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A few more Mick Ralphs Blues Band dates have been added fro the winter: 6 Dec 2014 - Greystones, Sheffield UK; 10 Dec 2014 - Llandudno Labour Club, Llandudno, Wales; 11 Dec - The Musician, Leicester UK; 12 Dec 2014 - Hereford (venue tbd); 30 Jan 2015 - Blues Bash, Bingley Arts Centre, Bingley UK; 31 Jan 2015 - Masonic Hall, Alva Scotland.
Bad Company 2014 USA dates: 8 Jul 2014 Casino Rama, Ontrio Canada; 10 Jul 2014 Waterfront, Bangor ME; 12 Jul 2014 Xfinity Center, Mansfield MA; 13 Jul 2014 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien NY; 15 Jul 2014 Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Raleigh NC; 16 Jul 2014 PNC Pavilion, Charlotte NC; 18 Jul 2014 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NY; 19 Jul 2014 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow VA; 22 Jul 2014 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls OH; 23 Jul 2014 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL; 25 Jul 2014 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston MI.
UK Mick Ralphs Blues Band Dates: 26 Apr 2014 Newbury, UK Arlington Arts Centre; 16 May 2014: London, UK Boston Music Room.
Mick Ralphs Blues Band 2014 Germany dates: 03 Apr 2014 Dudenhofen, Germany Bürgerhaus Bürgerhaus; 04 Apr 2014 Fulda/ Künzell, Germany Alte Piese; 05 Apr 2014 Roth, Germany Bluesfestival Roth; 06 Apr 2014 Braunschweig, Germany Meier Music Hall; 08 Apr 2014 Bonn, Germany Harmonie; 09 Apr 2014 Unna, Germany Lindenbrauerei; 10 Apr 2014 Hamburg, Germany Rock Café; 11 Apr 2014 Wetzlar, Germany Francis; 12 Apr 2014 Winterbach, Germany Lehenbachhalle; 13 Apr 2014 Metzingen, Germany Kulturkneipe Hirsch; 15 Apr 2014 Augsburg, Germany Spectrum; 17 Apr 2014 Isernhagen, Germany Bluesgarage.
Should Know Better is the new live album from The Mick Ralphs Blues Band, recorded live at the Musician in Leicester. Tracks include Should Know Better, Born Under A Bad Sign, Just A Little Bit Of Your Love, Shame Shame Shame, Evil, Well Connected, and Big River. It is available from the Mick Ralphs Blues Band website.
Mick Ralphs will tour with Bad Company in 2013: Auburn, WA White River Amphitheater (20 Jun 2013); Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater (21 Jun 2013); Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheater (23 Jun 2013); Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (11 Jul 2013); Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (13 Jul 2013); Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live (14 Jul 2013); Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center (17 Jul 2013); Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion (19 Jul 2013); Noblesville, IN Kilpsch Music Center (20 Jul 2013); Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater (23 Jul 2013); Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center (24 Jul 2013); Gilford, NH Meadowbrook (26 Jul 2013); Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (27 Jul 2013).
Mick Ralphs Blues Band dates in 2013: Skegness Blues Festival, Skegness UK (26 Jan 2013); Real Time Live, Chesterfield UK (1 Feb 2013); The Junction Club, Landudno UK (April 10, 2013); The Borderline, London UK (12 April 2013); The Musician, Leicester UK (13 April 2013).
The Mick Ralphs Blues band have added a string of October and November 2012 dates: Square & Compass, Ilminster Somerset UK (11 Oct 2012); Blues In The Bay Festival, Falmouth UK (12 Oct 2012); Flower Pot, Derby UK (01 Nov 2012); Musician, Leicester UK (02 Nov 2012); Carlisle Blues Festival, Carlisle UK (10 Nov 2012).
Verden Allen and Soft Ground *and* The Mick Ralphs Blues Band will both appear at the Spring Edition of the Cambridge Rock Festival on the weekend of 27-29 April 2012. Other Mick Ralphs Blues Band dates: Met Theatre, Bury UK (25 Feb 2012); Stables, Milton Keynes UK (02 Mar 2012); Long Street Blues Club, Devizes UK (03 Mar 2012); Green Hotel, Kinross UK (17 Mar 2012); Maid's Head, Wicken near Ely, Cambridge UK (30 Jun 2012); Bootleggers, Kendal UK (26 Jul 2012); Bingley Arts Centre, Bingley UK (03 Aug 2012); Cambridge Rock Festival, Cambridge UK (04 Aug 2012); Great British R&B Festival, Colne UK (27 Aug 2012).
