ever. 1995 would be a turning point in Danny's career, as he got the call from Eric Bloom and Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser offering him the gig with the amazing Blue ÷yster Cult. As a child of the 70s, and a Long Island native, playing bass in one of the biggest acts to ever come out of New York was almost too good to be true. Danny played continuously with Blue ÷yster Cult from late 1995 until September, 2004, cutting two records (Heaven Forbid, 1998; Curse Of The Hidden Mirror, 2001), and putting out a smoking live DVD (A Long Day's Night) from their 2002 Summer Solstice show in Chicago. Touring with B÷C, playing 100-125 nights each and every year, put Danny in front of thousands of soon-to-be-converted fans. Danny's run with B÷C cranked on until late in 2004, when things would suddenly change.

September, 2004. . . Danny's cell phone rings, and it's John Miceli, asking if Danny would be interested in auditioning for the bass chair in the Las Vegas production of "We Will Rock You." Several phone calls, a few airplane trips between Long Island and Las Vegas, meetings with Brian May and Roger Taylor, and in a matter of days, Danny relocated to Las Vegas to be reunited with John and get to work in WWRY. Things were going well for Danny, and then. . . "The" phone call came in January, 2005. In one of those moments, where you just have to pinch yourself to be certain you're not dreaming, Danny got a call from Brian May asking if Danny would like to play bass on the upcoming Queen + Paul Rodgers tour. Another round of phone calls, a quick relocation to the UK, and Danny is now living the dream of his youth - playing bass with Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Paul Rodgers. Stay tuned for further developments, including a solo album that's still in the works. Seems things are turning out well for this young guy from the Island. . .

 

 

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