News that Brian Howe is a morning person wasn’t the only thing that threw us when we spoke with the former lead singer for Bad Company.
There was also his explanation of the three musicians backing him up when he performs in Phenix City Saturday.
“They weren’t very good, but they were all I could afford,” Howe said jokingly.
This is the guy who fronted English rock group Bad Company for 10 years, a stint that ended in 1994. Not 1884, Howe specifies sarcastically, taking a hit at attempts to overlook his time with the band.
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Howe, a former Ted Nugent vocalist, replaced Paul Rodgers, the act’s original frontman. During Howe’s time with the band, Bad Company saw hits like “No Smoke Without A Fire,” “One Night” and “Shake It Up.”
The lineup’s transition saw little criticism from fans. Radio, however, was ambivalent.
“Radio was really hostile toward us,” Howe said.
The band’s record label even went to the length of submitting “No Smoke Without A Fire” without identifying its performer.
“The phones started going crazy,” Howe said, noting that when fans asked, disk jockeys were unable to give artist details on the show.
Howe said fans at Saturday’s Phenix City show can look forward to hearing the song list upon which Bad Company’s fame was built. “It really is like a Bad Company show,” he said. “It’s a nice long sing-along.” That includes tunes from the Paul Rodgers era, like “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”
“That gets everybody in the right frame of mind,” Howe said of the tune.
Asked what concert goers should do if they’re on the fence about attending the show, Howe didn’t attempt to persuade hesitant music fans to change their mind.
Instead, his advice was simple. What should you do if you don’t want to see him in concert?
“You should stay in and order pizza,” he said. “It makes life much more easy because obviously you’re somewhat retarded.”