Pop music fans will have a wide variety of sounds to choose from in the coming week as the pop music season shifts into full gear.
-IF '70s-STYLE ROCK is preference, a reincarnated Bad Company will be in concert Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Salt Palace Exhibition Hall. Opening will be Vixen.Original Bad Company members Mick Ralphs (guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums) are joined in the band by vocalist Brian Howe. The reconstituted Bad Company's first album was the 1986 "Fame and Fortune," followed by the "Dangerous Age" LP last year.
Formed in the early 1970s, Bad Company was the quintessential arena-rock band, featuring an all-star lineup that included Paul Rodgers and Kirke from Free, Ralphs from Mott the Hoople and Burrell from King Crimson.
Bad Company had a remarkable string of hit albums beginning with "Bad Company" in 1974 that featured the No. 1 single "Can't Get Enough." "Straight Shooter," "Run With the Pack," "Burnin' Sky," "Desolation Angels" and "Rough Diamonds" followed, all of which featured a distinctive blues-rock style.
The band is best known for singles like "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy," "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and "Movin' On."
The current version of Bad Company, organized in 1984, does not feature vocalist Rodgers or bassist Burrell.
-ONE OF THE '80s BRIGHTEST STARS is English superstar Midge Ure, who will bring his captivating brand of rhythmic pop to Kingsbury Hall Thursday at 8 p.m. Opening will be Beyond Zebra.
Ure's resume is certainly impressive: Former lead singer of Ultravox, musical director of the Prince's Trust concerts in London, co-author of "Do They Know It's Christmas" and a trustee of the Band-Aid Trust.
But Ure won't be relying on past laurels; he's got a brand new album on store shelves that could be one of the biggest surprise hits of 1989. "Answers to Nothing," his second solo album, has received both critical and popular support since its release in January.
The exceptional cut "Dear God," a sincere prayer that asks the very relevant question of why man asks God for more things when the race for more things is what created the mess the world is in anyway, has received considerable attention from Home Box Office and VH-1.
Ure, like many other extremely talented Brits, suffers from relative obscurity on this side of the Atlantic. But more and more Americans are discovering Ure's music, and the craftsmanship of "Answers to Nothing" will certainly help.
Regardless of what happens in the United States, Ure remains one of the most popular performers in Great Britain. Ultravox's greatest hits compilation sold more than 3 million copies, and Ure's solo single "If I was" was a huge No. 1 hit.
He is best known for the single "Do They Know It's Christmas," the all-time biggest single in English history. But it was more than the single. Ure was a prime mover behind the campaign for food for starving Africans, even accompanying the first Live Aid shipment of food to Ethiopia.
The sights, sounds and smells of the starving and dying had an indelible impression on Ure, and those senses find expression on the "Answers to Nothing" album.
-The Poison and Tesla concert originally scheduled Saturday has been rescheduled for May 5 at 7 p.m.
-Other upcoming concerts include:
- Bon Jovi and Skid Row on May 2 at the Salt Palace at 7:30 p.m.
- Ras Midas on May 5 at Leabeaux's Night Club, 4410 S. State.
- Edie Brickell and Steve Forbert on May 10 at Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m.
- Destruction on May 16 at the Speedway Cafe.