Mick Ralphs Blues Band 2011 dates: 25 August 2011 - Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough England; 08 Nov 2011 - The Robin Hood 2, Bilston England; 11 Nov 2011 - The Musician, Leicester England; 17 Nov 2011 - The Old Vic, Swindon England; 26 Nov 2011 - Jazz Cafe, London England.
Mick Ralphs will be playing a couple live dates in the UK in June 2011. Mick Ralphs & Co. is a blues band featuring Sam Kelly on drums, and will play on 8 June 2011 at Jagz in Ascot. Mick Ralphs and the Fabulous Morons is a covers band, and will play Rugfest Beer & Music Festival in Wallingford on 24 June 2011.
Bad Company have announced several USA dates in the summer of 2010. 16 Jul - Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio CA; 17 Jul - Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa CA; 22 Jul - 2010 The Lakeland Center Jenkins Arena Lakeland, FL; 23 Jul - St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL; 25 Jul - Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta GA; 27 Jul - Bank Of America Pavilion, Boston MA; 30 Jul - Choctaw Resort Casino Event Center Durant, OK; 14 Aug - Bike Rally Port Dover, Ontario Canada; 01 Aug - Outlaw Jam, Frederick County Fairgrounds, Frederick MD; 04 Aug - Casino Rama Center, Rama Toronto Ontario Canada; 04 Oct - Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI; 05 Oct - Potawatomi Casino Milwaukee, WI; 07 Oct - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa OK.
Three of the recent UK concerts by Bad Company were recorded and made available on the night by the Concerts Live service. Bad Company have announced that the CD releases have been extended to make them availabel to more fans. These releases are all three-disc deluxe digipak collectors sets: 01 Apr 2010 Birmingham; 02 Apr 2010 Manchester; 11 Apr 2010 Wembley Arena.
Bad Company have announced an eight-date UK tour in April 2010, with the Joe Perry Project playing support. Apr 1 - Birmingham LG Arena; Apr 2 - Manchester Arena; Apr 4 - Sheffield City Hall; Apr 5 - Cardiff CIA; Apr 7 - Newcastle Arena; Apr 8 - Glasgow Clyde; Apr 10 - Brighton Center; Apr 11 - Wembley Arena.
The previously-announced Bad Company live DVD, Hard Rock Live, was finally released in Feb 2010. It features a live DVD and bonus CD, and was recorded at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida on 8 Aug 2008.
Mott The Hoople reunited for seven shows in Sep and Oct 2009, playing tweo warmup gigs at the Blake Theater in Monmouth, Wales and five nights at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London. The shows featured the original lineup of Mott The Hoople - Mick Ralphs, Ian Hunter, Verden Allen, Overend Watts, and Dale Griffin.
The original members of Bad Company announced 10 concerts in the U.S. in the summer of 2009. Dates included: June 17 Hollywood FL - Hard Rock Live; June 19 Atlanta GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre; June 20 Charlotte NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; June 23 Raleigh NC - Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek; June 24 Virginia Beach VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; June 27 Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts; June 28 Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre; July 1 Clarkston MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre; July 2 Canandaigua NY - CMAC; and July 4 Atlantic City NJ - Resorts Atlantic City.
Bad Company, featuring Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, and Simon Kirke, reunited for a one-off gig on 8 Aug 2008 at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. It was the group's first performance since their 1999 reunion tour. Paul Rodgers: 'By doing this one-night stand with Bad Company, we will be cementing our right to the trademark Bad Company for touring, and anyone who attempts to challenge us and tour mis-using our trademark and mislead the fans will be liable to legal action.'
Varese Sarabande (USA) issued a new compilation album in Jul 2007 called An Introduction To Mick Ralphs, featuring tracks from Mick's three Angel Air solo albums.
A live Bad Company CD was due from Angel Air in the summer of 2006. Live In Albuquerque 1976 (UK Angel Air SJPCD 221), as the name suggests, is a two-disc set recorded during the band's 1976 BurninÆ Through America tour. It is the first-ever live Bad Company album to capture the group at the peak of their powers in the Seventies. Unfortunately, the album was withdrawn just before release, and the few promotional copies that slipped out now command top dollar in collector circles.
Ten Mott The Hoople CDs have been issued in Japan in July 2006, all featuring card sleeves and bonus tracks. Universal has issued Mott The Hoople, Mad Shadows, Wildlife, Brain Capers, and Two Miles From Heaven. These five discs are also available as a promo box set designated Mott The Hooople Volume 1. Sony has issued All The Young Dudes, Mott, The Hoople, Live,(the 2 CD version) and Greatest Hits. These five titles are also available as a promo box set, designated Mott The Hoople Volume 2. All the bonus tracks are previously released.
