1973 was quite a year for music, including the beginnings of two classic rock bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company.
The current versions of both groups will be touring together this summer with the 40 Tour, starting June 20 in Auburn, WA and ending July 27 in Bethel, NY.
While Lynyrd Skynyrd is a perennial of the summer tour circuit, Bad Company has only played eleven shows in the last twelve years. The current lineup for the group includes original members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke with guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning.
Rodgers said of the group “When Mick and I formed the band in the 70’s we were amazed at the instant success. It didn’t hurt to have Led Zeppelin behind us, and we wrote some decent songs that still resonate. This one is for fans.”
Skynyrd’s lineup is core members Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zandt and Ricky Medlocke with drummer Michael Cartellone.
Van Zandt said “Every member of Skynyrd has been fans of Bad Company from the get go. Personally, Paul is one of my favorite rock singers. We have a deep appreciation for Bad Company’s music and look forward to being on the road with them and sharing the stage.”
Rodgers added “The Skynyrds and I go back to the 70’s and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in LA aka the Riot House. In the 90’s the band introduced me to my wife Cynthia, and that’s why I am so damned happy and healthy these years.”
Black Stone Cherry will open during the tour except for the Bethel date.
- 06/20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
- 06/21 – Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater
- 06/23 – Mountain View, CA – Sleep Country Amphitheater
- 07/11 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
- 07/13 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
- 07/14 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
- 07/17 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
- 07/19 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
- 07/20 – Noblesville, IN – Kilpsch Music Center
- 07/23 – Clarkston, MI – Energy Music Theater
- 07/24 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
- 07/26 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook
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