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Bad Company back in action at B.R.Cohn Fall Music Festival

Paul Rodgers has been keeping bad company for the past 40 years, but it hasn't done him any harm. In fact, it helped make him a rock star.

Founded in 1973 by Rodgers and guitarist Mick Ralphs, the English supergroup Bad Company is out touring this summer in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

"I don't really tour extensively now," Rodgers said by phone from his home in Canada's Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. "I probably do 20 or 30 shows a year."

BR Cohn Fall Music Festival

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The tour includes the band's first appearance at the Fall Music Festival at the B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, which is marking its 27th year this weekend.

Rodgers and Bad Company will perform Saturday, along with Pablo Cruise and others. The festival continues Sunday with Heart and the Gin Blossoms.

The Doobie Brothers, long managed by the winery's owner, Bruce Cohn, will play both days.

Rodgers won fame in 1968 after recording the hit "All Right Now" with his earlier group, Free.

When Bad Company formed five years later, it earned its designation as a supergroup with a membership that included players from the star bands Free, Mott the Hoople and King Crimson.

Bad Company racked up an impressive string of lasting hits, including "Feel Like Making Love," "Can't Get Enough," "Shooting Star," "Run with the Pack" and the self-titled single "Bad Company."

Rodgers left the group in 1982, but the band reunited for a U.S. tour in 2001.


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