Bad Company was too successful a group and too good a name to let it lapse. In response to rumours of another band about to tour the US under the name, Bad Company is reforming for one night only to protect their name.
The original Bad Company, featuring Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs, will perform on August 8th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. The original bass player, Boz Burell, died in 2006, so will not participate.
The reincarnation of the original band will show active usage and thus protect their trademark.
Rodgers left Bad Company in 1982 and these days is fronting Queen under the name Paul Rodgers + Queen.
When bands break up or singers are replaced, the there is often dispute regarding who owns rights to the name. Can Freddy Mercury’s Estate complain that Paul Rodgers has teamed up with Dr. Brian May and now fronts Queen? The Hendrix family are fighting over whether Jimmi’s brother can market Vodka under the name Jimmi. Is the band name the property of the singers? the agent? the publishing house?