Paul Rodgers and Bad Company rock Penticton

Rock legend Paul Rodgers and Bad Company take the Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre crowd through 40 years of hits.

Lead singer Paul Rodgers of Bad Co. belts out one of his hits from behind the piano during Saturday night's rock fest at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The high-energy performance by the four-member band kept the crowd on its feet from beginning to triple-encore end.

Lead singer Paul Rodgers of Bad Co. belts out one of his hits from behind the piano during Saturday night's rock fest at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The high-energy performance by the four-member band kept the crowd on its feet from beginning to triple-encore end.

It was evening about love.

Feel Like Makin’ Love, Can’t Get Enough (of your love), Ready For Love, oh and the infatuation the crowd at the South Okanagan Events Centre had for Paul Rodgers and Bad Company.

At 63 years old Rodgers still looks, sounds and commands the stage like a rock star. Ranked No. 55 on the Rolling Stone magazine list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, those at the SOEC got treated to Rodgers and Bad Company’s best on Saturday night.

After opener Murray Atkinson warmed up the crowd, the song Rodgers shot to fame with as frontman with the band Free (All Right Now) pumped through the loudspeakers in the minutes leading up to the main event. Rodgers and band burst in front of the crowd with a sudden blast from smoke cannons to Rock N Roll Fantasy and the next 75 minutes to follow were just as dreamy.

Rodgers, dressed in tight black pants, a t-shirt and vest, twirled his silver mic stand and spent little time conversing with the crowd. Bad Company got straight into their catalogue of hits rolling into Feel Like Makin’ Love, which saw Rodgers wail on the harmonica. His aggressive vocal chops and sex appeal as a rock star have not fallen to the side after 40 years in the business. Women in the front row swooned, pointing up at him singing the chorus of the hit song right back to him.

The guy is a legend after all, and set the standard of a rock and roll vocalist for all who came after him — a sensitive and controlled voice with an explosive masculine growl when called for. Not only the lead for Bad Company (1973-1982, 1998 to 2002 and 2008 to present), he formed super group The Firm (with legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page), is accomplished solo artist and was lead vocals for Queen (2005-2009).

The frontman, who now calls Summerland his home with his wife Cynthia Kereluk a former Miss Canada, model and exercise physiologist, had a subtle set up on stage. The drummer, Simon Kirke, pounded away behind him with guitarist and Bad Company co-founder Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning (filling in for departed Boz Burrell) rocked out on either side of Rodgers. A giant Bad Co logo, white on black, draped behind them with smaller versions flanking either side of the stage.

Just as his band flexed their muscles on solos, so did Rodgers, who stood with rock star attitude at the piano several times during the show.

The half-arena set up gave Bad Company the intimate feel that Rodgers previously publicly said he enjoyed, having become disenchanted with playing giant stadiums after his first leave from the band. Perhaps it helps with making the arena a little more electric with crowd energy, which was displayed during Shooting Star and prompted an audience sing-a-long. While it was mostly an older crowd, they were there to rock. Audience members held up signs and one person had a pink inflatable flamingo that got chucked onto the stage at the end of the show which Kirke picked up and took with him. Rodgers stopped to point and acknowledge a group of four who held up metallic shiny posterboard spelling out P-A-U-L.

“That’s beautiful. Thank-you,” he said.

Bad Company showed their appreciation thanking the audience whose ear piercing cheers brought them back out for a triple encore including the songs Bad Company, Rock Steady and Seagull.

There was a low point of the evening, however, and It is sad really. Listening to rock anthems that have stood the test of time over 40 years later and then hopping in my car to hear the “hits” on the radio today. Songs that will never be remembered like those of Bad Company’s, who decades later still bring people to their feet. I realized just how lucky I was to hear the treasure that is Paul Rodgers, I hope everyone else did too.


Just Posted

Wade Cudmore, seen here with his mother Kathy Richardson, had his first court appearance in relation to first degree murder charges in the deaths of Erick and Carlo Fryer Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kathy Richardson/Facebook)
Man charged in Naramata double homicide appears in Penticton court

Wade Cudmore appeared for the first time in relation to first degree murder charges

(John Arendt - Black Press)
Penticton wants to give you money to make something fun happen in the city

City launches community grant program to help post-COVID recovery

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

With high temperatures forecasted for the week and into the next, Interior Health is offering some tips on how to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness. (Pixabay)
Interior Health offers safety tips as temperatures soar

‘Too much heat can be harmful to your health’

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
5-storeys still too tall for Penticton’s downtown, votes city council

Vote against new development leaves one councillor questioning validity of city’s zoning restrictions

A person stands in a tower on the perimeter of the Number 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on April 23, 2021. Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 denounced by China as “politically motivated” and based on “lies.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark Schiefelbein
VIDEO: Trudeau demands truth from China about Uyghurs

PM says Canada has admitted broken Indigenous relationship, unlike China on Uyghurs

Council members and witnesses from the Hupacasath First Nation, left, and Tseshaht First Nation, right, prepare to raise their respective flags in front of Port Alberni City Hall on Monday, June 21, 2021. The flags will permanently fly as part of the city’s reconciliation work. See more coverage from the flag raising ceremony on page A5. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Vancouver Island First Nations flags to fly permanently at city hall

Addition of flags are one Port Alberni response to reconciliation

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, middle right, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honour of the launch of Kelowna’s plasma donor centre at Orchard Plaza Mall on June 22. From left to right: Canadian Blood Services’ business development manager Janna Pantella, Canadian Blood Services’ operational excellence manager Tyler Burke, Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and Canadian Blood Services’ centre manager Janine Johns. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
B.C.’s first dedicated plasma donor centre opens in Kelowna

The Kelowna location is the third dedicated plasma donor to open in Canada

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, an Okanagan based-law practice, and provides Kelowna Capital News with weekly stories from the world of local, national and international law. (Contributed)
Kootnekoff: Access to justice and residential schools in Canada

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back to school on Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Study reassures parents, teachers that COVID-19 infrequently shared at school

Federally funded study in Vancouver finds risk in the classroom and in the community identical

Conservative MP Kevin Waugh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Single-game sports betting about to become legal in Canada

Senate passes bill to take sports gambling away from overseas agencies

Point Roberts is part of the mainland United States but not physically connected to it, to reach the community by land one must pass through Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Closed Canadian border leaves Point Roberts’ only grocery store on verge of closure

‘We’re Americans but we’re not attached to America. It’s easy to forget we’re here,’ says owner Ali Hayton

Mayla Janzen and Ashley Hoppichler, with her daughters Lily and Sophia, are bringing a Friday evening market to Polson Park, starting July 2. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Entrepreneurs craft up Vernon night market

Friday evening Polson Park event to take place throughout the summer

Splatsin Chief Wayne Christian and Tina William lead the Every Child Matters March in Enderby Monday, June 21. (Lyndsey Leon photo)
Hundreds march with Splatsin in Enderby for #215

300 orange-shirt wearing people of all backgrounds turned out in support

Most Read