Lou Gramm and Bad Co. at Ironstone 9/4/16
As the lead singer of Foreigner, Lou Gramm toured the world. The band sold more than 70 million albums, but he bickered with co-writer and guitarist Mick Jones. The Rochester, NY native also developed a serious drug problem and nearly died from a brain tumor. It’s all recounted in his newly released book “Juke Box Hero.” Now recovered and with a new set of talented musicians he is bringing the sounds and hits of Foreigner to fans across the country. Let’s set aside a few technical glitches last night, Lou’s voice not holding key on a couple of occasions and forgetting the words more than once. The sound a bit scratchy at moments as well. With that aside the folks around me I talked with never noticed and were in awe and excitement getting to hear one of their Rock Icons in person deliver the songs they wanted to sing along with. Good for you Juke Box Hero. Your fans love you and what more motivation is needed to continue with what you love to do.
One of the most acclaimed bands of the classic rock era, England's Bad Company has put its indelible stamp on rock 'n' roll with a straight-ahead, no-frills musical approach that has resulted in the creation of some of the most timeless rock anthems ever. Led by the incomparable singer and songwriter Paul Rodgers, arguably the finest singer in rock 'n ' roll and a huge songwriting talent. Rogers voice is still smooth as silk with a range not found with a lot of singers. The show had the presence of an arena act with outstanding visuals and lighting to compliment the amazing talent of this group of men. It may not be the original members but the professional delivery made this a Rock-n-Roll event that will be talked about for a while.
On the slightly negative side, I thought the show was short. A headliner walking off waiting for the encore after 55 minutes. Unfair to those plucking down their hard earned dollars for a night out. The restrictions this band placed on the media photographers was beyond anything I have ever experienced. With that said I will never cover a Bad Co. show again. This band requested all photographers turn over their equipment to the band after the third song. I don’t think so…..unless you want to swap for a couple of 62 Fender Strats, forget about it…not on my watch.