The Led Zeppelin-Related Truth Behind Paul Rodgers’ Decision To Disband Bad Company
Paul Rodgers formed the rock supergroup Bad Company in 1973 along with Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke, and Boz Burrell. The band enjoyed great success throughout the 1970s, with their first three albums, ‘Bad Company,’ ‘Straight Shooter,’ and ‘Run With The Pack,’ reaching the top five on the album charts. Moreover, many of the band’s singles are regarded as classic rock radio staples.
Until 1982, Led Zeppelin’s managed Peter Grant also managed Bad Company. In 1977, ‘Burnin’ Sky’ ended up being the poorest of their first four albums, while 1979’s ‘Desolation Angels’ became more successful than its predecessor. By the end of the 1970s, Bad Company gradually lost its hopes of playing in large stadiums. Moreover, an incident related to Led Zeppelin led to their disbandment in 1982.
How Did Led Zeppelin’s Manager Contribute To Bad Company’s Split?
Back in the late 1970s, Bad Company’s manager Peter Grant began to lose interest in the band. His behavior was triggered when Led Zeppelin’s beloved drummer John Bonham passed away on September 25, 1980. His death was terrible news for the music scene, and it caused Led Zeppelin to disband.
On the other hand, John Bonham’s death also affected Bad Company. As Peter Grant lost interest in managing the band, Bad Company couldn’t move on without his contributions. Following that, they went on a three-year hiatus. Later on, they released ‘Rough Diamonds’ in August 1982, but the album wasn’t a commercial success.
Following the release of ‘Rough Diamonds,’ Bad Company decided to disband. According to Steven Rosen’s book ‘Free at Last: The Story of Free and Bad Company,’ Simon Kirke believed that it was because Peter Grant was the glue that held them together, and they fell apart in his absence.
As reported by Metal Storm, Simon Kirke said the following:
“Peter was definitely the glue that held us all together, and in his absence, we came apart.“
John Bonham’s death affected Peter Grant to the extent that he even developed some health issues. Following Led Zeppelin’s disbandment, he decided to retire. Moreover, Paul Rodgers also didn’t continue with Bad Company following their break-up. So, the band continued with Brain Howe at that time.