A new live Mott The Hoople CD was issued by Angel Air on 3 July 2006. Live Fillmore West, San Francisco (UK Angel Air SJPCD 226), combines 1970 and 1971 recordings at the legendary venue with a previously unreleased studio track, Wreck of the Liberty Belle. Track List: Angel Of Eighth Avenue, It'll Be Me, Walkin' With A Mountain, Whiskey Woman, Darkness Darkness, No Wheels To Ride, Rock'n'Roll Queen, At The Crossroads, Keep a' Knockin', Thunderbuck Ram, Laugh At Me, You Really Got Me, and Wreck Of The Liberty Belle.
The Angel Air 2xCD release Family Anthology (released 4 July 2005) features several tracks of interest to Mick Ralphs fans. It includes Good Morning, a demo recorded by vocalist Jon Best in 1968 with Silence backing him; I Ain't Got You, a 1964 track by The Buddies featuring Mick Ralphs; and Barefootin' and Just Can't Go To Sleep from the Doc Thomas Group album.
Mick Ralphs turned up for the London Astoria gig on Ian Hunter's 2005 UK tour, and played a few songs with the band.
Mick Ralphs joined Ian Hunter for his 2004 tour of the UK and Europe, playing in the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and Spain.
Mick Ralphs' third solo CD was released on 13 January 2003. Entitled That's Life, the album features eleven new songs written and sung by Mick. The CD also includes two bonus tracks: Mick's original demo of Can't Get Enough, and an unreleased Bad Company track called Budgie.
Mick Ralphs appeared onstage with Bad Company on 20 Sep 2002 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London UK. On 21 Sep 2002 Mick played with Mike Hurst in Henley-on-Thames UK.
On 25 July 2002, Bradford Rocks (BCB Radio, Bradford UK) featured an exclusive interview with Mick Ralphs.
Mick Ralphs joined Ian Hunter for the first time in almost 20 years, when joined Ian's 2002 UK tour. Ian and Mick played 15 gigs over a 16 day span, from May 7-22, 2002. Another old Mott cohort, Stan Tippins, acted as tour manager.
A full page interview with Mick Ralphs is featured in the March 2002 issue of the UK magazine Classic Rock.
On the Angel Air website, Mick Ralphs talks to Jon Kirkman about his new album the album It's All Good. The interview also covers his entire career, including Bad Company and Mott The Hoople. Visit the Angel Air website at www.angelair.force9.co.uk.
Mick Ralphs' new solo album was released on 15 Oct 2001 on the UK Angel Air label. Entitled It's All Good (UK Angel Air SJPCD052), the album includes eleven new studio tracks, plus one track recorded live with Bad Company on their recent reunion tour. Mick plays all instruments on this instrumental album.
On 16 September 1998, Mick Ralphs made an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in London along with Ian Hunter, Verden Allen, and Blue Weaver. They signed copies of the Sony box set, and Campbel Devine's authorized biography. Virgin had advertised a live performance by Hunter, Ralphs, and Allen, but it never materialized. See the In-Store Appearance page for more details.
Bad Company were featured on a VH1 (US) Behind The Music TV special, first broadcast on 28 August 1999. The one-hour documentary was obviously timed to sustain interest their tour and the Original Bad Company Anthology box set. All four original members were interviewed, along with replacement vocalist Brian Howe.
The Bad Company Pay-Per-View event from 21 May 1999 was edited down to a single hour, and broadcast as an installment of the VH1 (US) Hard Rock Live TV show on 28 August 1999.
In August 1999, the original four members of Bad Company - Mick Ralphs, Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell - completed a four-month tour of the USA. The band were featured in a VH1 Behind The Music special, and a Pay-Per-View TV special broadcast from the Hard Rock Live Theater in Orlando, Florida. The tour was to support the two-CD The Original Bad Company Anthology, released in March 1999.
Bad Company are featured on the cover of the July 2, 1999 issue of Goldmine (US) magazine. Mick Ralphs, Paul Rodgers, and Boz Burrell are interviewed, and the feature runs a full ten pages and includes many photos. The web address for Goldmine is http://www.krause.com/records/gm/.
The original lineup of Bad Company reunited in 1998 to record four new tracks for The Original Bad Company Anthology, a two-CD set released in March 1999. The band toured the USA in support of the release, and a show from the Hard Rock Live Theater in Orlando FL was broadcast as a Pay-Per-View TV event.
On 3 December 1998, Angel Air reissued Mick Ralphs' Take This album (UK Angel Air SJPCD037). The disc contains a nice booklet detailing Mick's career, and includes ten previously unreleased bonus tracks.