Rock Begins At 40!

Last week I alluded to a series of stories I will present in this column on several individuals with vision and purpose relating to the Canadian Music Industry…and through the forthcoming weeks, we will most certainly do so!  This week, we are going to look at recent events pertaining to one who can only be referred to as a member of the globe’s Royal Rock Family.  He is a prominent singer and writer.  Throughout his career he has broken barriers with his music and those that he has partnered with.  He has never lost sight of his roots, his beginnings, and his connection to the everyday person.  He is a humble man, possesses etiquette and class and a deep love of the Blues, and the American Blues Masters.  He is one of a handful  English bred soulful singers, that has a voice that is strong, unique and most pleasing.  His song writing is always from the heart—a musical heart that continuously produces pulsating, emotive epics that hit straight to our collective souls!  He also has a residence in the Okanagan and proudly holds a Canadian citizenship.  He is involved in the local music scene and other local activities as well.  Who is this visionary-working man’s musician?    

None other than Mr. Paul Rodgers! He was the front man for the legendary band, “Free”, formed “Bad Company” with none other than Mick Ralphs, guitarist for “Mott The Hoople”, he partnered with Jimmy Page in “The Firm” and relished in the American Blues with his solo offerings.  Paul even shocked the world of music with his collaboration with Brian May and Roger Taylor in “Queen + Paul Rodgers” bringing us the majesty of Queen music to a whole new level and audience!  He is truly a visionary, and does not hesitate to lend a “hands up” to local aspiring musicians, (that part of the story at another time).

In March, Paul and the legendary “Bad Company” will be honoured by Future Publishing, both in their flagship periodical “Classic Rock” and an extensive, in what they term, ‘Fanpack’ publication.  “Bad Co. The Full Story” will be released in March featuring a brand new DVD and Magazine Collector’s Pack!  The DVD; “The Band, The Music, The Story-The Official Authorised 40th Anniversary Documentary” will be joined with a one hundred plus page magazine and collectible photos!!  Of course there will be live footage, and rare footage of the group in all of their glory!  However, what is more important about all of this is the fact that most members of Bad Company are still contributing to the world of music.  We have Bad Company themselves still performing, we have Mick Ralphs collaborating with Ian Hunter and others from “Mott the Hoople”, and we have Paul paying—and playing tribute to the original American Blues Artists with his latest solo release “The Royal Sessions”.  All of the above and the man still finds time to help young up and coming musical Artists, that may someday in the future become Musical Heroes in their own right!

As a preview of this printed honour, Future Publishing’s latest issue of “Classic Rock” features “Bad Company” on the cover, with a prelude to the this collectors’ edition of their fortieth anniversary.

Hopefully, you will, as I will, be celebrating this milestone of one of music’s Rock Royalty, and also check out Paul’s brand new solo album: “The Royal Sessions”…being released next week!!

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that I have written many articles on Frontiers Records, which are based out of Italy.  This organisation is another that has a Vision, and one that impacts Canadian musicians, both veterans and new.  They have supported “Loverboy”, “Final Frontier”,  “Harem Scarem”, and just lately, “Coney Hatch”—releasing their fourth album, and one that is making headlines all across the globe.  Frontiers have decided to further support their signings by beginning what is, hopefully, to be an annual event:  “Frontiers Rock Festival” in the beginning of May, at Milano Italy!  A three day rock festival that will see the likes of “Night Ranger”, “Winger”, “Stryper”, and “Red Dragon Cartel” head lining!  Other notables included in this three day Rocket Ride are: “John Waite” (ex-Babys), “Pretty Maids”, “Telsa” and of course more.  May 1st, 2nd, 3rd,-2014 in Milano—it is the “Frontiers Rock Festival”


Next week, I hope to catch up with another of Canada’s Visionary musicians—Tad Goddard of “Prism”…until then be safe and keep that good ol’ Rock music alive!!





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Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:   Zamboni Brothers:   Jan. 30th & 31st  Feb. 1st     Forty Foot Fred: Feb. 6th   Rann Barry:  Feb. 7th & 8th   Zamboni Brothers: Feb. 13th  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  Feb. 14th & 15th

Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub:   Wild Son (& No Island):  Feb. 6th  The Steadies:  Feb. 15th                    Dope Soda:  Feb. 21st 

The Green: (Vernon)   Sunday Night Jams-featuring  GTR   

O’Flannigan’s Pub:   Jimmy Leguilloux Band:  Jan. 31st    Colt 45:  Feb. 7th & 8th   Chuck Norris Band:  Feb. 14th

Level Niteclub:   Zakk Wylde:  Feb. 15th   Death Angel with Special guests-Tyr:   Feb. 24th     

Notable Concerts:  

Prospera Place:   Hedley:   Feb. 15th    Chicago:  March 13th    ZZ Top:  March 20th Yes:   March 21st 2014

Kelowna Community Theatre:  Matt Anderson:   February 2nd   The Johnny Clegg Band:  April 27th 

South Okanagan Events Centre (Penticton):       Barenaked Ladies:   January 19th   Kenny Rogers:  February 27th    Florida Georgia Line:   April 10th

Interior Savings Centre (Kamloops):  Hedley:   February 16th   George Thorogood & The Destroyers:   May 1st 2014 

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre:   Bryan Adams:   February 25th             The Wailers:   March 15th 


                 …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....


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We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.

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