The four original members of Bad Company wrapped their first U.S. tour in nearly 20 years at the sold-out Greek, where the blues-rockers gave a decent if incomplete accounting of why they’re considered among the elite of the classic rock era.
Kicking off the program, appropriately enough, with “Can’t Get Enough,” from their excellent 1974 self-named debut album, the graying musicians hit the stage all smiles, perhaps a step slower than in their 1970s heyday, but still able to create a mighty musical force.
Bad Co. blazed through such hits as “Feel Like Making Love,” which was given new life by the aggressive playing of animated bassist Boz Burrell, the dramatic “Shooting Star” (a bit disappointing because of Mick Ralphs’ weak guitar solo), and their old beach song “Seagull,” performed solo acoustic by frontman Paul Rodgers, whose soulful singing voice is still among the best in rock.
Satisfying show’s one failing was the inclusion of five non-hits in the 14-song set, including two new songs from the band’s recently released “Anthology” (Elektra) album that are hardly worth mentioning.
Unplayed gems like “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” “Burning Sky” or “Run With the Pack” would have made the show complete. Band instead chose to perform the acoustic “Soul of Love” from one of Rodgers’ solo albums and Freddie King’s blues instrumental “Hideaway.”
Rodgers’ piano was rolled out for the encore, which included the beautiful love song “Silver, Blue & Gold” and the smoldering ’74 classic “Bad Company.”