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ROCK ON! This Week's Sound Bites...7/9/15

By Danny Coleman

originally published: 07/09/2015
"I owe it all to an old fashioned judge back in England," says Simon Kirke, former Free and original/current drummer of the legendary classic rock band Bad Co. as he elaborated on his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist. "My older brother was a musician and being competitive I wanted to be one too; so I started playing the drums. I'd practice every day after school and we lived in a small house with close by neighbors. I practiced so much that eventually the neighbors complained and we wound up in court. The judge ordered my father to allow me to go to school, do homework and limit my practice time to a half an hour a day. I couldn't let my brother outdo me so I started to teach myself how to play guitar because that could be practiced without the neighbors hearing!" 
Simon and his assembled band will be doing one date in the U.S.; that of July 18 at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA. beginning at 7:30 p.m. "This is going to be a leap of faith," laughed Kirke as he elaborated on the players who will be accompanying him on stage. "You know, I've never played with them in person. Thanks to technology such as Skype and the internet; we've been able to go over the music and practice a bit. I've never met them but I've read their resumes and they're very good and come highly recommended. My music is not that complex, it's pretty straight forward so I anticipate it will be just fine." 
An incredibly engaging man, Kirke is seemingly very content with his role in Bad Co. and says he does his solo material "For fun." The man who has authored perhaps two of the more famous drum tracks in rock history, Free's "All Right Now" and Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough" never expects anything other than said fun and a therapeutic release. "I have two solo albums and have been doing my own solo tours for ten years now," said Kirke matter of factually. "For me, quite honestly, this is like an exorcism. I have been writing for a long time. Sometimes the material just comes pouring out of me and when it does I usually record an album; as you can see, it doesn't happen that often!" 
As his laughter died down, Kirke continued, "I'm not looking to be a solo artist. I realize that a solo career is not happening. I spend more time with Bad Co. than anything else but when we take time off I do this for fun; that's really all it is to me is fun. I mean, we are all in our sixties now so we don't have as hectic a touring schedule as we did when we were younger, much younger (laughs) but we are planning a big tour of the U.S. and Europe in 2016." 
Naming the likes of Buddy Rich, Levon Helm and his "Number one influence," Al Jackson as his inspirations for studying the drums; Kirke admits that Ringo Starr got it all started. "Ringo was my first influence," he explained. "He is such a simple player yet so in tune with the material he performs. Listening and watching how Ringo just stays within the songs and is always so steady really made me want to play the drums." 
Along the lines of simple players and steady drummers; Kirke's opinion varies when it comes to today's music and the methods used to record it. "Music today is so different than it was when I first got into the game. Years ago all I had to deal with in the studio was the click track; I'd keep it on for the first sixteen bars then turn it off because I can't stand playing along to them; I like to be expressive and not so rigid. Today's music, the ogre in the room is the computer; it is a double edge sword. Gone are the days of the four track recorder but the internet opens up so many more possibilities than one could have ever imagined years ago. The computer blows me away with what can be done; you don't even have to be in the same country to write and record now. The bad part is that you lose the human interaction, you sacrifice intimacy for convenience, to me face to face; that's music. Every generation tends to rebel; new generations of musicians rebel and this generation seems to just have many more bells and whistles than we did in the past." 
Kirke also feels that today's music is not only different but seems to lack an element of guidance; not that it is inferior but that it is still trying to find it's way. "I look at Bad Co. and I am blown away by how good the band sounded on our last tour; our songs were greeted with a lot of affection. I believe that speaks a lot for the actual music. That decade from 1964 to 1974 or '75 was so fruitful; there will never be another like it. I'm not sure why so many big bands came out of that time period but there were so many and they flourished. We had some great influences though that helped us and I just don't see it as strong in today's music. We had black music, soul music, blues, an entire mix of every type of music we could all possibly listen to. Now I have friends whose thirteen year old son has a band and I was informed that they perform three Bad Co. songs. I am still humbled by it, by the entire experience and I just don't feel that yet in today's music." 
The Sellersville Theater is located at 24 W. Temple Avenue in Sellersville, PA and Kirke says that we should be ready to rock when attending. "This show, I'll be able to flex some musical muscle and I'll be playing both drums and guitar. I do a lot of Bad Co. songs and some of my own but not many really; come on, who wants to hear my songs (laughs)? It's going to be a lot of fun, I've been doing this for years and this one off show will rock; it has too it's the only shot I get at it!"
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(215) 862-5981

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JoJo's Tavern

2677 Nottingham Way Hamilton

(609) 586-2678


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310 Klockner Rd. Hamilton

(609) 838-7979


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1339 River Rd. Titusville

(609) 737-2780


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523 Whitehorse Ave. Hamilton

(609) 585-8008


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134 Farnsworth Avenue Bordentown

(609) 424-3766


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(609) 393-7300


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Tavern On The Lake

101 Main St. Hightstown

(609) 426-9345


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(609) 291-7020


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(609) 921-8555


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(609) 439-0007


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81 Hamilton Ave. Trenton

(609) 656-3200


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(609) 392-2554


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2572 Pennington Rd. Pennington

Sat. 9 p.m. Acoustic Rock 

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Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 7:000pm EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.



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